Image of Divine


1945-10-19 Towson, Maryland, USA

Image of Divine


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.


Disclosure Edna Turnblad (archive footage) 2020-06-19
Studio 54 Self (archive footage) 2018-06-15
Howard Self (archive footage) 2018-04-22
BEAT. Contour. Snatched. How Drag Queens Shaped the Biggest Makeup Trends 2018-12-11
I Am Divine Herself (archive footage) 2013-03-09
Uncle Bob Himself 2010-06-26
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (archival footage) 2010-05-04
The Cockettes Self (archive footage) 2002-01-16
Divine: Shoot Your Shot & Live at the Hacienda Self (archive footage) 2000-01-01
In Bad Taste Himself (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Agujetas en el alma Actriz cantante (Singer actress) 1998-08-14
Divine Trash Himself 1998-01-18
Divine: Shoot Your Shot 1995-01-01
Divine: Live at the Hacienda 1994-01-01
Rhythm Divine - History of Disco Music Herself (Archival) 1992-09-20
The Neon Woman Flash Storm (archive footage) 1990-01-01
Out of the Dark Det. Langella 1988-06-02
Hairspray Edna Turnblad / Arvin Hodgepile 1988-02-26
Divine Waters Self 1985-01-01
Trouble in Mind Hilly Blue 1985-12-11
Lust in the Dust Rosie Velez 1984-11-14
Polyester Francine Fishpaw 1981-05-29
The Alternative Miss World Guest of Honour 1980-09-18
Tally Brown, New York 1979-05-04
Underground and Emigrants 1976-10-25
Female Trouble Dawn Davenport / Earl Peterson 1974-10-04
Pink Flamingos Divine / Babs Johnson 1972-03-12
Multiple Maniacs Lady Divine 1970-04-10
The Diane Linkletter Story Diane Linkletter 1970-04-10
Mondo Trasho Divine / Greaser in Alley 1969-03-14
Eat Your Makeup Jacqueline Kennedy 1968-02-23
Roman Candles Party Guest / Man with Scarf 1967-05-10