Edith Massey

Edith Massey (May 28, 1918 – October 24, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Massey was best known for her appearances in a series of movies by director John Waters. Due to her work with Waters, she is considered one of the Dreamlanders, Waters' ensemble of regular cast and crew members. Massey was raised in an orphanage until she was sent out to be a maid at the age of fifteen. She was placed in a reformatory for running away. In 1946 Massey married a soldier Silvio Gigante in Reno, leaving him about five years later because she got "restless". She worked in several odd jobs through the years, and she eventually relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where she was worked as a barmaid at Pete's Hotel. John Waters met Massey while she was working at Pete's Hotel and offered her a role as herself in the film Multiple Maniacs. In the early 1970s, she quit her job at Pete's and opened a thrift store called Edith's Shopping Bag, which was located at 726 S. Broadway in the Fells Point area of Baltimore.


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