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Friday, November 17, 2017

Bette Midler’s got a fashion problem plenty of ladies can relate to

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Bette Midler’s got a fashion problem plenty of ladies can relate to
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Bette Midler’s a mega-successful singer and actress, but no matter how successful you are, it seems you have the same little insecurities as everyone else.

The 71-year-old happily admits it herself.

Taking to Twitter, she revealed the fashion problem she has during winter … and anyone with assets like hers is sure to relate.

The good news for Midler is, chunky sweaters are in, for those countries about to see their cooler months. It’s a look that is being worn by many celebrities. Even better, you can wear them casually with a pair of jeans or dress them up a long skirt, with tights and boots.

Not that is would worry Midler anyway. She’s not known for following the fashion set anyway – she’s more of a statement kind of girl. Read More

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Liz Smith, popular NY gossip columnist, dead at 94

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Liz Smith, popular NY gossip columnist, dead at 94
11/12/2017

Gossip columnist Liz Smith, whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, has died.

Literary agent Joni Evans told The Associated Press she died in New York on Sunday of natural causes. She was 94.

For more than a quarter-century, Smith’s column — titled “Liz Smith” — was one of the most widely read in the world. Its success was due in part to Smith’s own celebrity status, giving her insider access rather than relying largely on tipsters, press releases and publicists. She also made occasional appearances on Fox News Channel. Read More

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Monday, August 7, 2017

on the ‘girl bands’ of her youth] The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, The Crystals.. they were completely and utterly wholesome and whimsical.

on the ‘girl bands’ of her youth] The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, The Crystals.. they were completely and utterly wholesome and whimsical. And optimistic. The music was very optimistic and upbeat. The ballads were sometimes sad, but you knew things were going to turn out in the end. The music wasn’t bleak. This was before Bob Dylan, you know. – Bette Midler

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

BetteBack January 30, 2000: Susann’s success a great filmgoing treat

The Boston Herald
January 30, 2000 | Schaefer, Stephen

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ISN’T SHE GREAT, Bette Midler, 2000, (c)MCA

It’s easy to be dismissive of the writing of Jacqueline Susann. Easy and, well, probably called for.

But the “Valley of the Dolls” author’s impact on the entertainment industry is not so easily dismissed. In some ways, she changed the way entertainment product – from books to films – is sold to the public.

Isn’t She Great,” a new film featuring Bette Midler as Susann, initially presents her as glamorous but unfulfilled. As the film begins, she is a woman undaunted by her life of continual failure – as a playwright, actress, quiz-show panelist and product demonstrator. She remains determined, despite the odds, to become famous. Read More

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

BetteBack January 28, 2000: Performances Save ‘Great’

The Cincinnati Post (Cincinnati, OH)
January 28, 2000

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Early on in ”Isn’t She Great,” the perpetually struggling Jacqueline Susann – apparently the most incurable showbiz wannabe since Lucy Ricardo – gets a pep talk from her best girlfriend.

Keep at it, the woman advises. Send out those headshots, go out for those auditions, and one day you’re bound to make it. After all, she points out, ”Talent isn’t everything.”

She’s right about that. Just look at ”Isn’t She Great.” Read More

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Friday, June 23, 2017

BetteBack January 28, 2000: Great? Not by a Long Shot

The Washington Post
January 28, 2000 | Desson Howe

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I SLOGGED my way through a blizzard to watch this?

Isn’t She Great,” a woefully ungreat biopic about trash-writing queen Jacqueline Susann, is definitely not worth braving any weather for.

Although Bette Midler, who plays “Valley of the Dolls” author Jackie-S, proves to be an amusing live wire at times, and although screenwriter Paul Rudnick (who co-wrote “AddamsFamily Values”) has a wicked talent for drag-queen-culture one-liners, this movie slumps endlessly through the Valley of the Dulls. Read More

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

BetteBack January 28, 2000: “Isn’t She Great,” played in steamroller-diva style by Bette Midler

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)
January 28, 2000 | Covert, Colin

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Didn’t she grate? What the midi skirt was to fashion, what the Village People were to music, what Rod McKuen was to verse, Jacqueline Susann‘s trashy potboilers were to the American novel: inexplicable relics of the 1970s whose main entertainment value today is provoking a chuckle at garage sales.

Susann chronicled the lives of pill-popping, bed-hopping, scenery-gnawing actresses and models in such classics as “Valley of the Dolls,” “The Love Machine” and “Once is Not Enough.” Now she’s back as the heroine of a camp biopic, “Isn’t She Great,” played in steamroller-diva style by Bette Midler. Read More

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

‘Isn’t She Great’ January 28, 2000: More Fat, Less Filling

The Washington Post
January 28, 2000 | Rita Kempley

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Isn’t She Great” asks one question too many, the answer to which is “No she ain’t.”

The truth is, this ludicrously hagiographic tribute to Jacqueline Susann–failed actress turned pulp novelist and poodle owner–has very little to do with the best-selling writer. The movie may be inspired by a New Yorker article by Susann’s former editor, Michael Korda, but Paul Rudnick‘s screenplay was tailored to fit the star, brassy Bette Midler. Read More

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

BetteBack January 28, 2000: THE ART OF THE SALE | MIDLER AS SUSANN

Sun Publications (IL)
January 28, 2000

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At a time when we’ve got celebrities coming out of our ears — whether they’re showing up at omnipresent awards ceremonies or on E’s latest “True Hollywood Story” — do we need a movie that glorifies the pursuit of fame for fame’s sake? You wouldn’t think so, but that movie has arrived.

Isn’t She Great,” based on the life of “Valley of the Dolls” author Jacqueline Susann, blows a big kiss to a woman who helped turn stardom into the new American dream.

Unlike Woody Allen’s “Celebrity,” Gus Van Sant‘s “To Die For” or a sunnier picture such as “The Truman Show,” “Isn’t She Great” has no room for satire. Indeed, when one character tells Susann that “talent isn’t everything,” there’s not a trace of irony in her voice. Read More

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

BetteBack January 27, 2000: BETWEEN THE COVERS | CLASH OF TONES LEAVES COMEDY ABOUT `DOLLS’ AUTHOR IN AN EMOTIONAL VALLEY

The Beacon News – Aurora (IL)
January 27, 2000

ISN'T SHE GREAT, David Hyde-Pierce, Nathan Lane, Bette Midler, 2000, business lunch

ISN’T SHE GREAT, David Hyde-Pierce, Nathan Lane, Bette Midler, 2000, business lunch

Jacqueline Susann apparently was the most self-obsessed person since Hitler, but in a sweet way. She hungered so badly for her 15 minutes of fame that she would kill for it (including butchering the English language). She bopped with the beautiful people in the endlessly schmoozing world of Broadway society.

Yet down inside, she was secretly dying of cancer and too proud to admit that her mentally defective child was not just “suffering from asthma.”

Yes, there is a great semi-sweet comedy to be made about the life of Jacqueline Susann.

Unfortunately, Isn’t She Great isn’t quite it, though it isn’t the worst choice you could make this week if you’re in the market for a few laughs and always wondered about the story behind the story of the mega-best seller Valley of the Dolls. Read More

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