Divine

Divine

  • Highest Rated: 100% Multiple Maniacs (1970)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% Lust in the Dust (1985)
  • Birthday: Oct 19, 1945
  • 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

Box
Office

Year

96% I Am Divine Actor $60.5K 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
33% Lust in the Dust Rosie Velez 1985
82% Trouble in Mind Hilly Blue 1985
No Score Yet Divine: Shoot Your Shot: Live at the Hacienda Actor 1983
91% Polyester Francine Fishpaw 1981
No Score Yet I Wanna Be a Beauty Queen Actor 1979
88% Female Trouble Dawn Davenport/Earl Peterson 1974
80% Pink Flamingos Divine/Babs Johnson 1972
100% Multiple Maniacs Lady Divine $25.5K 1970
No Score Yet Diane Linkletter Story Actor 1970
50% Mondo Trasho Portly bombshell 1969

QUOTES FROM Divine CHARACTERS

Babs Johnson
Honey! Why are we out of afterbirth!?!
Babs Johnson
Honey! Why are we out of afterbirth?
Dawn Davenport
Thank you! I love you! Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my black little heart! You came here for some excitement tonight and that's just what you're going to get! Take a good look at ME because I'm going to be on the front of every newspaper in this country tomorrow! You're looking at crime personified AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT! I framed Leslie Bacon! I called the heroin hot line on Abby Hoffman! I bought the gun that Bremmer used to shoot Wallace! I had an affair with Juan Corona! I blew Richard Speck! And I'm so fucking beautiful I can't stand it myself! Now, everybody freeze! Who wants to be famous? Who wants to DIE for art?
Dawn Davenport
Thank you! I love you! Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my black little heart! You came here for some excitement tonight and that's just what you're going to get! Take a good look at ME because I'm going to be on the front of every newspaper in this country tomorrow! You're looking at crime personified AND DON'T YOU FORGET IT! I framed Leslie Bacon! I called the heroin hot line on Abby Hoffman! I bought the gun that Bremmer used to shoot Wallace! I had an affair with Juan Corona! I blew Richard Speck! And I'm so fucking beautiful I can't stand it myself! Now, everybody freeze! Who wants to be famous? Who wants to DIE for art?
Taffy Davenport
Why can't I go to school? Why can't I have friends?
Dawn Davenport
You can't go to school because I said so. I won't have you nagging me for lunch money and whining for help on your homework. There is no need to know about presidents, wars, numbers or science. Just listen to me and you'll learn. And no little friends over here, repeating rhymes, asking flippant questions, and talking in those nagging baby voices. Can't you just sit here and look out into the air? Isn't that enough? Do you always have to badger me for attention?
Dawn Davenport
Davenport. Dawn Davenport! I'm a thief and a shitkicker, and, uh, I'd like to be famous.
Dawn Davenport
Look at you, I could vomit
Dawn Davenport
Look at you, I could vomit.
Donald Dasher
THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF BEAUTY!
Dawn Davenport
She's been a hideous little girl today, she was about to get a good whippin'!
Dawn Davenport
She's been a hideous little girl today, she was about to get a good whippin'!
Dawn Davenport
You're a pain, Taffy. A pain in my big asshole!
Dawn Davenport
Ida Nelson, you get out of my house!
Dawn Davenport
Ida Nelson, you get out of my house! [hurling acid into Dawn's face]
Ida Nelson
You made Gater leave! I got somethin for your face, motherfucker!
Ida Nelson
You made Gater leave! I got somethin for your face, motherfucker!
Earl Peterson
You'll never get any money from me, cow! Just cause you got them big udders don't mean you're somethin' special. Get the hook! Go fuck yourself for all I care. YEAH! Go fuck yourself!
Earl Peterson
You'll never get any money from me, cow! Just cause you got them big udders don't mean you're somethin' special. Get the hook! Go fuck yourself for all I care. YEAH! Go fuck yourself! [hangs up]
Dawn Davenport
I've done everything a mother can do: I've locked her in her room, I've beat her with the car aerial. Nothing changes her. It's HARD being a loving mother!
Dawn Davenport
I've DONE everything a mother can do: I've locked her in her room, I've beat her with the car aerial. Nothing changes her. It's HARD being a loving mother!
Dawn Davenport
Where did you get this crap, Taffy? I told you to spend that money I gave you on a cute outfit, but ooooh-noooo! As soon as my back is turned, you run right out and spend it on props for your morbid little games! Well, I want it cleaned up pronto! We're having guests for dinner and I want you looking as P-R-E-T-T-Y as humanly possible!