Frances Milstead

 

Age: 88

 

Summary: mother of the late screen actor/comedian and drag performer Divine (born Harris Glenn Milstead), best known for his larger-than-life roles in several John Waters films including Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, and the original Hairspray, who became a proud protector of his legacy and a popular and revered figure in the Florida gay community after her son's death in 1988, who was the author (with Towson University film instructor and documentary filmmaker Steve Yeager) of the 2001 memoir My Son Divine and was later the subject of her own documentary Frances: A Mother Divine.

 

 

Cause of Death: Stroke

 

Born: April 12, 1920

 

Died: March 24, 2009

 

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida