Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur


2/2/1973, New York, USA

Birth Name

Marissa Jaret Winokur


  • Marissa Jaret Winokur on The Talk.
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur on The Talk.
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur, host of Dance You...
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Marissa might be best known for starring as Tracy Turnblad in the Broadway musical production of Hairspray, where she displays her formidable talents as comic actress, singer, and dancer. Her mother in the production is played by Harvey Fierstein (the role played by Divine in the original film).…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Marissa (on why she went on Dancing with the Stars): I just wanted to prove you don't have to be a size zero to dance.

    • Marissa (on her time on Dancing with the Stars): I just want everyone to go out and do something fun and do something sexy and shake what your momma gave you!

    • Marissa (after Adam Carolla's departure on Dancing with the Stars): Adam (Carolla) and I got along so well. Adam's gone! Penn [Jillette] is gone. The "Gutte" [Steve Guttenberg] is gone. I've got the pressure of being the funny one backstage now! I have to hold the torch. I love Adam. I've become a huge fan of his radio show. I "get" him now. He's hilarious.

    • Marissa (on her pregnancy): I don't care if I win or lose Dancing with the Stars because I know when the show is over I will have the best prize -- a baby. After cancer I never thought I'd have a baby. This is truly the best time of my life.

    • Marissa: (from her Tony acceptance speech) If a 4-foot-11 chubby New York girl can be a leading lady in a Broadway show, and win a Tony, anything can happen!

    • Marissa: I still cry, even when I get introduced as 'the Tony Award winning actress.'

  • Great personality.

    Gets alittle much but she is funny and real.
  • Hairspray is WiCkEd!!!!

    She was so excellent in Hairspray, I can't even begin to say how wonderful she was. They cast her so perfectly it was amazing. Anyway, she was also highly talented in "Beautiful Girl" which was an incredibly awesome movie about a girl who wants to win a honeymoon from a beauty paegant. If you have not already seen this movie WATCH IT!!! To get back on topic, she is also a superior singer, which has got her very far in her acting career. I hope to see her in another movie or musical soon. I wish they had casted her in the Hairspray movie remake, that would have been totally and completely awesome 'possum.moreless