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Monday, April 23, 2018

Audio: Bette Midler THE CARIOCA -Tribute (Memorial) To Director, Choreographer Joe Layton -1995.mp3

“It’s forties Xavier Cugat,” director Joe Layton whispers. “It’s overproduced and terrible. And,” he hastens to add, “hopefully, terribly funny.” – Layton talking about The Carioca during an interview about Clams On The Half Shell

LA Times
Pop Music Review : Midler, Others Pay Tribute to Joe LaytonApril 08, 1995|DON HECKMAN

The imposing, wide-ranging lineup of L.A. Shanti’s “Tribute to Joe Layton” on Thursday at the Wiltern Theater–from Bette Midler to Carol Burnett to Melissa Etheridge–probably would have pleased the honoree, a highly regarded choreographer and director who died last year at the age of 64. Read More

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Famed Critic Pauline Kael Speaking Of Bette Midler In “Divine Madness”

Mister D: I remember the time Pauline Kael was on Tom Snyder’s old talk show. He asked her who should win the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1979. Without pause she said Bette Midler for the Rose. She said I haven’t heard lines read like that in decades and if she doesn’t win the Oscars mean nothing. This was when critics had considerable power over what was a hit or miss in movies She was considered one of the greatest critics. Check out some books on her. Bruce Vilanch said he sat next to her in Divine Madness. She was a big Bette Midler fan before the movies. She was upset with the end product of Divine Madness because of the editing and how they ended the movie. She said a real Bette Midler concert would not end like that. It would end up with a happy, upbeat song, like “Friends” After she saw Jinxed, she was sure Hollywood would ruin the Bette we knew growing up. That’s me hearsay and gossip. IF I’m wrong Bruce, let me know. It’s been a while and I might have succumbed to the Telephone Game. Read More

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BetteBack April 12, 1975: Bette’s Back Big Time

Emporia Gazette
Bette’s Back
By Craig Zadan
April 12, 1975

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THE CRUSH of bridge chairs forms a circle surrounding a large grand piano which is being pounded into a soulful vamp. Thirteen black gospel singers begin bellowing “Gone at Last,” a new Paul Simon song written just for the occasion, and three of the sleasiest-looking girls this side of Eighth Avenue join them in harmony. As the song builds momentum, a red-haired Lilliputian in clashing purple dance tights and brown knee-high boots skitters across the circle segueing the song into a crisp arrangement of “Higher and Higher.” Arms flailing, body gyrating, she hits the top note and the number climaxes. Read More

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

When I came on the scene in 1972,1 think people wanted a hearty, fuller, robust character like myself

“When I came on the scene in 1972,1 think people wanted a hearty, fuller, robust character like myself, because it was in opposition to the skinny little things like Diana Ross that they had been confronted with for years.” (1991, Los Angeles Times) – Bette Midler

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How Hello Dolly! Played A Part In Ending A 20 Year Feud Between Two Top Notch Actresses

Starts At 60
Glenn Close buries the hatchet with Broadway buddy
By Starts at 60 Writers
August 14, 2017

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We’ll take the news with a grain of salt, but it seems that Glenn Close and Patti LuPone may have finally reconciled after reportedly having a falling out more than 20 years ago, according to Page Six.

 According to a rep for Close, the two Broadway veterans took a trip to see the Bette Midler production of Hello, Dolly! and had drinks afterwards at Bar Centrale, where they were observed laughing like they were old friends without a hint of resentment. Read More

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

BetteBack March 3, 1975: Bette Midler Presents Stevie Wonder With Best Album Of The Year At The Grammy’s

Kingsport Times
March 3, 1975

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Stevie Wonder and Olivia Newton-John took ho.me most of the marbles at Saturday night’s Grammy award presentations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Wonder, the blind rock singer who had his first hit record at the age of 13, was named top male vocalist of 1974. He also won three other awards, including the Best Album of the Year honor for “Fulfillingness’ First Finale.”

Miss Newton-John, who last year was named the best female country vocalist, won the Record of the Year Award for her “I Honestly Love You.” She was also named the best female pop vocalist for 1974. Read More

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Charm is something a lot of today’s young artists could do with.

Charm is something a lot of today’s young artists could do with. Maybe I’ll start a charm school, like they had at Motown. They don’t see it takes more than looking cute and not falling over in high heels. – Bette Midler

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