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Mary Vivian Pearce

Mary Vivian Pearce
Mary Vivian Pearce in Steve Yeager's 1998 documentary Divine Trash
Personal information
Birth dateNovember 9, 1947(age 69)
NationalityAmerican
Other namesBonnie Pearce
OccupationActress
Known forDreamlanders

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Mary Vivian Pearce is an American actress. She has worked primarily in the films of John Waters.

Pearce is the childhood best friend of John Waters and has appeared as an actress in all of his films. Because of her work with Waters, she is considered one of the Dreamlanders, Waters' ensemble of regular cast and crew members. Along with Mink Stole, she is one of only two actors to appear in all of his films to date. Pearce is always credited by her real name, but in her personal life she is known as Bonnie.

Her first film with Waters, in 1964, was a 17-minute independent short film called Hag in a Black Leather Jacket. The film was never released. In the rest of Waters' films she's played both main and bit parts.

Her most famous roles were in Waters' Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble and Desperate Living. However, as the years progressed, Pearce appeared less and less in Waters' films, usually as an extra or a character without a major impact on the plot. She continues to appear in Waters' films; she appeared as a protester in Cecil B. Demented just weeks after brain surgery.


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