Divine

Real Name:
Harris Glenn Milstead
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Divine was a character created by American actor, singer and drag queen Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 – March 7, 1988).

Harris Glenn Milstead's drag character Divine is most famous by their roles in John Waters films such as "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble," "Polyester" and Hairspray. In early 1970's Divine appeared in several avant-garde performances alongside San Francisco drag collective, The Cockettes, and later performed in Tom Eyen's off-Broadway plays "Women Behind Bars" and "The Neon Woman."

In 1982, American composer Bobby Orlando wrote a number of Hi-NRG singles for Divine, including "Native Love (Step By Step)," "Shoot Your Shot" and "Love Reaction."

Later in the 1980's Divine achieved global chart success with the Barry Evangeli and Stock Aitken & Waterman produced singles "You Think You're a Man," and "I'm So Beautiful."

Harris Glenn Milstead died aged 42 from cardiomegaly three weeks after the premiere of "Hairspray." After not showing up to shoot on the set of "Married With Children," he was found dead in his hotel room. Divine was described by People magazine as the "Drag Queen of the Century."
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0060.569 Divine - Jungle Jezebel album art Divine Jungle Jezebel (Album) "O" Records 0060.569 Germany 1982 Sell This Version
841007 Divine - T Shirts And Tight Blue Jeans (Non Stop Dance Remix) album art Divine T Shirts And Tight Blue Jeans (Non Stop Dance Remix) (Album) Break Records 841007 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
GLX 9066, CD 9066 Divine - Maid In England album art Divine Maid In England (Album, Single) Galaxis, ZYX Records GLX 9066, CD 9066 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CDMGRAM 84 Divine - Born To Be Cheap album art Divine Born To Be Cheap(CD, Album) Anagram Records CDMGRAM 84 UK 1994 Sell This Version
AVEXCD 29 Divine - The Remixes album art Divine The Remixes(CD, Album) Avex UK AVEXCD 29 UK 1996 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

SIT 5 Divine - Born To Be Cheap album art Divine Born To Be Cheap (Single) Wax Trax! Records SIT 5 UK 1981 Sell This Version
BS-022, BS-014 Divine - Get Up Off That Thang (James Who?) / Native Love album art Screamin Tony Baxter*, Divine Screamin Tony Baxter*, Divine - Get Up Off That Thang (James Who?) / Native Love(12") Black Sun, Black Sun BS-022, BS-014 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
SPEC-1202 Divine - Native Love (Remix) / The Stranger album art Divine / Shining Star Divine / Shining Star - Native Love (Remix) / The Stranger Unidisc SPEC-1202 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
308 202 Divine - Native Love Step By Step album art Divine Native Love Step By Step (Single, Maxi) "O" Records 308 202 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
308208 Divine - Shoot Your Shot album art Divine Shoot Your Shot (Single, Maxi) "O" Records 308208 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
VSDS 812 Divine - Kick Your Butt / Native Love (Step By Step) album art Divine Kick Your Butt / Native Love (Step By Step)(7", Single) Vanguard VSDS 812 Philippines 1982 Sell This Version
SPEC-1 Divine / Bobby "O"* Divine / Bobby "O"* - Shoot Your Shot / She Has A Way(7", Spe) Unidisc, Black Sun SPEC-1 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
SPEC-1214 Divine - Native Love / These Memories album art Divine / Oh Romeo Divine / Oh Romeo - Native Love / These Memories Unidisc SPEC-1214 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
549 044 Divine - Shake It Up album art Divine Shake It Up (Single) Break Records 549 044 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
(45) 445 102 Divine - Native Love Step By Step / Alphabet Rap album art Divine Native Love Step By Step / Alphabet Rap (Maxi) "O" Records (45) 445 102 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
DES 4 Divine - Love Reaction album art Divine Love Reaction (Single, Maxi) Break Records DES 4 UK 1983 Sell This Version
TI 70712 Divine - Hot Plate 10 album art Divine Hot Plate 10(12", Mixed) Trebol TI 70712 Mexico 1983 Sell This Version
Memo 8 Divine - Divine Madness album art Divine Divine Madness (Single) Memo Records Memo 8 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
12BOB-07 Divine - Shake It Up / Jungle Jezebel / Working Girl / Love Reaction album art Divine / Girlie* Divine / Girlie* - Shake It Up / Jungle Jezebel / Working Girl / Love Reaction Unidisc 12BOB-07 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
0259289 Divine - You Think You're A Man album art Divine You Think You're A Man (Single, Maxi, EP) Proto (2), Proto (2) 0259289 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
308445 Divine - T Shirts And Tight Blue Jeans album art Divine T Shirts And Tight Blue Jeans Break Records 308445 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
12BOB-06 Divine - Helpless (You Took My Love) / Native Love '84 album art The Flirts / Divine The Flirts / Divine - Helpless (You Took My Love) / Native Love '84 (Comp) Black Sun 12BOB-06 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
100·07·306 Divine - I'm So Beautiful album art Divine I'm So Beautiful (Maxi, Single, EP) Proto (2), Proto (2) 100·07·306 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
ENAT 127 Divine - Twistin' The Night Away album art Divine Twistin' The Night Away (Maxi, Single) Proto (2), Proto (2) ENAT 127 UK 1985 Sell This Version
ENAT 131 Divine - Hard Magic album art Divine Hard Magic (Single) Proto (2) ENAT 131 UK 1985 Sell This Version

