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Ricki Lake Engaged

8/11/2011 9:10pm EDT
Ricki Lake
Actress Ricki Lake is engaged to wed her new boyfriend after a year of dating.

The Hairspray star and former talk show host began dating Christian Evans last summer and she revealed on Thursday that they are now planning to exchange vows.

Lake broke the news to fans by posting a photo of the happy couple on her page and writing, "Thrilled to share some happy news with you... I'm engaged!"

The 42 year old has been outspoken about her love for Evans and recently gushed, "I'm totally in love. I'm happier than I've ever been."

Lake divorced artist Rob Sussman, the father of her ...

Man Sues Ricki Lake For Burning Down His House

6/12/2011 2:00pm EDT
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake has been sued over a fire that destroyed her rented Malibu, California, beach house last summer.

Lake has been hit with a lawsuit from owner Hovsep Kousouyan, who has accused the former talk show host of burning down the house in an accident with flammable heating oil.

According to Kousouyan's complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Lake was refilling a portable heater when she spilled the oil on hot heating coils, causing the fire which spread throughout the entire property.

Kousouyan wants Lake to pay for all of the damages, according to

Lake previou...

Ricki Lake: 'I'm Totally In Love'

5/25/2011 8:15am EDT
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake has found love again with a new boyfriend and insists she is "happier" than she has "ever been".

The 42-year-old former talk show host divorced artist Rob Sussman, the father of her two sons, in 2003 after 10 years of marriage. She has been dating since the split, but has now embarked on a serious relationship with a man called Christian.

Lake reveals they have been a couple since last summer and are now living together, telling, "I'm totally in love. We're having so much fun. I'm happier than I've ever been. He's a normal guy. We met through my best friend. His na...

Ricki Lake Heading Back To Television

4/21/2011 11:31am EDT
Ricki Lake
Ricki Lake is heading back to TV with a new talk show; seven years after her long-running self-titled series came to an end.

The 42 year old spent 11 years on air with her daytime chat show before it was axed in 2004.

She has since dabbled in other TV projects, making a documentary about childbirth and a stint hosting reality program Charm School, but she has now signed a deal with bosses at Twentieth Television to develop another talk show.

Stephen Brown, senior vice-president of programming and development at Twentieth Television, tells Reuters, "Ricki is a pop culture icon who has ...

Ricki Lake's L.A. Home Burns Down

9/19/2010 11:08am EDT
Ricki Lake
Actress and TV personality Ricki Lake has been left devastated after her Los Angeles home burned down in a freak fire.

The star, who appeared in the original 1988 "Hairspray" film, was refueling a portable heater in the rental Malibu property on Saturday when her couch set alight and the flames spread across the house.

Lake was forced to flee the fire and managed to escape unharmed with her two sons and dogs. They are now staying with friends, reports celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.

A spokesperson for the star has confirmed the devastating news, claiming Lake has "lost many personal item...

Q&A With 'Drop Dead Diva's' Margaret Cho

6/4/2010 9:28am EDT
Margaret Cho
Comedienne Margaret Cho has a lot to be thankful for. The San Francisco native who grew up among ex-hippies has transformed herself from budding stand-up opener to Jerry Seinfeld to cultural icon. At 41-years-old, Cho has become everything from best-selling author to a sex kitten on her own glitzy burlesque tour.

Having made thousands of fans laugh worldwide, as well as advocating human rights for women, Asians, and the LGBT community, Cho is a star in her own right. Just when one would expect her to step off the spotlight to relish her fame, she continues to get more bellies aching with h...

Patricia Heaton Q&A On Her New ABC Series 'The Middle'

8/26/2009 10:12am EDT
Patricia Heaton
Patricia Heaton is back with another TV comedy. Now, we know what you're thinking. She already tried to follow up Everybody Loves Raymond with Back to You, that newsroom comedy. Well, this one is back in her wheelhouse.

ABC's The Middle stars Heaton as a married mother raising her family in middle America. Each of her kids have their own special demands, and the first episode already has her wearing a Superwoman costume for a last minute school presentation.

As a working mom herself, Heaton knows The Middle is all too real. She was happy to share her experiences, both real and dramat...

A Pop Culture Focus Group

5/12/2009 9:30am EDT
On a seemingly normal sunny Sunday morning, a few lucky "My Life, Made Possible By Pop Culture" readers gathered at a local Los Angeles theater for something they had only previously seen advertised as a "poor man's Chelsea Lately roundtable." The pop culture fans weighed in on everything from the leak of Eminem's new album to the new VH1 shows. They laughed; they ate cupcakes; and they found they agreed…at least on most topics.

