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Marissa Jaret Winokur: You Don't Have to Carry a Baby to Gain Baby Weight! | Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur: You Don't Have to Carry a Baby to Gain Baby Weight!

Originally posted 06/17/2009 11:10AM

Marissa Jaret Winokur, host of the new weight loss dance show Dance Your Ass Off, gained baby weight while awaiting the birth of her son Zev – and she wasn't even pregnant.

A survivor of cervical cancer, Winokur, 36, had her now-11-month-old son with husband Judah Miller through a surrogate and says she put on 25 pounds during and after the pregnancy. "[It was] total stress," says the actress, who won a Tony in 2003 for the musical Hairspray. "You don't actually have to carry the baby to gain weight."

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Marissa Jaret Winokur Heading Back to Broadway | Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur Heading Back to Broadway

Originally posted 11/18/2008 05:10PM

Marissa Jaret Winokur is headed back to Broadway's Hairspray as the splashy musical in which she got her career start heads into its final weeks. And, this time, she's taking her baby.

Starting Dec. 9, Winokur will reprise her starring role as the ample and eager Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad, for which she won a 2003 Tony as best leading actress in a musical.

“When I started with the show I was cancer-free, I was single, I had no kids. I was just an unemployed actress," the former Dancing with the Stars finalist and cervical-cancer survivor, who welcomed son Zev Isaac Miller last July, tells PEOPLE.

"To go back to the show that gave me a career, gave me a life and now I can share this with my child – how do you say no? Besides, when does a 35-year-old get to play 16?"

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Dancing's Marissa Jaret Winokur Is a Mom!

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Dancing's Marissa Jaret Winokur Is a Mom!

Originally posted 07/24/2008 06:00PM

Marissa Jaret Winokur, of Dancing with the Stars, and her husband, comedy writer Judah Miller, are the parents of their first child, son Zev Isaac Miller, Winokur tells PEOPLE exclusively.

Winokur and Miller helped deliver the baby on Tuesday. The child was carried to term by a surrogate mother.

"He is so perfect," Winokur, 35, told PEOPLE on Thursday. "My little miracle baby is here, and I can't believe it."

Zev (his name means wolf in Hebrew) weighed 8 lbs., 7 oz. and measured 21 inches long.

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Marissa Winokur's Surrogate to Be Son's Godmother | Marissa Jaret Winokur

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Marissa Winokur's Surrogate to Be Son's Godmother

Originally posted 06/29/2008 12:30PM

Marissa Jaret Winokur is counting down the days until the arrival of her son Zev, whose due date is July 22.

"I just want him to come," the Tony-winning Hairspray star told PEOPLE at the Verizon Palm Centro launch party Thursday at L.A.'s Elevate Lounge. "I have to go out and do things because I'm just waiting for him to come."

Winokur, a cervical-cancer survivor who's having a surrogate carry her baby with TV-writer husband Judah Miller, says the situation has its share of strange moments.

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Mom-to-Be Marissa Winokur Rushing to Be Ready | Marissa Jaret Winokur

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Mom-to-Be Marissa Winokur Rushing to Be Ready

Originally posted 06/10/2008 04:45PM

Marissa Jaret Winokur has six more weeks until the July 22 due date of her baby – and she's not ready.

"I'm the most ill-prepared parent on the planet," the Tony-winning Hairspray star told PEOPLE at her baby shower Monday at Manhattan's Hudson Hotel. "We were doing construction at our house and I went off and did Dancing with the Stars. Four months later, nothing's gotten done and I'm totally in a panic."

Winokur, a survivor of cervical cancer, is using a surrogate for the delivery. (Because Winokur's treatment included a radical hysterectomy, she is not able to become pregnant or carry a baby.)

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Marissa Jaret Winokur Tackles Her Toughest Dance: Motherhood | Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur Tackles Her Toughest Dance: Motherhood

Originally posted 05/12/2008 01:15PM

"I'm completely freaking out" about becoming a mom, says the DWTS semi-finalist

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Dancing's Marissa Credits Her 'Booty' for High Score | Marissa Jaret Winokur

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Dancing's Marissa Credits Her 'Booty' for High Score

Originally posted 04/15/2008 04:40PM

"I shook it as much as I could," Winokur says after her crowd-pleasing performance

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Marissa Jaret Winokur Expecting Her First Child | Marissa Jaret Winokur

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Marissa Jaret Winokur Expecting Her First Child

Originally posted 03/19/2008 02:40PM

Broadway star and season six Dancing with the Stars contestant Marissa Jaret Winokur, 35, and her husband, King of the Hill writer Judah Miller, are expecting their first child, the actress tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The former Hairspray star, who survived cervical cancer seven years ago, says a surrogate mother is carrying the baby. The pregnancy is five months along.

"[The year] 2008 is beginning to be the best year of my life," Winokur gushes. While being cast on Dancing's sixth season made the actress ecstatic, the real excitement is her impending motherhood.

"I don't care if I win or lose Dancing with the Stars because I know when the show is over I will have the best prize – a baby," Winokur says. "After cancer I never thought I’d have a baby. This is truly the best time of my life."
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