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Marissa Jaret Winokur (born February 2, 1973), sometimes credited as Marissa Winokur, is an American actress. She portrayed Miss Nancy, Rocky and CeCe's first dance teacher, in the episode "Auction It Up".

Career

Marissa is best known for her performance as Tracy Turnblad in the highly successful Broadway musical adaptation of John Waters' film Hairspray, where she originated the role in 2003. The role won her Tony, Drama Desk, Theatre World, and Outer Critics Circle Awards. She reprised her role as Tracy Turnblad in the Hollywood Bowl production of Hairspray in August, 2011. Her other television credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, Moesha, The Steve Harvey Show, Just Shoot Me!, Felicity, and Dharma & Greg. She was a contestant on the popular reality competition series Dancing With the Stars. She also co-hosted the daytime talk-show, The Talk, but will not be returning in 2011.

Trivia

  • She is a cervical cancer survivor. She was diagnosed during the development of Hairspray and kept mum about her condition until she recovered and was able to remain in the show.

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