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.

Film retrospective at Lincoln Center to spotlight five decades of Baltimore director John Waters.
From 'Hairspray' to the highway, John Waters hitches a ride in new book, 'Carsick.'
"Abuse of Weakness," the latest work from controversial French filmmaker Catherine Breillat, will get its Maryland premiere at the 2014 Maryland Film Festival
The 2014 Maryland Film Festival takes place May 7-11 around the Station North Arts District and other Baltimore area locations.
Baltimore's John Waters wraps up his hitchhiking trip and says he'll recount his journey in a book to be called 'Carsick'.
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.
Several Jason Long pieces feature the face of Divine, the drag queen made famous in Waters movies.
A tribute to John Waters, on the occasion of his 67th birthday.
Film evolves again, into concert form, with the BSO handling the music
ArtForum magazine asked John Waters and other artists to share their picks for best movies of 2012. Don't be surprised if you don't recognize all -- or any -- of the titles from the local multiplex.
The Baltimore filmmaker's rendition from the controversial novel was done for City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco to mark Banned Books Week.
Filmmaker John Waters talks about his favorite books, bands and where you might see him watching others dance in Baltimore.
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.
It was a pastor's wife from Baltimore who got filmmaker John Waters onto I-70 for his cross-country hitchhiking trip.
Maryland man helps John Waters through multiple legs of his cross-country hitchhiking journey
Friday's epidsode, "The Stomach Rumble of Baltimore, MD," airs at 10 p.m. on the Cooking Channel with special guest John Waters as JW, Shanaye's jealous ex-boyfriend.