Harris Glenn Milstead popular by his stage name Divine was a performer, a vocalist, and a transvestite. He was known in the film industry for his drag queen character, Divine.
As of 2023, Divine's net worth is estimated to be $400,000.
|Harris Glenn Milstead
|Source(s) of Fame
|Actor, Singer, Transvestite
|Date of Birth
|October 19, 1945
|Place of Birth
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
|Age At Death
|Date of Death
|March 7, 1988
|Cause of Death
|Partner, Lee L’Ecuyer,
Divine Performer was born as Harris Glenn Milstead to Frances Milstead and Harris Bernard Milstead on the 19th of October, 1945 in Baltimore, Maryland, US. Glenn’s parents shifted to the suburbs of Lutherville when he was 12.
He went to Towson High School and graduated in 1963. In his school days, he was bullied for being overweight and chubby. Once he was severely beaten and bruised by his schoolfellows. The bully boys were then expelled from the school but Glenn was brought to school and taken home via police van. At 16, he met John Waters. John Waters later turned out to be his closest friend and a film director.
After completing his studies, Glenn began working as a hairdresser. He tried dressing as a woman. Waters assumed him to be almost, the most beautiful woman in the world. He encouraged him to continue dressing in drag and gave him his stage name, Divine.
The first short film featuring Divine was Roman Candles (1966). In 1968, he appeared in Eat Your Makeup. Waters motivated Divine to make her image even stronger by dressing in outrageous costumes and putting on heavy makeup. Divine, was the exact opposite of what one could call beautiful. His look along with outrageous dialogues and activities on the screen became the reason for his popularity as Divine.
In 1972, he appeared in Water’s direction, Pink Flamingo. The film became a box-office hit. He further rose to fame by appearing in the film, Female Trouble (1974). In 1988, he was cast in a musical comedy film titled, Hairspray. The film earned more than $8 million at the box office.
As a singer, his most famous singles include, Born to be Cheap, Shoot Your Shoot, You Think you are a Man, I am so Beautiful, and Walk Like a Man.
Divine has become a popular name in the drag world. His character became the inspiration for Disney’s villain, Ursula-the Sea Witch in the animated movie, The Little Mermaid (1989).
Harris Glenn Milstead has a legacy website that works as an online shop and sells personal items belonging to Divine. The shop also sells T-shirts and costumes having Divine’s photographs and dialogues printed on them.
Harris Glenn Milstead was gay. He never discussed his sexual orientation in public because it was a taboo subject back in the 1980s. He was in a long relationship with a man named, Lee L’Ecuyer. Glenn broke up with Lee and was reported to be in a brief relationship with the gay adult film star, Leo Ford.
Glenn was overweight and suffered from obesity since his childhood. His appetite kept on increasing as he aged because of this addiction to Marijuana. He openly confessed his addiction to Marijuana.
Harris Glenn Milstead died on the 7th of March, 1988. His heart had enlarged as a complication of being obese. He died of a sudden heart attack. He was found dead in the Regency Plaza Suites, Hollywood, USA. His grave lies in the Prospect Hill Cemetery in Towson, Maryland, US.
Harris Glenn Milstead was not active on social media platforms. He communicated with his fans on his tours and through print media. He was not even a YouTuber.
Harris Glenn Milstead was an actor, singer, and drag queen. Divine will always be remembered by his fans as the Drag Queen of the Century. Glenn had a net worth of $400,000.