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Originally posted 07/12/2011 01:45PM
This summer, fans can catch Nikki Blonski performing Hairspray numbers off-Broadway.
Make that about 20 miles off-Broadway.
The actress, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Tracy Turnblad in the hit 2007 movie adaptation of the stage musical, has taken a summer job selling shoes at the Steven Dann boutique in her hometown of Great Neck, N.Y.
Originally posted 06/09/2011 09:10AM
Looks like Nikki Blonsky has plenty to sing about: The Hairspray star has a new boyfriend, aspiring model/actor Tommy Potoeski, a source confirms to PEOPLE.
The actress, 22, stepped out with her new man, 25, Monday, sharing a kiss on the streets of New York.
Their evening, however, was a family affair, as the couple helped Blonsky's parents, Karen and Carl, celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary at Manhattan restaurant APL.
Originally posted 02/02/2009 08:45AM
Six months after Nikki Blonsky and her family were involved in a highly publicized airport brawl with America’s Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden, the Hairspray actress says she and her family have emerged closer than ever.
"We are a very strong family, we love each other and nothing will ever tear us down,” Blonsky told PEOPLE Saturday night at the Silver Lining Society Winter Gala in N.Y.C. to benefit The Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund. "I don’t even need to defend myself. It’s pretty obvious that it was just a big scam.”
Blonsky, 20, and Golden, 20, were cleared of all charges stemming from the July 30, 2008 incident, but Blonsky's father, Carl Golden, still faces charges in Turks and Caicos, where the incident took place.
Originally posted 10/09/2008 06:00AM
Nikki Blonsky says she lives "every day in pain" since the July 30 fight involving the family of Bianca Golden, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model.
Speaking for the first time about the brawl, the Hairspray actress, 19, tells PEOPLE that she and her father Carl are "completely destroyed" by the incident.
"The hardest part for me is to see my parents walk around in severe upset and sadness," she says.
Originally posted 10/01/2008 06:30PM
America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden is speaking out for the first time about the Caribbean airport brawl, saying both Hairspray star Nickki Blonsky and her father attacked Golden's mother.
Golden says on the Oct. 8 episode of The Tyra Banks Show that her family was at the Turks & Caicos airport on July 29 returning from a family reunion for her dying grandfather when Nikki Blonsky became "very rude to my aunt."
An argument erupted between Blonsky's and Golden's families, then Blonsky's father Carl "punched my mom."
"He knocked her out," says Golden. "He hit my mom with such force she stumbled back and when she stumbled back the whole family got up and attacked my mom."
Then, when her mother was on the ground, Nikki "takes her foot and kicks my mom in her vagina, and that's when my mom fell out completely," says Golden.
Originally posted 09/24/2008 06:35AM
Goodbye, Baltimore. And good morning, New York City!
In her first professional appearance since being arrested with her father at a Caribbean airport in August, Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky performed her own cabaret show, called Coming Home, at Feinstein's nightclub in Manhattan Tuesday night.
"I was nervous, but very excited," Blonsky, a high-school production veteran, told PEOPLE after her performance – her first on a New York stage. "My stomach was churning the entire time, but I thought it went well. I'm so excited because I get to perform for 13 more nights."
Originally posted 08/12/2008 10:15AM
Carl Blonsky, the father of Hairspray actress Nikki Blonsky, has been released on $3,000 bail from a Turks and Caicos jail, says his attorney.
Blonsky, who was originally denied bail, resubmitted his bond application to an appellate court.
Blonsky is now free to leave the Turks and Caicos, attorney Oliver Smith confirmed to PEOPLE on Tuesday.
Originally posted 08/08/2008 11:30AM
The father of Hairspray actress Nikki Blonsky must stay behind bars in Turks and Caicos until a trial starts on Aug. 19, a judge ruled in a heated hearing Friday.
Carl Blonsky, 53, faces assault charges in connection with a July 29 airport brawl that police say involved him, daughter Nikki, America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden, and Golden's mother, Elaine.
Prosecutor Samantha Glinton said Blonsky – who is charged with assault with grievous bodily harm, a felony punishable by up to five years in jail – injured Elaine Golden so badly she had to be airlifted to a hospital in Aventura, Fla. She stayed for five days before being released to a neurologist, according to medical documents Glinton presented.
Originally posted 08/07/2008 05:30PM
The father of Hairspray actress Nikki Blonsky is due at a Turks and Caicos court Friday for a hearing stemming from his arrest after an airport brawl.
Carl Blonsky, who is charged with grievous bodily harm – a felony – has been jailed since the July 29 scuffle. His bail situation will be addressed at the hearing.
Nikki, 19, and America's Next Top Model contestant Bianca Golden were arrested but remain free on bail.
Originally posted 08/04/2008 10:00AM
Nikki Blonsky's friend and Hairspray costar Brittany Snow is as taken aback as anyone at the news of Blonsky's Friday arrest for alleged assault in a Caribbean airport.
"Of course I was surprised," Snow, 22, told PEOPLE Sunday at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles.
"Nikki is one of my really dear friends, and she's not a person that I would ever expect to have that controversy … surrounding her," says Snow.
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