Monday, December 5, 2016

Bette Midler reveals which ‘Divine Miss M’ song she wasn’t ‘crazy about’, roadblocks, and Manilow feud

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Bette Midler reveals which ‘Divine Miss M’ song she wasn’t ‘crazy about’
By Shane Lou
December 4, 2016

After all these years, Bette Midler is still divine.

Want proof? She recently re-released her 1972 debut studio album, “The Divine Miss M,” which included hits like “Do You Want To Dance,” “Friends” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

 

Why did she decide to re-release it? “It’s some of my best work because it’s the work that I worked on the longest,” she told Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist.

It also represents the “roadblocks” Midler said were put in her way at the time — roadblocks like people telling her, “Oh, you don’t look right, you’re too short, you’re too fat, you’re too tall, too lean, too small.”
Bette Midler calls “The Divine Miss M” some of her best work.
Midler said she’s proud of every track on “The Divine Miss M.” Well, maybe there’s one possible exception: “Daytime Hustler,” which she said she initially wasn’t “crazy about.”

“I liked it but I wasn’t exactly sure about it. I just put it in there just to see … it was kind of an experiment of vocal qualities,” she revealed.

Of course, Midler isn’t just a singer: She’s a multitalented Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award winner who’s starred in classic movies like “Beaches.” Her favorite film of hers, though, is “Hocus Pocus.”

“I have to say I’m flawless in that movie. I do, I have to say that,” she explained. “First of all, it’s the only time I’ve ever actually disappeared behind a real mask, and it was so liberating, it was so much fun.”

Midler should have fun appearing on Broadway next year in a production of “Hello, Dolly!” But for now, she’s feeling a range of emotions as she gets ready to hit the stage.

“I’m excited, I’m unnerved, I’m utterly game. I love the character … I feel like I’m prepared. What I’m not prepared for is the size of the stage. I’ve been a solo act for 40 years,” she said.

We have no doubts she’ll put on a divine performance.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Great Balls Of Fire – Bette Midler – The Mike Douglas Show – 1971

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Bette Midler On Her Father:

Bette Midler On Her Father: “He’s supremely conservative. He’s the only Jewish Republican on the block. He doesn’t like show business. He likes quiet. He doesn’t like anything to bother him. He has dinner at six in the evening and goes to bed at seven.” (1980)

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2015 – Bette Midler – Kim Kardashian Tweets – Jimmy Kimmel

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BetteBack February 23, 1998: Bette Midler Wins Another American Comedy Award 1998

The Columbian
February 23, 1998

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David Hyde Pierce, who plays the psychiatrist brother Niles on television’s Frasier, was named funniest supporting male performer for a third straight year at the American Comedy Awards.

Carol Burnett was also a repeat winner for her work on Mad About You, earning her second consecutive award as funniest female guest appearance in a television series.

As Good As It Gets grabbed both honors in the film category, with Helen Hunt named the funniest actress in a motion picture and Jack Nicholson the funniest actor.

The 12th annual American Comedy Awards were presented in Los Angeles Sunday and will be broadcast March 17 on Fox.

Performers were nominated by more than 4,000 producers, directors, writers, agents, bookers, executives and others. Final selections were made by 1,000 comedy performers.

The other winners were:

* Tracey Ullman, funniest female performer in a television series (leading role) network, cable or syndication, Tracey Takes On.

* Garry Shandling, funniest male performer in a television series (leading role) network, cable or syndication, The Larry Sanders Show.

* Bette Midler, funniest female performer in a television special (leading or supporting) network, cable or syndication, Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas.

* George Carlin, funniest male performer in a television special (leading or supporting) network, cable or syndication, 40 Years of Comedy.

* Jula Louis-Dreyfus, funniest supporting female performer in a television series, Seinfeld.

* Joan Cusack, funniest supporting actress in a motion picture, In & Out.

* Rupert Everett, funniest supporting actor in a motion picture, My Best Friend’s Wedding.

* Jerry Stiller, funniest male guest appearance in a television series, Seinfeld.

* Maryellen Hooper, funniest female stand-up comic.

*Jeff Dunham, funniest male stand-up comic.

* Jerry Lewis, lifetime achievement award.

* Frank Oz, creative achievement award.

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Bette Midler On Her Father:

Bette Midler On Her Father: “He also hates bad language. I guess that rules him out at one of my performances. I would upset him. I wouldn’t take that chance. If he saw me on stage, he would yell at me. I don’t like being yelled at.” (1980)

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Bette Midler – Big Noise From Winnetka – The Showgirl Must Go On

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BetteBack April 30, 1973: What Is Bette Midler Obsessed With?

Kenosha News
April 30, 1973

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Bette Midler, who was honored by After Dark magazine with its Ruby Award, is obsessed with ecology.

Barry Manilow. her conductor-arranger. said:  She starts walking down a block empty-handed, but has her arms filled with the litter she’s collected by the time she reaches the end.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Bette Midler – Otto Titsling – Johnny Carson – 1991

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BetteBack February 15, 1998: Bette Midler Mulls Over Role Of Jackie Susann

The Boston Globe (Boston, MA)
February 15, 1998

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VALLEY OF MIDLER? In what may set a new standard for camp fabulousness, Bette Midler is mulling an offer to play Jacqueline Susann, the bigger-than-life author of such books as “Valley of the Dolls,” “Once Is Not Enough,” and “The Love Machine.” The biofilm, to be titled, “Isn’t She Great,” will be written by Paul Rudnick, who penned such films as “In & Out” and “Jeffrey.” Nathan Lane will play Susann’s husband-manager, Irving Mansfield, and Andrew Bergman, last behind the camera for the dreadful “Striptease,” will direct. In 1967, “Valley of the Dolls,” Susann’s trash classic about drugs, sex, and general misbehavior among Hollywood starlets, was made into a memorably awful but highly entertaining film starring Patty Duke, Sharon Tate, and Susan Hayward. Susann died of cancer in 1974 at age 53.

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