Waters, John (1946)
|Birthname||John Samuel Waters Jr.|
|born on||22 April 1946|
|Place||Baltimore, Maryland, 39n17, 76w37|
|Timezone||EST h5w (is standard time)|
American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films, especially Pink Flamingos (1972). He is recognizable by his trademark pencil moustache.
Waters' early campy movies present exaggerated characters in outrageous situations with hyperbolic dialogue. Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble (1974), and Desperate Living (1977), which he labelled the Trash Trilogy, pushed hard at the boundaries of conventional propriety and movie censorship.
Waters' 1981 film Polyester starred Divine opposite former teen idol Tab Hunter. Since then, his films have become less controversial and more mainstream. Hairspray, the last movie he produced, was turned into a hit Broadway musical that swept the 2003 Tony Awards, and a film adaptation of the Broadway musical was released in theatres on 20 July 2007, to positive reviews and commercial success. Cry-Baby, itself a musical, was also converted into a Broadway musical.
Since the early 1990s, Waters has been making photo-based artwork and installations that have been internationally exhibited in galleries and museums. His pieces are often comical, such as Rush (2009), a super-sized, tipped-over bottle of poppers (nitrite inhalants) and Hardy Har (2006), a photograph of flowers that squirts water at anyone who traverses a taped line on the floor.
Waters is a bibliophile, with a collection of over 8,000 books. An openly gay man, Waters is an avid supporter of gay rights and gay pride.
- associate relationship with Hearst, Patty (born 20 February 1954)
- associate relationship with Lake, Ricki (born 21 September 1968)
- associate relationship with Van Houten, Leslie (born 23 August 1949). Notes: Waters has actively advocated for Van Houten's parole
- associate relationship with Watson, Tex (born 2 December 1945). Notes: Waters visited Watson in prison
- friend relationship with Divine (born 19 October 1945)
Sy Scholfield provided copy of birth notice (no time given), The Baltimore Sun (Baltimore, Maryland), 28 April 1946, page 79.
- Traits : Body : Hair (Trademark pencil moustache)
- Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Collectibles (Art, books)
- Passions : Sexuality : Gay
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist
- Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress
- Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy (Stand-up)
- Vocation : Entertain/Business : Director
- Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Gay rights activist)
- Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
- Vocation : Writers : Humor
- Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Screenwriter)