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In-Depth: John Waters

John Waters is the writer/director of cult films such as "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble" and "Serial Mom." He achieved mainstream success with the Broadway adaptation of his 1988 film "Hairspray." The Tony-award winning musical went on to become another movie starring John Travolta. In addition to films, Waters has written six books and has performed in a one-man show, "This Filthy World."

BORN: April 22, 1946, in Baltimore.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY: Pink Flamingos (1972), Female Trouble (1974), Desperate Living (1977), Polyester (1981), Hairspray (1988), Cry-Baby (1990), Serial Mom (1994), Pecker (1998), and Cecil B. Demented (2000).

FREQUENT COLLABORATORS: Divine, Patricia Hearst, Ricki Lake, Mary Vivian Pearce, Edith Massey and Mink Stole.

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