Watch: John Waters to Get a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday June 22, 2022

John Waters
John Waters  (Source:Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Out gay filmmaker John Waters' star has risen since the 1970s. Now he's getting a star of another kind — the Hollywood-Walk-of-Fame kind.

According to local Baltimore news channel WBFF, Waters, 76, will see his star installed next year, joining a galaxy of other entertainment luminaries.

Waters waxed enthusiastic about the news, saying, "What person ever walks down Hollywood Boulevard and doesn't fantasize their name being a star on the Walk of Fame?" reported The Baltimore Sun.

"Waters, known for his trademark pencil mustache, got his start in Baltimore making low-budget independent films that have since become cult classics," WBFF recalled.

The article went on to note that the director of "Pink Flamingos," "Polyester," "Female Trouble," and other films "achieved mainstream success in 1988 with 'Hairspray,' an ode to 1960s-era Baltimore."

"The movie was later adapted into a Tony-winning Broadway musical."

"Since its dedication in 1960, the Walk of Fame has grown to include more than 2,700 names, from Alan Arkin to Renée Zellweger," the Sun detailed.

"Asked if he had any preference on where his star is located, Waters said, 'I wouldn't want to be next to [former President Donald J.] Trump's because his gets vandalized all the time. Or maybe there's better security there,'" he said, according to the Sun.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced Waters' star for next year, along with other planned additions to the Walk of Fame, last week.

But it was Outfest — the group that produces the annual LGBTQ+ film festival of the same name — that nominated Waters for the honor, the Sun reported Waters as saying.

"The group also will take care of the $55,000 fee to have the terrazzo and brass star installed," the Sun added.

Though his last directorial effort was 2004's "A Dirty Shame," Waters has kept busy with other creative endeavors, including his debut novel, "Liarmouth," which was published last month to favorable reviews. His "Pink Flamingos" has been added to the National Film Registry, and a 50th Anniversary 4K digital restoration edition of the film has been prepared for release later this month by the esteemed Criterion Collection.

Watch the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announcement below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.