Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bette Midler Friends Live At Last – 1976

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Ukulele Lady – Diva Las Vegas – Bette Midler

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Bette Midler – Delores Delago (Live Divine Miss Millenium)

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A Yiddish Guide To Bette Midler

The Shmooze
Stories With A Yiddish Twist
A Yiddish Guide To Bette Midler
By Marjorie Wolfe

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According to Joel Samberg (“The Jewish Book of Lists”, copyright 1998), Bette Midler is listed under the category of “The Rockers and the Poppers.” He writes, Bette Midler (1930- ) Boogie woogled her way from Hawaii to cabarets to Top 40 and then rose to even greater heights on screen. She was one of Tevya’s daughters on Broadway and the Last Mama Rose on TV, and she also has two Grammys beneath her wing.

Shown below is a Yiddish Guide to Bette Midler:

“ambitsyez” (ambitious)
Midler’s women are pushy, ambitious, often selfish, but they are generous in spirit, always ready to laugh, and fearless in their contact with life.

“bafrayen” (to liberate)
Since 2000, Midler has been working on films that highlight the woman’s perspective. She produced “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” in 2002. This film was based on the book about a group of non-comformist girlfriends (“di meydlekh”) in Louisiana. She also played a major role in “The Stepford Wives,” a remake of the 1975 “gender war” thriller, in which the town’s men replace their “liberated” wives with a group of obedient robotic look-alikes.

“bal-tsdoke” (philanthropist)
Midler is a philanthropist. In 1995, she founded the New York Restoration Project, which plants trees, maintains community gardens, and cleans up public spaces in the city’s lowest-income “shkheyneshafts” (neighborhoods). She put up $250,000 of her own money to save community gardens on the lower East Side.

“bine” (stage)
From 1966 to 1969, Midler was on “di bine” (the stage) playing the role of Tzeitel in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

“bod” (bathhouse)
In the summer of 1970, Midler began singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the city. She wore gold lame gowns, garter belts, toreador pants, and platform shoes. She commented on her time performing there:

“Despite the way things turned out [with the AIDS crisis], I’m still proud of those days. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of ‘Bathhouse Betty‘ with pride.”

In the late 1990s, she released her album, “Bathhouse Betty.”

“bruder” (brother)
Midler’s only brother was mentally retarded. The family never put him away in an institution, even though they were told to do so. Her father taught him to read and count and be an independent soul.

“bukh” (book)
“Bette Midler: Still Devine” was written by Mark Bego.

As a welcome-to-Vegas gift, Midler’s husband bought her the entire Penguin Classics LIbrary. The floor-to-ceiling book- shelf in her dressing quarters was stuffed with several hundred of the 1,082 titles. “I’m reading Chesterton right now. The Man Who Was Thursday. I thought I’d start light,” said Midler.

“durkhfaln” (fail/to not succeed)
When asked about the feeling– the sting– of the failure of her 2000 sitcom, called “Bette,” she replied, “Very, very much so. What I intended was Entourage. What I got was nothing.”

“eytse”(advice)
Midler told her daughter, “If you ever go into the movie business, I’ll never speak to you again.”

“grin” (green)
In Midler’s shows, she’s less likely to be green, and more likely to favor shades of blue–as in bawdy material.

“haldz” (throat)
Midler (Miss Dion) is concerned about Vegas Throat. Doctors now say that Vegas Throat is caused by the low desert humidity and dust particles in the air. People told Midler about a product called Las Vegas Mix Spray, and she bought two years’ worth. She also refused to go anywhere in the casino without a scarf around her “nakn” (neck). She was worried about drafts.

“khasene” (marriage)
Midler married Martin von Haselberg on Dec. 16, 1984, roughly six weeks after meeting him for the “ershter” (first) time. The wedding took place in Las Vegas and was performed by an Elvis impersonator.

“khinukh” (education)
Midler majored in “drame” (drama) at the Univ. of Hawaii, though she only attended three semesters.

“kol” (voice)
Midler lent her voice to the animated character, Georgette, a snobbish poodle in Disney’s “Oliver & Company.” From 1975 to 1978, she also provided “dos kol” (the voice) of Woody the Spoon on the PBS educational series, “Vegetable Soup.”

“komish” (comical, funny)
In “Beaches” (1988), Midler plays a Bronx-based Jew who blends comedy and pathos, egotism and vulnerability. She plays the brassy C. C. Bloom (Cecelia Carol Bloom), who finally reaches diva status as a performer by the end of the movie. One quote:

CCBloom: I, uh [pause] I’m playing a prison guard on death row.
John Pierce:
I know, I did the casting.
CCBloom: Well, I thought I’d have a better part.
John Pierce:
Not yet.
CCBloom: But this isn’t me.
John Pierce:
Well [pause] *Act* like it is.
[smiles]
CCBloom [turns to leave]
He hates my hair.

“korb” (basket)
Midler has offered her followers a $300 Bathhouse Betty Gift Basket (“For a clean that’s devine, when you’re feeling dirty”). “A gantse metsie” (a great bargain)..

