Monday, March 27, 2017

2012 – Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction – BETTE MIDLER, JUNE 2012

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BetteBack January 26, 2000: Bette Midler stars in `Isn’t She Great’

Chicago Defender
January 26, 2000

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Bette Midler stars in `Isn’t She Great

From the very beginning, best-selling novelist Jacqueline Susann (Bette Midler) just wanted her place in the spotlight. With no agent and no one calling for auditions, she scraped by with residuals from the occasional radio jingle, television commercial and game show appearance.

Still, with every failure — and there were plenty –she remained undeterred in her guest for fame. A friend once told her that “talent wasn’t everything,” and for no person was this more true.

Manager and publicist Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane) knew he was the one who could make Jackie’s dreams come true. He also knew that he was in love with the flamboyant actress. It was a relationship made in show business heaven.

So it goes in Universal’s movie currently being released in area theaters and nationally starring Midler as Susann. Co-starring is Nathan Lane. The supporting cast consists of Stockard Channing, David Hyde Pierce, Amanda Peet and John Cleese.

Executive producers are Ted Kiurdyla, Gary Levinsohn, Mark Gordon and is passed on an article by Michael Korada. The screenplay is by Paul Rudnick. Andrew Bergman directs “Isn’t She Great.”

With Jackie’s career going nowhere and fast, Irving hits upon an idea. A crazy idea, but an idea which just might make Jacqueline Susann a household name. She would write a book. Never mind the fact that she had never written before. She would write about what she knew: the crazy, steamy lives of drug-addicted, sex-craved movie stars.

With her best friend Florence (Channing) by her side for inspiration and Irving at her side for advice, encouragement and deliveries of hot pastrami, Jackie put pen to paper, with a passion that was all-consuming and a vocabulary that would shock a sailor.

The result was “Valley of the Dolls,” an inside look at the high’s and low’s of show biz as told by someone who had experienced it firsthand. According to Irving, it was “like `Gone With the Wind,’ only filthy.”

Finding a publisher was an entirely new challenge however, for Jackie had tackled a subject matter considered entirely too taboo for her time.

Eventually, she landed a deal with the suave and debonair publisher Henry Marcus (Cleese), whose keen sense told him that with a little help, she just might become the greatest storyteller of her generation.

But first she would have to do some heavy convincing, for her ultra-WASP-y editor Michael Hastings (Hyde Pierce) felt her book was “salacious, perverted, soft-core port” and unfit to print. Jackie’s eagerness to learn — and a charm that was all her own — eventually won him over and the book was published.

Susann had invented a whole new way of writing books and once she and Irving hit the road, the publishing world would never be the same. Embarking on a book tour from coast to coast, paying calls on regional booksellers and impressing “mom and pop”-type shops with her intimate knowledge of all their personal lives, Irving saw to it that everyone was clamoring to read “Valley of the Dolls.”

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Bette Midler On The Bad Reviews For Her Second Album:

Bette Midler On The Bad Reviews For Her Second Album: “Sure I get hurt when people don’t like my work. All performers do. Now, Jon Landau cut me to the quick, but he got his, didn’t he? (He had a series of illnesses and a broken marriage) (Evening Star, March 11, 1976)

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1995 – Oklahoma – Tribute To Joe Layton – Bette Midler

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BetteBack August 17, 1974: Fashion In 1974

Lawrence Journal World
August 17, 1974

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Fashion in 1974 is not dictated by authorities or names or peers, but by needs, living patterns, individually and personal preference, New York fashion coordinator Virginia Sorem said recently in Kansas City.

Nowhere is this fashion definition better expressed than on the college campus.

Ms. Sorem, who selects all the women’s clothing for the J.C. Penney catalogue each season, said in 1974” there are no trends, there are concepts.”

THE CONCEPT of easy living reigns supreme on the Kansas University campus. Despite the fashion prognostication of an end to the blue jean uniform of years past, it will continue.

But the individualistic streak which prompted the blue jean era in the first place will permit students to experiment with some of fall’s new looks.

Lynn Cherry, who works for the Jay Shoppe, attended in May the Dallas Apparel Market which previewed this fall’s styles. The clothes she saw left her with the impression that “people are considering dress an individual thing.”

There are enough different looks available that if one doesn’t work there are alternatives.

“People want clothes which make them feel comfortable,” Ms. Cherry said.

THE 21-INCH skirt is one of the newest looks for fall, she added, and clothes in general are seeking a more tailored look. Even sweaters are tailored, she said.

The Western look, so popular in the past, “is not as predominant.” In casual clothes, comfort seems to be the key, with the coordinated look which was big last year still going strong.

Pants have no cuffs this season, except for jeans which hang onto the cuffed look. Waistlines are still high, “but not cummerbunds, like last season,” she said.

Women can choose from a variety of specialty looks, ranging for the ’30s femininity of the Gatsby Look to the mad-cap ’40s verve of the Bette Midler Look.

“Clothes generally compliment the famale figure this year,” Ms. Cherry said, “although they aren’t necessarily feminine.”

MS. SOREM said easy care is an important feature in fashion selection, particularly for busy young women: “Easy is a look, a way of life and a method of coping.”

And fall’s look for campus is clothes that hang up, shake out and look wonderful.

Velour tops and sweatshirts are both predicted to be popular casual looks for fall, said June McMillan, of the Alley Shop.

Hooded tops are also an import fashion feature, she said.

One way to make clothes go further is to cash in on the “put together look,” which Betty Broat, buyer at Weaver’s Store, said is popular again this season.

More outfits will feature skirts this fall, Ms. Broat said, with coordinating sweater, jacket and pants.

“Girls will be wearing dresses again,” she added. The colors to look for are dusty shades of blue and rose, as well as the clear shades.

MS. McMILLAN agrees that young girls will be buying more dresses, long and short.

Older women remain the foremost enthusiasts of slack suiting, she said; young ones are discovering dresses again.

There won’t be much change in dress length from last year Ms. Broat said, although there is a variety of lengths offered to satisfy nearly every preference.

Coat lengths will be different this year, she said, with longer and shorter coats appearing.

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Bette Exiting The Theater (Hello Dolly!) I

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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bette Midler On The Eclectic Style Of Her Albums:

Bette Midler On The Eclectic Style Of Her Albums: “That’s the way I work. I’m a brain picker. I pick people’s brains to get the best out of them. Everyone has a different perspective and I like to take advantage of that. My interests are also very wide. I’d use the work ‘scattered’ but that has a negative connotation. It implies I don’t know what I’m doing but there’s a method to my madness. ” (Evening Star, March 11, 1976)

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2012 – Bette Midler & Billy Crystal – Nightline

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BetteBack January 26, 2000: Midler puts on display of professional jealousy

The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)
January 26, 2000

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Singer Bette Midler seems to be making enemies at a fast clip these days.

Last year she ridiculed Cher, who was experiencing the biggest hit of her career.

Then Midler closed the year with some jabs at fellow diva Barbra Streisand during her New Year’s Eve show in Vegas. She had a Streisand impersonator saunter onto the stage near midnight. Acting stunned, Midler queried, “Barbra, what are you doing here?”

The Streisand look-alike responded, “I wanted to be with my husband at midnight.”

Midler asked, “He’s at my show?”

The fake Babs replied, “Well, he couldn’t afford mine.”

The barbs didn’t stop there. A couple arrived late to the show and Midler stopped her act to tease them. “You’re late. Where were you – at Barbra’s? Couldn’t stand more than an hour, eh?”

In response, a Streisand friend says Babs sees nothing divine about The Divine Miss M.

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Hello Dolly! Photos

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