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Divine

Highest Rated:   100% Multiple Maniacs (1970)
Lowest Rated:   38% Lust in the Dust (1985)
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Birthplace:   Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Drag-queen and cult-movie star Divine, born Harris Glenn Milstead, was a high-school acquaintance of John Waters in the early '60s. Waters indulged his chubby friend's penchant for crossdressing, and Divine's acting career was launched with Water's first films in the mid '60s, Roman Candles and Eat Your Makeup both filmed while Divine still worked as a hairdresser. As Waters' work became more funny and outrageous with Mondo Trasho(1969) and Multiple Maniacs(1970), Divine's performances became richer and wilder; the two achieved immortality with the outrageously raunchy cult classic Pink Flamingos(1972) in which Divine competes to become the "World's Filthiest Person." They continued working together during the late '70s and into the '80s making two of their best films, Female Trouble(1974) and Polyester(1981). Divine also began appearing for other filmmakers, playing a woman in Paul Bartel's Lust in the Dust(1985) and shedding his feminine garb to play a man in Alan Rudolph's Trouble in Mind(1986). In his/her last appearance for Waters's, Hairspray(1988), Divine played a dual role, one male, one female, and was quite effective in both parts.Those who could get past the unremitting weirdness of Divine's performance discovered that the actor/actress had genuine talent, including a natural sense of comic timing and an uncanny gift for slapstick. In 1989 Divine died suddenly of an enlarged heart at the age of 42 while preparing for a guest appearance on Fox TV's Married...With Children.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% I Am Divine
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Arias with a Twist
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Frances, A Mother Divine
  • Actor
2007
50% Out of the Dark
  • Detective Langella
1989
98% Hairspray
  • Edna Turnblad/Arvin Hodgepile
1988
38% Lust in the Dust
  • Rosie Velez
1985
89% Trouble in Mind
  • Hilly Blue
1985
No Score Yet Divine: Shoot Your Shot: Live at the Hacienda
  • Actor
1983
89% Polyester
  • Francine Fishpaw
1981
No Score Yet I Wanna Be a Beauty Queen
  • Actor
1979
79% Female Trouble
  • Dawn Davenport/Earl Peterson
1974
80% Pink Flamingos
  • Divine/Babs Johnson
1972
100% Multiple Maniacs
  • Lady Divine
1970
No Score Yet Diane Linkletter Story
  • Actor
1970
50% Mondo Trasho
  • Portly bombshell
1969
No Score Yet John Waters Archives
  • Actor

Quotes from Divine's Characters