Saturday, July 30, 2016

Bette Midler On what she’s given up in marriage:

Bette Midler On what she’s given up in marriage: “Well, I’ve given up a lot of independence. You know … I make decisions really– well, I can’t say I make them quickly, but I do make decisions. And I do– and I’m quick. I go – I’ll take this, this, this, and this, I’ll do this, this, this, and this. And sometimes people don’t wanna do what you wanna do. So then you, you have to say, “Well, what do you wanna do?” (CBS News, 2014)

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Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: Drowning Mona – Shit Salad

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Bette Midler On her husband, Martin:

Bette Midler On her husband, Martin: “You know that when I first got married, this guy I knew … was introduced to my husband, he said, “The man who tamed the beast.” And I never forgot that. And indeed, I think it– really it was like that. Because I was a handful. And I’ve learned a lot and I’ve grown a lot and I’ve given up a lot. And it’s been a negotiation, a 30-year negotiation. But it’s been really interesting. I wouldn’t trade him in a fort.” (CBS News, 2014)

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Bette Midler- Ready To Begin Again – Do You Wanna Dance – Divine Madness

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BetteBack March 1973: It’s “Divine” Bette Midler

Newark Star Lodger –
March 1973

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It happens so fast you have to do a quick double-take: One second she’s prancing and gliding across the stage in a poured-into raspberry sequined backless sheath, the quintessential ’40s nightclub star. Then, with a zip quicker than-the-eye, a flash of raspberry sequin is tossed at the gray haired man in the second row, and the singer, still prancing, is wearing – tight black satin leotards and a black corset – halter.

Quick change accomplished, Bette Midler, the “Divine Miss M,” is ready to take us on a trip back to the “fahb-bue-lus” days of the Shangri-Las‘ “Leader of the Pack.” She turns her back to the audience, as the spotlight centers slightly below her waist, and begins that
rock and roll saga of a biker’s girl – a perfectly raunchy caricature of the part.

The Divine Miss M” (Atlantic) is a good album, very good, but it pales before Bette Midler in person. Her show at the Capitol last weekend was the best pop performance I’ve ever seen – Mick Jagger not excluded.

The Divine Miss M, in all her brassy, trashy glory, took “Pah-say-yick” by storm (out of Tempest). Beside her, attempts at showmanship like Alice Cooper become sorry, minor league circus sideshows, and David Bowie is about as dynamic as Neil Armstrong.

Bette Midler may be camp, but she’s high camp, camp elevated to the upper reaches of Pop Art. She has the marvelous ability to mock the nightclub, Broadway and Hollywood musical star image of the ’40s while refurbishing and enhancing the magnetism and charisma that makes a star.

She’s a hip Carol Burnett, a stoned Ethel Merman, a full color Hirschfeld cartoon suddenly come to uproarious life. And her show is filled with the accoutrements of sleazy opulence found in ’40s nightclubs and musicals: Gigantic potted palms, stage set lamppost and park bench, grand piano – even a trio of backup singers dressed like French Apache dancers and called the “Harlettes.”

And dominating it all is Bette Midler, the Divine Miss M, belting out “Empty Bed Blues,” torching “Am I Blue,” doing an instant replay of the last chorus of “‘Chapel of Love.” Telling “hah-ra-bull” jokes between songs and finding them as funny as the audience.

All the time showing a remarkable rapport with her audience and pacing the show with all the verve of an old pro, holding the audience in the palm of her hand! Add to it all a really big virtuoso voice – but you can hear that on the record.

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Bette Midler Classic ‘Beaches’ Is Being Remade: How should we feel about all of this?

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Bette Midler Classic ‘Beaches’ Is Being Remade: Who but The Divine Miss M can play CC Bloom, though?
By Rachel Shuker
July 28, 2016

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The fever has broken. The president has spoken. The Secretary of State has spoken. The world might not collapse after all. And even if it does, there is one small reason to go on living: Lifetime has announced that its remake of the classic 1988 tearjerker Beaches (directed, lest we forget, by the recently passed and much beloved Garry Marshall), is beginning production this August. And for Bette Midler’s role as CC Bloom, the brassy aspiring singer who lent her name to Edinburgh’s most famous gay bar—and made a star of the young Mayim Bialik, whose rendition of “The Glory of Love” was the single greatest influence on my third grade year, much to the chagrin of those around me—the network has chosen its star: Adele Dazeem!

Oh, excuse me, I meant Idina Menzel! (I’m sorry, but that joke will never stop being funny to me.)

The role of Hillary, the well-brought up young girl-turned-successful-fancy-lawyer-turned-early-victim-of-heart-disease, played in the original by Barbara Hershey, has not yet been cast.

How should we feel about all of this? Honestly, when I sat down to write this, I expected to feel happy. After nothing but wall-to-wall convention coverage and general hysteria, here, finally, was some exciting news, the kind that was geared towards me and my life, my voice. I thought I would feel the way a Trump supporter does when the Donald explains to that person that his or her abject failure in this here world is some Mexican’s fault; that is to say, relieved, elated, and looking for blood. But instead I just feel ambivalent and worried, like a true Democrat.

Because I’m not sure Idina Menzel is the right choice.

It’s not that she’s not a good singer (she is, some well-documented pitch problems aside.) And it’s not that she isn’t Jew-y enough, or doesn’t have a big enough personality to make it seem plausible that she would, as the song goes, cast a big enough shadow for someone to feel cold in. It’s that—how shall I put this?—Idina, for all her fun faces and crazy hair, is a very earnest performer. She means what she says. She cries when she’s supposed to cry. But she lacks the gleefully perverse sense of humor and ribald feistiness—the sheer sense of camp—that permeates Bette Midler’s persona, and makes her performance in the original such an effective treacle cutter (as we say in the business), in this most treacle-heavy of films. (I mean, it’s basically Love Story but about best friends.)

It’s hard to imagine Idina finding the anarchic sense of fun in the big “Otto Titzling” number Bette does in the film’s second half, for example; the kind of number that doesn’t so much provide a needed antidote to the sentimentality of “The Wind Beneath My Wings.” As every piece of art in my grandmother’s basement taught me, nothing is quite so effective as seeing a clown cry. (Grandma liked clowns.)

But you know what? It doesn’t do anyone any good to complain. Idina Menzel may not be the perfect CC Bloom—we already had one of those—but she’s the one we’ve got, and she’ll be good enough. As you may have heard elsewhere this week, just because something isn’t perfect, doesn’t mean it won’t work.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

From An Intimate Evening With Bette:

From An Intimate Evening With Bette: “Did you like the TV special?” I did…I was real proud of it. The network was very nice, too. The only thing they asked me not to do was mention drugs. Gee..I didn’t realise drugs were the enemy in television, I thought they were the sponsor…” (Melody Maker, 1978)

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1984 – Good Morning America – Art Or Bust – Bette Midler (Part Two)

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“I’m a VERY opinionated young lady

“I’m a VERY opinionated young lady. I have my opinions about things. And mine are the only correct ones. DIG?” (Melody Maker, 1973)

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Bette Midler – Waterfalls – 5-28-15 – Staples Center – Los Angeles

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