Amber Von Tussle
The 1988 and the 2007 Amber


Amber Von Tussle




Franklin Von Tussle (1988 father)
Velma Von Tussle (mother)


The Corny Collins Show Members (the ones who dislike Tracy)
Corny Collins (somewhat)


Tracy Turnblad (formerly),
Corny Collins (sometimes, but not always),
Link Larkin (after he falls for Tracy)
The Corny Collins Show Members (the ones who like Tracy)


Link Larkin (ex-boyfriend)


Hairspray (1988 film)
Hairspray (2007 film)
Hairspray Live! (2016)

Portrayed by:

Vitamin C (1988)
Laura Bell Bundy (2002)
Brittany Snow (2007)
Dove Cameron (2016)

Role in Hairspray

Secondary antagonist

Defining Characteristics

Blonde hair, beautiful, Abilities: somewhat talented Formerly: spoiled, Now: Kind, Sweet, Caring


She feels that she always has to be at the top and win. She is cruel to Tracy and always makes fun of her for being overweight. Since Tracy steals her spotlight and her boyfriend (popular Corny Collins dancer, Link Larkin) this gives her another excuse. Amber also shares an odd semi-friendship, semi-rivalry with Corny Collins over how much of the limelight they share.

Although she is very mean, Amber is not as racist or cruel as her mother, and has shown interest in black music and a handsome black dancer at the end of both movies. In the end, Amber undergoes a change of heart and accepts her defeat to Tracy before joining in the dance, much to Velma's irritation.


Amber's mother, Velma von Tussle (Ms. Baltimore Crabs), raised Amber to be a prissy racist snob to share the spotlight between both of them on the Corny Collins Show.    


She has a song in the Broadway musical (cooties) and she sings it in hairspray live, but not the 2007 version. In the 1988 version, she has a dance (the roach). She is also featured in "The Legend of Ms. Baltimore Crabs" where her Mother turns Tracy away from an audition.    


She has a few different hairdos. In 1988, she has a up do. In the Broadway musical in 2002, she had a gigantic beehive and a curled hairstyle. In the 2007 movie musical, she has a bun up do, 3 pig tail looks, and a curly beehive-esque up do.  

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