'Dancing' participant Marissa Jaret Winokur expecting first child
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/20/2008
While claiming the mirror ball trophy would be nice, Dancing with the Stars sixth-season celebrity participant Marissa Jaret Winokur feels she'll be a winner regardless of where she places in the competition.
"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 toldPeople in a Wednesday report. "2008 is beginning to the be the best year of my life."
The 35-year-old Broadway star was diagnosed with cervical caner seven years ago and needed a hysterectomy. While she made a full recovery, Winokur said the cancer scare meant motherhood would most likely be out of the question.
"After cancer I never thought I'd have a baby," she told People.
However thanks to a surrogate mother that is carrying the baby, Winokur -- who is married to King of the Hill writer Judah Miller -- is now eagerly anticipating impending motherhood. The pregnancy is five months along.
"This is truly the best time of my life," she told People.
Winokur is paired with Dancing with the Stars professional Tony Dovolani for the currently airing sixth-season of the ABC reality competition series.