Edith Massey

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Birth Name: Edith Massey
Born: 05/29/1918
Birth Place: New York, USA
Death Place: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 10/24/1984

Massey's early life was something out of Dickens by way of Damon Runyon: born in an orphanage, she made her way to Hollywood in the 1930s and worked--she claimed--as a tap-dancer. During WWII, she employed herself as a b-girl, "entertaining the troops," and wound up as a house madam in Illinois. When the cops closed in, she fled to Baltimore and wound up by the late 60s as a barmaid in Pete's Tavern, a dockside dive where she was discovered by neophyte filmmaker Waters.

Massey made her film debut playing herself in Waters' "Multiple Maniacs" (1971). It was only a bit part, and she made little impact. True "stardom" came with the cult classic "Pink Flamingos" (1972), wherein Massey portray... Continue Bio >>

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