Ricki Lake spoke exclusively to genConnect.com about what to expect from her new talk show
About Ricki Lake
Trained at various professional schools for youngsters, actress Ricki Lake completed her education at Ithaca College. While her excessive weight precluded ingenue roles on stage and screen, Lake enjoyed some success as a cabaret singer and off-Broadway performer; she was also a gifted musician, adept at several instruments.
Ricki Lake began her acting career as Tracy Turnblade in Hairspary. She acted in more than 15 other films before hosting her own talk show, "Ricki Lake" and has guest-starred on both "The King of Queens" as well as "King of the Hill."
In 1993 she auditioned for a television talk show created by Garth Ancier and Gail Steinberg. The producers wanted to create a talk show for young women, which would focus on dating and relationships. Lake, with her characteristic enthusiasm and spunk, blew past competitors Melissa Rivers and model Veronica Webb. At age twenty-five, she got the job and became the youngest host in talk show history.
Ricki Lake debuted in September 1993 and, in its first season, skyrocketed to the top of the charts, second only to seasoned veteran, Oprah. The show’s unprecedented success seemed to derive from Lake’s no-holds barred take on such heated issues as teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and infidelity, as well as her skillful provocation of the emotionally charged audience. The show also featured hip music and a youthful set, with extra perks like surprise guests and pop quizzes. Lake seemed to take the talk show forum through a new evolution, gearing it up for the next generation. In 2004, the show announced it was coming to a close after 11 seasons.
Since the wrap of Ricki Lake in August 2004, Lake has continued to act in various film and TV projects. She shared her love for games with millions as the host of the CBS hit, "Gameshow Marathon" and she recently completed Kurt Voelker’s independent film, PARK, opposite William Baldwin and Cheri Oteri.
Ricki Lake has since announced plans to return to television after more than six years to host a new syndicated talkshow. The 42-year-old star will pair with Twentieth Television to develop a daily series aimed to debut in the fall of 2012. The new series will reportedly be taped in Los Angeles and will focus on lifestyle issues rather than the more sensational topics highlighted on Lake's previous syndicated show.
In 2009, Ricki Lake released a new book, Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience with Abby Epstein.
Lake also was the Executive Producer for film The Business of Being Born", a film that interlaces intimate birth stories with surprising historical, political and scientific insights and shocking statistics about the current maternity care system.
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