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.