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Hairspray Movie

80's Movie Facts for Hairspray


It ainít over till the fat girl dances in this 80s movie. An overweight Baltimore teenager tries to overcome weight issues and low self-esteem in this movie.

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The movie Hairspray features an obese high school teenager Tracy Turnblad (played by Ricki Lake) who does not let her weight get in the way.

Along with her friend, Penny Pingleton (played by Leslie Ann Powers), she journeys into a world of popularity as she auditions and stars on a TV dance show, much to the envy of her classmates on Hairspray.


Franklin von Tussle - Sonny Bono
Motormouth Maybelle - Ruth Brown
Edna Turnblad/Arvin Hodgepile - Divine
Velma Von Tussle - Deborah Harry
Tracy Turnblad - Ricki Lake
Wilbur Turnblad - Jerry Stiller
Amber von Tussle - Colleen Fitzpatrick
Link Larkin - Michael St. Gerard
Penny Pingleton - Leslie Ann Powers
Seaweed - Clayton Prince
Tammy - Mink Stole
Corny Collins - Shawn Thompson
Beatnik Cat - Ric Ocasek
Beatnik Chick- Pia Zadora
Prudence Pingleton - Joann Havrilla


Rickie Lake, who played Tracy Turnblad in the movie Hairspray, was said to have lost some pounds after her dance routine in the movie.

John Waters, the director of Hairspray, made a cameo appearance on the movie as a psychiatrist.

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The Movie Hairspray was released to theatres on 02/26/1988 and grossed $66,710,000 at the box office in the US.

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