Edith Massey (1918–1984)

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The wonderfully eccentric, snaggle-toothed Edith Massey was born in New York City and raised in an orphanage in Denver, Colorado before running away to Hollywood as a teenager. She met director John Waters while working as a barmaid and running her own thrift shop, Edith's Shopping Bag at Fells Point, Baltimore, Maryland in the late 1960s. ... See full bio »

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Polyester Cuddles Kovinsky
Female Trouble Aunt Ida
Desperate Living Queen Carlotta


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 1984 Mutants in Paradise
Dr. Durchfall
 1981 Polyester
Cuddles Kovinsky
 1980 John Cougar Mellencamp: This Time (Music Video)
 1977 Desperate Living
Queen Carlotta
 1974 Female Trouble
Aunt Ida
 1972 Pink Flamingos
 1970 Multiple Maniacs
Edith / Virgin Mary
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 1985 Divine Waters (Documentary)
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 1999 Raging Hormones (dedicatee)
Hide Hide Show Show Self (3 credits)
 1983 My Breakfast with Blassie
Self (uncredited)
 1976 Edith's Shopping Bag (Documentary)
 1975 Love Letter to Edie (Short documentary)
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 2013 I Am Divine (Documentary)
 2000 In Bad Taste (TV Movie documentary)
 1998 Divine Trash (Documentary)

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John Waters said that she often had trouble remembering her lines in his films. To help herself remember them, she would often write out her lines hundreds of times. See more »


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