With NBC's live production of Hairspray drawing closer, we can't help but think of all the incredible women who've starred in the lead role over the years.
As you may recall, Ricki Lake made the character Tracy Turnblad famous in John Waters' 1988 hit film Hairspray. Marissa Jaret Winokur would then go onto win a Tony for the same role in the Broadway adaptation of flick. Now Maddie Baillio is taking the reigns as the plus-size optimist for the highly anticipated televised production. So it's safe to say the pressure is on — especially since so many young girls look up to Tracy!
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However, prior to her Hairspray fame, Miz Lake didn't ever think she'd get the chance to play a show stopping lead. In a sitdown with the others (named above), the 48-year-old recalled to People:
John Waters wants you to know that he did indeed write an entire sequel to Hairspray, and to prove it he's dishing with a synopsis!
We have never seen someone put so much effort into not wanting something to get made — so if you DON'T want the sequel to your 1988/2007 movie/musical to ever get made, this is the plot you write for it. It's a fool-proof plan! LOLz!
Seriously, the term "jumping the shark" was coined for both shows that literally jump sharks and for sequels with SINGING ZITS.
And, don't get us wrong, we love Mr. Waters, but we have no idea if he's punkin' us on this one!
Here's how Waters explains it:
Aww! Such an AMAZING moment between a mother and son!
Chaz Bono was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the GLAAD Media Awards and who better to present it to him than his mother Cher!
The annual award honors those who have dedicated their life in the media to fighting homophobia. Chaz is the 21sh recipient since it was first given to the Hollywood casting director for whom it is named after.
Other out and proud members of the LGBT community to receive the lifetime achievement include Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, John Waters, and Wanda Sykes.
Watch the video (above) to hear Cher has to say about her son's decision to transition and, more importantly, her own transition into fully accepting his decision!
Did you see Nicki Minaj on SNL??
She was A-MAZING!!
Watch her awesome performances of Right Thru Me and Moment 4 Life.
Then she went on to do a digital short called The Creep with The Lonely Island (and John Waters!!) and played in a sketch as the Bride of Blackenstein.
Watch all four vids (above).
Click here to the legendary director's video blog to Barack!