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Filmmaker John Waters attends the Broadway opening night of 'High' at the Booth Theatre on April 19, 2011 in New York City.
John Waters, the outlandish American filmmaker with an affinity for the weird, the extreme, and the shocking, has had a cult following since the early 1970s for his films Pink Flamingos and Desperate Living, among others. Waters’ release of the 1988 film Hairspray, starring Ricki Lake, brought him mainstream acclaim, after which the film was turned into a wildly popular, Tony Award-winning musical. Waters came out with a memoir last year, Role Models, in which he includes as the most inspiring individuals in his life himself, Johnny Mathis, Charles Manson-follower Leslie Van Houten, and a lesbian stripper named Zorro. Now Waters is in-studio to talk to Patt about his one-man vaudeville act, This Filthy World Goes Hollywood, described as “a send up of show business, the art world and his own lunatic career in a rapid-fire performance.”
John Waters, American filmmaker, actor, comedian, and writer