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While John Waters may claim that his films have no redeeming social value, a strong message of tolerance and empathy for society's outcasts runs through them all -- even the most exuberantly tasteless.

Born April 22, 1946, in Baltimore, Waters received an 8mm camera for his 17th birthday and immediately set about mocking all the values his elders held dear. Forming a company consisting of his oddball chums, Waters made his first feature, Mondo Trash, in 1969. A few years later, he completed his outré masterpiece Pink Flamingos, in which Divine, Mink Stole and David Lochary vie for the title of "World's Filthiest Person."

Eventually, Hollywood took notice, and Waters graduated to big-budget films such as Polyester, Hairspray, Serial Mom (with Kathleen Turner) and Pecker. Although his players have changed over time, Waters's playfully perverse vision has remained thankfully intact.

John Waters in Tab Hunter Confidential

Tab Hunter Confidential

2015 NR

While he was one of Hollywood's most bankable romantic stars during the 1950s, Tab Hunter was also gay. This candid showbiz biography reveals the pressures of Hunter's double life -- and his eventual decision to step out of the closet.

  • John Waters in Hairspray Hairspray
  • John Waters in A Dirty Shame A Dirty Shame
  • John Waters in Pink Flamingos Pink Flamingos
  • John Waters in Hairspray Hairspray
  • John Waters in Female Trouble Female Trouble
  • John Waters in Cry-Baby Cry-Baby
  • John Waters in Polyester Polyester
  • John Waters in This Film Is Not Yet Rated This Film Is Not Yet Rated
  • John Waters in Jackass: Number Two Jackass: Number Two
  • John Waters in Pecker Pecker
  • John Waters in William S. Burroughs: A Man Within William S. Burroughs: A Man Within
  • John Waters in Multiple Maniacs Multiple Maniacs
  • John Waters in Seed of Chucky Seed of Chucky
  • John Waters in Excision Excision
  • John Waters in I Am Divine I Am Divine
  • John Waters in Serial Mom Serial Mom
  • John Waters in Cecil B. Demented Cecil B. Demented
  • John Waters in Inside Deep Throat Inside Deep Throat
  • John Waters in These Amazing Shadows These Amazing Shadows
  • John Waters in Homer & Eddie Homer & Eddie
  • John Waters in The Cockettes The Cockettes
  • John Waters in Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat Blood Feast 2: All U Can Eat
  • John Waters in Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea
  • John Waters in John Waters: This Filthy World John Waters: This Filthy World
  • John Waters in Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema
  • John Waters in Midnight Movies Midnight Movies
  • John Waters in Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen Starz Inside: Ladies or Gentlemen
  • John Waters in Blank City Blank City
  • John Waters in Mangus! Mangus!
  • John Waters in Mansome Mansome
  • John Waters in Anthem Anthem
  • John Waters in Divine Trash Divine Trash
  • John Waters in John Waters Collection: Extras John Waters Collection: Extras
  • John Waters in Hippos and Rhinos Hippos and Rhinos
  • John Waters in That Man: Peter Berlin That Man: Peter Berlin
  • John Waters in Obscene Obscene
  • John Waters in Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story
  • John Waters in The Junior Defenders The Junior Defenders
  • John Waters in Indie Sex Indie Sex
  • John Waters in Starz Inside: In the Gutter Starz Inside: In the Gutter
  • John Waters in Guest of Cindy Sherman Guest of Cindy Sherman
  • John Waters in It Came from Kuchar It Came from Kuchar
  • John Waters in Beautiful Darling Beautiful Darling