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Edith Massey (1918–1984)

The wonderfully eccentric, snaggle-toothed Edith Massey met director John Waters while working as a barmaid and as the owner of a thrift shop, Edith's Shopping Bag at Fells Point, Baltimore. Captured by her effervescent charm, Waters cast Massey in Multiple Maniacs (1970) as Jesus's mother. Her next role was as Mama Edie in Pink Flamingos (1972). ... See full bio »

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Polyester Cuddles Kovinsky
Pink Flamingos
Desperate Living
Desperate Living Queen Carlotta
Female Trouble
Female Trouble Aunt Ida


Hide Hide Show Show Actress (6 credits)
 1984 Mutants in Paradise
Dr. Durchfall
 1981 Polyester
Cuddles Kovinsky
 1977 Desperate Living
Queen Carlotta
 1974 Female Trouble
Aunt Ida
 1972 Pink Flamingos
 1970 Multiple Maniacs
Edith / Virgin Mary
Hide Hide Show Show Composer (1 credit)
 1985 Divine Waters (Documentary)
Hide Hide Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
 1999 Raging Hormones (dedicatee)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 1983 My Breakfast with Blassie
Herself (uncredited)
 1976 Edith's Shopping Bag (Documentary)
 1975 Love Letter to Edie (Short documentary)
Hide Hide Show Show Archive footage (4 credits)
 2013 I Am Divine (Documentary)
 2000 In Bad Taste (TV Special documentary)
 1998 Divine Trash (Documentary)

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