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Harris Glenn Mistead, still such a show-biz heavyweight who's dazzlingly Divine

Divine and Ricki, bosom buddies on- and off-screen
Divine and Ricki, bosom buddies on- and off-screen
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So divine.
So fat.
So talented.
Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeffrey Schwartz turns his camera on the plus-sized “cinematic terrorist” turned international icon of bad taste now that I am Divine (Wolfe Video) is on DVD.
Harris Glenn Milstead, a.k.a. Divine, comes to life in this complex documentary that traces his humble beginnings as an overweight, teased Baltimore youth to internationally-recognized drag superstar. The film is packed with interviews with many key figures from his/her life, including legendary filmmaker John Waters, Ricki Lake, Tab Hunter, Mink Stole and Divine's mama. Bonus materials include more than 30 minutes of deleted footage that sheds additional light on the cha-cha heels of this midnight-movie icon.
Spitting in the face of "normalcy"---body image, gender identity, sexuality and preconceived notions of beauty---ivine was the ultimate outsider turned underground royalty. With a completely committed in-your-face style, he blurred the line between performer and personality, and revolutionized pop culture. I am Divine is a definitive biographical portrait that charts the legendary icon’s emotional complexities and rise to infamy.

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