Monday, May 22, 2017

2017 – CBS – On Broadway Bette Midler

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The divine Bette Midler returns in “Hello, Dolly!”

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The divine Bette Midler returns in “Hello, Dolly!”
May 21, 2017, 10:17 AM

On the Great White Way, Broadway producers are constantly designing new shows, and re-designing old ones. And it certainly doesn’t hurt the chances of a Broadway revival if it features one of the biggest talents of our time, as “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Gayle King shows us:

Simply put, Bette Midler is the ultimate designing woman.

In a career spanning generations, she is constantly creating and recreating, leaving a trail of memorable personas and unforgettable performances. And at age 71, she’s re-inventing herself, yet again.

“This is the biggest challenge of my career,” she told King. “And I needed a challenge.

“I had been on the road. I came off the road two years ago. And that was a huge show. And it was a very successful show. I took it to Europe, had a great time. But I had done it. And I didn’t want to do it again.”

What she’s done instead is return to Broadway, starring in “Hello, Dolly!” — winning rave reviews, earning a Tony nomination, and playing to sold-out houses.

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Bette Midler received a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Dolly Levy in the revival of the 1964 Jerry Herman musical, “Hello, Dolly!”

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“It is extraordinary,” she said. “And I’m very grateful for it. And it doesn’t matter in what frame of mind I come into the theatre — I know that when I get out there, it’s going to be there. And I’m just going to sail — we’re going to go on a little journey that’s a lovely, little, joyous journey for two-and-a-half hours. And we’re gonna have a ball!”

Midler is matchmaker Dolly Levi, the role famously originated by Carol Channing back in 1964.

King asked, “Were you worried about coming after her model?”

“Terribly,” Midler replied. “And I went to see Carol.”

“Was it intimidating meeting here to talk playing this role?”

“Well, she is very close to six feet tall. And I’m very, very little. But she was so gracious and so loving and sweet. That’s all I can say. It was an unforgettable afternoon with her.”

To Midler, “Dolly” has a message aimed at one particular group: “This part is for a woman of a certain age who can make it her own. And it can be hilarious. And I really wanted it to be funny.”

“You said ‘women of a certain age.’ And every time I hear that — because now that phrase, I’m starting to hear that a lot — ”

Oh, really? That’s a very old-fashioned and polite way of saying, mmmm …”

“She old.”

“I’m actually thrilled,” Midler said. “And I think the crowd is thrilled, too. Because a lot of people my age are coming. And they see me skipping, and they flip out.  I skip — a step that they haven’t done since they were seven. And they feel like, ‘Wow. If she’s doing it, maybe I can do it, too.’ And I love that.”

Midler’s career pretty much began on the Great White Way, shortly after arriving in New York from Hawaii. She appeared in “Fiddler on the Roof.”  She was 20.

“Well, I came to do Broadway musicals,” she said. “I had been in community theatre as a kid, 14 years old. I was fired from my first show.”

Why? “Because I upstaged the lead!” she laughed.

You might be surprised to learn that “Hello, Dolly!” is Midler’s first time back in a Broadway musical in nearly half-a-century.

“That’s a long time,” said King. “Fifty years it’s taken you to come back to the musical theatre.”

Fif-ty years!  No lie. No lie. Isn’t that interesting?”

“Since you love it so much, why did it take you so long?

“Well, I loved it. I loved it in the days that I was working in it, but it changed, you know?” Midler replied. “It changed considerably. It wasn’t musical comedy anymore. It was more musical theatre. It became much more serious. I wanted musical comedy. I wanted to be funny on the stage and I wanted to be able to sing and dance on the stage.”

When King asked Midler for the story about her salmon-pink hair highlights, Midler laughed: “There’s no story. It’s semi-permanent. Wash it in, wash it out. Have some fun!”

“But you don’t see — there I go again –‘women of a certain age’ with pink highlights.”

“Yes, you do!”

Fair to say, Bette Midler does it all — singer, comedian, actress, activist, truly comfortable center-stage.

King said, “I’ve heard you say that on stage you are absolutely fearless, that you are really in your comfort zone when you’re on the stage.”

“Yeah, I’m very happy here,” Midler replied. “I’ve been happy ever since I discovered that I could make people laugh. And it’s a great place to be. It’s warm. It’s very warm. The lights are warm. And you know, you look great because the lights are so gorgeous. And often they put you in a very beautiful costume, so you look your best. So yes, I am very comfortable here.”

At ease on stage — private in real life. “I’m shy. I’m basically quite shy,” Midler said.

“Stop, Bette Midler. Stop. You are basically shy?

“Truly! I’m a librarian, and everyone knows it. I’ve been saying it for years. I’m like a reader. I’m a bookworm. I peek out, and I observe. I’m very observant. And I do take things from a lot of sources, but I’m shy.”

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Better Midler in “The Rose (1979).

