Divine was the inspiration for the song 'Divine' by Antony And The Johnsons (which can be found on their self-titled album).
Divine was often a regular at the infamous Studio 54 during the late 1970s.
In 1988, Milstead was set to portray the dual character of Peggy Bundy's Mother and her Uncle Otto on the series Married With Children. Unfortunately, he died the night before tapping of a heart attack, at the age of 42. The producers of Married With Children sent flowers to the funeral, along with a humorous card that read, "If you didn't want to do the show, you could have just SAID something!"
Whilst filming Pink Flamingos, Divine was arrested twice for shoplifting- for stealing first a pair of canvas director's chair seat covers and then steaks (just as Divine's character Babs does in the movie)--but escaped jail and ended up on probation.
Divine had a stage career, performing in plays such as Women Behind Bars (which ran for a year off-Broadway then transferred to the West End in London) and The Neon Woman (which played to sell-out crowds in New York, San Francisco and Chicago).
Divine sang the theme song to Female Trouble.
Divine appeared live at the Flamingo club in Blackpool, UK on 20 January 1986.
Divine appeared at the famous Hacienda club in Manchester, UK on February 16, 1983– this show has been released on DVD.
Divine is in part the inspiration for the design of Ursula The Sea Witch in Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989)
In an interview in 1988, Hal Rubinstein described Divine as having 'a screen image that combined the best of Joan Crawford, Ida Lupino and Broderick Crawford'.
Divine: When you think of a bombshell, you think of Monroe or Mansfield, you don't think of a three-hundred-pound man. People like to be shocked.
Divine: My fantasy was to be a movie star, but I had never done anything--I played a beaver in a play in second grade.
Divine: All my life I wanted to look like Elizabeth Taylor. Now Elizabeth Taylor looks like me.
Divine: Of course the last thing my parents wanted was a son who wears a cocktail dress that glitters, but they've come around to it.
Divine: Europeans are not uptight about the female attire. Men have always played women's parts in the theater. It's not questioned and no one really cares. It's just a way to give people a good laugh.