Syracuse Post Standard
November 12, 1977
“I have pretty good instincts, I go right to the line, and even if 1 do things in bad taste, I do them in such a way that it’s okay,” Bette Midler said recently.
“When did I realize I was finally a star'” she said, echoing a question. “I haven’t realised it yet. It all seems like a fairy tale; and mine’s not really a fairy tale life So, it’s hard to believe it’s one people are talking about.”
“What reaily happened,” Midler offered, “is that I was brought up in, and all the records my parents had were, of course, from the thirties and forties. I found myself fascinated by the music, and especially fascinated by the women singers, like the Andrews sisters, whom I imitate in ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo‘”
“The fascination lasted, and later I really began to research that era. I spent hours at a time in music libraries, listening lo old Showtunes and pop songs, and absorbing the stories of the stars. I became something of an expert,
simply out of persona! interest, not because 1 intended lo exploit it.”
“I wanted to be an actress, really. But everyone wanted me to be conventional, to fit a stereotype, which I couldn’t. I’m not a conventional person. It was quite a fight. 1 never intended to concentrate on the oldies. In fact, I don’t. I sing contemporary numbers as well but everyone has seized on the way I sing oldies, so I guess that’s my strength,” Midler concluded.