MARISSA JARET WINOKUR
NOTABLE ROLE: Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray (Tony Award)
Winokur is perhaps best known for creating the role of “Tracy Turnblad” in the Broadway musical Hairspray, winning a Tony Award, a Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress. She reunited with Harvey Fierstein for a special sold-out engagement of the show at the world-famous Hollywood Bowl. Marissa was also featured on NBC’s “Hairspray Live!.” Winokur was recently crowned winner of the inaugural season of “Celebrity Big Brother,” and previously danced her way into the hearts of America on the hit series “Dancing with the Stars,” making it all the way to the Final 4! As an actress, Marissa currently recurs on “A Million Little Things” and “The Goldbergs,” both on ABC; as well as “Crashing” on HBO. Other recent credits include HBO’s “Girls,” FOX’s, “Scream Queens,” as well as recurring on “Playing House” on USA and “American Dad” on FOX. Marissa also stared on Logo’s “Not Today Bianca” and TV Land’s “Retired at 35.”
Marissa, and Celebrity Big Brother first runner up Ross Matthews, host the official Big Brother after show “Off the Block with Ross and Marissa” for Facebook Watch. Marissa was also regularly seen as the “man on the streets” correspondent of the CBS daytime talk show “The Talk” during its first season.
Marissa started her career on the stage, appearing as “Jan” in the Broadway production of Grease. After moving to L.A., she quickly landed roles in the features Teaching Mrs. Tingle and Never Been Kissed. These were followed by her memorable roles in Scary Movie, Fever Pitch, and American Beauty, where she immortalized the phrase “You are so busted.” In television, she has starred in several series and was executive producer of the hit ABC Family romantic comedy Beautiful Girl, in which she also starred alongside Fran Drescher and Mark Consuelos.
As a cancer survivor, Winokur is passionate about raising money for research and sharing the message that there is life after cancer.