John Waters is an American film director, writer and artist who came to prominence in the 1970s and has built a reputation for shocking his audiences through his exploration of contemporary American culture. Noted for his collaborations with the late American drag performer Divine, John is sometimes referred to as the King of Bad Taste or the Pope of Trash.
John is most well-known for his transgressive and cult films which include 1988’s original film Hairspray which starred Ricki Lake, Cry Baby which starred Johnny Depp, Pink Flamingos and Polyester.
John has also written autobiographical works which include the hugely acclaimed Role Models and Carsick which chronicles his adventures hitchhiking across America. John also wrote and performed in the one-man show This Filthy World. John was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1946.