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John Waters was born on the 22nd April 1946, in Baltimore, Maryland USA, into a Roman-Catholic family He is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, author, stand-up comedian, and art collector, who came to prominence in the early ’70’s with his transgressive films featuring his regular ensemble of actors including Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole, and Edith Massey. Water’s most notable films have been “Pink Flamingos” (1972), “Desperate Living” (1977), “Hairspray” (1988), and “Cry-Baby” (1990). The controversial director with a trademark pencil moustache has made a fortune in the movie industry. His career started in 1964.
Have you ever wondered how rich Jon Waters is, as of mid-2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Waters’ net worth is $38 million. In addition to directing, Waters is also a recognized writer and actor, worked on both TV and the big screen, which has helped him generate a significant amount of money.

John Waters Net Worth $38 Million

John Samuel Waters, Jr. is a son of John Samuel Waters, a manufacturer of fire protection equipment, and Patricia Ann. He grew up in the Baltimore suburb of Lutherville; his best friend – the muse Divine – also lived in Lutherville. He went to the private Calvert School in Baltimore, and then attended Towson Jr. High School and Calvert Hall College High School, before Waters matriculated from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.
Waters got an 8mm camera as a present for his 16th birthday and made his unofficial debut with the short film “Hag in a Black Leather Jacket” in 1964. His first feature film was “Eat Your Makeup” (1968), followed soon after by “Mondo Trasho” (1969), “Multiple Maniacs” (1970), “Pink Flamingos” (1972), “Female Trouble” (1974), and “Desperate Living” (1977). All his early films were shot in Baltimore, and Waters used local actors and friends to perform in them. a group called “The Dreamlanders”. They were trash and controversy movies, but Waters still earned a nice amount of money thanks to them. He began leaning toward the mainstream in the early ’80’s.
In 1981, Waters directed “Polyester”, starring Divine and Tab Hunter, but “Hairspray” (1988), with Sonny Bono, Ruth Brown and Divine was different from his early work, as he chose to minimize the thrash and unpleasant scenes. Everything changed when Divine died soon afterwards, and without his muse, Waters changed his style for good. He filmed “Cry Baby” (1990) starring Johnny Depp, “Serial Mom” (1994) with Kathleen Turner, “Pecker” (1998) with Edward Furlong and Christina Ricci, and “Cecil B. DeMented” (2000) starring Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff. Waters’ most recent movie is “Kiddie Flamingos” in 2015.
As an actor, Waters had his debut in Jonathan Demme’s comedy “Something Wild” (1986). He made notable appearances in his “Hairspray” (1988), Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999), Richard Bates Jr. horror “Excision” (2012), and “Suburban Gothic” (2014), from the same director. Waters’ latest movie is the Christmas animated horror movie “Mugworth”, currently in post-production.
Regarding his personal life, John Waters is an openly gay man, and has always supported gay rights and gay pride. He passion is ownship of a collection of over 8,000 books. Waters usually resides in Baltimore, but has residences in New York, San Francisco, and Provincetown as well.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mugworthpost-productionSir Butler
Clarence2016TV SeriesCaptain Tom
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip2015First Class Passenger
Mr. Pickles2014TV SeriesDr. Kelton
Suburban Gothic2014Cornelius
Mickey Mouse2013TV Series short
The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia2012TV SeriesJ.W.
Fish Hooks2012TV SeriesThe Yeti Lobster
Excision2012William
Mangus!2011Jesus Christ
Hairspray2007Flasher
In the Land of Merry Misfits2007Narrator
Each Time I Kill2007Movie Watcher
My Name Is Earl2007TV SeriesFuneral Director
'Til Death Do Us Part2006-2007TV SeriesThe Groom Reaper
Seed of Chucky2004Pete Peters
Dead Like Me2004TV SeriesOld man in WaffleHouse
Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat2002The Reverend
Cecil B. DeMented2000Reporter (uncredited)
Sweet and Lowdown1999Mr. Haynes
Welcome to Hollywood1998John Waters
Pecker1998Pervert on Phone (voice, uncredited)
Frasier1998TV SeriesRoger
Anarchy TV1998
The Simpsons1997TV SeriesJohn
Homicide: Life on the Street1993-1995TV SeriesR. Vincent Smith / Bartender
Serial Mom1994Ted Bundy (voice, uncredited)
Family Album1994TV SeriesVincent
21 Jump Street1990TV SeriesMr. Bean
Homer and Eddie1989Robber #1
Hairspray1988Dr. Fredrickson
Something Wild1986Used Car Guy
Pink Flamingos1972Mr. J (voice, uncredited)
Mondo Trasho1969Reporter (voice, uncredited)

