From Todays Liz Smith Column

THE DIVINE ONE, Bette Midler, called from L.A. to say she is still having a ball taking her “Kiss My Brass” tour across America. Does Middle America get her? “Oh, Liz, they loved me in Omaha and in Oklahoma City and particularly in Texas — San Antonio, Dallas and Houston. New Orleans? Well, get out! They adored me!” (From others, such confidence would seem like bragging. From Bette, it’s simply a joyful, appreciative statement of fact.)

Bette asked if any turkeys had survived Thanksgiving in New York? She laughed when I told her I’d recently seen a wild turkey casually strolling along a busy road in the Connecticut countryside.

Bette returns to Manhattan Dec. 13. We’ve missed her.

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