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Ricki Lake Brings Attitude to the Big Screen

The actress had her big break in John Waters' movie Hairspray, as the teen star Tracy Turnblad. Lake is larger than many of her peers, but has successfully landed roles written for skinny women. She joins Fresh Air to discuss her early influences, her post-Hairspray work, and her relationship with the late drag queen Divine.

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Other segments from the episode on February 10, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, February 10, 1989: Interview with Susan Sontag; Commentary on the early career of Adrienne Kennedy; Interview with Ricki Lake; Review of the home video release of the film…

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