Maddie Baillio's stage presence is undeniable!
On Tuesday, the outgoing newcomer stopped by the Today Show to make the EXCITING announcement that she'll star as Tracy Turnblad in NBC's next big musical event, Hairspray Live!
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For those who don't know, Tracy is the main character of the beloved and iconic musical. Over the years, stars like Nikki Blonsky and Ricki Lake have taken on the coveted role.
Luckily for us, Baillio gave us a personal introduction alongside comic icon Harvey Fierstein who will play her stage-mom Edna. In the adorable interview, the 20-year-old explained how she beat out 1,000 other hopefuls to don Tracy's big hair!
To make the situation even sweeter, Maddie revealed that she was just a college student living in League City, Texas before she got her big break:
Another couple has officially called it quits!
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Ricki Lake has filed for divorce from her estranged hubby Christian Evans after only two and a half years of marriage.
Keke Palmer may be young but she’s got all the talent one needs to be a successful talk show host!
The 20-year-old has just signed on to host her own daily talk series on BET, focusing on millennials and the issues they care about!
The Keke Palmer Project (working title) will have a 4-week trial run starting in July. Her show is being executive producer by Judge Mathis!
And even though her series hasn’t even aired yet, Keke is already breaking records!
She’s now the youngest person to ever host their own talk show! She beats out Ricki Lake who got her gig hosting her own daily series at age 25!
You go, girl!
Don’t go assuming Keke is done acting though! She’s also set to star in Drew Barrymore’s new horror movie, Animal. AND Keke will have a six-episode arc on the Showtime series, Masters of Sex!
Wow! Keke is KILLING it!
Congratz on the new show, Miz Palmer!
[Image via Derrick Salters/WENN.]
This glorious gal is a documentary making machine!
Ricki Lake & filmmaker Abby Epstein teamed up again to make another movie!
This time they're educating everyone on the medicinal effects of marijuana!!
It's called Weed the People and it suggests, amongst other things, that there is an inherent hypocrisy in the way the United States classifies drugs like marijuana!
Ch-ch-check out the eight-minute long trailer for yourself (above)!
Ricki has produced her fair share of documentaries before, but we're guessing this one will play even better in Colorado and Washington, LOLz!!
Back in 1989, there was no Twitter, but there were some incredible actors and actresses who would grow up to have one! Ha!
This clip is from the Young Hollywood musical number during the Oscars that year, which was introduced by Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. It’s been too long since we heard that contagious Lucy laugh! Sadly, she passed away just around a month after this moment.
But the performance is just phenomenal, with Holly Robinson Peete and Ricki Lake belting it out, and Patrick Dempsey slaying some air monsters!
Some of the other awesome performers are Blair Underwood, Christian Slater, and Corey Feldman.
Ch-ch-check out the
old New Hollywood magic (above)!
Oh whoa, this sounds pretty intense!
Ricki Lake is teaming up with her friend & documentary maker Abby Epstein to battle another issue that is important to them!
Birth control pills!!
The ladies are tackling the possibly unknown side-effects of the pills and what effect it has on women's bodies!