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Divine Empire

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Formed in past due 1997 after developing fed up with constant fall into line shifts and personal turmoil of his previous group Malevolent Creation, Jason Blachowicz (bass/ vocals) met up Derik Roddy (drums) and J.P. Soars (electric guitar/ vocals) to create Divine Involvement. With all three people who have been all at one stage in Malevolent Creation, provided this new task some credentials within the Florida loss of life metal picture before getting a cope with Olympic Recordings. Immediately after, their initial full-length Redemption noticed the light of time in early 1999. Doomed to Inherit was released two years afterwards.

Quick Facts


Full Name Divine Empire
Music Songs Silent Carnage, Sacrifice in Vain, Hidden Hatred, Pray for Deliverance, Induced Expulsion, Truth Be Denied, Storm of Hatred, Out for Blood, Blood of Nations, Witness to Terror, Birth of Legends, Born of Sin, Dead and Martyred, Dungeon Mask, Mandatory Punishment, Cuidate Del Traidor, War Torn, The Mauler, Draped in Black, Aggravated Battery, Surgical Strike, They Rise, Random Beheadings, Murder Suicide, Kill the King, Season of Extinction, Impervious Deception, Criminal Instinct, Shadow of Violence, Terror Zone, Ravaged, Vowed Revenge
Albums Method of Execution, Doomed to Inherit, Redemption, Nostradamus


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#Fact
1 When first creating his alter ego, Divine told make-up artist friend Van Smith that he wanted a look that was a cross between Jayne Mansfield and Clarabell the Clown from The Howdy Doody Show (1947).
2 Plays both a woman and a man (as the racist head of the station that airs the Corny Collins show) in his last film Hairspray (1988).
3 Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 247-248. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
4 Was one of the 250 male nominees of the AFI top 50 stars.
5 John Waters wanted him to be in Desperate Living (1977), and had written the movie with him in mind, but he was unable to be in the movie as he was appearing in a play at the time.
6 Had a successful singing career (dance/disco), touring the world's clubs, and released numerous albums.
7 In Disney's The Little Mermaid (1989), the character of "Ursula" (voiced by Pat Carroll) was based on her.
8 Idolized Elizabeth Taylor as a teenager, and dressed up as her character "Gloria" from BUtterfield 8 (1960) for a Halloween party that he attended wearing a slip, fur coat, and stillettoes.
9 Buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Towson, Maryland.
10 Was contracted to play a recurring role as the Uncle in Married with Children (1987), but died the day before the shooting of the episode (#2.22, "All in the Family"). James 'Gypsy' Haake was cast as 'Uncle Otto' in Divine's place, and the episode was dedicated to Divine's memory.
11 Died in his sleep from a combination of his weight and a disorder called sleep apnea, a disorder in which the body "forgets" to breathe or is unable to breathe due to blockage or excessive pressure. A classic symptom of this disorder is a sudden cessation of snoring for several seconds, indicating the inability to breathe.
12 Actor featured in comic transvestite roles.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Out of the Dark 1988 Det. Langella
Hairspray 1988 Edna Turnblad Arvin Hodgepile
Tales from the Darkside 1987 TV Series Ambassador Chia Fung
Trouble in Mind 1985 Hilly Blue
Lust in the Dust 1985 Rosie Velez
Polyester 1981 Francine Fishpaw
Female Trouble 1974 Dawn Davenport Earl Peterson
Pink Flamingos 1972 Divine Babs Johnson
Multiple Maniacs 1970 Lady Divine
The Diane Linkletter Story 1970 Short Diane Linkletter
Mondo Trasho 1969 Divine / Greaser in Alley
Eat Your Makeup 1968 Jacqueline Kennedy
Roman Candles 1966 Short Party Guest / Man with Scarf

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
I Am Divine 2013 Documentary performer: "Native Love Step by Step", "Born to Be Cheap", "I'm So Beautiful", "You Think You're a Man"
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
An Englishman in New York 2009 performer: "Native Love"
Deep Blue Sea 1999 performer: "Good and Plenty"
The Fruit Machine 1988 performer: "You think you're a man", "I'm so beautiful"
Top of the Pops 1985 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Lust in the Dust 1985 performer: "These Lips Were Made For Kissin'"
Female Trouble 1974 performer: "Female Trouble"

