Bette Midler

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Bette Midler (/bɛt/;[1] born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer.[2]

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following.

Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including her renditions of "The Rose", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "Do You Want to Dance", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", and "From a Distance". In 2008, she signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to perform a show titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in 2010.

Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She has since starred in a number of hit films, which include: Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Outrageous Fortune, Beaches, The First Wives Club, Hocus Pocus, and The Stepford Wives. She also 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 three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and two Tony Awards. She has sold over 30 million records worldwide, and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA.[3][4]

Midler’s latest work included appearing on Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began preview performances on March 15, 2017 and premiered at the Shubert Theatre on April 20, 2017.[5][6] It was her first leading role in a Broadway musical.[7] On June 11, 2017, Midler received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role in Hello, Dolly!

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Bette Midler Film ‘The Rose’ to Be Adapted On Broadway
  –  January 22, 2018
Starring Bette Midler, 1979’s “The Rose” follows a self-destructive ... “The stage allows us to use songs to tell this bittersweet story, and also to celebrate a gifted singer in her prime.” In addition to adapting “The Rose,” the Jackal ...
Stage Adaptation of Bette Midler Film THE ROSE Aiming for Broadway
  –  January 22, 2018
According to Variety, a stage-musical adaptation of the Bette Midler film The Rose is aiming for Broadway ... The story is loosely based on the life of singer Janis Joplin.
Bette Midler Film ‘The Rose’ to Be Adapted On Broadway
  –  January 22, 2018
Starring Bette Midler, 1979’s “The Rose” follows a self-destructive ... Ballard has worked as a producer and songwriter with some of music’s biggest artists, including Barbra Streisand, Aerosmith, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson ...
Stage Adaptation of Bette Midler Film THE ROSE Aiming for Broadway
  –  January 22, 2018
According to Variety, a stage-musical adaptation of the Bette Midler film The Rose is aiming for Broadway. The Jackal Group just announced that Grammy winning composer Glen Ballard (Ghost the Musical) will write the music. Gail Berman of the Jackal Group ...
James St. James Talks Releasing 'Freak Show' Movie in Trump's America, Working With Bette Midler & Laverne Cox
  –  January 10, 2018
Bette Midler playing Muv [Billy’s mother] is just perfect ... I’ve gotta give it all to Trudie because she is a fairy godmother! Trudie, of course, has music connections like nobody else on the planet. She and Boy George go back to the 70s, apparently.
Electric Factory Founder Larry Magid Pledges Seven Figures For College Scholarships
  –  January 25, 2018
Electric Factory Concerts founder and legendary Philadelphia promoter Larry Magid and his wife Mickey have made a seven-figure pledge for scholarships bearing the names of Billy Crystal, Bruce Springsteen and Bette Midler, among others. The Magids are ...
Kim Kardashian frolics on beach nearly-naked for photoshoot
  –  January 25, 2018
Kim subsequently revealed the image was a throwback photo she was using to motivate herself to lose her baby weight, after she was attacked online by the likes of fellow celebrities Bette Midler, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Piers Morgan for setting a bad ...
Sara Bareilles Returns To Broadway, Beats 'Wicked' At The Box Office
  –  January 25, 2018
And juggernaut Hello, Dolly! was out for a spell as Bernadette Peters prepped to replace Bette Midler. That’s over $2 million off the boards. (Peters played two performances over the weekend, grossing $372,000 – not bad, but not Bette). Steve Martin ...
Remember Pharrell’s high hat? How about J.Lo’s green dress? A look back at Grammys fashion
  –  January 24, 2018
