Stage and Screen
films for John Waters, Divine acted in many other projects, both on stage
and in films. Many of the stage performances were either never recorded
on film, or if they were, are very hard to find these days.
Performed with a stage troupe in San Francisco called The Cockettes
in such productions as Divine and the Stimulating Studs, Divine Saves
the World, Vice Palace, Ladies in Retirement, Journey to the Center
of Uranus and The Heartbreak of Psoriasis.
There is a marvelous documentary about the Cockettes featuring footage
of John Waters and Divine. It's a must see.
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by Tom Eyen, New York
A parody of women prison movies, this stage comedy starred Divine in the
role of Pauline, the Matron of the Womens House of Detention. It was very
successful in New York and eventually played to audiences in London in 1977.
I Wanna Be A Beauty Queen
Directed by Andrew Logan, London
Divine was flown to London to participate in the Alternative Miss
World Contest which was filmed and eventually premiered in London,
for which Divine was the guest of honor.
Described by Divine as follows: "Once a year, on the same night
as the Miss World Pageant in London, my friend Andrew Logan - who
is a poor Andy Warhol of London - gives a mock Miss World contest.
It is not a drag show. Men, women and children are in it. The categories
are Day Wear, Evening Wear, Bathing Suits, and Questions and Answers.
The contestants put much time into their costumes, which included
that year outer-space beasts and boxes of chocolates."
by Tom Eyen, New York
Tom Eyen wrote this sequel to Women Behind Bars especially for Divine.
It opened successfully in New York and toured to San Francisco as
Tom Eyen went on to write for the TV sit-com Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,
and the Broadway production of Dreamgirls.
Brown, New York
Directed by Rosa von Praunheim
A documentary about New York underground legend Tally Brown by infamous
German queer director vonPraunheim, this movie has been described
as "the first of Rosa's wild, unpredictable portraits of aging
dancers and cabaret stars.
Here he follows the almost-legendary Tally Brown through the subterranean
bowels of late 70's New York." The movie also features Warhol
superstars Taylor Meade and Holly Woodlawn.
Lust in the Dust
Directed by Paul Bartel
Also starring Tab Hunter, Laine Kazan, Cesar Romero, Geoffrey
Lewis, Henry Silva and Nedra Volz.
After their pairing in Polyester, Divine and Tab Hunter starred together
again in this western spoof. Also starring Laine Kazan as Divine's
rival. An obvious cult classic from the director of Eating Raoul.
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IN THE DUST
Trouble in Mind
Directed by Alan Rudolph.
Also starring Keith Carradine, Genevieve Bujold, Kris Kristofferson
and Lori Singer.
This contemporary film-noir featured Divine as Hilly Blue -- out of
drag -- as a powerful gangster in a fictitious city.
From the Darkside
Directed by George A. Romero
Divine guest starred in an episode of this television series titled "Seymourlama."
Out of the Dark
Directed by Michael Schroeder
Divine had a cameo role as an LA detective in this, his final film
appearance. It features other performers from the Lust in the Dust
cast, including producer Paul Bartel who dedicated the film to Divine.