Late last week, NBC announced their new fall line-up, which was ripe with an almost surprisingly equal amount of comedy, reality, and drama and included quite ...

'American Idol' Gives Back, And Michael Johns Is Eliminated

4/11/2008 9:07am EDT
American Idol
Tuesday night came and went. Host Ryan Seacrest introduced eight singers and three judges. Each performer chose an inspirational song to sing. As fast as it started, it ended. This week's "American Idol" could not compare to the hype and significance of Wednesday night's success of "American Idol Gives Back."

Why focus on Tuesday night's performances when one of the most popular reality shows dedicated two and half hours to raising money for poverty in the United States and Africa. Celebrities from all parts of the world displayed their compassion and generosity through their part...

'Dancing with the Stars' Premiere Part 2: Ladies Night

3/19/2008 9:18am EDT
Dancing With The Stars competitor Shannon Elizabeth
On Tuesday's episode of "Dancing With The Stars" they started out by reintroducing the competitors, for the three of you who didn't watch Monday night. At least we didn't have to sit through another random dancing scene, but I was left wondering what they're going to do to fill time - clips from Monday night, of course.

I noticed Steve Guttenberg got 666, creepy. Since I have the mutant power to remember what happened Monday night I started to zone out a bit. Len was in a good mood the night before, but apparently he was grumpy on Tuesday. Good thing he is professional enough to let u...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 21

9/21/2007 3:00am EDT
Faith Hill
Happy Birthday to "Lost" actress Maggie Grace (1983), socialite Nicole Richie (1981), Indian actress Kareena Kapoor (1980), Korn drummer David Silveria (1972), Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (1972), "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro (1971), "Idiocracy" actor Luke Wilson (1971), talk show host Ricki Lake (1968), Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart (1967), country singer Faith Hill (1967), "RV" actress Cheryl Hines (1965), "Cradle Will Rock" actor Angus Macfadyen (1963), "Numb3rs" actor Rob Morrow (1962), "Becker" actress Nancy Travis (1961), "JAG" star David James Elliot (1...

Whoopi Goldberg To Join 'The View?'

6/11/2007 2:29pm EDT
Whoopi Goldberg
There has been an empty seat amongst the ladies of "The View" “and it will be a tough seat to fill" an ABC insider tells Star magazine. This decade long talk show lost Star Jones last season and now her replacement Rosie O'Donnell. O'Donnell made her exit on May 23, 2007. And now the question is - who will replace the outspoken O’Donnell this fall?

Looks like the new host of "The View" is going to be Whoopi Goldberg, "As far as everyone at ABC is concerned, she has the job. They have been meeting with Kathy Griffin, Roseanne Barr, Ricki Lake and Gayle King. "While Kathy was a str...

Celebrities Help Put New Face On Alzheimer's

4/16/2007 12:23pm EDT
Lea Thompson
Dozens of celebrities are lending their time, talents and faces to educate the public on the facts of Alzheimer's disease and challenge more than five million people -- one for every person currently living with the disease -- to get involved.

A photo collection of 23 famous faces wearing purple T-shirts featuring motivational words from the Alzheimer's Association's new consumer campaign will be unveiled today in New York. The photo exhibit of well-known Alzheimer's Champions are slated to travel to more than 12 markets later this year as part of the first comprehensive public educat...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 21

9/21/2006 3:00am EDT
Faith Hill
Happy Birthday to "Lost" actress Maggie Grace (1983), socialite Nicole Richie (1981), Indian actress Kareena Kapoor (1980), Korn drummer David Silveria (1972), Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (1972), "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro (1971), "Idiocracy" actor Luke Wilson (1971), talk show host Ricki Lake (1968), Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart (1967), country singer Faith Hill (1967), "RV" actress Cheryl Hines (1965), "Cradle Will Rock" actor Angus Macfadyen (1963), "Numb3rs" actor Rob Morrow (1962), "Becker" actress Nancy Travis (1961), "JAG" star David James Elliot (1...

Upcoming 'Gameshow Marathon' To Feature Lance Bass, Leslie Nielsen & Other Celebs

5/25/2006 2:35pm EDT
Emmy Award nominee Ricki Lake hosts as celebrities play "Let's Make a Deal" on “Gameshow Marathon,” a new CBS series where classic game shows are played by celebrity contestants. In the second episode on June 1, (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Lance Bass ('N Sync), Paige Davis (Trading Spaces), Tim Meadows (Saturday Night Live) and Leslie Nielsen (Airplane) dress in outrageous costumes and try to avoid getting "zonked" as they compete to win the best prizes and the most cash in an effort to get a spot on "Finalist Row."

After winning in the first episode, "The Price is Right," Brande Roderick...