Ricki Lake is an entertainer who has successfully reinvented herself at every stage of her career, always connecting with her audience through her talent and endearing spirit. Ricki made her acting debut as the heroine of the original John Waters' film "Hairspray." Later, with a surprise turn as a talk show host, she met with unprecedented success, garnering several honors and accolades both nationally and internationally including a Daytime Emmy nomination for "Outstanding Talk Show Host" and Sweden's Aftonbladet TV Prize for "Best Foreign TV Personality" as well as earning a place as a pop culture icon whose voice has remained relevant and relatable for nearly two decades.
Ricki's latest role -- that of an independent filmmaker, family advocate and author has kept her uniquely charming perspective firmly in the public's consciousness. In 2008, Ricki executive produced the critically-acclaimed documentary "The Business of Being Born." The film, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival, examined natural childbirth in the United States and studied the high rate of medical interventions in low-risk pregnancies. Since the film's theatrical and DVD releases, the project has generated a grassroots movement, encouraging many parents-to-be to become informed about their birthing options - including homebirths and hospital births. In May 2009, Lake and the director of "The Business of Being Born," Abby Epstein, released their first book "Your Best Birth." The guide is an invaluable tool for expecting parents, designed to educate families about their birthing options.
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