Marissa Jaret Winokur Welcomes a Son


Jul. 24 2008, Published 1:00 p.m. ET

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Marissa Jaret Winokur has a new tiny dancer!

The Dancing with the Stars alum and her husband, writer Judah Miller, have welcomed their first child, a boy. Zev Isaac Miller arrived Tuesday, weighing 8 lbs., 7 oz.

The tyke was born via surrogate as Marissa, 35, had a hysterectomy during her successful battle with cervical cancer.

“I’ve wanted a baby for as long as I can remember," she . "It finally worked. It’s been a long journey to have this baby.”

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Marissa announced the pregnancy in March, during her fourth-place run on DWTS. With an arduous rehearsal schedule, the Hairspray star admitted she was behind in prep-work for Zev, which means "wolf" in Hebrew.

“I’ve got to start painting my nursery and getting ready to be a mom,” she said. “It’s overwhelmingly exciting and I just can’t wait.”

As for the surrogate mother, who often cheered Marissa on from the DWTS sidelines, the bubbly pint-sized actress says she's second to none.

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"She’s the most remarkable woman in the world," the Tony winner . "She’s become one of my dearest friends and will be my child’s godmother. We’re super close and I honestly couldn’t feel more pregnant. I feel like I’m the husband waiting for my baby to come. I’m with her that much so we’re very close. She’s changed my faith in the human race because she’s a good person."


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