Hard to believe that the one and only Divine (born Glenn Milstead in Baltimore,MD) would have been 68 today.
In the 1970s, Milstead made the transition to theater and appeared in a number of productions, including Women Behind Bars and The Neon Woman, while continuing to star in such films as Polyester (1981), Lust in the Dust (1985) and Hairspray (1988). Meanwhile, in 1981 Divine had embarked on a disco career, producing Hi-NRG tracks, most of which had been written by Bobby Orlando, and went on to achieve chart success with hits like “You Think You’re A Man”, “I’m So Beautiful” and “Walk Like a Man”. Divine died in Los Angeles from cardiomegaly in 1988.
The New York Times said of Milstead’s ’80s films: “Those who could get past the unremitting weirdness of Divine’s performance discovered that the actor/actress had genuine talent, including a natural sense of comic timing and an uncanny gift for slapstick.”He was also described as “one of the few truly radical and essential artists of the centuryâ€¦ [who] was an audacious symbol of man’s quest for liberty and freedom.”Since his death, Divine has remained a cult figure, particularly within in the LGBT community.
We just want to say : Happy Birthday Divine! We love & miss you!