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Velma Von Tussle
The 1988 and the 2007 Velma


Velma Von Tussle




Franklin Von Tussle (1988 husband)
Amber Von Tussle (daughter)


The Corny Collins Show Members (some)


Edna Turnblad
Tracy Turnblad
Corny Collins
Seaweed J. Stubbs
Motormouth Maybelle
Black People


Franklin Von Tussle (husband, 1988 only)
Wilbur Turnblad (seduced him)


Hairspray (1988 film)
Hairspray (2007 film)

Portrayed by:

Debbie Harry (1988)
Michelle Pfeiffer (2007)

Velma Von Tussle is the main antagonist on Hairspray, both, 1988 and 2007. Is the mother of the mean girl, Amber and was a producer of The Corny Collins Show. Velma is very prejudice especially towards people of a different race, and people who are overweight. She considers herself and her daughter Amber to be the best. She is also known for having a promiscuous reputation in the 2007 film. At one point she tries to seduce Wilbur Turnblad so his wife will forbid their daughter Tracy from dancing on The Corny Collins Show ever again. In the 2007 film, while everyone is dancing on the stage, Velma discusses with Amber about switching the votes for her to win the competition, but her confession is recorded by Edna and Wilbur and broadcasted around Baltimore, causing her to be fired on the spot. According to a deleted scene, as a police officer is about to arrest Seaweed, the dancers tell him to lock Velma up instead. Velma is then arrested after the officer is told (twice) he could lock her up. Amber is about to protest, but then decides she's better off without her mother and instead watches the show.

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