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Edna Turnblad
The 1988 and the 2007 Edna


Edna Turnblad


Female, usually played by a male actor


Wilbur Turnblad (husband)
Tracy Turnblad (daughter)


Prudence/Prudy Pingleton (probably)
Motormouth Maybelle
Mr. Pinky
Penny Pingleton (probably)


Velma Von Tussle
Amber Von Tussle
Franklin Von Tussle (1988 only)


Wilbur Turnblad (husband)


Hairspray (1988 film)
Hairspray (2007 film)

Portrayed by:

Divine (1988)
John Travolta (2007)

Edna Turnblad is a central character in Hairspray, in both the 1988 and 2007 films. She is the wife of Wilbur Turnblad and the mother of protagonist Tracy Turnblad. Edna is ashamed of her weight and appearance, which over the years leads to her refusing to leave her home. Tracy decides Edna should be her new agent, taking her to Mr Pinky's Hefty Hideaway to strike a contract. While there, Edna is treated to a makeover and begins to embrace herself more. Motormouth Maybelle manages to convince Edna that being big, pretty and beautiful.

Edna was played by Divine in the 1988 film and by John Travolta in the 2007 version. The role of Edna has been a drag role since the first film. 

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