“krankayt” (illness)
In 1980, Midler’s movie career went from a spectacular “onheyb” (beginning) to a seemingly disastrous end. Her movie, “Jinxed” (1980) was exactly that. By her own admission, Midler experienced a mental breakdown. Rest, therapy, and contemplation–a decided contrast to her usual style and behavior–restored her spirit.

“lebn” (life)
Midler appeared on “The Nanny” in the aptly titled episode, “You Bette Your Life.”

“lift” (elevator)
Midler says that some people try to become very grand and marry up. She said, “But you know, ultimately, when I ride the elevator with the housekeepers, I know that I’m one of them.”

“loyn” (wages)
Midler refers to Las Vegas as “Lost Wages.”
When she first appeared there, opening for Johnny Carson at the Sahara, the audience couldn’t care less about the act. “They just didn’t know what to make of me. They didn’t understand (“farshteyn”) why they had left the gambling tables.” (New York Magazine, Mar. 24, 2008)

“milyon” (million)
Midler released her debut album, “The Divine Miss M” in Dec. of 1972 and it became a million-selling Platinum-certified album.

“mishpokhe” (family)
Midler, AKA “The Divine Miss M,” was the daughter of seamstress/housewife, Ruth (nee Schindel) and “malyer” (house painter), Fred Midler, who worked at a Navy base in Hawaii.

Her parents were from Paterson, New Jersey, and moved to Honolulu before Midler was born. In an interview with Jack Matthews, she said that her parents had a very hard life. It might as well have been the depression. They were very poor.

“musey” (museum)
At the opening of the new Philadelphia Jewish Museum, Bette Midler, Jerry Seinfeld, and Barbra Streisand came together to celebrate their ancestry with 2,000 other extremely “raykh” (wealthy) people. Celebrities, politicians, and big donors paid $1,500 to $5,000 each for a sit-down “mitog” (dinner). The “musey” is dedicted to the 350 years of Jeish history in America.

oylem” (audience)
In 2003-2004, Midler toured the U. S. in her new show, “Kiss My Brass” to sell-out audiences. Midler says that “every audience is different. Some audiences you don’t like. Some audiences you want to take home and live with, they’re so fabulous.” (Source: Jack Mathews interview)

“redn” (to talk)
Midler was voted “Most Talkative” in the 1961 School Hoss election and in her Senior Year, “Most Dramatic.”

“royt” (red)
Ol’ Red Hair is Back. In 1977, Midler’s first TV special, “Ol’ Red Hair is Back” premiered. It went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special – Comedy – Variety or Music.

“royz” (rose)
In 1979, Midler was nominated for the Academy Award for Best “aktrise” (Actress)
for “The Rose.” She starred as a hard-living, ill fated rock “zinger” (singer).

“shmeykhl” (smile)
In school {Hawaii] Midler felt like an outsider. She was the only white in school, as she later recalled, and she was Jewish. Neither she nor her classmates knew what it meant. Bette wisecracked that she thought it had something to do with boys. Witty responses, quick retorts, and a ready “shmeykhl” (:smile) became her defense against unpleasant home and school realities. She was elected class valedictorian.

“shtiferish” (naughty)
This headline appeared in The New York Times on March 3, 2008: “NAUGHTY-NICE MISS M SETS UP SHOP IN SIN CITY”

According to Charles Iserwood’s theater review, he describes the truly colossal Colosseum stage (Las Vegas) as 120 feet wide. He writes, “…the diva ascends from under center stage atop an enormous pile of Louis Vuitton luggage (“bagazh”). Ms. Midler, trim in a silver sequined pantssuit, her hair is a nimbus of tight blond curls.”

“shvester” (sister)
Midler turned down the lead role in 1992’s “Sister Act,” which instead went to Whoopi Goldberg.

“teater” (theater)
In 1974, Midler received a special Tony Award for her contribution to B’way with “Clams on the Half Shell Revue” at the Minscoff Theater.

“televisye” (television)
In June 2009, Midler appeared on the Bravo TV show, “My Life on the D-List” with Kathy Griffin.

“reybn” (to scrub)
“My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors.” Quote

“taynen” (to argue)
After a reported long-standing feud with Barry Manilow, the two joined forces for the first time in years in 2003 to record “Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook.”

“tuchter” (daughter)
Midler’s only daughter is Sophie, who is named after Sophie Tucker, the red-hot mama.

“velt’ (world)
In 1985, Midler was a performer on USA for Africa’s fund-raising single “We Are The World.”

“vitsik” (witty)
Midler jokes about the fact that she is a Jewish woman married to a German and readily identifies herself as a Jewish outsider in a Christian world. She clearly believes that her Jewishness adds to her witty understanding of a confusing “velt” (world).

“yam-krank” (seasick)
Midler appeared in the film, “Hawaii” (released in 1966) as an extra, playing a seasick passenger.

“zind” (sin)–as in Sin City
Midler has a Vegas show titled, “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On” at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

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BetteBack February 8, 1990: ‘Stella’ Review – Midler Gives A Performance That Rivals Those Of ‘The Rose’ And ‘Beaches’

Anderson Herald Bulletin
February 8, 1990

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It’s 1989. Life isn’t the greatest for Stella, but It lsnt too bad She has a job and a place of her own, and she is happy most of the time. Bartending may not be the most glamorous of jobs, but it pays the bills.

