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Another Love Letter to Edith Massey

Another Love Letter to Edith Massey

Here’s the thing about Edith Massey, it’s hard to untangle my feelings about her from my feelings about John Waters and my feelings about Divine. I love them all so very dearly, but Ms. Edie is just the tops. Perhaps it’s that she has such a strong resemblance to multiple people in my family, or her big ol’ messed up teeth, but she has a special crib in my heart. While the films she appears in can have harsh themes and mean people, her characters always have a kind of innocence about them. Her enunciation of every vowel in every word is just the sweetest thing. That’s just it, even when she is playing the cruel Queen Carlotta in Desperate Living, she is just so damn loveable. No one but Edie can scream, “DON’T LEAVE PECKER TRACKS!” and still leave you smiling.

In 1975 Robert Maier made a film about her called Love Letter to Edie.

I highly recommend you see it. Here is an excerpt:

Here’s a little interview piece including her and John Waters from 1978:

Everything she ever did was pure brilliance. I wish I could post a million clips here.

Instead I will share a collection of a few scenes that someone posted to youtube, but it’s only just scratched the surface of how wonderful her work is.

Just go watch everything she ever did, you won’t be sorry.

Melissa (158 Posts)

Melissa, known to the world as the foremost Glitter Technician, is the mother of two beautiful children and has two beautiful buckteeth. She currently spends her time making all kinds of quirky items and selling them in her Etsy shop. You can find more of her writing & her wares on her self titled site Melissa Nelson-Stippich.


  • Hi Melissa,
    I was delighted to see your story about Edith and my film Love Letter to Edie. I think you might enjoy my book, “Low Budget Hell: Making Underground Movies with John Waters.” May I send you a complimentary signed copy. Send me your mailing address and I’ll get you one right away. You can see more on my blog or facebook “Low Budget Hell,” and maybe get inspired to comment on those too.

    Also, the newly remastered director’s edition DVD of Love Letter is only available on e -bay. If you haven’t seen it, I will include one of those too.
    Please to make your acquaintance– Have a nice day, hon.

    • Thanks so much! I have sent you an email.

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