06 March 2012

Glossy. Divine.

Today marks the 24th anniversary of Glenn Milstead's death. Glenn's infamous alter ego, Divine, played jaw-dropping characters in the films of Trash King John Waters. In fact, Divine was the star, no one could hold a light to her vibrance or come near the professionalism of her character portrayals. Who can forget Dawn Davenport in Female Trouble, Francine Fishpaw in Polyester or Edna Turnblad in Hairspray? Divine sung too. Her disco trash album The Story So Far spawned several hits including Native Love, Shoot Your Shot, I'm So Beautiful and the dazzling You Think You're a Man — I recall seeing that song performed live on Countdown much to my parents horror I'm sure. And I freely admit to seeing her live show in a Sydney nightclub — pure filth, wild and fun — in the 1980s.