Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Ricki! The Unauthorized Biography of Ricki Lake

Posted on

Ricki! The Unauthorized Biography of Ricki Lake

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Robert Waldron
genre:
Biography, Television

We gave it a D

John Waters, who directed Ricki Lake in her first feature film (1988’s Hairspray), says, ”I never met anybody who doesn’t like her.” But little in Ricki! The Unauthorized Biography of Ricki Lake indicates Robert Waldron ever met Lake, much less liked her. He writes like a bored schoolkid hammering out a report on a book he didn’t bother to read, and his research sounds like it was done by phone, studio PR sheets, and an old TV Guide. There is little about Ricki’s childhood, personal life, or what makes her tick. He does include a few interesting tidbits (like the fact that female impersonator Divine taught Ricki to walk in heels), but there’s more to this performer than meets Waldron’s uninvolved eye. D