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Divine (I) (1945–1988)


Originally born Harris Glen Milstead just after the end of WWII, Baltimore's most outrageous resident eventually became the international icon of bad taste cinema, as the always shocking and highly entertaining transvestite performer, Divine. Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John Waters, at high school in Baltimore, and the two ... See full bio »

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Known For

Pink Flamingos
Pink Flamingos Divine / Babs Johnson
(1972)
Hairspray
Hairspray Edna Turnblad / Arvin Hodgepile
(1988)
Female Trouble
Female Trouble Dawn Davenport / Earl Peterson
(1974)
Polyester
Polyester Francine Fishpaw
(1981)

Filmography

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 1988 Out of the Dark
Det. Langella
 1987 Tales from the Darkside (TV Series)
Ambassador Chia Fung
- Seymourlama (1987) ... Ambassador Chia Fung
 1969 Mondo Trasho
Divine / Greaser in Alley
 1966 Roman Candles (Short)
Party Guest / Man with Scarf
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Show Show Writer (2 credits)
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Show Show Self (27 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Theatre - Played Flashstorm in "The Neon Woman" by Tom Eyen, Off-Broadway, in 1978. See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 4 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 1 Interview | 2 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Divine 1945 - 1988 | Lady Divine | Glen Milstead

Height:

6' 2" (1.88 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[1973] Divine. That's my name. It's the name John [John Waters] gave me. I like it. That's what everybody calls me now, even my close friends. Not many of them call me Glenn at all anymore, which I don't mind. They can call me whatever they want. They call me fatso, and they call me asshole, and I don't care. You always change your name when you're in the show business. Divine has stuck as my ... See more »

Trivia:

When first creating his alter ego, Divine told make-up artist friend Van Smith that he wanted a look that was a cross between Jayne Mansfield and Clarabell the Clown from The Howdy Doody Show (1947). See more »

Nickname:

Divvie

Star Sign:

Libra

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