In 2013, Ricki won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in her work on The Ricki Lake Show.
In 1996, Ricki won the TV Prize award in the category of Best Foreign TV Personality - Female at the Aftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden.
In 1989, Ricki was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in the category of Best Female Lead for her role in the 1988 film Hairspray.
Ricki made a cameo as William Morris Talent Agent #1 in the 2007 remake of the 1988 original film Hairspray, of which she starred in.
Ricki stands at 5'4" or 1.63 m.
Ricki has appeared in a Public Service Announcement about 'BackYard Dogs'. She speaks about the dangers of leaving a pet outside too much.
Ricki sang in the off-Broadway Revue Five, Dine, No Exaggeration.
Ricki appeared in the production A Girl's Guide To Chaos at the 'Tiffany Theatre' in Los Angeles.
Ricki has two cats named Mollie and Annie, and a dog named Dudley.
Ricki heard about the role in Hairspray while she was a student at Ithaca College. She got the role after one call back, and within two weeks.
Ricki wanted to be a professional singer as a child, and took private lessons to achieve that goal.
Ricki was devastated when her father was savagely attacked by muggers in the early 1990's.
Ricki was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for 'Outstanding Talk Show Host' in 1994.
Ricki met her first husband, Rob at a Halloween party, and says they were 'ripping each other's clothes off' within hours.
Ricki is currently dating personal trainer Apollo Yiamouyiannls.
Ricki gave birth to both of her sons at home, in her bath tub with the guidance of a midwife.
Ricki pulled the cord on her own talk show in August, 2004. She cited that she wanted to spend more time with her family as one of her reasons.
Ricki and her ex husband were arrested in 1994 at an Anti Fur Protest.
Ricki had Quentin Tarantino as a guest on her talk show, where he revealed that he had a crush on her.
Ricki is a licensed midwife and wants to open her own birth center.
Ricki is a vegetarian and has been ever since her change of lifestyle and weight loss.
Ricki suffers from Asthma which she developed as an adult.
Ricki married Rob Sussman on March 26, 1994 and they have two children together, Owen and Milo. Ricki filed for a divorce citing 'irreconcilable differences'.
Ricki hit rock bottom at one point in her career due to her weight. She decided to change her lifestyle and began an exercise and diet program where she lost 125 pounds.
Ricki's first film appearance was in the movie Hairspray in which she played Tracy Turnblad.
Ricki attended Ithaca College for one year. During her finals of her freshman year Ricki got a call from her agent who told her of a role she should try out for. So she left college to begin her acting career.
Ricki began her public appearances at the age of nine, singing in cabarets and clubs.
Ricki attended Hastings High School for two years then transferred to Professional Children's School in NYC.
Ricki's father, Barry is a pharmacist and her mom Jill is a housewife. She has a younger sister named Jennifer.
Ricki appeared on Intimate Portrait: Ricki Lake in 1999.
In the movie Babycakes Ricki had the star role as Grace. This was in her early part of her career in 1989.
Ricki gained a considerable amount of her lost weight back after giving birth to her second baby, but has currently lost 60 pounds.
Ricki (advice to women in bad relationships): Dump that zero and get yourself a hero!
Ricki: My goal in life was to be loved and adored by everyone.
Ricki: I never set out to be a role model for large women, I just do what I feel is right.
Ricki: It was a long time in the making, my divorce. One day became less special than the next, and pretty soon, we ceased all conversation. It is a sad day when you have nothing left to say.