Update: Guys, guys, girls, girls – Miss Luzanne did not get ripped off. Trying to be humorous and obnoxious, I forgot to mention that she did not go home empty handed. She talked to Bette from her seat in the audience (very funny story, but may be edited out…it’s up to Liz to share that info)….however, she did win 2 tickets, front row to the opening night show with airfare and room paid for….that is my fault for just forgetting…but I’m blaming it on the bossa nova!
First, I would like to say the winner was not me. I am not Bette’s biggest fan, even though subconsciously I think I am. If you connect on some level with anybody (sometimes “thing” – think “Lars and The Real Girl”…whatever gets you off!) – a characteristic, a style, a philosophy, even a song…and it alters your life in some way…hopefully for the good, then I think you have the right to call yourself or think you are the biggest fan of that person, animal, or object (it could happen!). I guess I would call it a state of mind. It’s certainly not something to fight over or sling ugly names about. Under my definition, many could be Bette’s biggest fan (but I really am, I’m Mister D, bitch!…cue music and bring me a pole)
ArtWork: Lucy Wilkins
Basically, I’m talking about the taping of the Oprah Winfrey show with Bette, Sophie, and the announcement of Bette’s biggest fan. If somebody is a fan of Bette and wins a contest over me (even though I did not participate…strike one against me), then wooly, booly….good for them. At least we have someone out there touting Bette’s talent and philosophy. So when I announce the winner, be happy for her, dammit! (“her” is a clue and she does read BLB).
My new BLB friend Darron gave me a good lowdown on the show…however, the sarcastic comments are mine, so don’t blame him…he’s a sweetheart. Okay, here we go:
The audience, which I am proud to say had a good bit of BetteHeads in it giving each other secret BLB looks…something one can’t describe, because, well, I don’t know what I’m talking about.
- Some backstage footage was shown from the upcoming Caesar’s gig.
- Bette performed a kind of edited version of what the opening might be likw….There’s the “Hey Bette Midler” and then the singing of “Big Noise From Winnetka” (Rumour I have heard: that a new song is being looked for before Big Noise, but what do I know).
- Gay men were relegated to the back rows (yes we are the new Rosa Parks, God bless her), and “Beaches” fans were pushed towards the front. Gotta love the producers…they know who their audience is…..
- Oddly enough, Sophie took up a good part of the interview while Mama Midler mugged at the audience as if she were upset at being ignored. Yes, folk, this was in jest! No foul letters please!
- There was no talk of the new movie, which is a shame, since Bette is getting such good notices.
- I was told everyone had a wonderful time and were so grateful they were able to get a chance to go. I mean Bette and the Big O? Come on! It’s hard to get into this show! (I really don’t watch Oprah (gay gasp), so is that really her nickname, the Big O or am I in trouble???)
(The above was statement was not meant to be taken seriously as far as gays being relegated to the back. I just generalized and made a joke…my bad…Mister D…and yes, I’m gay )
I’m getting this out because I almost deleted what I wrote. More is coming, including the winner’s story….if there are lots of mistakes on here…spelling, bad definitions, and/or incoherent sentences….I literally can barely see…some kind of med (no not meth)…whatever…just read. Just refresh the page….the winner is coming up….
Mister D: I just have one beef. I thought the producers were sucky with this contest. You get people to film stuff, write stuff, ask personal questions, and then when you pick the people you want, then you tell them they have to pay for their own plane ticket and room? Come on! You give away pontiacs to a whole audience and Oprah flies 100’s of rich celelbrities to some remote resort where God only knows what goes on….I just think you could fork out some money for the people you chose. That’s it….plus, no one got to meet Bette, not eveb the winner!
The winner’s name is Luzanne or “Liz”…not sure of the age, but I’m guessing in her twenties. I heard she is very pretty and she’s been very gracious and sincere in her emails to me. No sttitude. And no high falutin’ ego as to her title. I admire what she did with her life as to being influenced by Ms. Midler. And a fabulous sense of humor. Here’s her story:
Basically, I went to my first concert in my Mom’s belly in 1979. That began a lifelong love affair with Bette’s work. My father, lacking any sense of boundaries would plop be down in front of “Divine Madness” to keep me occupied. He wasn’t going to sit there and watch Sesame Street with me! The years of trouble I got into by saying things at school like in second grade when I announced to the class, “The question before us is where’s her clitoris?” Of course, I didn’t know what it meant but I knew she got a great laugh. All I got was a detention!
I followed Bette’s career in a completely obsessive manner. Had she not moved out of Los Angeles byt the time I got my driver’s license, I’m sure I’d have a record by now! I wanted to be a singer and performer until I realized that I had severe stage fright and was tone deaf. Ha ha. Just about that time, Bette founded the New York Restoration Project – this happened to coincide with my 14th birthday. A time when kids begin to think outside of their social circle and to the bigger picture. Bette’s clear enthusiasm for the topic piqued my interest. I summered in Hawaii in the area where she grew up; lived in LA and spent much time in NYC. I completely understood her thoughts on beautification and the environment.
I volunteered at different organizations like “Heal the Bay” and “Surfrider” but sought to make it my career. If it had not been for her, I might not have discovered what turned out to be my passion. Had I not been introduced to it at that time, who knows what I’d be doing. I went to USC and graduated #1 in my class, then to Harvard for a graduate degree in bioethics with a concentration in the environment and graduated Magna Cum Laude; now I’m in my first year at Notre Dame Law School with a specialization in environmental law. I’ve applied for an internship at NYRP for the summer so we’ll see how it goes.
I know that I will make a huge difference in the field and can thank her for being my inspiration. Bette’s professional work impresses me to no end but what distinguishes her in my mind is her profound sense of empathy for our future generations. Bette jumped on this bandwagon before every celebrity had to have a charity, you know?!?!
I would just like to thank Luzanne for writing in and sharing her story. She certainly didn’t have to and she’s very well aware of the way some people might feel. The producer’s chose the winner, and it was Luzanne. End of story. So I would appreciate no ugly comments…I won’t let them through.
If you want to bitch about the show’s producers, that’s fine. Luzanne didn’t even get to meet Bette either. I thought for sure all the peeps that got on the show would….boy was I wrong. Anyway, be nice and happy for her. At least we can say she’s one of us. I loved this story and it’s very inspirational…
Love, Mister D