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Lake executive produced the critically acclaimed documentary , which debuted at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival and examined natural childbirth in the United States.

Since the film’s theatrical and DVD releases, the project has generated a grassroots movement, encouraging many parents-to-be to consider natural and homebirths rather than hospital births. The guide and its companion website, My Best Birth.com, continue to be invaluable tools for expecting parents, designed to educate families about their birthing options.

Waters' first short film was Hag in a Black Leather Jacket. The Wizard of Oz opened me up because it was one of the first movies I ever saw.

According to Waters, the film was shown only once in a "beatnik coffee house" in Baltimore, although in later years he has included it in his traveling photography exhibit. It opened me up to villainy, to screenwriting, to costumes. I think the witch has great, great dialogue." Waters has further credited his influences as, among others, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Federico Fellini, William Castle and Ingmar Bergman.

Starting with Desperate Living (1977), Waters began casting real-life convicted criminals (Liz Renay, Patty Hearst) and controversial people (Traci Lords, a former pornographic actress).

Waters dabbled in mainstream filmmaking with Hairspray (1988), which introduced Ricki Lake and earned a modest gross of US million in the United States market.

Her latest role – surprisingly, that of an independent filmmaker, family advocate and author – has kept her uniquely charming perspective firmly in the public’s consciousness.

But, not one to forget her roots, Lake also continues to put her creative energy into all entertainment mediums, continuing her career as an actress in film and television.

(born April 22, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, author, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films.

Waters's 1970s and early 1980s films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the Dreamlanders—among them Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, and Edith Massey.

In addition to her work on the book and website, Lake has become an integral figure in the birthing community.