Then one day she finds herself pregnant by a medical student who has been frequenting the bar. They love each other, but oil and water just dont mix Stella raises the child herself. She gives the child love, but can she give her happiness, success…?

This Is the age old dilemma of parents who will always struggle to give their children the best The parents who may doubt their own abilities, who may feel that they have failed, and yet they continue to sacrifice their own happiness for that of their children. It is In that sacrificial giving that they find their true reward.

The script for this film Is frequently very weak. Bette Midler does an excellent job of covering many of these weaknesses, but there’s only so much that she can do. She has managed to give us a performance that rivals those in “THE ROSE” and “BEACHES.”

Trinl Alvarado, who plays her daughter Jenny for the majority of the film, does an excellent job too. She works well with Midler And serves as a counterpoint to Midler’s struggles as a mother toy showing us a few of the struggles of a daughter.

The focus, however, remains on Stella. It is her story. It is her struggle. She has tried to live her life the best way she knows how.

She has tried to show her daughter love. And in her struggle to give her daughter happiness and to help her achieve success, she shows us just how much can be accomplished when you give your love so completely to another.

PG-13 for language. (Dont forget your kleenex!)

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Bette Midler One Night Only From A Distance 2014

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Top 5 patriotic and summer movies of the 1980s

Tampa Bay Times
Top 5 patriotic and summer movies of the 1980s
By Steve Spears, Times Correspondent
Thursday, July 2, 2015 3:33pm

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Sometime this Fourth of July holiday weekend, you’re going to need some down time. Picnics, beaches, fireworks — it’s just too much. So start planning ahead for couch time with suitable movies for the occasion. Here are our top 5 favorite movies for a patriotic holiday and top 5 favorite movies for the summer in general. Oh, and of course, they’re all from the ’80s.

TOP 5 PATRIOTIC MOVIES

1 RED DAWN (1984): Accept no remake! The ’84 original featured the late Patrick Swayze as the leader of a gang of school kids left to fight off an invasion by Russia and Cuba. It’s patriotism on steroids, especially the final line, which is read off a monument. “In the early days of World War 3, guerrillas — mostly children — placed the names of their lost upon this rock. They fought here alone and gave up their lives, so that this nation should not perish from the earth.”

2 GLORY (1989): This Civil War tale of African-American troops being led into battle in the Deep South might feel more emotional these days given our current political climate. Matthew Broderick sheds Ferris Bueller to portray Col. Robert Gould Shaw, who led the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Denzel Washington would win an Oscar for best supporting actor for Glory, which also featured a haunting score by the late James Horner.

3 THE RIGHT STUFF (1983): We interrupt this stream of war movies to bring you the epic tale of America’s Mercury astronauts. Based on a bestseller from Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff is part history lesson, part action flick, but 100 percent adrenaline.

4 IRON EAGLE (1986): Hear me out on this one. Louis Gossett Jr. as “Chappy Sinclair” — classic — leading a teenager in a jet to the Middle East to rescue his father? Campy at best. But add Queen’s One Vision and Twisted Sister’s We’re Not Gonna Take It to the soundtrack and you have Masterpiece Theatre for the ’80s.

5 ROCKY IV (1985): A Soviet boxer kills Apollo Creed! Rocky travels to snowy Russia and beats him wearing Apollo’s old “stars and stripes!” And James Brown sings Living in America! Ding, ding. This fight is over.

TOP 5 SUMMER MOVIES

1 NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION (1983): Before the remake comes out later this month and taints your memories, reacquaint yourselves with the original Griswolds and the pure misery that defines any cross-country family caravan. “This is no longer a vacation. It’s a quest. It’s a quest for fun.”

2 SUMMER RENTAL (1985): Filmed right here in St. Pete Beach, Summer Rental is the softer version of Vacation, featuring the late John Candy as the kind-hearted dad who just needs some peace and quiet this summer. Hard to believe both Summer Rental and Cocoon, another movie in which St. Petersburg stars, both came out the same year.

3 SUMMER SCHOOL (1987): Before becoming a special agent on NCIS, Mark Harmon was a chuckleheaded gym teacher who gets blackmailed into teaching remedial English to a gang of misfits. This summer flick definitely gets a passing grade.

4 MEATBALLS (1979): Bill Murray’s turn as a summer camp counselor is still an all-time classic. This Canadian flick barely missed the ’80s, but “It just doesn’t matter! It just doesn’t matter!”

5 BEACHES (1988): Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey meet on the boardwalk and become lifelong BFFs, until something tragic happens (sniff, sniff) and Bette sings an anthem we all know by heart. Oh don’t start crying yet; the song hasn’t even started playing! (Too late, isn’t it?)

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Bette Midler – Divine Madness – E Street Shuffle – Leader of the Pack – 1980

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Bette Midler – Empty Bed Blues – Live at the Roxy LA – 1977

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