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Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 Towson, Maryland - March 7, 1988) was better known by his drag persona Divine.

Born to Bernard and Diana Francis Milstead, at the age of 12 the family moved to Lutherville, a suburb of Baltimore. John Waters was a childhood friend who he met while living there.

Divine starred in a number of films, and was particularly well known as being part of the regular crew known as the Dreamlanders that appeared in many of John Waters earlier works such as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Polyester and Hairspray. Repeating their successful pairing in Polyester, in 1985 Divine appeared opposite Tab Hunter in their bigger hit Lust in the Dust.

In the 1980s, Glenn's music was a hit through America, Europe, and Australia. His music had progressive house techno beats with energizing lyrics that appealed to synth boppers.

"Glenn was born before civil rights, gay rights, or women's rights...God doesn't want people created out of a Xerox machine...The tragedy is that Glenn was cut off right at the point of becoming who he really was, and the world will never see how that flower could have unfolded." óReverend Leland Higginbotham in his Eulogy at Divine's funeral; Baltimore, Maryland, March 1988

Divine died from an enlarged heart.

He is also remembered as a major character in the documentary homage Divine Trash (1998) by Steve Yeager, covering the life and work of John Waters.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Divine Facts

Birth NameHarris Glenn Milstead
OccupationActor
BirthdayOctober 19, 1945
SignLibra
BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, USA
Date of deathMarch 7, 1988 (age 42)

Selected Filmography

My Life Over The Top
Virgin Hunters 3: Agents of Seduction
Multiple Maniacs
Scent of a Woman
Hairspray
Undercover Brother
Uncle Bob
Female Trouble
Pink Flamingos
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