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.
A website called National Report published a would-be obituary for Waters on Wednesday, with the headline: "Acclaimed Cult Filmmaker, John Waters¿ Drops Dead at 67!" "From beyond the grave and back I will confirm this is a hoax," Waters said by email.
Cleaned up but fresh off the highway from his cross-country hitchhiking trip, John Waters was hanging with a much more refined crowd this week -- the starlets and fashionistas at the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America Fashion Awards.