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Birth information

22 April 1946 Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Given Name

John Samuel Waters Jr.

Nickname

Pope of Trash
Prince of Puke

How tall is John Waters?

1.88 m

Life Story of John Waters

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns. As his filmmaking grew more polished and his subject matter more shocking, his audiences grew bigger, and his write-ups in the Baltimore papers more outraged. By the early 1970s he was making features, which he managed to get shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas by sheer perseverance. Success came when Pink Flamingos (1972) - a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste - took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actor Divine's infamous dog-crap eating scene.

Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray (1988), and although his movies nowadays might now appear cleaned up and professional, they retain Waters' playfulness, and reflect his lifelong obsessions.

Significant features of John Waters

All his movies are set in Baltimore
Frequently casts Patricia Hearst
Casts Mink Stole in nearly all of his films
Transgressive films that combine outrageous subject matter with a sense of bad taste
...

Publications and Magazines about John Waters

John Waters Shock Value. 1995
Robrt L. Pela Filthy: The Weird World of John Waters. 2002
John G. Ives John Waters. 1992
Ian Grey Sex, Stupidity and Greed: Inside the American Movie Industry (chapter, "The Pope of Trash"). 1997
John Waters Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters. 1986

Biographical movies about John Waters

Divine Trash 1998
Divine Waters 1985

What movies did John Waters play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Hairspray Live! (2016) , Hairspray (1988) , Polyester (1981) , Desperate Living (1977) , Female Trouble (1974) , Pink Flamingos (1972) , Multiple Maniacs (1970) , The Diane Linkletter Story (1970) , Mondo Trasho (1969) , Eat Your Makeup (1968) , Roman Candles (1966) , Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964) ,
Directors Filmography
Kiddie Flamingos (2015) , A Dirty Shame (2004) , Cecil B. DeMented (2000) , Pecker (1998) , Serial Mom (1994) , Cry-Baby (1990) ,...

Birth information

22 April 1946 Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Given Name

John Samuel Waters Jr.

Nickname

Pope of Trash
Prince of Puke

How tall is John Waters?

1.88 m

Life Story of John Waters

Growing up in Baltimore in the 1950s, John Waters was not like other children; he was obsessed by violence and gore, both real and on the screen. With his weird counter-culture friends as his cast, he began making silent 8mm and 16mm films in the mid-'60s; he screened these in rented Baltimore church halls to underground audiences drawn by word of mouth and street leafleting campaigns. As his filmmaking grew more polished and his subject matter more shocking, his audiences grew bigger, and his write-ups in the Baltimore papers more outraged. By the early 1970s he was making features, which he managed to get shown in midnight screenings in art cinemas by sheer perseverance. Success came when Pink Flamingos (1972) - a deliberate exercise in ultra-bad taste - took off in 1973, helped no doubt by lead actor Divine's infamous dog-crap eating scene.

Waters continued to make low-budget shocking movies with his Dreamland repertory company until Hollywood crossover success came with Hairspray (1988), and although his movies nowadays might now appear cleaned up and professional, they retain Waters' playfulness, and reflect his lifelong obsessions.

Significant features of John Waters

All his movies are set in Baltimore
Frequently casts Patricia Hearst
Casts Mink Stole in nearly all of his films
Transgressive films that combine outrageous subject matter with a sense of bad taste
...

Publications and Magazines about John Waters

John Waters Shock Value. 1995
Robrt L. Pela Filthy: The Weird World of John Waters. 2002
John G. Ives John Waters. 1992
Ian Grey Sex, Stupidity and Greed: Inside the American Movie Industry (chapter, "The Pope of Trash"). 1997
John Waters Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters. 1986

Biographical movies about John Waters

Divine Trash 1998
Divine Waters 1985

What movies did John Waters play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Hairspray Live! (2016) , Hairspray (1988) , Polyester (1981) , Desperate Living (1977) , Female Trouble (1974) , Pink Flamingos (1972) , Multiple Maniacs (1970) , The Diane Linkletter Story (1970) , Mondo Trasho (1969) , Eat Your Makeup (1968) , Roman Candles (1966) , Hag in a Black Leather Jacket (1964) ,
Directors Filmography
Kiddie Flamingos (2015) , A Dirty Shame (2004) , Cecil B. DeMented (2000) , Pecker (1998) , Serial Mom (1994) , Cry-Baby (1990) ,...

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John Waters, Divine, David Lochary, Danny Mills, Mary Vivian Pearce, etc.

His favorite childhood memory was seeing real blood on the seat of a wrecked car when visiting a scrap yard and fantasizing about lethal car crashes.

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As a youth he would watch adult-only films at the local drive-in, with binoculars.

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John Waters in Mommie Dearest: Joan Lives On (2006)

He is obsessed with true-crime and used to regularly attend gory trials all over the US, where he often saw the same faces in the public galleries.

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John Waters in Suburban Gothic (2014)

Subscribes to more than 80 magazines. Also goes to see just about every movie that comes out and hardly ever rents movies.

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John Waters in Der Pecker (1998)

As a youth, he made as much as $50 a week doing puppet shows for the neighborhood children, and was often hired to entertain at birthday parties. He stated that many of his puppet shows were inspired by the gimmick-heavy films of William Castle.

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Bears such a strong resemblance to actor Steve Buscemi that as a joke, John Waters sent out cards with a photo of Buscemi made up to look like Waters.

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John Waters and Divine in Hairspray (1988)

Maintains a home in north Baltimore, Maryland.

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One of his closest friends is Baltimore based casting director Pat Moran.

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John Waters, Divine, and Tab Hunter in Polyester (1981)

Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002.

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Attended Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland.

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Was considered for the role of Det. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street (1993).

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Son of John Waters Sr. and Pat Waters.

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His musical, "Hairspray" at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award for Production of a Musical (Large).

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John Waters and Tessa Thompson

Has released a collection of his scripts called Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs (Thunder's Mouth Press). [September 2005]

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In 2008, Waters was planning to make a children's Christmas film called Fruitcake, starring Johnny Knoxville and Parker Posey. Filming was planned for November 2008, but it was shelved in January 2009. In 2010, Waters told the Chicago Tribune that "Independent films that cost $5 million are very hard to get made. I sold the idea, got a development deal, got paid a great salary to write it-and now the company is no longer around, which is the case with many independent film companies these days".

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John Waters and Divine at an event for Hairspray (1988)

Favorite movies are The Wizard of Oz (1939), Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! (1965), Boom! (1968), Beyond the Valley of the Dolls (1970), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975), I Stand Alone (1998), and Maps to the Stars (2014).

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John Waters and Patricia Hearst

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