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Nicole "Nikki" Blonsky (born November 9, 1988) is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Tracy Turnblad in the 2007 film Hairspray and as Maggie Baker in the 2008 television movie Queen Sized.

Personal life

Blonsky was born in Great Neck, New Yorkmarker, which is in Nassau County on Long Island, NY, the daughter of Karen (née Smeja), a school aide, and Carl Blonsky, a municipal worker for the village water pollution control district. Blonsky worked at Cold Stone Creamery before starting her work on Hairspray.

She graduated from Great Neck Village Schoolmarker in June 2005. Her father is Jewish but she was raised in her mother's Catholic religion. She wanted to be Tracy Turnblad when she saw Hairspray on Broadway. She tried out for the part then, but was told she was too young. Coincidentally, she was born the same year the original Hairspray film was released.

She said that her favorite singers are Patsy Cline and Cass Elliot.



Blonsky was honored in the 13th Annual Critics' Choice Awards for her role as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray in 2007 (Best Young Actress). She was taped "screaming her brains out" when she won the award. Blonsky, along with Queen Latifah, Amanda Bynes, James Marsden, John Travolta, Zac Efron, Brittany Snow, Allison Janney, and Elijah Kelley, also won best acting ensemble in Hairspray.


Blonsky began work on her debut album in September 2007. She confirmed in November 2007 that she was working with alternative rock musician Duncan Sheik on a number of tracks. Her first single, "On a High", a cover of one of Sheik's tracks, was featured in the Lifetime Original Movie Queen Sized, in which Blonsky also starred. On December 18, 2007, she performed with the Turtle Creek Chorale in her first solo performance.

Blonsky covered the Disney classic "A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes" from Cinderella for DisneyMania 6, which was released on May 20, 2008.


In 2008, Blonsky announced plans to star in a television sitcom, which is currently in the planning stages. In 2009 Blonsky made a guest appearance on the Ugly Betty episode "Dressed for Success", in which she played Teri O'Shaughnessy, an assistant at Elle, the rival magazine of the show’s fictional Mode.


On 22 June 2008 she sang the American National Anthem in the pre-race ceremony at the 2008 Toyota\Save Mart 350 that took place at Infineon Racewaymarker.


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Hairspray Tracy Turnblad Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress
2008 Queen Sized Maggie Baker TV movie
Harold Rhonda
2009 Ugly Betty Teri Episode: "Dressed for Success"
Waiting for Forever Dolores post-production
2010 Hairspray 2: White Lipstick Tracy Turnblad


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