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hairspray Live!2016TV Movie original screenplay
Kiddie Flamingos2015
Hairspray20071988 screenplay
This Filthy World2006Documentary written by
John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You2006TV Series writer - 13 episodes
A Dirty Shame2004written by
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards2003TV Movie documentary written by
Cecil B. DeMented2000written by
Pecker1998written by
Serial Mom1994written by
Cry-Baby1990written by
Hairspray1988written by
Polyester1981written by
Desperate Living1977
Female Trouble1974written by
Pink Flamingos1972
Multiple Maniacs1970
The Diane Linkletter Story1970Short
Mondo Trasho1969written by
Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head1968Short
Eat Your Makeup1968writer
Roman Candles1966Short
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket1964Short

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Kiddie Flamingos2015
A Dirty Shame2004
Cecil B. DeMented2000
Pecker1998
Serial Mom1994
Cry-Baby1990
Hairspray1988
Polyester1981
Desperate Living1977
Female Trouble1974
Pink Flamingos1972
Multiple Maniacs1970
The Diane Linkletter Story1970Short
Mondo Trasho1969
Dorothy, the Kansas City Pot Head1968Short
Eat Your Makeup1968
Roman Candles1966Short
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket1964Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hairspray1988co-producer
Polyester1981producer
Desperate Living1977producer
Female Trouble1974producer
Pink Flamingos1972producer
Multiple Maniacs1970producer
The Diane Linkletter Story1970Short producer
Mondo Trasho1969producer
Eat Your Makeup1968producer
Roman Candles1966Short producer
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket1964Short producer

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Desperate Living1977
Female Trouble1974filmed by
Pink Flamingos1972
Multiple Maniacs1970
The Diane Linkletter Story1970Short
Mondo Trasho1969filmed by
Eat Your Makeup1968
Roman Candles1966Short
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket1964Short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Female Trouble1974
Pink Flamingos1972
Multiple Maniacs1970
The Diane Linkletter Story1970Short
Mondo Trasho1969
Eat Your Makeup1968
Roman Candles1966Short
Hag in a Black Leather Jacket1964Short

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saturday Night Live2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Cecil B. DeMented2000writer: "Bankable Bitch", "No Budget", "Demented Forever"
Pecker1998writer: "Straight Boys", "Don't Drop the Soap For Anyone Else But Me"
Serial Mom1994writer: "Gas Chamber"
Female Trouble1974lyrics: "Female Trouble"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am Divine2013Documentary archival material
Hairspray2007consultant

