About Bootleg Betty

Note: This is a scrapbook site devoted to Bette Midler. Absolutely no profits are being made from the posting of this work. It is presented here for educational and historical reasons only. If, however, you are the owner of this work and would like it removed from this website, please contact me and I will comply as soon as I get the message. Thank you for your time and patience. No disrespect intended. Just a huge admirer and collector of all things Bette Midler.
Ever since I was in high school, some 30 years ago, I don’t believe one day has gone by that I have not actively sought a mention of Bette Midler’s name in a magazine, newspaper or whatever. My eye has been so trained to spot her name that I have mastered the art of fanning through reading material like Evelyn Wood and stopping the page on a dime. Some may view this as pathetic, but I view it as a great skill…:-)


Well here I am…a supposed adult, almost a half century old and I am still searching for mentions of Bette. It is ingrained in my being now…almost like a sixth sense. It just comes naturally. With the Internet, a whole new world has been opened up to me. I can find something new on her almost daily. It might not be directly about her, but there is at least a mention. Instead of posting my findings on the Official Bette Message Board (no longer official and not sure if it’s still there) where they would get lost among the other posts, I decided to make a little page where I can store all my “tid-bettes” on-line for me to reference and for others who share that same enthusiasm….

I named the site BootlegBetty (a take-off on Bette’s CD, “Bathhouse Betty”) due to just about everything being surreptitiously acquired from other sources (in other words, “pirated”:-)….from the news, the images, the songs, etc. However, I mean no disrespect to those who originally conceived of all these wonderful gems. I’m just calling it like it is…but hopefully all will see that I mean this page to be a treasure trove of information, sounds, and images paying tribute to a wonderful lady that has enriched my lifetime. Not only is this page for me…but also for those like me …

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy your stay…..Mister D

“I was born in the wagon of a traveling show…”

Well no that’s not true, actually I was born Don T. Bradshaw (aka, Mister D), July 14, in a little town called Lucedale, Ms. It had maybe 2 or 3 traffic lights and then you were heading to another hillbilly town. Since my father was promoted quite a bit, I tended to get moved around quite a bit, living in places like Moss Point, Ms, Pensacola, FL, Clinton, MS, Lancaster, PA, and eventually Nashville, TN, where I call home.

I attended Millsaps College in Jackson, MS earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1978. Hated it! Made the rounds as managers of hamburger joints, restaraunts, and finally my dream job, as an area manager for a record store chain, but you’ll see what happened. Later on in my mid-30’s (shove 15 years of my life up your ass, S*U*D S*O*, ya anti-gay, record-whoring, sexist pigs!…oops, so sorry!) I attended school again.

This time I earned my degree in Social Work and graduated around 1990. I got my next dream job, working as a case manager, then counselor, for The Escambia AIDS Clinic in Pensacola, FL. This had to be one of the highlights of my life, and yet, a lowpoint, as well. I loved what I did…the counseling, the education, the friendships made, helping people…but sometimes that help meant teaching them to “let go.” In some ways that whole journey made me stronger and I was very good at what I did.

Soon around 1995, I resigned from that job and moved to Nashville with my partner, Barry. He got a fabulous job doing something with computers, don’t ask me what…it’s just that I never understand. I, on the other hand, for the first time, since I was 14, did not have a career. I took the first job cut, I mean job I could…but I was ill prepared. I was hired on to work with the mentally challenged and it was just out of my league. I had to teach them things I didn’t even know how to do for myself, for goodness sake…like shopping for food. Many of these people lived in the worst conditions I have ever seen, and to think they lived in one of the richest counties in the states! We’re talking dirt floors, tin roofs, and rat-roach infested homes. I really tried the best I could to be stronger, to learn, and grow from the experience, but alas, I had to resign.

From then on it’s been endless journey to find my true calling, but I’m still here dammit, and now I just want to have a little fun. And to do that I invented the  Official Bruce Vilanch site, We Got Bruce, a Bette Midler site called Bootleg Betty, and my own, The Divine Mister D, which I rarely touch, but it’s there if I should want to utilize it. After starting all of these damn sites and with the right damn attitude, someone blessed the hell out of me. I finally met Mr. Vilanch and Ms. Midler, and they did not disappoint. So my little sites continue…and I hope you continue to enjoy.

I currently reside in Franklin, TN with Barry and three cats – Squeak, LeeLoo, and Iggy. For fun and entertainment I love to write, play piano, sing, perform, and provoke people. But only when their policies, behavior, thinking, and/or outfits are stupid. And don’t ever sign off with, “please advise.” I’ll go apeshit and end up in the hospital!

Love, Mister D