Ricki Lake has a net worth of 25 million dollars as an actress, producer and television personality in the United States. Lake is best known for his portrayal of Hairspray in the 1988 film Hairspray. She was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for her performance in this film. Ricki then hosted her own talk program, “Ricki Lake,” which she hosted from 1993-2004.
When “Ricki Lake” premiered at age 24, she became the youngest person to host a syndicated talk program. Ricki Lake returned in 2012 with a new talk show, The Ricki Lake Show. Although the show ended after a single season in 2013, she received a Daytime Emmy Award for her work on it.
Ricki Pamela Lake was born on September 21, 1968 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Lake was raised in a Jewish family by her grandmother and not by her own parents. Her mother was a housewife, her father worked as a pharmacist. Ricki attended Ithaca College for a year after high school.
Ricki Lake made her acting debut in 1988 when she was cast as Tracy Turnblad in the film Hairspray. With a budget of $2.7 million, the film was only a mediocre hit in theaters, grossing just $8 million. However, after it was released on home video, it developed a cult following. Over time, critics began to have more positive opinions about the film. Lake appeared in a number of other John Waters films at the time, including Cry-Baby, Cecil B. Demented, and Serial Mom. “Mrs. Winterbourne”, “Cabin Boy”, “Last Exit to Brooklyn”, “Cookie” and “Inside Monkey Zetterland” were among her other early paintings.
Ricki also pursued a career in television, eventually joining the cast of “China Beach” in season three. After that, she landed a recurring job on King of Queens and a guest role on Drop Dead Diva. Lake was making a name for herself as a voice actress around this time, landing a role on King of the Hill. She also starred in Baby Cakes, a TV movie.
Ricki was cast in a cameo role as a talent agent in the 2007 remake of Hairspray. She also recorded the song “I’m a Big Girl Now” with Nikki Blonsky and Marissa Jaret Winokur for the film’s soundtrack. She reunited with another original “Hairspray” co-star for the film Hotel Gramercy Park next year.
Despite her considerable success as an actress, Lake considered a new career as a talk show host as early as 1993. Her television show Ricki Lake premiered earlier this year. It then lasted for over a decade and only ended when Ricki himself decided to leave. Though Sony appeared willing to extend her contract for another four years, Lake preferred to spend more time with her family. In 2012 she tried to revive her talk show but she was unsuccessful and the show was canceled in 2013.
Still, Lake found success in a variety of other areas following the cancellation of her relaunched talk show. In 2006, she began hosting the Game Show Marathon. During this time, she continued her acting career and produced The Business of Being Born, a documentary about home birth and midwifery. In 2009 she wrote a book about natural birth choices that was published. Lake and a colleague then developed a website dedicated to natural delivery methods. In 2009, she took on the role of the new host of VH1’s “Charm School.” In 2010 she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Ricki took part in the 13th season of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2012. Although she had higher scores than the runner-up and eventual winner, she eventually placed third. Ricki was a guest judge on British talent show Let It Shine in 2017. In 2018, she released another documentary, this time about medical marijuana. Over the next few years, she appeared on shows like The Masked Singer and The X Factor: Celebrity. Ricki continued her UK performances in 2019 with a guest appearance on the talk show Loose Women.
Lake was reportedly sued in 2011 for allegedly setting fire to a beachfront property in Miami. She was vacationing at the home with her two sons when an oil spill started a fire. Ricki rushed to safety with her sons as the fire quickly spread throughout the home.
The homeowner then filed a lawsuit against Lake, claiming she was responsible for the damage. The owner stated that he would have to completely rebuild the house on the burned lot, so Lake was sued for millions of dollars.
Buying real estate:
Ricki was rumored to have marketed her Los Angeles estate for $8.75 million in 2013. She had originally paid $6.5 million for the home in 2002. Courtney Cox and David Arquette were the original owners of the property. Dubbed a “plantation style” mansion, the mansion was built in 1949 and is located in upscale Brentwood. The home has French doors and a beautiful lawn, and it has 5,226 square feet of living space and six bedrooms.
When the listing was released, some speculated that Ricki was “smaller” as a result of The Ricki Lake Show ending. Ricki reportedly later sold the property for $8.45 million.