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Divine (19 October 1945 – 7 March 1988), né Harris Glenn Milstead, was an American actor, singer and drag queen. Described by People magazine as the "Drag Queen of the Century", Divine often performed female roles in both cinema and theater and also appeared in women's clothing in musical performances. Even so, he considered himself to be a character actor and performed male roles in a number of his later films. He was often associated with independent filmmaker John Waters and starred in ten of Waters's films, usually in a leading role. Concurrent with his acting career, he also had a successful career as a disco singer during the 1980s, at one point being described as "the most successful and in-demand disco performer in the world." Born in Baltimore, Maryland, into a conservative, wealthy middle class family, he became involved with John Waters and his acting troupe, the Dreamlanders, in the mid-1960s and starred in a number of Waters's early films such as Mondo Trasho, Multiple Maniacs, Pink Flamingos and Female Trouble. These films have since become cult classics. In the 1970s, Milstead made the transition to theater and appeared in a number of productions, including Women Behind Bars and The Neon Woman, while continuing to star in such films as Polyester, Lust in the Dust and Hairspray. The New York Times said of Milstead's '80s films: "Those who could get past the unremitting weirdness of Divine's performance discovered that the actor/actress had genuine talent, including a natural sense of comic timing and an uncanny gift for slapstick." He was also described as "one of the few truly radical and essential artists of the century… was an audacious symbol of man's quest for liberty and freedom." Since his death, Divine has remained a cult figure, particularly with those in the LGBT community.

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Oct 19, 1945 In Towson, Maryland, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Roman Candles 1967-05-10
Latest Project:
Movie Disclosure 2020-06-19
Known For
Poster of Howard
Poster of Divine: Shoot Your Shot
Poster of Hairspray
Poster of Tales from the Darkside
Movie Disclosure Edna Turnblad (archive footage) 2020-06-19
Movie Gully Boy: Live In Concert Himself 2019-02-14
Movie Howard Self (archive footage) 2018-04-22
Movie Studio 54 Self (archive footage) 2018-06-15
Movie BEAT. Contour. Snatched. How Drag Queens Shaped the Biggest Makeup Trends Unknown 2018-12-11
Series re:View Himself / Babs Johnson (archive footage) 2016-05-24
Movie I Am Divine Herself (archive footage) 2013-03-09
Series Cachitos de hierro y cromo Unknown 2013-10-27
Movie Uncle Bob Himself 2010-06-26
Movie The Cockettes Herself (archive footage) 2002-01-16
Movie In Bad Taste Himself (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Movie Divine Trash Himself 1998-01-18
Movie Soul Ache Actriz cantante (Singer actress) 1998-08-14
Movie Divine: Shoot Your Shot Unknown 1995-01-01
Movie Divine: Live at the Hacienda Unknown 1994-01-01
Movie Rhythm Divine - History of Disco Music Herself (Archival) 1992-09-20
Movie Hairspray Edna Turnblad / Arvin Hodgepile 1988-02-26
Movie Out of the Dark Det. Langella 1988-06-02
Movie Divine Waters Self 1985-01-01
Movie Trouble in Mind Hilly Blue 1985-12-11
Series Tales from the Darkside Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie Lust in the Dust Rosie Velez 1984-11-14
Movie Polyester Francine Fishpaw 1981-05-29
Movie The Alternative Miss World Guest of Honour 1980-09-18
Movie Tally Brown, New York Unknown 1979-05-04
Movie Underground and Emigrants Unknown 1976-10-25
Movie Female Trouble Dawn Davenport / Earl Peterson 1974-10-04
Movie Pink Flamingos Divine / Babs Johnson 1972-03-12
Movie The Diane Linkletter Story Diane Linkletter 1970-04-10
Movie Multiple Maniacs Lady Divine 1970-04-10
Movie Mondo Trasho Divine / Greaser in Alley 1969-03-14
Movie Eat Your Makeup Jacqueline Kennedy 1968-02-23
Movie Roman Candles Party Guest / Man with Scarf 1967-05-10