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John Waters

“The Pope of Trash” was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and is best known as a film director, producer and screenwriter. Waters first dabbled in experimental shorts during the 1960s before transitioning to features with his 1969 debut Mondo Trasho. His next film, the cult hit Pink Flamingos, gained notoriety as the grossest film ever made due to the film’s extreme situations, including the ending where the main character, Babs, eats dog excrement on camera. Inspired by the schlocky B-movies of the 1950s and armed with sharp satires of suburban society and social conventions, Waters set out to push the boundaries of good taste even further with films like Polyester, Hairspray, Cry-Baby and A Dirty Shame. Waters’ camp sensibility and his longtime collaboration with his friend, transvestite actor Divine, has garnered a devoted cult following. An author of several books and a spoken word performer, Waters continues to live up to his campy sordid reputation.