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cry-Baby1990lyric adapter

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Vixens2015very special thanks
Out of Print2014/IDocumentary the director would like to thank
Haunted Trailer2014very special thanks
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
Faraday2013thanks
Death by VHS2013special thanks
First Period2013special thanks
I Am Divine2013Documentary special thanks
Daisy Derkins, Dogsitter of the Damned2013special thanks
The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies2013Documentary special thanks
I Used to Be Darker2013special thanks
Trashology2012special thanks
Vixen Highway 2006: It Came from Uranus!2010special thanks
Kaboom2010thanks
All About Evil2010special thanks
Shine Like Stars2010Documentary short special thanks
3rd Shift: Michael's Lament2009special thanks
Stiff Jobs2009Video special thanks
Little Joe2009Documentary thanks
Stupa-Man2008special thanks
Abbey of Thelema2007special thanks
An American Crime2007very special thanks
Madison Class of '642006Short a tribute to the genius of
Yeti: A Love Story2006Video special thanks
This Film Is Not Yet Rated2006Documentary the producers wish to thank
Small Town Gay Bar2006Documentary thanks
All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame'2005Video documentary very special thanks
That Man: Peter Berlin2005Documentary special thanks
Inside Deep Throat2005Documentary thanks
Meet Bob Shaye2004Video documentary short special thanks
Love and Deaf2004Short thanks
Welcome to Hollywood1998special thanks
Latin Boys Go to Hell1997thank you
Headless Body in Topless Bar1995special thanks
Homicide: Life on the Street1995TV Series special thanks - 1 episode
Love Four1994Video acknowledgment: super duper extra special thanks to
Poison1991thanks
Paris Is Burning1990Documentary special thanks
The Passing1985special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Liberation Is My Lover2017Documentary post-productionHimself
Cult Queen Mary Woronov from Warhol to Corman2016Documentary post-productionHimself
At the Video StoreDocumentary post-productionHimself
Where Is My Needle?! The Brandon Novak StoryDocumentary filmingHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2005-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself - Panelist
Mansfield 66/672017DocumentaryHimself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert2016TV SeriesHimself
The Arts Show2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Beyond the Beyond2016/IIDocumentary shortHimself
Whatever Happened to Gelitin2016Documentary
The New Yorker Presents2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Wall Writers2016DocumentaryNarrator
The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin2015Documentary
RuPaul's Drag Race2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story2015Documentary
Tab Hunter Confidential2015DocumentaryHimself
Enjoy Your Intermission2015Documentary shortHimself
Groundbreakers2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Playboy Morning Show2015TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2005-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
HitRECord on TV2014TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Last Impresario2013DocumentaryHimself - Interviewee
The Daily Show1997-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
I Am Divine2013DocumentaryHimself
The Sarnos: A Life in Dirty Movies2013DocumentaryHimself
Frankenstein: A Modern Myth2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director
The Rep2012DocumentaryHimself
Paul Bowles: The Cage Door is Always Open2012DocumentaryHimself
Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film2012DocumentaryHimself
Mansome2012DocumentaryHimself
Of Dolls and Murder2012DocumentaryHimself - Narrator
CQC: Custe o Que Custar2012TV SeriesHimself
The 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards2012TV SpecialHimself - Announcer
Días de cine2011TV SeriesHimself
The 2011 Independent Spirit Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
The Advocate for Fagdom2011DocumentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live2011TV SeriesHimself
These Amazing Shadows2011DocumentaryHimself
Late Review2010TV SeriesHimself - Cultural Highlights Interviewee
The Graham Norton Show2007-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Hour2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore2010Video documentaryHimself
Uncle Bob2010DocumentaryHimself
Festivals SUNcovered2010TV SeriesHimself
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Blank City2010Documentary
Beautiful Darling2010DocumentaryHimself
William S. Burroughs: A Man Within2010DocumentaryHimself
The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special: In 3-D! On Ice!2010TV Special documentaryHimself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2009TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards2009TV SpecialHimself
It Came from Kuchar2009DocumentaryHimself
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Filmmaker
The Wild World of Ted V. Mikels2008DocumentaryHimself / Narrator
Sex: The Revolution2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll2008TV Movie documentaryHimself - Film Director
Starz Inside: In the Gutter2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero2008DocumentaryHimself
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Cry-Baby
Guest of Cindy Sherman2008DocumentaryHimself
SqueezeBox!2008DocumentaryHimself
New Line Cinema: The First Generation and the Next Generation2008Video documentaryHimself
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
You Can't Stop the Beat: The Long Journey of 'Hairspray'2007Video documentaryHimself
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story2007DocumentaryHimself
Jessica the Hippo2007TV Movie documentary voice
Ace of Cakes2007TV SeriesHimself
Obscene2007DocumentaryHimself
The Junior Defenders2007Himself
HBO First Look1994-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Henry Rollins Show2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shootout2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Happy Birthday Elton! From Madison Square Garden, New York2007TV MovieHimself
Queens of Disco2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner2007DocumentaryHimself
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
The Roots of 'Hairspray'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Treasures Untold: The Making of Disney's 'The Little Mermaid'2006Video documentaryHimself
Jackass Number Two2006DocumentaryHimself
This Filthy World2006DocumentaryHimself
The Wire: It's All Connected2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players: Off and on Broadway2006VideoHimself
50 Films to See Before You Die2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHimself
Mommie Dearest: Joan Lives On2006Video shortHimself
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis2006DocumentaryHimself
(buz'be bur'kle)n. A Study in Style2006Video shortHimself
Busby Berkeley's Kaleidoscopic Eyes2006Video shortHimself
Footlight Parade: Music for the Decades2006Video shortHimself
Joe Does the Oscars2006TV MovieHimself
The Bigger Picture2006TV SeriesHimself
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema2006DocumentaryHimself
John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You2006TV SeriesHimself
This Film Is Not Yet Rated2006DocumentaryHimself - Director of 'A Dirty Shame'
I Love the Holidays2005TV Special documentaryHimself
I Love the 80's 3-D2005TV Series documentaryHimself
It Came from... Baltimore!!2005Video documentary shortHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
All the Dirt on 'A Dirty Shame'2005Video documentaryHimself
Conceiving the 'Seed of Chucky'2005Video documentary shortHimself
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream2005DocumentaryHimself
Tracks2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best First Screenplay
That Man: Peter Berlin2005DocumentaryHimself - FIlmmaker
Inside Deep Throat2005DocumentaryHimself - Filmmaker
X-Rated2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Thinking XXX2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
SexTV2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Blondie: Live by Request2004TV MovieHimself (voice)
The Graham Norton Effect2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Class of '80 Debbie Harry2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dinner for Five2004TV SeriesHimself
The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea2004DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Larry Clark, Great American Rebel2003DocumentaryHimself
Abby Singer2003Himself
Art in the Twenty-First Century2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Totally Gay!2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood High2003TV Special documentaryHimself
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 2003 IFP Independent Spirit Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
A History of Sex2003DocumentaryHimself
Sylvester: Mighty Real2002Documentary shortHimself
E! True Hollywood Story1999-2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The 2002 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2002TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
So Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Cockettes2002DocumentaryHimself
Independent View2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Celtic Crevasse2002ShortHimself
All About Desire: The Passionate Cinema of Pedro Almodovar2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Save Our History2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Memories of Oz2001TV Special short documentaryHimself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994-2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Indie Sex: Taboos2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Murmurs of the Hearth2001Video shortHimself
In Bad Taste2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 5 - Cannes 2000 & SXSW2000Video documentaryHimself
Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story2000DocumentaryHimself
Politically Incorrect2000TV SeriesHimself - panelist
Forever Hollywood1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
El Magacine1999TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Home Movie on John Waters1998Documentary shortHimself
Little Castles1998Documentary shortHimself
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1994-1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Divine Trash1998DocumentaryHimself
Anthem1997DocumentaryHimself
Split Screen1997TV SeriesHimself
Ballyhoo: The Hollywood Sideshow!1996DocumentaryHimself
American Cinema1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Ricki Lake1994TV SeriesHimself
Last Dance1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Eurotrash1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Gastronomic Getaway1991Video shortHimself
Hotels1990TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1988TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The Incredibly Strange Film Show1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Divine Waters1985DocumentaryHimself
Emerald City1977TV SeriesHimself
Edith's Shopping Bag1976DocumentaryHimself
Love Letter to Edie1975Short documentaryHimself
Lady Divine1975DocumentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Graham Norton Show2008-2011TV SeriesHimself
Carta blanca2006TV SeriesHimself
Silenci?2005TV SeriesHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2004Stephen F. Kolzak AwardGLAAD Media Awards
2003Copper Wing Tribute AwardPhoenix Film FestivalPhoenix Film Foundation Awards
1999Filmmaker on the Edge AwardProvincetown International Film Festival
1997Jack Smith Lifetime Achievement AwardChicago Underground Film Festival

