Bette Midler
Singer, actress
Bette Midler
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.
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Hits by Herman Highlight the Season--and two are at the York
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By Helaine Feldman, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 2, 2017 One of the most highly anticipated events of the 2017 Broadway season is the upcoming revival of Hello, Dolly! starring Bette Midler and featuring a memorable score by Jerry Herman. But, before that, the York Theatre will be presenting an earlier work by Herman, his first Broadway show in fact, Milk and Honey. Milk and Honey opened at the Martin Beck Theatre on October 10, 1961 and ran for a very respectable 543 performances. Set against the backdrop of Israel's struggle for recognition, the show starred Yiddish theatre legend Molly Picon, along with Metropolitan opera stars Mimi Benzell and Robert Weede, and garnered a Best Original Score Tony nomination for Herman. This current production launches the Winter 2017 Musicals in Mufti series at the York (mufti meaning "in street clothes, without the trappings associated with a full production"). The 12-member cast is led by American operatic bass-baritone Ma ...
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Honolulu's Famed Halekulani Resort Turns 100
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(To me, nothing defines the atmosphere here like the nightly Hawaiian music performed at the resort's House Without A Key) When I was a kid, my parents vacationed a week each summer, and one each winter. We always stayed at "resorts" rather than hotels, and usually historic, one-off places: The Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire, the Fountainebleau in Miami Beach. Back then, in the fifties and sixties, these places had what can simply be described as class. Of course, back then was before the age of mass tourism. People dressed for dinner and flew in those rumbling Lockheed Constellations and Douglas DC-7 aircraft as if dressed for Sunday church services. These resorts weren't snobby, although they weren't cheap either: but they expected a certain decorum from guests; no raucous behavior at the pool, no flip-flops at dinner, no parading through the lobby in a bikini. Some of them fell into near-ruin but were later lovingly restored. But in their day, management maintai ...
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'Beaches' remake doesn't achieve liftoff on Lifetime
CNN - about 1 month
It's likely that all most people remember about "Beaches" is the three-hankie finish and Bette Midler belting out "The Wind Beneath My Wings." Perhaps not surprisingly, Lifetime's mostly dutiful remake of the 1988 hit is something of a slog through the first two-thirds, periodically lifted by Idina Menzel's golden pipes.
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Facebook's Misappropriation Problem: Selling Artist Names As Advertising Keywords
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"Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author." Article 27(2), Universal Declaration of Human Rights What do Prince, The Beatles, The Chainsmokers, Celine Dione, Maroon 5, Jimi Hendrix and Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. all have in common? Each of their names are for sale as advertising keywords on Facebook. You can confirm this by trying to "Boost" any Facebook post, choosing a custom audience, and then searching for the name under "Interests". Facebook has scraped "interest" data based on keywords including artist and celebrity names from its massive consumer data profiles. (Although we'll just look at Facebook today, it's highly likely that the same is true of Google and other advertising networks that profit from the sale of keywords.) Why should we care? Because under the law of many states and of the United States, public figures (and some would sa ...
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Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo in Othello: The Moor Goes Down
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At the much celebrated New York Theatre Workshop production of Othello, Andrew Lieberman's austere set looks like the inside of a packing crate as the audience files in, taking seats on three sides; mattresses are strewn about the floor, as if we are inside a military barrack. Under the imaginative direction of Sam Gold, the play starts in the dark. This is Shakespeare's play, after all, and the black fixes you immediately on the bard's poetry. By the time lights go on, you are prepared to witness Iago's (superb Daniel Craig) cunning, brutal betrayal of the naïve, besotted Othello (David Oyelowo, equally Craig's match in excellence). Jane Cox's lighting creates the intimacy of a bedroom for vigorous lovemaking, and an arena for fierce man-to-man combat. You are not likely to find theater this engaging, this terrific, this season. The fine supporting cast features Rachel Brosnahan as Desdemona, Marsha Stephanie Blake as Emilia, and Finn Wittrock as Cassio. The dead count is increased ...
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Idina Menzel's years as a wedding singer helped her tackle 'Wind Beneath My Wings' for Lifetime's 'Beaches' remake
LATimes - about 1 month
When news broke earlier this year that Lifetime would be remaking tear-jerker “Beaches,” the 1988 film that starred Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey as lifelong friends, one of the first concerns among die-hard fans was what would become of the classic song “Wind Beneath My Wings” sung by Midler? ...
