Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bette Midler On High School:

Bette Midler On High School: “But I never really fit in-even though I was elected senior-class president. I won that by default: you should have seen the other candidate! The truth is that I was just about the only white in an all-Oriental school and most of those kids never said two words to me. So I got buried in studying. I was always the best in English. I had to be the best, because it was all I had.” (Newsweek, 1973)

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1988 – Bette Midler – Beaches – After The Funeral

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Bette Midler On Growing Up:

Bette Midler On Growing Up: “They were very strict. I got to go to the movies only if they were musicals, because my mother didn’t want me to seethose things. I never swore until I was 17. If you said darn in our house, you got beaten within an inch of your life. I never had boyfriends until high school, and then I found myself mainly with military kids because a lot of them were nice and smart.” (Newsweek, 1973)

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BetteBack December 25, 1998: What Makes A Top 10 Chick Flick?

Aiken Standard
December 25, 1998

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Not every chick flick has all these elements. In fact most of them just have a couple. But with that in mind, at least one of the following attributes must be present in order for a flick to be deemed “chick.”

Terminal illness – at least mom or an apple-cheeked daughter is dying – and they must get progressively beautiful as they do.

Failed romance – “There’s not a lot of mileage in a love story if all goes smoothly,” say NYU film prof Toby Miller.

Wistful disappointment –  what could be more wistfully disappointing than “Ghost” in which Patrick Swayze comes back from the dead to romance his wife, Demi Moore, and then goes back to wherever he came from, breaking her heart a second time?

Family Focus – Four Chinese women and their four American daughters tell their heart-twisting family tales in “The Joy Luck Club.”

Women against the world – In “First Wive’s Club” three fifty something women discarded by callous, dirtbag husbands don’t get mad; they bond and then they get even.

10. The Way We Were – a failed romance, wistful disappointmnet – and a Barbra Streisand song,

9. Waiting To Exhale - Lots of failed romances, plenty of women against the world – and a Whitney Houston song doesn’t hurt either.

8. Sleepless In Seattle- wistful disappointments up the wazoo, happy ending non withstanding.

7. Beaches –  Women against the world, a terminal illness, oh and a Bette Midler song that doesn’t disappoint doesn’t hurt either.

6. Four Weddings And A Funeral –  Just dare a man to sit through this. Just dare him.

5. Steel Magnolias - Women against the world, family focus, terminal illness, failed romance, and all in cute southern accents.

4. Little Women - Women against the world, Family focus, a failed romance or two, a near terminal illness, and a couple of cute boys thrown in for good measure.

3. Thelma And Louise - a ground-breaking women against the world chick flick. A classic example of the quest movie where feelings count more than resolution.

2. Ghost - Ditto. Four Weddings And A Funeral.

1.Terms Of Endearment – A chick flick jackpot. All the essential elements sans Bette Midler. A two kleenex boxer,

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Do You Want To Dance – Experience The Divine Tour – Bette Midler – 1993

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BetteBack April 26, 1974: What Other Award Did Bette Midler Win On Tony Night?

Defiance Crescent News
April 26, 1974

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Because all of us guests in black tie at the Tony Awards had to sit from 8 to midnight, I have come up with a new award for next year: the Fanny Award. It will be given to members of the audience. The trophy will be shaped like a cushion.

Alex Cohen’s awards at the Shubert and great party at the Americana must have cost $750,000. New Yorkers thought Charles Nelson Reilly and Nancy Walker were the funniest performers very interesting, because they’re not on way anymore.

Liza Minnelli gave us a great line: I don’t know if I’ve got a lucky star but I’ve got Fred Ebb,’ referring to her song writer.

Bette Midler in the Wilson Poll won the title of Girl Most In Need of Bra and Least Likely to Get One.

The Tony Shows are better and richer than the Oscars. Cohen has done more for the theater than anybody since that soundalike Cohan ‘George M.

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1998 – Bette Midler Intimate Portrait Part 4

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Bette Midler On Her Parents:

Bette Midler On Her Parents: “Both my parents are very strong. There’s nothing wishy-washy about them. My father was a painter for the Navy and we lived in a real funky house, just like the one in that play “The Effect of Gamma Rays” My father had machinery all over the place he had 27 lawn mowers and my mother always had a stack of sewing up to the ceiling. She named me after Bette Davis, which she thought was pronounced ‘Bet” I did too until I got to New York.” (Newsweek, 1973)

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1987 – Bette Midler – Outrageous Fortune – On The Phone

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Bette Midler To Johnny Carson About Only One Parent Coming To See Her Homecoming Show:

Bette Midler To Johnny Carson About Only One Parent Coming To See Her Homecoming Show: “NO, one parent was there. My mother came, but my father, oh, he just said, Oh, I just can’t.â€? He’s read some things about me, you know, and he’s very conservative. He likes Lawrence Welk. He doesn’t like too much cleavage. In fact, every time I went over there to dinner, he made me safety-pin my dress together O God, my mother got a charge, though. She kept screaming, Faaaabulous, faaaabulous . . . I used to have a lot of trouble when I was living there, you know. Cause I was a Jewish girl growing up in a Samoan neighborhood . . . I left . . . and, you know, the old story about I’ll show them . . I really felt that way and I had a lot of anger built up in me from those years…” (Newsweek, 1973)

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