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Spoken Word AlbumFor the album "Carsick: John Waters Hitchhikes Across America."
1998Grand Prix AsturiasGijón International Film FestivalBest FeaturePecker (1998)
1989Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorHairspray (1988)
1989Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayHairspray (1988)
1988Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticHairspray (1988)


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#Fact
1Was good friends with Russ Meyer, the sexploitation filmmaker. As a fan of his work he would often go see his films in the theatre with Divine.
2Is a well known bibliophile and owns over 8,000 books.
3Favorite 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).
4In 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".
5Through Richard Owings and his wife Rachel, he is a sixth cousin once removed to Maria Shriver.
6Has released a collection of his scripts called Hairspray, Female Trouble, and Multiple Maniacs (Thunder's Mouth Press). [September 2005]
7Owns a house in San Francisco. [January 2009]
8His musical, "Hairspray" at the Marriott Theatre in Chicago, Illinois was nominated for a 2010 Joseph Jefferson Award for Production of a Musical (Large).
9Son of John Waters Sr. and Pat Waters.
10Brother-in-law of Sharon Waters.
11Was considered for the role of Det. John Munch on Homicide: Life on the Street (1993).
12Attended Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland.
13Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 2002.
14One of his closest friends is Baltimore based casting director Pat Moran.
15Maintains a home in north Baltimore, Maryland.
16Was supposed to have a cameo in American Splendor (2003), as the David Letterman guest holding a alligator.
17There is a special section of his immense book collection devoted to Liberace.
18Waters originally wanted a man named "Mr. Ray" to be the narrator of Pink Flamingos (1972). Mr. Ray was famous for his hair-weave radio ads and for his Baltimore accent. Mr. Ray refused, so Waters recorded the voice-over himself, imitating Mr. Ray's voice as "Mr. J."
19Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 48th Cannes International Film Festival in 1995.
20Grew his thin pencil-line mustache in honor of Little Richard.
21Big fan of 1950s director Douglas Sirk and actually got to meet him while in Europe.
22Bears 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.
23As 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.
24Waters has always been very gracious in acknowledging his creative influences, such as Russ Meyer, Otto Preminger, Liberace, William Castle, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Jayne Mansfield, Robert Bresson, and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
25Has taught classes at the Patuxent Institution, a correctional facility located halfway between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. The classes are meant as rehabilitation therapy for convicted killers, in which they learn to write about their violent fantasies rather than act them out.
26Subscribes to more than 80 magazines. Also goes to see just about every movie that comes out and hardly ever rents movies.
27Older brother of Steve Waters.
28He 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.
29As a youth he would watch adult-only films at the local drive-in, with binoculars.
30His 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.

