Drag queen and actor well known for her collaborations with director John Waters. She appeared in hit films such as Pink Flamingos and Hairspray. Her other films include Roman Candles, Eat Your Makeup, and Multiple Maniacs.
She went to beauty school and worked in several hair salons.
People magazine named her the Drag Queen of the Century.
She briefly dated a married man named Lee as well as an adult film star named Leo Ford in the 1980s.
She starred in Hairspray with Ricki Lake.