Liberace and Aretha Franklin added sparkle. Bette Midler once wore a .45 record album in her hair. Dolly Parton showed up decades ago in a bright-pink pantsuit, before bright-pink pantsuits were mild compared to what came later. In those simpler times, ...
Grammy Awards Turn 60: Every Best New Artist Winner Through the Years
  –  January 24, 2018
What do Adele, Mariah Carey and Bette Midler have in common, aside from being wildly talented music artists and pop culture icons? At one point or another in their careers, they were all new artists... Best New Artists, to be exact. Since its premiere in ...
Jewish Women in Hollywood – Showcase in New Performance at Jewish Women’s Theatre (JWT) in Santa Monica Assembles Expert Panel
  –  January 24, 2018
It continued with Fanny Brice, Molly Berg, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Portman, Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot. The legacy of these multi-talented women will be discussed by a panel of Jewish women who are working in Hollywood today. The ...
Freak Show
  –  January 24, 2018
After his beloved (but boozy) mom (Bette Midler) goes to rehab, teenager Billy Bloom (Alex Lawther) relocates to his estranged dad’s mansion, located somewhere in the South. There, Billy attends a fancy high school (curiously named for Ulysses S.
Bette Midler Can Be Your Neighbor in New York City for Just $20 Million
  –  January 24, 2018
This luxurious Upper East Side co-op features views of Central Park to the west and George Washinton Bridge to the north—and Bette Midler as a neighbor upstairs Other notable features of the residence (besides Bette Midler) include a wood-paneled library ...
A Grammy Curse? Milli Vanilli's Fab Morvan, Others Reflect
  –  January 23, 2018
But sometimes the Grammys gets it right: The Beatles, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Adele are some of the superstars who have picked up the honor, and have followed up their wins with impressive work. We take a look at four acts who won best ...
'Lady Bird' actress Beanie Feldstein wore her prom dress to the SAG Awards
  –  January 23, 2018
On Broadway, she shared the stage with Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce in “Hello, Dolly!” In fact, Vogue hailed her as a possible heir apparent to Midler, likening her energy to "the exclamation point in the show’s title." But when it comes down ...
Some of Broadway's best picks focus on love, inclusiveness
  –  January 23, 2018
There are also the sheer entertainment blockbusters such as “Hello Dolly!” and “Aladdin,” sometimes propelled by name actors including Bette Midler. But other new and recent musicals have become modern Broadway icons. They are holding a mirror up ...
Bette Midler Film ‘The Rose’ to Be Adapted On Broadway
  –  January 22, 2018
The Jackal Group, Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz will produce a Broadway-aimed stage musical adaptation of the Oscar-nominated film “The Rose,” with songs by Grammy-winning composer and record producer Glen Ballard. Starring Bette Midler, 1979’s ...
‘The Rose’ Broadway Musical In The Works From The Jackal Group
  –  January 22, 2018
The Rose, the 1979 Fox film that scored four Oscar nominations including Best Actress Bette Midler, is eyeing Broadway. Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group said today it will produce a Broadway stage musical adaptation. Glen Ballard is already set to compose ...
4 musicians reflect on winning Grammy for best new artist
  –  January 22, 2018
But sometimes the Grammys gets it right: The Beatles, Bette Midler, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Adele are some of the superstars who have picked up the honor, and have followed up their wins with impressive work. We take a look at four acts who won best ...
Jason Isbell, John Prine highlight 41st Ann Arbor Folk Festival
  –  January 22, 2018
Hall, the Everly Brothers, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, Norah Jones, George Strait and Miranda Lambert. With a career spanning more than 45 years, Prine has collaborated with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. Bringing back ...
Hollywood bad-boy Nick Nolte tells all in his memoir, 'Rebel'
  –  January 22, 2018
Bette Midler was (understandably) disgusted by his extreme method acting while shooting Down and Out in Beverly Hills — for which he didn't shower and ate dog food, to play a vagrant — while he claims that a smitten Barbra Streisand wanted to move in ...
Stage Adaptation of Bette Midler Film THE ROSE Aiming for Broadway
  –  January 22, 2018
According to Variety, a stage-musical adaptation of the Bette Midler film The Rose is aiming for Broadway. The Jackal Group just announced that Grammy winning composer Glen Ballard (Ghost the Musical) will write the music. Gail Berman of the Jackal Group ...
25 Stars Who Need Only an Oscar to EGOT, From Cynthia Nixon to James Earl Jones (Photos)
  –  January 22, 2018
Bette Midler (1945 – ) Emmys (3): Special – Comedy, Variety or Music, “Bette Midler Ol’ Red Hair Is Back” (1978); Performance in a Variety or Music Program, “Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas” (1997) and “The Tonight Show” (1992). Grammy (3 ...
Jessica Chastain Brings the Women’s March to ‘Saturday Night Live’: Watch Her Opening Monologue!
  –  January 21, 2018
The film, starring Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, ends with the stars belting out the feminist anthem. SNL cast member Beck Bennett then came on the stage wearing a “Future Is Female” shirt, saying, “Hey guys, we want to march too.”
Bette Midler Takes Final Bow in Hello, Dolly! Run
  –  January 14, 2018
Can the revival of Hello, Dolly! survive the departure of its signature star? Bette Midler took her final bow at the Schubert Theatre on Sunday evening, as did co-stars David Hyde Pierce and Taylor Trensch. Bernadette Peters will take over the title role ...
Bette Midler Exits “Hello, Dolly!” Today, Cash in Hand: Can the Show Survive Without Her?
  –  January 14, 2018
Today, Sunday, Bette Midler exits “Hello, Dolly!” after a 10 month run with cash in hand. By various estimates, Bette was taking home more than $100,000 a week for seven performances including vacations. The Scott Rudin-produced star vehicle averaged $ ...
How Bette Midler single-handedly saved 'Freak Show'
  –  January 11, 2018
Trudie Styler wasn’t supposed to direct Freak Show. But when its original director dropped out at the last minute Styler, who has previously produced the likes of “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” “Filth,” and “Moon,” decided to step up ...
James St. James Talks Releasing 'Freak Show' Movie in Trump's America, Working With Bette Midler & Laverne Cox
  –  January 10, 2018
If there were ever a time when the world needed a film about acceptance and resilience, it’s now. James St. James, the former club kid and author of Disco Bloodbath, which was later turned into the 2004 film Party Monster, is now witnessing another ...
Geraldo Rivera Apologizes to Bette Midler for Alleged Groping
  –  December 1, 2017
Geraldo Rivera is sending an apology to Bette Midler. Earlier this week, the TV correspondent received backlash for tweets he posted about Matt Lauer's NBC News firing. In one of his tweets Rivera wrote, "Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled ...
Geraldo Rivera apologizes to Bette Midler after groping allegation
  –  December 1, 2017
Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera apologized on Friday to Bette Midler after she accused him earlier this week of drugging and groping her in the 1970s. "Although I recall the time @BetteMidler has alluded to much differently than she, that does not ...
Bette Midler says Geraldo Rivera drugged and groped her in the 1970s, and has never apologized
  –  November 30, 2017
Bette Midler took to Twitter to share a video of a 1991 interview, in which she alleges that Geraldo Rivera drugged and "groped" her in the 1970s. In her tweet, Midler asked Rivera to apologize for the alleged incident. Rivera drew controversy for ...
Bette Midler Says Geraldo Rivera Has 'Yet to Apologize' for Allegedly Groping Her in the 1970s
  –  November 30, 2017
Bette Midler says Geraldo Rivera has “yet to apologize” for allegedly groping her in the 1970s. The 71-year-old singer spoke out about the veteran journalist on Twitter on Thursday after a video of a 1991 interview Midler did with Barbara Walters ...
Bette Midler reminds everyone of her Geraldo Rivera groping claim
  –  November 30, 2017
Bette Midler is reviving by her decades-old allegations that Geraldo Rivera and a producer forcibly groped her in the early '70s. Midler, 71, tweeted footage from a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters in which she accuses Rivera and a crew member "pushed ...

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