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John Waters
(April 29, 1946 - living) U.S.A.

John Waters

Film director and sreenwriter


John WatersWaters was born and raised in an upper-middle-class part of Baltimore, Maryland, (where most of his films have been set and where he still lives), and began making amateur movies while in his teens. He gathered together interested friends and neighbors to form his own stock company, the undisputed star of which was Harris Glenn Milstead, a former high-school chum and 300-pound cross-dresser who billed himself as Divine.

In a recent review of Pink Flamingos (which has just been reissued in a 25th anniversary version), Michael Atkinson wrote that Waters was the "official doyen of American bad taste, our well-beloved, anti-establishment, smirking wellspring of gay camp..." and that he "has gotten farther on less talent than nearly any other filmmaker in the history of cinema." However, Waters' more recent films have begun to enter the mainstream.


His films include:

  • Mondo Trasho (1970)
  • Multiple Maniacs (1971)
  • Pink Flamingos (1973)
  • Female Trouble (1975)
  • Desparate Living (1977)
  • Polyester (1981)
  • Hairspray (1988)
  • Cry Baby (1990)
  • Serial Mom (1994)
  • Pecker (1998)
  • Cecil B. Demented (2000)
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