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 1 month
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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New York Jewish Film Festival: Sisters, Hummus and Bette Midler
NYTimes - about 2 months
Dorit Hakim’s first feature, “Moon in the 12th House,” is among 29 movies in this annual festival.
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From Kimye vs. Taylor to Kimye vs. Bette Midler: The best celebrity feuds of 2016
Yahoo News - about 2 months
For a lot of us, famous and normals alike, 2016 was a narrative we would like to be excluded from and that we never asked to be a part of.  But if nothing else, it was a great year for celebrity gossip. Thanks to social media, egos and impulse control had a banner year — for better and most certainly for worse. Here are the best celebrity feuds of a very petty year. 6. Selena Gomez vs. Justin Bieber Image: darren calabres/AP Jelena is over, but the wounds haven't healed. Gomez defended Beliebers that were upset by a series of photos Bieber Instagrammed of his girl of the moment, Sofia Richie, commenting, "If you can't handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol." Bieber responded writing, "It's funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love." Eventually, Gomez Snapchatted an apology, because feuds are now a cross-platform affair.  Bieber eventually deleted his Instagram account and Gomez went on a social me ...
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Trump goes on a tear against the media - Politico
Google News - 2 months
Politico Trump goes on a tear against the media Politico President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday morning popped off at the media — one of his favorite targets — taking to Twitter to rail against Vanity Fair and numerous reports hammering him for failing to disentangle himself from his business empire. Trump Lashes Out At 'Vanity Fair,' One Day After It Lambastes His RestaurantNPR So how bad is Trump Grill? Yelp gives it 2 1/2 stars — and lots of griefLos Angeles Times Bette Midler mocks 'fragile' Trump over Vanity Fair attackThe Hill (blog) New York Post -Bustle -International Business Times -AlterNet all 99 news articles »
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‘Hamilton’ Star Rory O’Malley Shares A Sweet Coming-Of-Age Tale
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Rory O’Malley might never have stepped foot on a stage if it hadn’t been for his… basement. As a child, the Tony-nominated actor-singer struggled to fit in at school, and sought refuge in the subterranean rec room of his Cleveland, Ohio home. It was there he discovered the performing arts as a mode of self-expression, creating a “magical world” of his own filled with “musicals, Disney and Bette Midler.” These days, O’Malley is a formidable presence on Broadway, spurring laughs from sold-out crowds in his current role as King George III in “Hamilton.” Still, the 35-year-old hasn’t forgotten about his basement days, and will soon return below stairs – metaphorically, at least. On Dec. 11 and 12, he’ll take the stage of New York’s Feinstein’s/54 Below for an all-new musical show he describes as a celebration of “the campiness that saved my life,” appropriately titled “Out of the Basement.” Featuring musical direction by Grammy and Tony winner Stephen Oremus, “Out of the Basemen ...
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On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her
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“Did you ever know that you’re my hero?” “From a distance, there is harmony!” “Some say love, it is a river.” Ask any casual Bette Midler fan (or anyone born beyond 1990) about the diva’s discography, and they’ll likely name that trio of tear-jerking hits: “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “From a Distance”...
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Eleven More Bass Players Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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"You ask the average person what a bass is, or what a bass sounds like, and most of the time, they don't know. But remove the bass from any piece of music and suddenly it becomes the largest missing piece in the world! Whoa, fifty percent of the music just went away with one instrument! It is an instrument that is much more conspicuous by its absence than by its presence..." As told to this writer by Michael J. Visceglia, bassist, author, educator, recording artist The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees were revealed a few weeks ago and I congratulate all the artists: Bad Brains, Chaka Khan, Chic, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, J. Geils Band, Jane's Addiction, Janet Jackson, Joan Baez, Joe Tex, Journey, Kraftwerk, MC 5, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, The Cars, The Zombies, Tupac Shakur, and Yes. Some of the choices are obvious to me, some less so. A few leave me bewildered, but that's rock and roll...the mistakes make the music real. And I see that a few of the nomi ...
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The World Mourns Leonard Cohen -- A Loss It Didn't Need Right Now
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Prince, David Bowie, Gene Wilder ― 2016 has been full of tough losses.  And Thursday’s announcement of singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen’s death came as yet another crushing blow, particularly for those still reeling from Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. Following the news, beautiful tributes to Cohen began pouring in. Many, from Patton Oswalt to Johnny Knoxville, wondered when 2016 would give the world a break.   Leonard Cohen dying is so goddamned symbolic right now. You just don't let up, do you 2016? — Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 11, 2016 RIP Leonard Cohen. Ugh. It feels pointed, this death. It's making us remember songs like Come Healing which is a good one for these days — Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 11, 2016 R.I.P. the great Leonard Cohen.❤️❤️#canwebedonewith2016 pic.twitter.com/ALxIVcfP7n — Johnny Knoxville (@realjknoxville) November 11, 2016 As of the week could get ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bette Midler
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  • 2014
    Age 68
    It was announced on September 23, 2014, that Midler would be releasing her 25th overall album, It's the Girls!, on November 4, 2014, through Warner Bros.
    More Details Hide Details Records. The album spans seven decades of famous girl groups, from 1930s trios The Boswell Sisters (the title track) and The Andrews Sisters ("Bei Mir Bist Du Schön") to 1990s R&B legends TLC's "Waterfalls". In Spring 2017, she will be portraying Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway revival of Hello Dolly! In 1991, Midler was an early sponsor of the Adopt-a-Highway, paying $2,000 a month for a crew to clean up a 2-mile section of the Ventura Freeway in Burbank, California. Signs at both ends of the section read "Litter Removal Next 2 Miles, Bette Midler." The location was so prominent, it became fodder for her 1993 guest appearance on the Simpsons episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled", where she is seen picking up trash along a stretch of highway she has adopted, and causes car crashes for drivers who deliberately litter. In 1995, she carried the same idea to the east coast, adopting a section of the Long Island Expressway and Bronx River Parkway.
    Midler formed and announced plans to release an all-girl group album at the end of 2014, with further plans of doing a tour.
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    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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  • 2013
    Age 67
    In December 2013, it was announced that Midler would portray Mae West in an HBO movie biography, written by Harvey Fierstein and directed by William Friedkin.
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    In 2013, Midler performed on Broadway for the first time in more than 30 years in a play about the Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers.
    More Details Hide Details The play, titled I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers and dramatized by John Logan, opened on April 24, 2013 at the Booth Theatre. After the show's success in New York recouping its initial $2.4 million investment it was decided to show the play in Los Angeles at the Geffen playhouse.
  • 2012
    Age 66
    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."
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she co-starred alongside Billy Crystal in the family movie Parental Guidance (2012), playing a couple of old school grandparents trying to adapt to their daughter's 21st-Century parenting style. Despite generally negative reviews by critics, who felt the film was "sweet but milquetoast", box office totals for the movie were higher than expected.
  • 2011
    Age 65
    Midler was one of the producers of the Broadway production of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which opened in February 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 64
    In November 2010, Midler released Memories of You, another compilation of lesser known tracks from her catalog.
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    In 2010, Midler voiced the character Kitty Galore in the animated film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a success, grossing $112 million worldwide.
  • 2009
    Age 63
    She appeared on the Bravo TV show My Life on the D-List with Kathy Griffin in an episode that aired in June 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In December of the same year, she appeared in the Royal Variety Performance, an annual British charity event attended by Queen Elizabeth II. Midler performed "In My Life" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" as the closing act.
  • 2008
    Age 62
    Also in 2008, another compilation album by Midler, Jackpot: The Best Bette, was released.
    More Details Hide Details It reached number 66 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and number six in the United Kingdom, where it was certified platinum for sales of over 300,000 copies. As her only film appearance that year, Midler had a small role in Diane English's comedy film The Women, starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening and Eva Mendes among others. An updated version of the George Cukor-directed 1939 film of the same name based on a 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce, the film was widely panned by critics, who found it " a toothless remake of the 1939 classic, lacking the charm, wit and compelling protagonists of the original."
    Midler debuted her Vegas show entitled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on February 20, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details It comprised The Staggering Harlettes, 20 female dancers called The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. The show played its final performance on January 31, 2010, after a two-year run, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special in 2011.
  • 2006
    Age 60
    Midler released a new Christmas album entitled Cool Yule in 2006, which featured a duet of Christmastime pop standards "Winter Wonderland"/"Let It Snow" with Johnny Mathis. Well-received, the album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Midler returned to the big screen, appearing in Then She Found Me, Helen Hunt's feature film directorial debut. Also starring Hunt along with Matthew Broderick and Colin Firth, the comedy-drama film tells the story of a 39-year-old Brooklyn elementary school teacher, who after years is contacted by the flamboyant host of a local talk show, played by Midler, who introduces herself as her biological mother. Critical response to the film was mixed; whereas some critics praised the film for having strong performances, others felt the film was bogged down by a weak script and technical issues.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2005
    Age 59
    Released in October 2005, the album sold 55,000 copies the first week of release, returned Midler to the top ten of US Billboard 200, and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
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  • 2004
    Age 58
    Also in 2004, she appeared in a supporting role in Frank Oz' science fiction satire The Stepford Wives, a remake of the 1975 film of the same name also based on the Ira Levin novel.
