Susan Lowe

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Susan Lowe
Laura Susan Lowe

(1948-01-19) January 19, 1948 (age 71)
Alma materMaryland Institute College of Art
OccupationActress, Educator, Artist
Known forDreamlanders

Susan Lowe (born Laura Susan Lowe on January 19, 1948 in Reidsville, North Carolina) is an American actress, educator and painter. She has appeared primarily in the works of John Waters for most of her career, starring in ten films.[1]


Born in Reidsville, North Carolina on January 19, 1948.[2] She was a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in the 1960s,[2] when she became friends with Divine and other Dreamlanders.

Her first role with Waters was playing an asylum inmate in Mondo Trasho. She continued to play bit parts in many of his films, but played the lead role of Mole McHenry, the ultra-butch bleach blonde lesbian, in Desperate Living.

She has taught art history classes at MICA, Catonsville Community College, and University of Maryland.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Lowe has been married twice, and has two children. Her first husband was a drawing teacher at the MICA, where Lowe had worked as a model.[citation needed] They were married in Ireland and had two children, Ruby and Ramsey however the marriage ended seven years later.[citation needed] She later married Frank Tomboro of Baltimore and that marriage also ended.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1969 Mondo Trasho as an asylum inmate
1970 Multiple Maniacs as a Calvacade Pervert named Suzi [2]
1974 Female Trouble as Vikki, the receptionist[2] Her son, Ramsey McLean, appeared as the infant "Taffy" in this 1974 film. During her scenes in the film, Lowe was visibly pregnant; the birth scene was filmed a few days after Lowe gave birth.
1976 Desperate Living as Mole McHenry, a lesbian heroine [2]
1981 Polyester as Mall Victim
1988 Hairspray as Angry Mother
1990 Cry-Baby as Night Court Parent
1994 Serial Mom as Court Groupie B
1998 Pecker as Hairdresser
2000 Cecil B. DeMented as Family Lady A


  1. ^ Simmons, Dan Rodricks, Melody. "A Conversation with Susan Lowe". Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Gunts, Edward. "Welcome to the 'Nuthouse'". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2019-01-03.
  3. ^ Peary, Gerald. "John Waters and his Dreamlanders in P-Town". Gerald Peary. Retrieved 2008-07-28.

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