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Ricki Lake

From acting and producing, to dancing her way into the hearts of television audiences, Emmy Award winning Host Ricki Lake is a pop culture icon who has built a career on her graciously candid sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature.Ricki Lake’s legacy and perhaps her greatest love is her role as an independent filmmaker. Her award-winning documentary "The Business of Being Born" debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007. Lake worked closely with filmmaker Abby Epstein on the project, which resonated with audiences, striking up a conversation about a subject that is sometimes considered taboo. Declared a film that ‘should be seen by every pregnant woman in America’, it has also inspired a rise in homebirth rates and an increase in midwife practices.

Lake is again collaborating with Abby Epstein and they are currently in production on two documentaries; "Sweetening The Pill," about hormonal birth control and "Weed The People," about medicinal cannabis. Both films are slated for late 2015 release.

Lake competed on the 13th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” where she partnered with three-time champion Derek Hough, making it to the finals. She recently performed with The New York Pops at CARNEGIE HALL.

At the age of 24, Lake entered the living rooms of millions of television viewers with her daily talk show, “The Ricki Lake Show”. After 11 successful seasons, “The Ricki Lake Show” wrapped in 2005. Lake returned in 2012, and won the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host.

The world first met Lake in 1988 as Tracy Turnblad in John Waters’ film "Hairspray." Her additional film credits include "Cry-Baby," "Serial Mom," "Working Girl," "Last Exit to Brooklyn," and "Mrs. Winterbourne." Television credits include “Babycakes," “China Beach," “The King of Queens," “Matters of Life & Dating," and “Loving Leah."