Bette Midler’s Funny Tales
NEW YORK, June 16, 2004
(CBS) If national treasure was listed in the dictionary, Bette Midler’s picture may be near by.
For almost four decades, she has been entertaining audiences in every medium possible. Her latest project brings her back to the big screen in the comedy “The Stepford Wives.”
In it, she plays a stereotypical New Yorker who moves to a very atypical suburban town.
Midler plays Bobbie Markowitz, who recently moved to Stepford with her irascible frat-boyish husband Dave (Jon Lovitz). After noticing the town’s wives acting peculiar (living to meet their husbands’ every needs) Bobbie teams up with Joanna Eberhart (Nicole Kidman), another new suspicious wife of the seemingly perfect town.
Tune in Wednesday for Midler’s scheduled interview on The Early Show.
Some Facts About Bette Midler
Bette Midler was on December 1, 1945.
Midler was Raised in Hawaii, where she had bit role as a missionary’s wife in George Roy Hill’s 1966 “Hawaii.”
In 1967, Midler starred in Broadway’s “Fiddler on the Roof.”
Midler is a Grammy winner for Best New Artist.
In 1977, Midler earned an Emmy as the star of NBC’s “Bette Midler — Ol’ Red Hair Is Back.”
In 1978, Midler starred in “The Rose,” which earned her a Best Actress Oscar nomination.
In 1986, Midler starred in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.”
In 1986, the actress worked opposite Shelley Long in “Outrageous Fortune”; Midler co-starred in “Ruthless People.”
In 1988, Midler and Lily Tomlin each got to play identical twins in “Big Business.”
In 1989, Midler won Record of the Year Grammy for the song “Wind Beneath My Wings.”
In 1990, Midler formed her own production company, All Girl Productions, and made her first foray into producing with the moderately successful “Beaches.”
In 1991, Midler teamed with Woody Allen as a married couple for Paul Mazursky’s “Scenes from a Mall.”
In 1992, Midler earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in “For the Boys.”
In 1996, Midler co-starred with Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn in Hugh Wilson’s “The First Wives’ Club.”
In 1997, Midler starred with Dennis Farina in “That Old Feeling,” as a divorced couple whose romantic yearnings are rekindled at their daughter’s wedding.
Midler earned a third Emmy for 1997’s HBO special ” Bette Midler — Diva Las Vegas”
In 2002, Midler was executive producer for “The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.”
Midler is the founder and active participant of the New York Restoration Project, which help restore public spaces.