In the lunchroom one day, she noticed that her new friend was reading a LIFE magazine article about filmmaker John Waters and his famous star, a 300-pound cross-dressing actor named Divine. John Waters, she remembered, had been a friend of her son Glenn. Suddenly, she also remembered she had once found handwritten scripts under her son's mattress-scripts that featured the name Divine on almost every page. Frances's shock of recognition begins this touching story of reconciliation, forgiveness, and acceptance, which culminates in her accompanying her son in 1988 to the Miami and Baltimore premieres of his breakthrough movie hit, HAIRSPRAY, just weeks before his untimely death.
Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, was the star of numerous John Waters cult films, including PINK FLAMINGOS, FEMALE TROUBLE, and POLYESTER as well as Waters's mainstream hit musical HAIRSPRAY. He also had a successful stage and singing career in the United States and Europe. His outrageous public persona, however, contrasted sharply with the real Glenn--quiet, shy, and incredibly loving.
This complex, moving, and intimate story recounts Divine's sometimes difficult childhood, his painful separation from and joyous reconciliation with his parents, and his incredible career as a cult star.