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Cast: Michael St. Gerard, Pia Zadora, Josh Charles, Mink Stole, Ricki Lake, Sonny Bono, John Waters, Ruth Brown, Divine, Vitamin C, Debbie Harry, Jerry Stiller, Clayton Prince, Ric Ocasek, Shawn Thompson, Leslie Ann Powers ...LESS
Hairspray is a 1988 American romantic musical comedy film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, Colleen Fitzpatrick, and Michael St. Gerard. Hairspray was a dramatic departure from Waters' earlier works,... MORE
Hairspray is a 1988 American romantic musical comedy film written and directed by John Waters, and starring Ricki Lake, Divine, Debbie Harry, Sonny Bono, Jerry Stiller, Leslie Ann Powers, Colleen Fitzpatrick, and Michael St. Gerard. Hairspray was a dramatic departure from Waters' earlier works, with a much broader intended audience. In fact, Hairspray's PG is the mildest rating a Waters film has received; most of his previous films were rated X by the MPAA. Set in 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, the film revolves around self-proclaimed "pleasantly plump" teenager Tracy Turnblad as she pursues stardom as a dancer on a local TV show and rallies against racial segregation. Hairspray was only a moderate success upon its initial theatrical release, earning a modest gross of $8 million. However, it managed to attract a larger audience on home video in the early 1990s and became a cult classic. Most critics praised the film, although some were displeased with the overall campiness. In 2002, the film was adapted into a Broadway musical of the same name, which won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical in 2003. LESS
In 1988, actress Ricki Lake made her big screen debut opposite Deborah Harry and Divine in Hairspray, the first of several films she would make with cult director John Waters. In 1993, after a very public battle with weight loss, she landed her own successful daytime talk show. More recently, she has produced the documentary The Business of Being Born, a critically acclaimed look into the politics of childbirth, produced and co-starred in the TV movie Loving Leah, and replaced Sharon Osbourne as host of the VH1 reality series Charm School.
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