“Hairspray” 25th Anniversary Slide Show
Divine and Ricki Lake in John Waters’ “Hairspray” released Feb 25, 1988
Marking the 25th anniversary of John Waters’ original “Hairspray,” Moviefone’s Gary Susman put together this interesting “where are they now” slide show of the films cast and director.
Sussman: “The story of a plus-sized teenage girl in early 1960s Baltimore who earns a spot on a local dance TV show, “Hairspray” was only a modest hit at the box office, earning just $8.3 million upon its release 25 years ago this week (on February 26, 1988). However, it has had a tremendous afterlife.”
Not to mention launching a struggling underground filmmaker into a multi-millionaire celebrity artist/performer/author. Hairspray’s budget was about $1.5 million, including music, stars, choreography, hefty director, production company, and related above-the-line costs. According to Waters, he received his first royalty check from the original production just three years ago. Ah showbiz! –R. Maier