Pink Flamingos November 1972: John Water's trailer-trash masterpiece flabbergasts an unsuspecting nation and launches the career of Indie darlings divine and Mink Stole. (Bold beginnings).
Part of the legend of Pink Flamingos is that those of us in front of the camera were non-pros. Hah! I say. We may not have been classically trained, and God knows we had no union, but we worked as hard as any Hollywood actors--and under worse conditions for virtually no money. We did it for love--the material, of the process, and of course, of John Waters. And in our own naive suburban way, we knew we were movie stars in the raw, mere moments from discovery by the major studios. We'd be loved by the masses and have fabulous clothes, mansions, cars, and money, money, money.
Well, the studios haven't called, and the big bags of money have yet to materialize ma·te·ri·al·ize
v. ma·te·ri·al·ized, ma·te·ri·al·iz·ing, ma·te·ri·al·iz·es
1. To cause to become real or actual: By building the house, we materialized a dream. , but the love--the love comes to me all the time. Whether the love comes from the man in line at Trader Joe's Trader Joe's is a privately held chain of specialty grocery stores headquartered in Monrovia, California. As of September 2007, Trader Joe's has a total of 284 stores. who insists I go ahead of him "because of all the laughs you've given me and my friends," or from the scarlet-headed rocker who calls to me, "I love you more than my own hair color," I am paid well and often. Strangers have thanked me for helping them forget for a few moments the terrible deaths of their lovers. Peers tell me of watching Pink Flamingos while stoned and how they'd take potential mates to a midnight screening and fall in or out of love based on the date's response. It's more than I ever expected to have, such an intimate relationship An intimate relationship is a particularly close interpersonal relationship. It is a relationship in which the participants know or trust one another very well or are confidants of one another, or a relationship in which there is physical or emotional intimacy. with so many people I've never met, and I am incredibly gratified grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. and touched by their appreciation and affection.
Of course, having a fashion noun noun [Lat.,=name], in English, part of speech of vast semantic range. It can be used to name a person, place, thing, idea, or time. It generally functions as subject, object, or indirect object of the verb in the sentence, and may be distinguished by a number of for a name can be an occasional liability. But I've learned to deal with those clever folks who, having never heard of me or Pink Flamingos, will guffaw guf·faw
A hearty, boisterous burst of laughter.
intr.v. guf·fawed, guf·faw·ing, guf·faws
To laugh heartily and boisterously.
[Probably imitative. , "And my name's Beaver beaver, either of two large aquatic rodents, Castor fiber and Castor canadensis, known for their engineering feats. They were once widespread in N and central Eurasia except E Siberia, and in North America from the arctic tree line to the S United Wrap." Aloud, I laugh appreciatively, and to myself I remember, There are two kinds of people in the world: my kind of people and assholes. Works every time.
Stole is taking the hit Sleeping With Straight Men by Ronnie Larsen off-Broadway in January and is currently working with the Best-Looking Band in Silver Lake on their first album.