Dancing With the Stars Profile: Marissa Jaret Winokur

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It's been years since Marissa Jaret Winokur showed off her moves in public. But her starring turn on Hairspray on Broadway did earn this actress a Tony Award.

On Dancing with the Stars, we'll soon find out if Winokur still has it. For now, here's background on the contestant:

Age 35
Best Known For Her Tony Awardâ€"winning performance in Hairspray
Lives In Los Angeles
Partner Tony Dovolani

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Advantages Winokur studied a little tap and jazz in college as part of her musical theater training. She's also got a great outlook on life. In 2001, Winokur was diagnosed with cervical cancer. She beat the cancer, stopped eating junk food and improved her self image. "I would say to women out there: You can be happy and healthy, and you don't have to be a size 0 to do this."
Disadvantages Winokur describes herself as "totally dyslexic. I can't tell my left leg from my right leg."

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