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Cult Filmmaker, Actor, Writer & Visual Artist

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 John Waters Biography

Filmmaker, director and writer John Waters, sometimes called the "King of Bad Taste" or the "Pope of Trash," has built a reputation for shocking his audiences. He started out making short experimental films in the 1960s. "Roman Candle," one of his early works, marked the first time Waters worked with Divine, an oversized, over-the-top transvestite. Many of his films satirize suburban America as well as many social conventions and attitudes.

Turning to feature films, Waters made "Mondo Trasho" in 1969. Divine starred as a hit-and-run driver who looks after her dead victim. Waters went to create what is considered by many to be one of the grossest movies of all time. "Pink Flamingos" features Divine as Babs Johnson. Johnson is a mother who leads her family in a battle against the Marble family to determine which group is the filthiest. One legendarily disgusting scene from the film has Divine eating dog excrement. The film became a cult classic and a popular choice for many midnight showings.

Moving toward the mainstream a bit, Waters made "Polyester" with Divine and Tab Hunter, a movie star from the 1950s. As with many Waters films, the storyline is an absurd take on suburbia, exaggerating the usual martial squabbles and family problems. Starring as a discontented housewife, Divine must contend with an unfaithful pornographer husband, a sexually promiscuous daughter and a glue-sniffing son who likes to stomp on people's feet.

Still filled with unusual and offbeat characters, Water's 1988 film "Hairspray" was a much tamer effort for the legendary filmmaker. Instead of grossing out audiences, the movie centered on the struggle of Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teen, to join the cast of television dance show. Set in the early 1960s in Water's hometown of Baltimore, the film's heroine, played by Ricki Lake, also speaks out about a pressing issue of that era-- integration. This story of an underdog overcoming obstacles struck a chord with many audience members and has become Waters' most popular and best-known work. The film was later turned into a successful Broadway musical and a film version of the musical was released in 2007.

His next film, "Cry-Baby," took audiences back to the 1950s. Featuring Johnny Depp as the title character, a teen delinquent from the wrong side of the tracks, the movie is a send-up of the teenage exploitation films of the period. "Cry-Baby" falls for a "good" girl from a respectable home and there's a touch of Romeo and Juliet as the two struggle to be together. Waters went contemporary with his next work, "Serial Mom," which starred Kathleen Turner as a suburban mom gone homicidal. As with many of his films, Waters made some interesting casting choices. The legendary kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst appears as a member of the jury in "Serial Mom" and went to handle roles in "Pecker" and "Cecil B. Demented."

One of Waters' most recent directorial efforts, 2004's "A Dirty Shame," starred Tracy Ullman as a mother who becomes oversexed after suffering a head injury. Although there is more talk than action in the film, it still earned an NC-17 rating for its sexual content. For his next project, Waters stepped in front of the camera for 2006's "This Filthy World," in which he shares many stories from his long career. That same year, he hosted a film series on the Here! Channel, a pay-for-view cable network, called John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You. Known to take on occasional acting gigs, Waters made a guest appearance on the hit sitcom "My Name Is Earl" in early 2007.

Besides his film and television work, Waters has authored several books, including "Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste" and "Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters." He also had a traveling exhibit of his photography called Change of Life, which featured still images from some of his early films.

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  • This Filthy World

    "This Filthy World" is Waters’s rapid-fire one-man spoken word "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash". Updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, the live performance of "This Filthy World" focuses on Waters’s early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading.

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK John Waters?

    Booking fees for John Waters, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Waters, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR John Waters?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Waters for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Waters for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Waters or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Waters or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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John Waters

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Cult Filmmaker, Actor, Writer & Visual Artist

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John Waters Biography

Filmmaker, director and writer John Waters, sometimes called the "King of Bad Taste" or the "Pope of Trash," has built a reputation for shocking his audiences. He started out making short experimental films in the 1960s. "Roman Candle," one of his early works, marked the first time Waters worked with Divine, an oversized, over-the-top transvestite. Many of his films satirize suburban America as well as many social conventions and attitudes.

