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Harris Glenn “Divine” Milstead

Actor. He is known exclusively by his female impersonator persona "Divine." Born in Baltimore, Maryland, he moved at age 12 to Lutherville, a Baltimore suburb, where he later met future motion picture director John Waters in high school. Waters became a lifelong friend, with Milstead starred in a number of his films and becoming well known for being a part of the regular cast and crew of the troupe "The Dreamlanders" who appeared in many of Waters' earlier works such as "Pink Flamingos," "Female Trouble," "Polyester," "Hairspray" and "Lust In The Dust." Milstead also enjoyed a short lived music career in the 1980s with songs like "I'm So Beautiful," "Love Reaction" and "Native Love." His most remembered role was his portrayal of housewife turned scary stage-mom 'Edna Turnbladt' in "Hairspray," Waters' spoof on 1960s dance shows which heralded near unanimous critical acclaim.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2171
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Harris Glenn “Divine” Milstead (19 Oct 1945–7 Mar 1988), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2171, citing Prospect Hill Park Cemetery, Towson, Baltimore County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .