Bette Midler

Singer + Actress
Born Dec 1, 1945

Bette Midler is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian, also known by her informal stage name, The Divine Miss M. She became famous as a cabaret and concert headliner, and went on to star in successful and acclaimed films such as The Rose, Ruthless People, Beaches, and For The Boys.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bette Midler.


1945 Birth Born in 1945.


1961 16 Years Old She was voted "Most Talkative" in the 1961 school Hoss Election, and "Most Dramatic" in her senior year (class of 1963). … Read More


1965 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Midler relocated to New York City in the summer of 1965, using money from her work in the film Hawaii.
1966 - 1972 5 More Events
1973 28 Years Old 1 More Event
It reached Billboard's Top 10 and became a million-selling Platinum-certified album, earning Midler the 1973 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. … Read More
1974 29 Years Old In 1974, she received a Special Tony Award for her contribution to Broadway, with Clams on the Half Shell Revue playing at the Minskoff Theater.


1975 - 1977 2 More Events
1979 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. … Read More
1981 36 Years Old Midler worked on the troubled comedy project Jinxed! in 1981. … Read More
1983 38 Years Old During those four years, she concentrated on her music career and in 1983, released the album No Frills, produced by Chuck Plotkin, who was best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. … Read More
1984 39 Years Old Midler married artist Martin von Haselberg on December 16, 1984, about six weeks after their first meeting. … Read More


1985 - 1988 3 More Events
1990 45 Years Old 1 More Event
It featured her biggest hit, "Wind Beneath My Wings", which went to No. 1 on Billboards Hot 100, achieved Platinum status, and won Midler her third Grammy Award – for Record of the Year – at the 1990 telecast.
1991 46 Years Old 1 More Event
She co-starred with Woody Allen in the 1991 film Scenes from a Mall, again for Paul Mazursky. … Read More
1992 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Midler turned down the lead role in the musical comedy Sister Act in 1992, which instead went to Whoopi Goldberg.


1995 - 1997 3 More Events
2000 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Midler starred in her own sitcom in 2000, Bette, which featured Midler playing herself, a divine celebrity who is adored by her fans. Airing on CBS, initial ratings were high, marking the best sitcom debut for the network in more than five years, but viewers percentage soon declined, resulting in the show's cancellation in early 2001. … Read More
2001 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Bette or Bust, a book chronicling Midler's Divine Miss Millennium Tour, was released in 2001.
2003 58 Years Old 1 More Event
Following a reported long-standing feud with Barry Manilow, the two joined forces after many years in 2003 to record Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook. … Read More


2005 - 2006 2 More Events
2008 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Midler debuted her Vegas show entitled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on February 20, 2008. … Read More
2009 64 Years Old She appeared on the Bravo TV show My Life on the D-List with Kathy Griffin in an episode that aired in June 2009. … Read More
2010 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2010, Midler voiced the character Kitty Galore in the animated film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. … Read More
2011 66 Years Old Midler was one of the producers of the Broadway production of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which opened in February 2011.
2012 67 Years Old In June 2012, Midler received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in recognition of her having "captivated the world" with her "stylish presentation and unmistakable voice." … Read More
2013 68 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2013, Midler performed on Broadway for the first time in more than 30 years in a play about the Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers. … Read More
In March 2014, she performed at the 86th Academy Awards telecast at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, singing "Wind Beneath My Wings".
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