"Motormouth" Maybelle is one of the main characters of the 1988 film Hairspray, as well as its 2002 Broadway adaptation, and its 2007 musicalized remake. In the original film, Maybelle is portrayed by Ruth Brown. In the musical adaptation, the role of Maybelle was originated by Mary Bond Davis. In the 2007 remake, Maybelle is portrayed by actress and singer Queen Latifah.