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Divine was the stage name of Los Angeles-based drag performer Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 — March 7, 1988). He was known for her signature pointed-eyebrow look and her roles in several John Waters movies.


Legacy

Divine still has a lasting legacy within the drag community. Although he had passed away decades before Drag Race would premiere, Divine has been mentioned and referenced throughout the series. There has even been a Divine-inspired maxi-challenge on Season 7; which was judged by John Waters himself. Ginger Minj won the challenge with her performance in a recreation of an iconic scene from "Edie and the Eggs". Eureka! also impersonated her in Snatch Game on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (Season 6).

Trivia

  • Disney's character Ursula was inspired by Divine.[1]
  • Shortly before his death, Divine was asked to play the mother and uncle of the character Peggy Bundy in the series Married... with Children. The shooting would start on the day of his death.

Filmography

Year Film Role
1966 Roman Candles The Smoking Nun
1968 Eat Your Makeup Jacqueline Kennedy
1969 The Diane Linkletter Story Diane Linkletter
Mondo Trasho Divine
1970 Multiple Maniacs Lady Divine
1972 Pink Flamingos Divine / Babs Johnson
1974 Female Trouble Dawn Davenport / Earl Peterson
1979 Tally Brown, New York Himself
1980 The Alternative Miss World Guest of Honour / Interviewer
1981 Polyester Francine Fishpaw
1985 Lust in the Dust Rosie Velez
Trouble in Mind Hilly Blue
Divine Waters Himself
1987 Tales from the Darkside Chia Fung
1988 Hairspray Edna Turnblad / Arvin Hodgepile
1989 Out of the Dark Det. Langella
1998 Divine Trash Himself
2000 In Bad Taste
2002 The Cockettes
2013 I Am Divine

References

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