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I Am Divine Review


With an appropriate explosion of humour and colour, this documentary traces the life of a fiercely individualistic actor, digging beneath the surface to explore both his origins and his legacy. And frankly, it's about time someone documented the iconic cross-dressing performer Divine, who died at age 42 in 1988, just as his career was leaping into the mainstream. The fact is that this man completely changed music, theatre and cinema.

Born in Baltimore, Glenn Milstead played dress-up as a child and was routinely beaten up in school. He could never pass as a normal kid, so he never tried. Fortunately, at 17 he met John Waters and found a group of people who were outcasts like him. Waters renamed him Divine for his film Roman Candles, and the name stuck. Divine spent time in San Francisco developing the character while performing with the legendary Cockettes, then took the New York stage by storm and launched an international recording career., He also continued to rise in the ranks of cinema actors with performances in Waters' classics Pink Flamingoes, Female Trouble, Polyester and the award-winning Hairspray, which crossed-over into mainstream success and led to a non-drag role as Uncle Otto in the hit TV sitcom Married... With Children. He died of heart failure in his sleep the night before taping his first episode.

Filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz (whose previous film Vito documented the life of gay-rights activist Vito Russo) gives the movie a lively pace, as a wide range of colourful people talk about their experiences with Divine through the years, including his mother Frances Milstead who reunited with her son later in life. There's also extensive footage of Divine talking about himself in interviews he gave around the world throughout his career. Combined with extensive clips, backstage video and personal photographs, the film is a remarkably complex portrait of a talented artist who was excessive in everything: food, drugs and love. But he was also fiercely disciplined when it came to his work.

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Picture - Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake... New York New York United States, Tuesday 29th April 2014

Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake - The New York Pops 31st Birthday Gala Dinner held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 29th April 2014

Steven Reineke and Ricki Lake

Picture - Ricki Lake - 'TrevorLIVE LA'... Los Angeles California United States, Sunday 8th December 2013

Ricki Lake - 'TrevorLIVE LA' honoring Jane Lynch and Toyota for the Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th December 2013

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Picture - Ricki Lake - Celebrities attend... Los Angeles California United States, Sunday 8th December 2013

Ricki Lake - Celebrities attend 'TrevorLIVE LA' honoring Jane Lynch and Toyota for the Trevor Project at Hollywood Palladium. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 8th December 2013

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Picture - Ricki Lake - Equality Now... Los Angeles California United States, Monday 4th November 2013

Ricki Lake - Equality Now presents 'Make Equality Reality' event at Montage Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 4th November 2013

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Picture - Ricki Lake - SELF Magazine... Los Angeles California United States, Tuesday 30th April 2013

Ricki Lake - SELF Magazine and Jennifer Aniston celebrate Mandy Ingber's new book 'Yogalosophy: 28 Days to the Ultimate Mind-Body Makeover' - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 30th April 2013

Lucy Danziger, Mandy Ingber and Ricki Lake
Lucy Danziger, Mandy Ingber and Ricki Lake
Mandy Ingber and Ricki Lake
Mandy Ingber and Ricki Lake
Lucy Danziger, Mandy Ingber and Ricki Lake

Pictures: Stars Come Out To See Katy Perry Honored At Trevor Project Awards


Katy Perry Chris Colfer Matthew Morrison Kevin McHale Anna Kendrick Ricki Lake James Van Der Beek

Katy Perry, Trevor Project

Katy Perry was honored at the annual Trevor Project bash

For all the music awards she's won in her career, we're willing to wager that few of them will have touched Katy Perry as warmly as the gong she picked up at the annual Trevor Project bash. The multi-million selling singer was honored by the charity - which focuses on preventing suicide among the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community - for being an inspiration for so many of her fans, stepping up and speaking about the issue regularly. 

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