Ricki Lake's weight has been a much talked-about subject ever since the very beginning of her career in entertainment. For her first movie role, Lake landed the part of the "pleasantly plump" Tracy Turnblad, the lead in the original 1988 "Hairspray" film. Up until that point, the aspiring actress hadn't had any experience with public scrutiny. But that was about to change.
At first, Lake tells "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" in the above video, she was thrilled to be a part of a story as iconic as "Hairspray" -- and is still grateful for the experience to this day.