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Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:46 PM
Poised to return to daytime television with an all-new talk show in the fall of 2012, Ricki Lake is a pop culture icon who has built a career on her candid, "straight talk" sensibility and her authentic, relatable nature. She has maintained a worldwide fan base that is a true cross-section of age and ethnicity, and her approachable appeal has charmed international movie and television audiences for more than two decades.
As Tracy Turnblad, the zaftig heroine of the original John Waters' film Hairspray, Ricki made an acting debut that positioned her as an "entertainer to watch" in Hollywood. Later, with a surprise turn as a talk show host, she met with unprecedented success and earned her place as a beloved media personality across the globe.
Ricki recently completed work on a memoir due on shelves in the spring of 2012. She also executive produced the critically acclaimed documentary The Business of Being Born, which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and examined natural childbirth in the United States. That project has generated a grassroots movement and led to the publication of her first book, Your Best Birth.
On November 8, 2011, Ricki and her filmmaking partner, Abby Epstein, will release a four-part, follow-up DVD series, More Business of Being Born, offering invaluable information and featuring birth stories from some of Hollywood's most notable celebrities.
Ricki starred in John Waters' Cry-Baby opposite Johnny Depp and Serial Mom alongside Kathleen Turner. Other notable appearances include the contemporary classic Working Girl, the acclaimed drama Last Exit to Brooklyn, the romantic comedy Mrs. Winterbourne opposite Shirley MacLaine and Brendan Fraser and Where the Day Takes You opposite Dermot Mulroney. She also starred in the CBS film Babycakes and the popular television series China Beach and The King of Queens.
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CELEBRITY PARTNER: Ricki Lake
Derek started dancing at age 11. Just one year later, he and Julianne left their hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, and moved to London to live and train with their dance coaches Shirley and Corky Ballas. He and their son Mark Ballas, also on Dancing with the Stars, are still best friends and perform in a band called the Ballas Hough Band.
"In dancing, there's a lot of acting involved, and you have to combine both of them (the dancing and the acting) to put on a show, because that's our job."
A multi-talented entertainer, Derek also performed on London's West End and played the lead in Footloose. One of the dancers on the first Dancing with the Stars Tour and a choreographer on the BBC (UK) hit show, Dance X, he recently took a break from competitive dance to focus on acting and singing.
Derek danced with Polish dancer Aneta Piotrowska, who appeared on the Polish version of Dancing with the Stars. Derek says, "I loved doing the Rumba. It was amazing because everything was 100% genuine." Professionalism really comes into play when both partners are talented, but have no chemistry with each other. He feels as long as both people come across like they're having a good time, they can have a successful partnership.
Derek would rather lose a competition knowing that he danced his absolute best, than win thinking he didn't deserve it. Even though he was not always technically the best in competitions, he concentrated on his connection with his partner and the audience. That said, Derek has two Mirror Ball Trophies under his belt: Season 7 with Brooke Burke, and Season 10 with Nicole Scherzinger.
He really loves the recognition from his all his fans, especially the Latin dance fans who know the hard work and dedication it takes.
Posted 31 August 2011 - 05:34 AM
She looks good. I wonder if she is still married. Haven't seen her around for a long time.
Posted 19 September 2011 - 06:27 PM
I actually really enjoyed watching her. She seemed to enjoy every moment of her dance. Very nice.
Posted 11 October 2011 - 05:02 AM
I have loved Ricki's and Derek's performances the last two weeks! She has become my favorite this year.
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