#Quote
1[when asked by a reporter why crossdresser Divine ate a piece of dog dirt in his film Pink Flamingos] It was just a little piece of dogshit, and it made her a star.
2[on Camille Claudel 1915 (2013)]: Not since Freaks (1932) has there been such a harrowing pairing of a star (the sensational Juliette Binoche) with a cast of genuinely handicapped actors. Once again, the great Bruno Dumont proves he is the ultimate master of cinematic misery.[2013]
3No film can come near The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)'s snuff-like power to horrify. Just saying that great title out loud should give even real serial killers the creeps.
4(On The Wizard of Oz (1939)) When they throw the water on the witch, she says, "Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness". That line inspired my life. I sometimes say it to myself before I go to sleep, like a prayer.
5Irony ruined everything. I wish my movies could have played at drive-ins, but they never did, because of irony. Even the best exploitation movies were never meant to be 'so bad they were good'. They were not made for the intelligentsia. They were made to be violent for real, or to be sexy for real. But now everybody has irony. Even horror films now are ironic. Everybody's in on the joke now. Everybody's hip. Nobody takes anything at face value anymore.
6Pink Flamingos - I don't think it's my best movie, but God knows the day I die it will be in the first paragraph of my obituary. It helped make trash more respectable. It lasted longer than I ever would have imagined. I still meet young kids who have just seen it and they react with the same disbelief that people did the first time. I'm proud of it. It was made to make fun of censorship laws at the time. All that has kind of faded. If I hadn't done the scene where Divine ate dog shit, Johnny Knoxville would have done it in Jackass. The Jackass movies are the closest in spirit to Pink Flamingos than anything else.
7No matter what your sexual preference or gender, no one likes a man who is fussy about his looks. You can spend as much time as you want looking good. But don't do it in public.
8A movie star is someone you want to either get drunk with or have sex with.
9Sometimes I wish I was a woman, just so that I could get an abortion.
10I'm 100% gay and about 20% in gay society. Sometimes I'm more comfortable in punk rock clubs than gay clubs. There are just as many rules I rebel from in the gay world as the straight one. I'm gaily incorrect, but I do vote gay.
11As a child, I always wanted to sit in William Castle's lap, not Santa's!
12I would never do hard-core pornography, because it looks too much like open-heart surgery.
13My favorite movie idea is to do a movie where everything's fake -- the trees, the grass, even the sun.
14If someone threw up at one of my screenings, it would be like a standing ovation.
15I'll never be able to do a sequel to Pink Flamingos (1972) because it would have to end with Divine taking a shit and the dog eating it.
16Who on earth would want to assassinate Danny Thomas? It wouldn't even make the front page!
17I love Judy Garland, but if a reporter were coming to my home, I wouldn't have her music playing. A gay man loving Judy would be like a black person watching a minstrel show.
18As far as socially redeeming value, I hope I don't have any. [1983]
19Oh, Squeaky Fromme, where were you when we needed you? [1977: when asked about Anita Bryant]
20I would love to make a movie for very neurotic children. But then perhaps, I've already done that. I've shown my films at children's birthday parties. They just love them, like Punch and Judy shows.
21I pride myself on the fact that my work has no socially redeeming value.
22To me, bad taste is what entertainment is all about. If someone vomits watching one of my films, it's like getting a standing ovation. But one must remember that there is such a thing as good bad taste and bad bad taste.
23Strive for art in reverse.
24Some call me director, producer, filmmaker. I prefer to call myself pube-king.
25"If you can make someone laugh who's dead set against you, that's the first step to winning them over to your side." (2000)
26"My hobby is extreme Catholic behavior -- BEFORE the Reformation." (2000)

#Trademark
1Pencil-thin moustache and camp personality
2Many of his characters have alliterated names (Dawn Davenport, Francine Fishpaw, Tracy Turnblad, Penny Pingleton, Sylvia Stickles).
3Films combine outrageous subject matter with a sense of humor
4Casts Mink Stole in nearly all of his films
5Frequently casts Patricia Hearst
6All his movies are set in Baltimore

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