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Divine Makes His Mark on Cinema

Divine, the late leading lady of John Waters' films. Born Harris Glen Milstead, the 300-pound transvestite passed away in March of 1988, shortly after starring in John Waters' first big budget studio film, "Hairspray." He was 42. Divine was an integral part of Waters' ensemble cast, appearing in all his earlier films except "Desperate Living." Divine and Waters knew each other from childhood. It was Waters' movie "Pink Flamingoes" that made Divine famous, because he ate dog feces at the end of the film. (REBROADCAST from February 1988.)


Other segments from the episode on April 18, 1997

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 18, 1997: Interview with John Waters; Interview with Divine; Interview with Stanley Tucci; Review of the film "Kissed."


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