20TH CENTURY FOX

Midler has made dozens of movies, from “Hocus Pocus” and “Beaches” to “The First Wives Club.” But one role stands out for her: “The Rose.”  “Oh, that was my favorite movie that I ever made. I had a great group around me, and it was a beautiful, beautiful production. Wonderful. I loved it. And I loved her, ’cause I totally understood her. I knew where she was coming from. I knew the pain that she had lived through.”

And then there’s her alter-ego, “The Divine Miss M.”

What’s she up to these days?  “Well, she’s working in a Broadway show!” Midler laughed.

“Will we see her again?” King asked.

“Well, I did retire my mermaid. Last year we deep-sixed her.”

“But you always have the right to change your mind, Bette Midler.”

“I don’t want to put on a fish tail again!” Midler replied. “I’m sorry, Gail — the time has passed.”

So no more mermaid. But that’s okay. Bette Midler is standing tall, firmly rooted in the present.

In fact, she tells King, “I never look back. Never look back. Never look back. ‘Cause if you’re looking back, you can’t look forward. You can’t go forward.”

The divine Bette Midler — moving forward, and giving back, with one magical emotion: “It is love. And it’s joy, too. Towards the end of the show when you’ve heard them laughing all night long in a way that you haven’t heard a crowd laugh in many, many years, you know that you’ve given them something that nourished their souls in a way.”

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Bette Midler in the Broadway revival of the Jerry Herman musical, “Hello, Dolly!”

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

“I’m the people’s diva and I go where my people are. My people happen to be drinking, gambling and whoring in Vegas.”

“I’m the people’s diva and I go where my people are. My people happen to be drinking, gambling and whoring in Vegas.” (The Showgirl Must Go On, 2008)

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Bette Midler – Stay With Me – Diva Las Vegas – 1997

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On This Day In History: Bette Midler Was Johnny Carson’s Last Guest

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Today in TV History: Johnny Carson’s Last Guests Were Robin Williams and Bette Midler
By Joe Reid @joereid
May 21, 2016 at 11:00am

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Of all the great things about television, the greatest is that it’s on every single day. TV history is being made, day in and day out, in ways big and small. In an effort to better appreciate this history, we’re taking a look back, every day, at one particular TV milestone. 

IMPORTANT DATE IN TV HISTORY: May 21, 1992

PROGRAM ORIGINALLY AIRED ON THIS DATE: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

WHY IT’S IMPORTANTYou’d be hard-pressed to come up with too many TV events that had more far-reaching impact than Johnny Carson’s decision to leave The Tonight Show after thirty years as host. Not only did it set off the chain reaction of questionable decision-making and intrigue that were the original Late Night Wars (Leno versus Letterman edition), but it was also a massively important marker of the passage of time. The end of Carson’s reign was in many ways the end of a particular era of television, and even culture.

On his final show with guests (Carson’s actual finale the next night was a clip show), Carson welcomed two of the biggest stars of the era: Robin Williams and Bette Midler. (Both of them, coincidentally enough, were two months removed from being Oscar nominees for 1991.) Carson’s segment with Williams is typically manic, but its topicality is a window into history. The 1992 election, with all its intrigue and scandal, was THE hot topic, and vice-president Dan Quayle’s insistence on making a culture war out of Murphy Brown’s single motherhood had turned Clinton vs. Bush into a battle for the cultural direction of the country, if not the political.

Williams is a live wire in his portion of the episode, and you can see Carson’s genuine delight in not having any idea where he’s going to go next. Carson doesn’t shock easily, but the network censors remind us that they used to bleep out words like “ass” and “balls.” 1992, you adorable thing.

The Bette Midler segment that follows is more widely remembered, particularly for her emotional performance of “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road),” hands down one of the most beautiful moments ever broadcast on television. That camera angle that caught Carson, head perched on his hand, watching Midler serenade him was breathtaking.

Less remembered is the comedic ditty Midler came up with earlier in the show, set to the standard “You Made Me Love You.” And as if two show-stoppers in one hour weren’t enough, Midler and Carson engaged in a semi-impromptu duet on “Here’s That Rainy Day.” Talk about performers who knew how to capitalize on the sentiment of a moment.

Again, the appeal is watching Carson’s genuine rapport with and affection for his guest. That was Carson’s appeal. He was sharp as a tack and could be just as acerbic, but he genuinely loved entertainers, especially favorites like Williams and Midler.

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“If GOD had not intended for a man to eat pu**y, he wouldn’t have shaped it like a taco.”- Bette Midler

“If GOD had not intended for a man to eat pu**y, he wouldn’t have shaped it like a taco.”- Bette Midler

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1979 – Bill Collins Australia – The Rose – Bette Midler

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

How Accurate Is ‘The Wizard Of Lies’? The HBO Madoff Movie Feels True To Life For Actor Sophie Von Haselberg – On HBO Tonight

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How Accurate Is ‘The Wizard Of Lies’? The HBO Madoff Movie Feels True To Life For Actor Sophie Von Haselberg
ByALLIE GEMMILL
May 20, 2017

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As HBO’s new drama, The Wizard Of Lies, shows, it seems that when the truth and lies of Bernie Madoff‘s legacy merge on-screen, the result will be explosive for everyone involved. How accurate The Wizard of Lies is may never be fully known, as many of the people involved with the crimes are imprisoned or deceased, but actor Sophie Von Haselberg, who plays Nicole De Bello, a member of Madoff’s legal defense team, says a large amount of preparation was involved.

