The Diane Linkletter Story

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The Diane Linkletter Story
Divine as Diane Linkletter
Directed byJohn Waters
Produced byJohn Waters
Written byJohn Waters
CinematographyJohn Waters
Edited byJohn Waters
Distributed by
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)
Running time
9 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Diane Linkletter Story is a 1970 16mm short film by American filmmaker John Waters starring Divine, Mary Vivian Pearce, and David Lochary.


This improvised film is based on the 1969 suicide of TV personality Art Linkletter's daughter, Diane. In the film, Mr. and Mrs. Linkletter fret about their daughter's recent behavior, which includes taking drugs and dating a lowlife named Jim. Eventually, the parents confront Diane, which results in her suicide under the influence of LSD. Waters claims that the film is "accidental" – he and his friends improvised a story while testing a new synch-sound camera (later used on Multiple Maniacs).[1] The film was unreleased in any form until it showed up on a 1990 videotape entitled A Divine Double Feature.



John Waters stated in a 2015 interview with the British Film Institute that the short is the worst of his works, but that the Diane Linkletter Story was ad libbed and was really just a test of the camera the day it was filmed.[2]

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  1. ^ John Waters "On Stage with the Pope of Trash" (Extended) BFI. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  2. ^ John Waters "On Stage with the Pope of Trash" (Extended) BFI. Retrieved July 10, 2019.

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