Cult director John Waters throws a diverse Christmas party every year - regular guests include the Governor Of Maryland and the actor who played the singing anus in his 1972 film Pink Flamingos.
Filmmaker Waters likes to celebrate the holidays with family and friends in his hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, where he has a wide range of contacts.
The 61-year-old says, "I've had a Christmas party every year in Baltimore since I was 18. It's everyone in Baltimore I know.
"There are some people I only see once a year. It's everyone from the guy who plays the singing anus in Pink Flamingos to my mother. The governor usually comes too."
Larger-than-life movie icon DIVINE was a day away from making US TV history when he died from a heart attack in 1988.
The actor/singer, real name HARRIS MILSTEAD, was set to become primetime TV's first gay character on the day he passed away.
Friend and mentor John Waters, who cast Divine in films like HAIRSPRAY and Pink Flamingos, reveals, "The last day of Divine's life - a week after Hairspray opened - he was set to play on (beloved sitcom) MARRIED WITH CHILDREN at the height of his career.
"He was (going to be) the first gay male character, a gay uncle, which could have been hugely successful at the time."
VAN SMITH, who created the costumes and makeup for the films of John Waters, has died. He was 61.
Smith died Tuesday (05DEC06) at his home in Marianna, Florida of a heart attack.
He became a regular part of Waters' film repertory group, Dreamland, starting with Pink Flamingos, a movie starring 300-pound (136 kilogram) transvestite actor DIVINE.
Working on a tight budget, Smith found simple ways to make the stars look outrageous.
He shaved Divine's hairline deep into the actor's forehead to make room for excessive eye makeup and dressed her in a red fishtail gown.
His destructive makeup techniques included using dirt to obscure a natural glow or letting egg white dry on an actor's face.
He also designed a shower curtain dress for actress Liz Renay in Desperate Living and put Melanie Griffith in a Chanel jacket that he reformatted with a biker mystique in CECIL B DEMENTED.
Smith was also a New York City fashion illustrator, Baltimore antique store owner and Florida animal rescue volunteer.
Waters, whose 1972 movie Pink Flamingos features the main character DIVINE eat dog excrement, was disappointed because he was convinced Taylor would love to make a big comeback after so many years away from acting.
He says, "It was called GLAMOURPUSS and never got made.
Continue reading: Waters Wanted Taylor In His Movie
Seminal rock'n'roll documentary spoof This Is Spinal Tap has topped a new poll of cult movie hits.
The 1984 Rob Reiner movie about an ill-fated rock group, starring Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer and Michael McKean, beat THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW and 1932's FREAKS to claim top spot in the Top 50 Cult Movies list in influential American magazine Entertainment Weekly.
Continue reading: Spinal Tap Tops Cult Movie List
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