Divine

Actor, Singer, Hairdresser
Born Harris Glenn Milstead, the much loved, oversized female impersonator Divine grew up down the street from high school pal John Waters and became a cult figure as Waters' longtime leading performer. It was Waters ... Read more »
Born: 10/19/1945 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Filmography

Actor (14)

Divine Trash 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 5th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Performer

The 12th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Out of the Dark 1989 (Movie)

Detective Langella (Actor)

Hairspray 1988 (Movie)

Edna Turnblad (Actor)

Trouble in Mind 1985 (Movie)

Hilly Blue (Actor)

Lust in the Dust 1984 (Movie)

Rosie Velez (Actor)

Polyester 1981 (Movie)

Francine Fishpaw (Actor)

The Alternative Miss World 1979 (Movie)

Guest of Honor (Actor)

Female Trouble 1975 (Movie)

Earl Peterson (Actor)

Pink Flamingos 1974 (Movie)

Divine (Actor)

Underground and Emigrants 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mondo Trasho 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

Multiple Maniacs 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)
Music (3)

Deep Blue Sea 1999 (Movie)

("Good and Plenty") (Song Performer)

The Fruit Machine 1989 (Movie)

("I'm So Beautiful") (Song Performer)

Female Trouble 1975 (Movie)

("Female Trouble") (Song Performer)

Biography

Born Harris Glenn Milstead, the much loved, oversized female impersonator Divine grew up down the street from high school pal John Waters and became a cult figure as Waters' longtime leading performer. It was Waters, along with make-up artist Van Smith, who transformed the flamboyant and brilliantly talented actor into the horror show Divine, forever associated with vile, repulsive acts and attitude to match. Divine developed his persona in such early Waters efforts as "Eat Your Makeup" (1968), as a Jackie Kennedy-obsessed fashion groupie, "The Diane Linkletter Story" (1969), as the suicidal heroine, and the silent "Mondo Trasho" (1970), as a blonde bombshell who accidentally runs over a foot fetishist-pedestrian.

Relationships

Harris Milstead

Father
died in the early 1990s

Frances Milstead

Mother
wrote memoir "My Son Divine" (2001)

Milestones

1989

Last film, Paul Bartel's "Out of the Dark"; Bartel dedicated film to Divine

1988

Starred in mainstream Waters hit "Hairspray"; played both tawdrily dressed mother and bigoted male television station owner

1987

Guest starred in "Seymourlama" episode of syndicated "Tales from the Darkside", directed by George Romero

1985

Again paired with Hunter for Paul Bartel's "Lust in the Dust"

1985

Played first substantial (and entirely) male role in Alan Rudolph's "Trouble in Mind"

1981

Starred opposite Tab Hunter in Waters' "Polyester"; original run included Odorama cards distributed to audiences in order to scratch and sniff odors depicted on screen

1975

Briefly appeared as a male character in John Waters' "Female Trouble"

1972

First gained relatively widespread attention in Waters' "Pink Flamingos"; film became a classic of studied bad taste

1966

Film acting debut in John Waters' "Roman Candles"

Raised in Maryland

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