What Happened to Ricki Lake?

October 11, 2023

Ricki Lake is a true show-business legend. The actress and talk show host is a Daytime Emmy winner who rose to fame as the iconic Tracy Turnblad in John Waters’ 1988 cult classic Hairspray, winning an Independent Spirit Award. She went on to star in a slew of films, including Cry-Baby, Serial Mom, Cabin Boy, and Last Exit to Brooklyn. She even hosted a second syndicated talk show, the aptly named Ricki Lake Show.

Despite a successful career and an impressive filmography, the 52-year-old actress has dealt with some major setbacks in her personal life. She recently opened up about her battle with androgenetic alopecia, sharing an inspiring and uplifting social media post that detailed her "debilitating" hair loss journey. Lake said that her hair issues began after she filmed the original Hairspray, which required her to triple-process and tease her hair every two weeks. This put a lot of stress and chemicals on her once healthy virgin tresses, leading to hair loss that eventually caused her to shave her head.

The iconic actress said that her struggle with androgenetic alopecia led to her shaving her head and she doesn't regret it for one minute. She's also gotten back to her acting roots, taking on various roles in both film and reality television. She's appeared on shows like Let It Shine and Through the Keyhole and made it to the finale of season 13 of The Masked Singer.


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