Velma Von Tussle is a villain from both film versions of "Hairspray". She is one of the two main antagonists of the 1988 film (the other being her husband Franklin) and the only main antagonist of the 2007 film adaptation of the stage musical adaptation (the only one in this case, as she isn't shown to have a husband). She is the mother of spoiled "Corny Collins Show" lead dancer Amber Von Tussle and the manager of the WZZT (WYZT in the 2007 film) studio, and she is racist. She is played by Debbie Harry in the 1988 film and Michelle Pfeiffer in the 2007 film.
(In the 2007 film version, only in a deleted scene does she get arrested after she had been fired by Mr. Spritzer for having switched the tallies just to try to make it look like Amber won for Miss Teenage Hairspray".)