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Delightfully Deviant Three decades after his first freaky film, John Waters has mellowed. But as his new movie proves, his humor remains twisted, his sensibilities bizarre. He's admired from Cannes to Wisconsin.

April 19, 1998|By Michael Ollove

"Hairspray" (1988) - A week before landing a role in this film, Ricki Lake was turned down for a job at the Gap.

"Cry-Baby" (1990) - Johnny Depp wanted to end his teen-idol image. Waters told him, "Stick with me."

"Serial Mom" (1994) - Waters appeared at Kathleen Turner's doorstep to sell her on the script. She couldn't resist the chance to kill someone with a lamb chop.

"Pecker" (Fall, 1998) - The only surprise is that it took this long for Hampden to star in a Waters film.

"Divine Trash," a documentary on the early career of John Waters and featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the filming of "Pink Flamingos," will premiere at the Senator Theatre May 5. Directed by Baltimore film-maker Steve Yeager, "Divine Trash" won the Filmmaker's Trophy at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Tickets for the evening's festivities, which begin at 6:30 with a reception and speeches, may be bought by calling 410-481-6500. Tickets are $40, with proceeds benefiting Women in Film and Video of Maryland and the Towson University Theater Endowment Fund.

Pub Date: 4/19/98

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