    More Details Hide Details Also starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close, Midler played Bobbie Markowitz, a writer and recovering alcoholic. The project underwent numerous production problems that occurred throughout its shooting schedule, with reports of problems on-set between director Oz and the actors being rampant in the press. Oz later blamed Midler — who was amid recording her next album and rehearsing for her tour — for being under a lot of stress by other projects and making "the mistake of bringing her stress on the set." While the original book and film had tremendous cultural impact, the remake was marked by poor reviews by many critics, and a financial loss of approximately $40 million at the box office. An Australian tour in early 2005, Kiss My Brass Down Under, was equally successful. Midler joined forces again with Manilow for another tribute album, Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook.
  • 2003
    Age 57
    Throughout 2003 and 2004, Midler toured the United States in her new show, Kiss My Brass, to sell-out audiences.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Now signed to Columbia Records, the album was an instant success, being certified gold by RIAA. One of the Clooney Songbook selections, "This Ole House", became Midler's first Christian radio single shipped by Rick Hendrix and his positive music movement. The album was nominated for a Grammy the following year.
  • 2001
    Age 55
    After nearly three decades of erratic record sales, Midler was dropped from the Warner Music Group in 2001.
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    Bette or Bust, a book chronicling Midler's Divine Miss Millennium Tour, was released in 2001.
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  • 2000
    Age 54
    Also in 2000, Midler made an uncredited cameo appearance in Nancy Meyers' fantasy rom–com What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, she portrayed a therapist who realizes that central character Nick, played by Gibson, is able to understand women's thoughts. Released to generally mixed reviews, it became the then-most successful film ever directed by a woman, taking in $183 million in the United States, and grossing upward of $370 million worldwide. The same year Midler starred in Isn't She Great and Drowning Mona. In Andrew Bergman's Isn't She Great, a highly fictionalized account of the life and career of author Jacqueline Susann, she played alongside Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing, portraying Susann with her early struggles as an aspiring actress relentlessly hungry for fame, her relationship with press agent Irving Mansfield, her success as the author of Valley of the Dolls, and her battle with and subsequent death from breast cancer. The dramedy garnered largely negative reviews by critics, who dismissed it as "bland material that produces entirely forgettable comic performances." For her performance in the film, Midler received her second Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress at the 21st ceremony. In Nick Gomez's dark comedy Drowning Mona, Midler appeared along with Danny DeVito and Jamie Lee Curtis, playing title character Mona Dearly, a spiteful, loud-mouthed, cruel and highly unpopular woman, whose mysterious death is investigated. Another critical fiasco, reviewers noted that the film "drowns itself in humor that never rises above sitcom level."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Midler openly griped about the show's demanding shooting schedule, while the show itself was also reportedly rocked by backstage turmoil, involving the replacement of co-star Kevin Dunn whose departure was attributed to his behind-the scenes bickering with Midler by the media. However, Midler, critically praised, was awarded a People's Choice Award for her performance in the show and received a Golden Globe Award nomination the following year.
  • 1997
    Age 51
    In 1997, Midler, along with her co-stars from The First Wives Club, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, was a recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award, which honors "outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry."
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    Her 1997 HBO special Diva Las Vegas earned her a third Emmy Award, for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program.
    More Details Hide Details Midler's other 1990s films include The First Wives Club (1996).
  • FORTIES
  • 1995
    Age 49
    She appeared on Seinfeld in the 1995 episode "The Understudy", which was the season finale of that show's sixth season in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Midler had a supporting role in Get Shorty.
  • 1993
    Age 47
    In 1993, she starred with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in the Walt Disney comedy fantasy film, Hocus Pocus, as Winifred Sanderson, the head witch of the Sanderson Sisters.
    More Details Hide Details Released to initially mixed reviews, through various outlets such as strong DVD sales and annual record-breaking showings on 13 Nights of Halloween, the film has achieved cult status over the years. A 2016 book about the film, Hocus Pocus in Focus: The Thinking Fan's Guide to Disney's Halloween Classic by Aaron Wallace, devotes several chapters to Midler's performance, arguing that the role is her "magnum opus." In relation to Hocus Pocus, every year Midler hosts her annual Hulaween costume party, which benefits the New York Restoration Project. Her television work includes an Emmy-nominated version of the stage musical Gypsy and a guest appearance as herself in Fran Drescher's The Nanny.
  • 1992
    Age 46
    Midler won an Emmy Award in 1992 for her performance on the penultimate episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in May 1992, during which she sang an emotion-laden "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" to Johnny Carson.
    More Details Hide Details That night, Midler began singing "Here's That Rainy Day", Carson's favorite song; Carson joined in a few lyrics later.
    Midler turned down the lead role in the musical comedy Sister Act in 1992, which instead went to Whoopi Goldberg.
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  • 1991
    Age 45
    Midler fared somewhat better with her other 1991 project For the Boys, on which she reteamed with The Rose director Mark Rydell.
    More Details Hide Details A historical musical drama, it tells the story of 1940s actress and singer Dixie Leonard, played by Midler, who teams up with Eddie Sparks, a famous performer to entertain American troops. While the film received a mixed reception from critics, Midler earned rave review for her portrayal. The following year she was awarded her second Golden Globe and received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
    She co-starred with Woody Allen in the 1991 film Scenes from a Mall, again for Paul Mazursky.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Allen's character reveals to his author wife Deborah, played by Midler, after years of a happy marriage, that he has had an affair, resulting in her request for divorce. The movie performed poorly, and received a mixed reception by critics.
  • 1990
    Age 44
    Midler's 1990 cover of the Julie Gold song "From a Distance", the first offering from her seventh studio album Some People's Lives (1990), topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and achieved platinum status in the US.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she starred along with Trini Alvarado as the title character in John Erman's drama film Stella. The third feature film adaptation of the 1920 novel Stella Dallas by Olive Higgins Prouty, Midler portrayed a vulgar single mother living in Watertown, New York, who, determined to give her daughter all the opportunities she never had, ultimately makes a selfless sacrifice to ensure her happiness. The movie scored mediocre reviews, while Midler received her first Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress.
    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.
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  • 1988
    Age 42
    Later in 1988, Midler lent her voice to the animated character Georgette, a snobbish poodle, in Disney's Oliver & Company, and had a hit with the tearjerker Beaches, co-starring Barbara Hershey.
    More Details Hide Details The accompanying soundtrack remains Midler's all-time biggest selling disc, reaching No. 2 on Billboards album chart and with U.S. sales of four million copies.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1985
    Age 39
    Also in 1985, she signed a multi-picture deal with the Walt Disney Studios, where she starred in a string of successful films produced by the studio's newly formed Touchstone Pictures division.
    More Details Hide Details She was subsequently cast by director Paul Mazursky in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, beginning a successful comedic acting career. She followed that role with several more Touchstone comedies, Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), and Big Business (1988).
    Midler performed on USA for Africa's 1985 fund-raising single "We Are the World", and participated at the Live Aid event at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.
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  • 1984
    Age 38
    Midler married artist Martin von Haselberg on December 16, 1984, about six weeks after their first meeting.
    More Details Hide Details Their daughter, Sophie Von Haselberg, who is also an actress, was born on November 14, 1986.
  • 1983
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album included three single releases: the ballad "All I Need to Know", a cover of Detroit native Marshall Crenshaw's "You're My Favorite Waste of Time"—which Midler fell in love with after flipping his 45 of "Someday Someway"—and Midler's take on the Rolling Stones cover "Beast of Burden".
  • 1981
    Age 35
    Midler worked on the troubled comedy project Jinxed! in 1981.
    More Details Hide Details However, during production, there was friction with co-star Ken Wahl and the film's director, Don Siegel. Released in 1982, the film was a major flop. Midler did not appear in any other films until 1986.
  • 1979
    Age 33
    Midler made her first motion picture in 1979, starring in the 1960s-era rock and roll tragedy The Rose, as a drug-addicted rock star modeled after Janis Joplin.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she also released her fifth studio album, Thighs and Whispers. Midler's first foray into disco was a commercial and critical failure and went on to be her all-time lowest charting album, peaking at No. 65 on the Billboard album chart. Soon afterward, she began a world concert tour, with one of her shows in Pasadena being filmed and released as the concert film Divine Madness (1980). Her performance in The Rose earned her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress, a role for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Comedy or Musical). The film's acclaimed soundtrack album sold over two million copies in the United States alone, earning a Double Platinum certification. The single version of the title song, which Amanda McBroom had written and composed, held the No. 1 position on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for five consecutive weeks and reached No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100. It earned Midler her first Gold single and won the Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.
    Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress.
    More Details Hide Details In the following years, she starred in a string of hit films, including: Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Outrageous Fortune, Beaches, The First Wives Club, and The Stepford Wives. She starred in For the Boys and Gypsy, and won two additional Golden Globe awards for these films. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has won 3 Grammy Awards, 4 Golden Globes, 3 Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over 35 million records worldwide, and has received 4 Gold, 3 Platinum, and 3 Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Midler was born in Honolulu, where hers was one of the few Jewish families in a mostly Asian neighborhood. Her mother, Ruth (née Schindel; b. 1916, New Jersey), was a seamstress and housewife, and her father, Fred Midler (b. 1912, New Jersey), worked at a Navy base in Hawaii as a painter, and was also a housepainter. She was named after actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one,. She was raised in Aiea and attended Radford High School, in Honolulu.
  • 1977
    Age 31
    In 1977, Midler's first television special, whose title, Ol' Red Hair is Back, was a takeoff on Frank Sinatra's Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back, premiered, featuring guest stars Dustin Hoffman and Emmett Kelly.
    More Details Hide Details It went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special — Comedy-Variety or Music.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 29
    From 1975–1978, she also provided the voice of Woody the Spoon on the PBS educational series Vegetable Soup.
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  • 1974
    Age 28
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 27
    Her self-titled follow-up album was released at the end of 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Again, the album was co-produced by Manilow. It reached Billboard's Top 10 and eventually sold close to a million copies in the United States alone. Midler returned to recording with the 1976 and 1977 albums, Songs for the New Depression and Broken Blossom.
    It reached Billboard's Top 10 and became a million-selling Platinum-certified album, earning Midler the 1973 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
    More Details Hide Details It featured three hit singles—"Do You Wanna Dance? ", "Friends", and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"—the third of which became Midler's first No. 1 Adult Contemporary hit. "Bugle Boy" became a successful rock cover of the classic swing tune originally introduced and popularized in 1941 by the famous Andrews Sisters, to whom Midler has repeatedly referred as her idols and inspiration, as far back as her first appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Midler told Carson in an interview that she always wanted to move like the sisters, and Patty Andrews remembered: "When I first heard the introduction on the radio, I thought it was our old record. When Bette opened at the Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Maxene and I went backstage to see her. Her first words were, 'What else did you record? During another Midler concert, Maxene went on stage and presented her with an honorary bugle. Bette recorded other Andrews Sisters hits, including "In the Mood" and "Lullaby of Broadway".
  • 1972
    Age 26
    Midler released her debut album, The Divine Miss M, on Atlantic Records in December 1972.
    More Details Hide Details The album was co-produced by Barry Manilow, who was Bette's arranger and music conductor at the time.
  • 1971
    Age 25
    Midler starred in the first professional production of the Who's rock opera Tommy in 1971, with director Richard Pearlman and the Seattle Opera.
    More Details Hide Details It was during the run of Tommy that Midler first appeared on The Tonight Show.
  • 1970
    Age 24
    She began singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the Ansonia Hotel, in the summer of 1970.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first album in 1972, The Divine Miss M. It was during her time at the Continental Baths that she built up a core following. In the late 1990s, during the release of her album Bathhouse Betty, Midler commented on her time performing there, "Despite the way things turned out the AIDS crisis, I'm still proud of those days. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of 'Bathhouse Betty' with pride."
  • 1969
    Age 23
    After Fiddler, she joined the original cast of Salvation in 1969.
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  • 1966
    Age 20
    From 1966 to 1969, she played the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 19
    She landed her first professional onstage role in Tom Eyen's Off-Off-Broadway plays in 1965, Miss Nefertiti Regrets and Cinderella Revisited, a children's play by day and an adult show by night.
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    Midler relocated to New York City in the summer of 1965, using money from her work in the film Hawaii.
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  • 1961
    Age 15
    She was voted "Most Talkative" in the 1961 school Hoss Election, and "Most Dramatic" in her senior year (class of 1963).
    More Details Hide Details Midler majored in drama at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but left after three semesters. She earned money in the 1966 film Hawaii as an extra, playing an uncredited seasick passenger named Miss David Buff.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born in 1945.
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