Milstead, Harris Glenn

Born: Oct 19, 1945 AD
Died: 1988 AD, at 42 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Actors, Impersonator

1945 - Born on Cotober 19th in Towson, Maryland. The drag queen and disco diva was born Harris Milstead but took Divine as a stage name.

1970 - Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John Waters, at high school in Baltimore, and the two combined to star in and direct several ultra low budget, taboo breaking cult films.

1974-1988 - Divine also starred as career criminal Dawn Davenport in "Female Trouble", as bored housewife Francine Fishpaw in "Polyester", and as outlaw gal Rosie Velez with half a treasure map tattooed on her butt in "Lust in the Dust".

1988 - He starred in Waters' loving (but still slightly bizarre) salute to teen dance TV shows as Rikki Lake's mother in the superb "Hairspray".

         - Milstead's health deteriorated due to to his obese frame, and he passed away in his sleep from a combination of heart attack and apnea.
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