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pcp

July 24, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
Trivia: Episode 22, season 2 of the television show Married With Children is dedicated to the memory of Divine. Divine was set to act as both Peggy's mother and her uncle Otto in the show, but died the night before production. The producers sent flowers to the funeral along with a card that read "If you didn't want to do the show, you could have just SAID something!".
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Bestevus

September 23, 2005
edited over 16 years ago
The tale, in few words, is that Divine once made a guest appearance at a Ft. Lauderdale nightclub, and was mordified to discover that the crowd had expected a performance, but there she was, empty-handed. She left, flustered and embarassed, and with a little help (a hell of a lot) of help from her friends, the single "Born to be Cheap" was released shortly thereafter. The rest is history. This is, of course, just one more case of qualified musicians and producers using a celebrity's notoriety to sell albums. How many horrifying incidents have there been where a movie star, sportscaster, supermodel, or ninja turtle has been approached and asked "So, would you like to cut an album?" It's a dirty shame. Not necessarily the case here, though. Divine is first and foremost known for her work in the earlier films of none other than John Waters, the sultan of bad taste, and while the characters have been trashy as all hell, they've always somehow been utterly charming and a total blast, however lurid. None of the actors were particularly all that good at it, including Divine, but they still had an incredible stage presence as well as big balls, even for Baltimore. It's this same kind of charm that made Divine what I'd consider a deserved success in her musical career. Not the best singer, but a beautiful voice would have been doubly inappropriate for the whole package. Throaty and sleazy worked much better. She was intense and unmistakeable by any means, and one hell of a performer. You'd never think that a 300-pound woman could move like that. You might guess that a great deal of Divine's demographic was homosexual, and you'd be right, but Divine was also a formidable success on a broader level than the gay disco scene of the 80's, with more than 10 international gold records under her belt. Europe and and Australia were remarkably receptive to her talents. The single "You Think You're a Man" was the biggest hit of her career, ending up in the U.K.'s Top 20 and granting her the opportunity to perform her hit on 'Top of the Pops', which led to a flood of phonecalls from outraged and deeply horrified viewers. She was banned from making any future appearances. She was simply too much to handle, and that's what still sets her apart. The music itself is not revolutionary, the lyrics less than profound, but anyone who would judge these tracks according to those factors would be missing the point. It was all about Divine. It was the unquestionable attitude and personality of someone so exotic and bizarre that drove her to stardom and made these otherwise lackluster disco anthems into hits. You don't have to be gay to be entertained by this stuff. You don't even have to be European. Even to the most skeptical of listeners, there's no reason not to get a kick out of listening to this, even if only for the novelty of it. Long live the hog princess.
Glenn Milstead (1945-1988)

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