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Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 - March 7, 1988) was an American actor, singer and Drag Queen from Baltimore.

He became the muse of director John Waters in his 1960s and 1970s underground films.


Selected Filmography

As usual, you can find the basics at IMDB, The Other Wiki and Discogs.com

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  • Acting for Two:
    • As Dawn Davenport and her rapist, Earl Peterson, in Female Trouble
    • As Party Guest and Man With Scarf in Roman Candles
  • Actor Allusion: In Pink Flamingos, Cookie reads in a tabloid about "Harris Glenn Milstead" being released from jail, and Divine says she hasn't heard that name in years. That, of course, was Divine's own real name.
  • Alliterative Name: As Dawn Davenport in Female Trouble and Francine Fishpaw in Polyester.
  • Alliterative Title: His first album was titled Jungle Jezebel.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Once while performing for the San Francisco drag troupe The Cockettes, he went into a prototype of the Blasphemous Boasts Dawn Davenport recited in her nightclub act in Female Trouble. The talk of associating with criminals didn't bother them, what did bother them was the line, "I eat raw sugar!"
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  • Chewing the Scenery/Large Ham: What, you expected a 300 lbs. drag performer to be restrained?
  • Concert Film: Live at the Hacienda and Shoot Your Shot.
  • Documentary: 2013's I Am Divine
  • Expy: Ursula from the Disney version of The Little Mermaid was modeled on him. He was also tapped to voice Ursula, but passed away before he could record any lines.
  • Fat Bitch: The book Videohound's Cult Flicks and Trash Pics described Divine's standard persona as "a shrieking 300 lbs. sociopath in drag."
  • "I Am" Song: "I'm So Beautiful", from Maid In England.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: People Magazine declared Divine "Drag Queen of the 20th Century."
  • Pun-Based Title: His third album was titled Maid In England.
  • Sampling: "Love Reaction" used elements from New Order's "Blue Monday."
  • Singer Namedrop: "Divine's Theme," from Maid In England
  • What Could Have Been: He was supposed to have played "Uncle Otto" on an episode of Married... with Children, but died of a heart attack the day of filming.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: Jokingly proclaimed this by John Waters.

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