Tracy Turnblad
The 1988 and the 2007 Tracy


Tracy Edna Turnblad




Edna Turnblad (mother) Wilbur Turnblad (father)


Penny Pingleton
Seaweed J. Stubbs
Corny Collins
Little Inez Stubbs
Motormouth Maybelle
Mr. Pinky
The Corny Collins Show Members (Some)


Amber Von Tussle (formerly)
Velma Von Tussle
The Corny Collins Show Members (Some, formerly)
The Police (formerly)
Franklin Von Tussle (1988 only)


Link Larkin (Boyfriend)


Hairspray (1988 film)
Hairspray (2007 film)

Portrayed By:

Ricki Lake (1988)
Nikki Blonsky (2007)
Maddie Baillio (Hairspray Live!)

Originated By:

Marissa Jaret Winokur (Broadway and Hollywood Bowl)
Leanne Jones (London)

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Tracy Edna Turnblad is a major protagonist in both the 1988 and 2007 films. She is the oversized optimistic, racially color blind daughter of Edna Turnblad and Wilbur Turnblad.

Personal Life and Personality Edit

Tracy is a "pleasantly plump" girl, growing up in Baltimore, Maryland in the early 1960s. She is optimistic and lively, and not to mention blind to the racial segregation against blacks at the time. Her best friend is Penny Pingleton, a sheltered girl who lives at the mercy of her racist, religiously-devout mother, Prudence/Prudy Pingleton.

In the 2007 film, her dream is to take part in the Corny Collins Show, a racially-segregated teen dance show hosted by Corny Collins.She hears of an opening in the show's cast one day as she watches after school, and begs her mother to allow her to audition.

Songs (2007 film) Edit

  • Good Morning Baltimore (performed by Tracy)
  • Run and Tell That (performed by Seaweed and Inez)
  • I Know Where I've Been (performed by Maybelle and protesters)
  • You're Timeless to Me (performed by Edna and Wilbur)
  • Miss Baltimore Crabs (performed by Velma)
  • It Takes Two (performed by Link)
  • The Nicest Kids in Town (performed by Corny and Corny Collins Show cast)
  • Big, Blonde, and Beautiful (performed by Edna and Maybelle, reprise performed by Edna and Velma)
  • Hairspray (performed by Corny Collins)
  • Ladies' Choice (performed by Link)
  • I Can Hear The Bells (performed by Tracy)
  • Welcome to the '60s (performed by Tracy and Edna)
  • Without Love (performed by Tracy, Penny, Seaweed, Link, and others)
  • New Girl in Town (performed by Amber, Tammy, and Brenda 1st version, the Dynamites 2nd version)
  • You Can't Stop the Beat (performed by the entire main cast)
  • So Far to Go (performed by the entire main cast)
  • Mama I'm a Big Girl Now (performed by Tracy, Penny, and Amber)

Actresses Edit

Tracy👩🏼 was played by actress Ricki Lake in the 1988 film, whilst in the 2007 remake, she was played by Nikki Blonsky. The 2007 film was actually Blonsky's debut as a professional actress. Lake also made a cameo appearance in the 2007 film. With Hairspray Live! in 2016, she was played by Maddie Baillio.