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Divine: Live at the Hacienda 1994 Video documentary short
The Diane Linkletter Story 1970 Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Madison Class of '64 2006 Short a tribute to the genius of
Married with Children 1988 TV Series dedicated to the memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Uncle Bob 2010 Documentary Himself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
More Lust, Less Dust 2001 Video short Himself (voice)
Divine: Shoot Your Shot 1995 Video documentary short Himself
Divine: Live at the Hacienda 1994 Video documentary short Himself
The Incredibly Strange Film Show 1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume One - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Three - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
The Last Resort with Jonathan Ross 1987 TV Series Himself
De Nachtshow 1987 TV Series Himself
Night Flight 1986 TV Series Himself
Divine Waters 1985 Documentary Himself
Top of the Pops 1984-1985 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Àngel Casas Show 1984 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest
Estoc de pop 1984 TV Series Himself
Thicke of the Night 1984 TV Series Himself
Formel Eins 1983 TV Series documentary Himself
La edad de oro 1983 TV Series Himself
AVRO's Toppop 1982 TV Series Himself
Late Night with David Letterman 1982 TV Series Himself - Guest
Mein New York 1982 TV Short documentary Himself
The Alternative Miss World 1980 Documentary Guest of Honour / Interviewer
Billy Baxter Presents Diary of the Cannes Film Festival with Rex Reed 1980 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tally Brown, New York 1979 Documentary Himself
Emerald City 1978 TV Series Himself
Underground and Emigrants 1976 Documentary
Lady Divine 1975 Documentary Himself (as Lady Divine)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Erlebnis Österreich 2016 TV Series documentary Himself - Live im U4
I Am Divine 2013 Documentary Himself
Visionado obligado 2011 TV Series Divine / Babs Johnson
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 Video documentary Himself
Arias with a Twist 2010 Documentary Himself
New York Memories 2010 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
Frances: A Mother Divine 2010 Documentary Himself
50 años de 2009 TV Series Himself
Welcome to the 80's 2009 TV Series documentary Himself
Starz Inside: In the Gutter 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Schau mir in die Augen, Kleiner 2007 Documentary Himself
The Roots of 'Hairspray' 2007 Video documentary short Himself
La imagen de tu vida 2006 TV Series Himself
Carta blanca 2006 TV Series Himself
Fabulous! The Story of Queer Cinema 2006 Documentary
Favouritism 2005 TV Series Himself
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream 2005 Documentary Himself
The Cockettes 2002 Documentary Himself
In Bad Taste 2000 TV Special documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
Divine Trash 1998 Documentary Himself
The Celluloid Closet 1995 Documentary Himself in Hairspray (uncredited)
Hittimittari 1984 TV Series Himself
That's Hollywood 1981 TV Series documentary Francine Fishpaw

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 FilmOut Programming Award FilmOut San Diego, US Filmmaker Career Achievement Award I Am Divine (2013)
1988 Frameline Award San Francisco International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1989 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Hairspray (1988)
1986 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actor Lust in the Dust (1985)


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#Quote
1 [on Pink Flamingos (1972)'s infamous final scene]: I followed that dog around for three hours just zooming in on its asshole.
2 [1973] Divine. That's my name. It's the name John [John Waters] gave me. I like it. That's what everybody calls me now, even my close friends. Not many of them call me Glenn at all anymore, which I don't mind. They can call me whatever they want. They call me fatso, and they call me asshole, and I don't care. You always change your name when you're in the show business. Divine has stuck as my name. Did you ever look it up in the dictionary? I won't even go into it. It's unbelievable.
3 [on Pink Flamingos (1972)'s infamous final scene, in which he consumes dog feces]: [People think that I] run around doing it all the time. I've received boxes of dog shit - plastic dog shit. I have gone to parties where people just sit around and talk about dog shit because they think it's what I want to talk about.
4 "Divine" and "Glenn Milstead" are both just names. Glenn is the name I was brought up with, Divine is the name I've been using for the past 23 years. I guess it's always Glenn and it's always Divine. Do you mean the character Divine or the person Divine? You see, it gets very complicated. There's the Divine you're talking to now and there's the character Divine, which is just something I do to make a living. She doesn't really exist at all.
5 I think I've always been respectable. What I do onstage is not what I do in my private life... It's an act... It's how I make my living. People laugh, and it's not hurting anyone.
6 My favorite part of dressing in drag is getting out of it. Drag is my work clothes. I only put it on when someone pays me to.
7 Of course the last thing my parents wanted was a son who wears a cocktail dress that glitters, but they've come around to it.
8 People who used to make fun are now fans. I had the last laugh.
9 "He's one of my finest leading ladies" - Tab Hunter [who co-starred with Divine in Polyester (1981)].
10 "All my life I wanted to look like Elizabeth Taylor. Now Elizabeth Taylor looks like me".


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