John Samuel Waters Jr.
is an American filmmaker, writer, actor, and artist. Born and raised in Baltimore, Waters rose to prominence in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films, including Multiple Maniacs
(1970), Pink Flamingos
(1972), and Female Trouble
(1974). He wrote and directed the 1988 film Hairspray
which became an international success and turned into a hit Broadway musical which has remained in almost continuous production. Waters has written and directed other successful films, including Polyester
(1990), Serial Mom
(1998), and Cecil B. Demented