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Baltimore’s John Waters to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


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He’s a Baltimore icon, the king of filth, now the legendary filmmaker John Waters is about to get his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Waters went from staging puppet shows to making cheap underground movies. “That’s good. He deserves. He used to hang out in the neighborhood in the bars and all,” Waters fan Steve Ford said. Sandra Stengel, another Waters fan, said the honor is going to a hometown hero. “It’s super exciting, especially because he’s local. I’ve seen him over at Atomic Books before and he’s definitely a hometown hero, so it’s super exciting to have him celebrated,” Stengel said. Waters grew up in Lutherville and attended Calvert Hall College High School and graduated from Boys Latin. He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his cult films. He wrote and directed the comedy film Hairspray, which became an international success and adapted into a hit Broadway musical. He always stayed true to his roots, establishing his first production company Dreamland Studios in his own bedroom. Since then, all of his films have been shot on location in Baltimore.”It makes us very proud as our hometown hero, the great John Waters, finally getting some recognition in Hollywood,” Charles Theater General Manager Mike Lentz said.Lentz said he’s excited they will be celebrating Water’s movies this summer.” They are unashamedly Baltimore movies. They love the fact they are from Baltimore. John takes great pride displaying his friends, his hometown, the places he grew up, the places he frequents also the characters you would find in the movie are characters you would find in Baltimore,” Lentz said.In July, the Charles Theater will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pink Flamingo.”We’ll be playing it three times in July: July 9 at 11: 30, July 11 at 7 pm and also July 14 at 9 pm,” Lentz said. The Charles Theater will also run five other Water’s films in July, including Hairspray. Water’s star will be installed sometime next year.

He’s a Baltimore icon, the king of filth, now the legendary filmmaker John Waters is about to get his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Waters went from staging puppet shows to making cheap underground movies.


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“That’s good. He deserves. He used to hang out in the neighborhood in the bars and all,” Waters fan Steve Ford said.

Sandra Stengel, another Waters fan, said the honor is going to a hometown hero.

“It’s super exciting, especially because he’s local. I’ve seen him over at Atomic Books before and he’s definitely a hometown hero, so it’s super exciting to have him celebrated,” Stengel said.

Waters grew up in Lutherville and attended Calvert Hall College High School and graduated from Boys Latin.

He rose to fame in the early 1970s for his cult films. He wrote and directed the comedy film Hairspray, which became an international success and adapted into a hit Broadway musical.

He always remained true to his roots, establishing his first production company Dreamland Studios in his own bedroom. Since then, all of his films by him have been shot on location in Baltimore.

“It makes us very proud as our hometown hero, the great John Waters, finally getting some recognition in Hollywood,” Charles Theater General Manager Mike Lentz said.

Lentz said he’s excited they will be celebrating Water’s movies this summer.

“They are unashamedly Baltimore movies. They love the fact they are from Baltimore. John takes great pride displaying his friends, his hometown, the places he grew up, the places he frequents also the characters you would find in the movie are characters you would find in Baltimore,” Lentz said.

In July, the Charles Theater will celebrate the 50th anniversary of pink flamingo

“We’ll be playing it three times in July: July 9 at 11:30, July 11 at 7 pm and also July 14 at 9 pm,” Lentz said.

The Charles Theater will also run five other Water’s films in July, including Hairspray. Water’s star will be installed sometime next year.

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