10/19/1945, Baltimore, Maryland



Birth Name

Harris Glenn Milstead


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Divine was truly unique. There was often some difficulty in how to refer to this one-of-a-kind talent- as the usual descriptions of 'transvestite' or 'female impersonator' fall completely short and fail to describe Divine properly- but perhaps there is none better than the way Divine described himself: 'an…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • 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'.

  • Quotes

    • 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.

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  • A truly one-of-a-kind, unique individual!

    The larger-than-life persona of Harris Glenn Milstead, Divine is best known for starring in the majority of John Waters' movies, from the early 'atrocities'(such as Roman Candles) to the bigger films (Female Trouble, Hairspray etc.)

    In each and every role taken- be it a dowdy housewife with an amazing sense of smell (Polyester) or as 'The Filthiest Person Alive' (Pink Flamingos)- Divine gives a great performance. There is just an undeniable enthusiasm in all of it, dealing with Waters' gleefully anarchic and downright filthy work. The finale of 'Pink Flamingos' is perhaps the best example of that.

    As well as films, Divine also acted on stage and released music singles. The best-known of these is the camp classic 'You Think You're A Man'. Again, the singing might not be perfect but the enthusiasm and the attitude is there in spades.

    There'll never be anyone else quite like Divine.moreless