Singers, Writers, Strippers: The Role Models of John Waters

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

What do Johnny Mathis, Tennessee Williams, a stripper named Zorro, Manson girl Leslie Van Houten and a couple of amateur porn directors have in common? Renowned filmmaker John Waters counts them all among his role models.

Waters is best known for cult classics like "Hairspray," "Cry Baby" and "Pink Flamingos," and describes his core audiences as “minorities who can’t even fit in with their own minorities.” He is also known for his distinctive, pencil-thin moustache, which he's been wearing since the age of 19.

"I love Little Richard: I wear his moustache to this day," Waters says. "Mine has a little bit of pencil on it, his looks like an industrial magic marker."

Waters joins us to talk about his new book, "Role Models."  You can start the conversation here by telling us who your role models are. Who inspires you and why?


John Waters

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Samantha Fields

Comments [2]

Angel from Miami, FL

Indiana Jones. Yeah, a fictional character. Real people are motivated by fortune or nationalism so I don't try to imitate. Indy was flawed: tumultuous relationships with women, an outsider, and a bit self-righteous. But he always fought to keep things of value out of the hands of morally-bankrupt men and would sacrifice those same things to save people in need. He constantly faced darkness without succumbing to it.

Jun. 09 2010 10:24 AM
jim thompson from Fort Mill,SC

Role models? Why Judy Garland of course. Trials, tribulations, triumphs, come backs and all surrounded by booze, drugs and men. After that Divine...just a little more marvelous than all the others.

Jun. 09 2010 09:42 AM

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