Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, television presenter and producer. She is known for her lead role as Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film Hairspray and for which she received a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. She is also known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally from September 1993 until May 2004. When Lake's show debuted, she was 24 and credited as being the youngest person to host a syndicated talk show at the time. In autumn 2012, Lake hosted a second syndicated talk show project The Ricki Lake Show (dubbed as The New Ricki Lake Show), which aired on weekdays. The series was canceled in 2013 after a single season, but Lake won her first Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host.