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Milstead, Harris Glenn

Born: 1945 AD
Died: 1988 AD
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2.3 (46.56%) 61 votes

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.

2.3 (46.56%) 61 votes