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Divine was the stage name of Los Angeles-based drag performer Harris Glenn Milstead. She was known for her signature pointed-eyebrow look and her roles in several John Waters movies.

Career

Although she died before RuPaul entered the world of drag, Divine still has a lasting legacy within the drag community, from her role in the John Waters movies to the challenge inspired by her on RuPaul's Drag Race.

Filmography

  • Roman Candles (1966)
  • Eat Your Makeup (1968)
  • The Diane Linkletter Story (1969)
  • Mondo Trasho (1969)
  • Multiple Maniacs (1970)
  • Pink Flamingos (1972)
  • Female Trouble (1974)
  • Tally Brown, New York (1979)
  • The Alternative Miss World (1980)
  • Polyester (1981)
  • Lust in the Dust (1985)
  • Trouble in Mind (1985)
  • Divine Waters (1985)
  • Tales from the Darkside (1987)
  • Hairspray (1988)
  • Out of the Dark (1989)
  • Divine Trash (1998)
  • In Bad Taste (2000)
  • The Cockettes (2002)
  • I Am Divine (2013)

Drag Race Impact

Although she 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".

Trivia

  • Disney's character "Ursula the Sea-Witch" was inspired by Divine, and was initially intended to be voiced by her.
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