“I, of course, tried to research as much as I could, but I think that obviously the leads of the film were in a very different situation. Like, I think that those people’s lives [the Madoffs, presumably] are incredibly exposed, so I imagine there’s a wealth of research to draw on,” she tells Bustle in a phone interview. “There was not very much that I could find, I have to say.”

So, Von Haselberg says she blended her own memories of the Madoff case with the film’s version of events to help bring the scandal to life on-screen. “I feel like I knew a pretty decent amount just because I’m a not-born-but-bred-New Yorker,” the 30-year-old says. “I feel like I devoured the New York Times every single day, so I feel like I was pretty aware of the case that was going on. So, I feel like I already had a pretty good sense of it, but then as the years go on, you sort of forget all of the details and how incredibly heartbreaking the real story is.”

For Von Haselberg, her real-life experience as an onlooker of the Madoff case informed her approach to the movie’s well-crafted script. “I was totally fresh to [the fictional world of the Madoff’s], because my part in this is so minute,” she told Bustle. “But also just reading the script was something that brought back vivid memories of this time. The photos, the pieces that were coming out about all the victims, and all of these things… I felt like I didn’t have any preconceived notions about the film, but definitely about the case.”

This led the actor to using the script as a her primary tool. “I think that script is just so rich and it gives you so much to play with. Even in a small role, it gives you a lot to sort of sink your teeth into. The script was definitely my primary support,” she says.

“Just reading the script was something that brought back vivid memories of this time.”
As the daughter of famed actor Bette Midler and an actor in Woody Allen‘s Irrational Man and the Wall Street drama Equity, Von Haselberg is no stranger to movie and TV sets. The Wizard Of Lies, though, is her first step into exciting new career territory. Naturally, the topic of important life advice she gleaned from her mother came up.

“It’s funny, you know. Recently, when I graduated from grad school, I was very intent on being an actor and on not really making my own work. Not because I didn’t want to, but for some reason I felt like I didn’t have the capacity. You know, the longer I was out of school, the longer my mom [Midler] kept on saying, ‘Sophie, you have to make your own work. Whether that means producing, writing a show, you just have to have a creative engine running inside you all the time,'” Von Haselberg tells Bustle.

She highlights how transformative that advice was, continuing, “In the last couple of years, that’s become so important to me. I’ve been producing a lot more and working on my own projects. It’s just an amazing way, I think, of having agency over your own career which, especially as a woman, I think is very important and rare. But it’s becoming increasingly less rare, which is exciting.”

As I wrapped up my time with Von Haselberg, she tells me, “I’m excited for anything that will come my way.” If The Wizard Of Lies is any sign of the momentum she’s making, then there’s no doubt more intriguing projects are on the horizon.

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Actress Bette Midler: “I never look back” Watch Bette This Sunday On CBS Sunday Morning (Video)

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Actress Bette Midler: “I never look back”
By Hal Boedeker
MAY 14, 2017

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They’re all part of the “By Design” edition at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Midler is starring on Broadway in a revival of “Hello, Dolly!” She is the heavy favorite to win a Tony for putting her stamp on a role made famous by Carol Channing.

When Gayle King asks the Divine Miss M about looking back, she has succinct advice: Don’t.

“I never look back,” says Midler, 71. “Because if you’re looking back, you can’t look forward.”

Midler said she traveled from Hawaii to do Broadway musicals. She had been in community theater as a child and was fired for upstaging the star. But she wanted to be in musicals because she saw a dream that was different from real life.

Pauley looks at the Netherlands’ art, food and tulips.

Pop star Jessica Simpson talks about her clothing line in an interview with Tracy Smith. Simpson says she designs for women of all sizes based on personal experience.

“It’s very important for me to let every woman feel included,” Simpson tells Smith. “Like, every person needs to feel included. If I make a shirt, I’m going to make sure every size is available. Because I have been every size, trust me.”

Mo Rocca talks to Lonnie Johnson, creator of the Super Soaker and Nerf gun, who is based in Atlanta.

Lee Cowan talks with a couple who built floating islands in the Pacific Northwest, and Conor Knighton visits the home of Marvin Windows in Warroad, Minn.

The program features Seth Doane’s profile of the Vespa scooter, Mark Phillips’ feature on the thatched roof’s renewed popularity and Anthony Mason’s look at a BMW program that enlists a top artist to paint a signature car.

For commentary, Nancy Giles looks back at “the silly things she has bought from television commercials through the years,” CBS News said. That topic should hit home for many viewers.

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