Divine, the late leading lady of John Waters' films 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 Flamingos that made Divine famous, because he ate dog feces (yes, real feces) at the end of the film. Divine also made two films independent of Waters, playing a male gangster in Trouble in Mind, and Tab Hunter's love interest in Lust in the Dust. This interview first aired in 1988.