Lake, Ricki

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Lake, Ricki Gender: F
Ricki Pamela Lake
born on 21 September 1968 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Bronx, New York, 40n51, 73w54
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 28°33' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 16°10 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 13°05'

Ricki Lake
photo: David Shankbone, license gfdl


American actress and TV talk show host. Lake launched her acting career in John Water's film comedy, "Hairspray," in 1988. After her appealing portrayal of an ample-sized teen, Lake went on to star in ABC's hit Vietnam TV drama "China Beach." After reaching her peak weight of 260 lbs. on her 5' 4 frame, Lake transformed her figure and career by losing 125 lbs. between 1991 to 1994.

Ricki was the oldest of two daughters born to her pharmacist father Barry and homemaker mom Jill. Though she playing and enjoyed sports, she kept a pudgy shape growing up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. From the time she was nine years old she dreamed of an acting career. At 13, she auditioned for roles on Broadway, television and TV commercials in NYC. In ninth grade she played on all of the female sports teams of her high school. Her junior year, Lake transferred to the Professional Children's School in Manhattan and added 40 lbs. to her 160 lbs. figure. She attended Ithaca College as a drama major but dropped out after failing to secure roles her freshman year. Her agent encouraged the actress to audition for the ingénue role in the film "Hairspray." Her tap and ballet lessons paid off big time. The hit film was followed with other John Water's pictures, "Cry-baby," 1990 and "Serial Mom," 1994. In 1989, she moved to Los Angeles and made a one-year TV appearance in "China Beach."

In the '90s Lake suffered from an acting dry spell. Believing that her weight might be hindering her job prospects, she went on a diet with a strenuous exercise regimen and went from a size 24 to a size 10. In the fall of 1993, desperate for money to help pay for her mortgage on her Hollywood Hills home, Lake accepted $5,000 for the pilot of a twenty-something TV talk show host job. Producers of the show liked her exuberant motivational style and the show became a syndicated hit in 1994. Lake's show tackled issues of concern for young women such as pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases and dating problems. In the national syndicated markets "The Ricki Lake Show" was soon ranked second only to the "Oprah Winfrey Show." After her six-year contract was finished, Lake wanted to continue working in films such as her contemporary Winona Ryder.

Lake never had difficulties dating in her twenties. She met her husband, freelance illustrator and Greenwich Village bartender Rob Sussman on Halloween night in 1993. The love-at-first-sight romance was intense and strong. The couple moved in together two weeks after meeting. They married on 3/26/1994 at a Las Vegas chapel. In September 1994, the couple started marriage therapy to deal with the financial tensions in their relationship. She earns more in the entertainment industry than her husband as a freelance artist. Sussman worries about becoming known as "Mr. Ricki Lake." After purchasing a $750,000 house in Hollywood, Lake went into massive debt when her career took a plunge. Her parents helped bail her of her financial predicament. In 1994, she finished repaying her parent's loan. Their son Milo Sebastian was born on 3/22/1997. Their second son,

Owen Tyler Sussman, weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, was born 6/19/2001. He was delivered via a water birth in the family's bathtub in New York with a nurse-midwife in attendance.

On August 13, 2003, the talk show host filed for a legal separation from Rob Sussman.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 26 March 1994 at 12:00 midnight in Las Vegas, NV (Rob Sussman)
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  • Financial : Worst Period 1995 (Career low point, money worries)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 22 March 1997 (Son Milo)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 19 June 2001 (Son Owen)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 13 August 2003 (filed for legal separation from Rob Sussman)
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Source Notes

LMR quotes Rachel Miskowiec, her associate producer of the show who asked Lake 10/1996


  • Traits : Body : Size (5' 3")
  • Traits : Body : Weight (260 down to 130 lb.)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Child performer (As an older teen)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Off-broadway)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV host/ Personality ("The Ricki Lake" show)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star ("China Beach")
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Tap and ballet while young)