Turning to feature films, Waters made "Mondo Trasho" in 1969. Divine starred as a hit-and-run driver who looks after her dead victim. Waters went to create what is considered by many to be one of the grossest movies of all time. "Pink Flamingos" features Divine as Babs Johnson. Johnson is a mother who leads her family in a battle against the Marble family to determine which group is the filthiest. One legendarily disgusting scene from the film has Divine eating dog excrement. The film became a cult classic and a popular choice for many midnight showings.

Moving toward the mainstream a bit, Waters made "Polyester" with Divine and Tab Hunter, a movie star from the 1950s. As with many Waters films, the storyline is an absurd take on suburbia, exaggerating the usual martial squabbles and family problems. Starring as a discontented housewife, Divine must contend with an unfaithful pornographer husband, a sexually promiscuous daughter and a glue-sniffing son who likes to stomp on people's feet.

Still filled with unusual and offbeat characters, Water's 1988 film "Hairspray" was a much tamer effort for the legendary filmmaker. Instead of grossing out audiences, the movie centered on the struggle of Tracy Turnblad, an overweight teen, to join the cast of television dance show. Set in the early 1960s in Water's hometown of Baltimore, the film's heroine, played by Ricki Lake, also speaks out about a pressing issue of that era-- integration. This story of an underdog overcoming obstacles struck a chord with many audience members and has become Waters' most popular and best-known work. The film was later turned into a successful Broadway musical and a film version of the musical was released in 2007.

His next film, "Cry-Baby," took audiences back to the 1950s. Featuring Johnny Depp as the title character, a teen delinquent from the wrong side of the tracks, the movie is a send-up of the teenage exploitation films of the period. "Cry-Baby" falls for a "good" girl from a respectable home and there's a touch of Romeo and Juliet as the two struggle to be together. Waters went contemporary with his next work, "Serial Mom," which starred Kathleen Turner as a suburban mom gone homicidal. As with many of his films, Waters made some interesting casting choices. The legendary kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst appears as a member of the jury in "Serial Mom" and went to handle roles in "Pecker" and "Cecil B. Demented."

One of Waters' most recent directorial efforts, 2004's "A Dirty Shame," starred Tracy Ullman as a mother who becomes oversexed after suffering a head injury. Although there is more talk than action in the film, it still earned an NC-17 rating for its sexual content. For his next project, Waters stepped in front of the camera for 2006's "This Filthy World," in which he shares many stories from his long career. That same year, he hosted a film series on the Here! Channel, a pay-for-view cable network, called John Waters Presents Movies That Will Corrupt You. Known to take on occasional acting gigs, Waters made a guest appearance on the hit sitcom "My Name Is Earl" in early 2007.

Besides his film and television work, Waters has authored several books, including "Shock Value: A Tasteful Book about Bad Taste" and "Crackpot: The Obsessions of John Waters." He also had a traveling exhibit of his photography called Change of Life, which featured still images from some of his early films.

John Waters Videos

  • John Waters: on stage with the 'Pope of Trash' (Extended) | BFI ...
  • John Waters Commencement Address - RISD 2015 on Vimeo

John Waters Speaking Topics

  • This Filthy World

    "This Filthy World" is Waters’s rapid-fire one-man spoken word "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash". Updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, the live performance of "This Filthy World" focuses on Waters’s early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading.

FAQs on booking John Waters

  • How to book John Waters?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like John Waters for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for John Waters, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for John Waters or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book John Waters?

    Booking fees for John Waters, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire John Waters, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for John Waters?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like John Waters for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book John Waters for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent John Waters or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for John Waters or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

John Waters is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book John Waters for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. John Waters generally travels from Baltimore, MD, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Dan Savage, Jane Lynch, Jason Sudeikis, Mahershala Ali and Tituss Burgess. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling John Waters for an upcoming event.

John Waters Speaker Videos

  • John Waters: on stage with the 'Pope of Trash' (Extended) | BFI ...
    John Waters Commencement Address - RISD 2015 on Vimeo

John Waters Speaking Topics

  • This Filthy World

    "This Filthy World" is Waters’s rapid-fire one-man spoken word "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash". Updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, the live performance of "This Filthy World" focuses on Waters’s early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading.

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