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Born: April 22, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Baltimore, Maryland, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland
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Began working as a puppeteer at age 12, performing at children's birthday parties
1964:
Directed first 8mm short, "Hag in a Black Leather Jacket"
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Released three of his 8mm shorts under the umbrella title, "Roman Candles"; first collaboration with Divine and Mink Stole
1970:
Feature film debut as writer/director, "Mondo Trasho"
1971:
First feature starring Divine, "Multiple Maniacs"
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Attended court trials of the Manson gang, Patty Hearst, and serial killer Richard Ramirez
1972:
Released the notorious cult film, "Pink Flamingos" starring Divine and Mink Stole; film was closed down in Hicksville, NY and Waters fined $5,000 for obscenity; film was also banned in Australia, Canada and Norway
1975:
"Pink Flamingos" was accepted into the permanent collection of the Musum of Modern Art
1981:
First studio-backed feature, "Polyester" starring Divine and Mink Stole; employed "Odorama" a gimmick involving the distribution of scratch-and-sniff cards to be used with visual cues in the film
1986:
Made cameo appearance as car salesman in Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild"
1986:
Had role in TV-movie "Passion Flower" (CBS)
1988:
Directed his most profitable feature (to date) "Hairspray"; first film with Ricki Lake; last film with Divine
1991:
Honored with a 7-day career retrospective, "Midnight Madness: The Films of John Waters" at the Angelika Theater in NYC
1994:
First Hollywood A-list film (major stars; $13 million budget), "Serial Mom"
1996:
Participated on-camera in "Ballyhoo! The Hollywood Sideshow" (American Movie Classics)
1997:
Provided a character voice on the animated FOX series "The Simpsons"
1997:
"Pink Flamingos" was re-released in a 25th Anniversary edition
1998:
Wrote and directed "Pecker," a semi-autobiographical portrait of a teenaged photographer
1999:
Featured in Woody Allen's "Sweet and Lowdown"
2000:
Helmed "Cecil B. DeMented" starring Melanie Griffith and Stephen Dorff; loosely based on the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst
2004:
Directed the the NC-17-rated "A Dirty Shame" starring Tracey Ullman, Johnny Knoxville and Selma Blair
2004:
Voiced the Sleazy Reporter in "Seed of Chucky"
2007:
Played the narrator/groom reaper in the 13-part TV true-crime drama series "Til Death Do Us Part" (Court TV)
2007:
Appeared in "This Filthy World," a straight documentary of his long-running one-man show

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