John Waters has collaborated with some of Hollywood's biggest names. But his true claim to infamy is his repertory of not-ready-for-mainstream players dubbed The Dreamlanders, stars of down-and-dirty early fare like "Pink Flamingos" and "Desperate Living." Here's a "where-are-they-now?" scorecard:
Divine: Waters' cross-dressing muse, born Harris Glenn Milstead; died 1988, just before opening of his biggest career success as Edna Turnblad in original "Hairspray"; imposing player in every Waters feature from 1966's "Roman Candles" through "Hairspray"; defining JW moment: chowing down on a certain doggie byproduct in "Pink Flamingos."
Edith Massey: Eldest, portliest member of troupe, born 1918, died 1984; discovered by JW working as barmaid in Baltimore dive; made five Waters classics ("Multiple Maniacs," "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble," "Desperate Living," "Polyester"); defining JW moments: morbidly obese Aunt Ida from "Female Trouble" and egg-sucking matriarch Edie in "Flamingos."
Mink Stole: Born Nancy Paine Stolle, 1947; appeared in every feature-length Waters movie to date, from 1966's "Roman Candles" to last year's non-Waters-directed "Hairspray" remake (missed several early short films); defining JW moment: "Desperate Living's" husband-slaying house-frau, Peggy Gravel.
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David Lochary: First Dreamlanders casualty, dead at 32 in 1977; also collaborated on scripts, worked as hair/makeup stylist (met Divine at beauty school, where he did his/her wigs); acted in every Waters film through "Desperate Living"; defining JW moment: smarmy Raymond Marbles, one of Divine's rivals for "filthiest person alive" title in "Flamingos."
Mary Vivian Pearce: Another Dreamlanders survivor, born 1947; grand champ among Waters players, appearing in every film, short and feature-length included, from 1964's "Hag in a Leather Jacket" to 2004's "A Dirty Shame"; defining JW moment: Princess Coo Coo, treasonous daughter of "Desperate Living's" shanty-town queen Carlotta.