Her last movie for Mr. Waters was "A Dirty Shame," which he made in 2004. Ms. Hill played a woman on a fire escape, which proved quite taxing for her because of her health.

In 2000, she participated in the TV documentary "In Bad Taste" on Mr. Waters' life. In 2005, she joined the cast and crew of "A Dirty Shame" who discussed the making of the film.

She appeared in the 2010 documentary "Frances: A Mother Divine," about the life of Frances Milstead, the mother of drag queen actor Divine and a John Waters stalwart, who died in 1988.

Ms. Hill was a popular talk-show guest and made appearances on "Oprah," "People Are Talking," "The Jerry Springer Show" and "The Sally Jessy Raphael Show."

Ms. Hill had been a resident of Harvey Johnson Towers on Mosher Street.

"She was a tremendous human being. She was a woman who was very giving and generous and took in many foster kids during her life," said Aileen Johnson, a Washington writer and lawyer.

"She was also very much a woman of the world who could talk to anyone. She had friends in both high and low places, and did not suffer fools gladly," she said.

Ms. Hill was also a lifelong advocate for homosexuals and supporter of same-sex relationships.

Ms. Hill enjoyed cooking soul food, friends said. She also enjoyed writing and at her death was working on her autobiography, "The Fat Lady Sings."

Ms. Hill was a communicant of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church, 1526 N. Fremont Ave., where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The family hour begins at 10 a.m.

She is survived by two brothers, Eric Williams of Cedonia and Louis Williams of Baltimore; four sisters, Patricia Hill, Agnes Diallo and Anita Williams, all of Baltimore, and Linda Hill of Cumberland; and many nieces and nephews. Her husband, Ronnie Walker, died in the 1980s.