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Bette Midler To Star In Her First TV Special
LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL
—Sunday Morning, August 15, 1976

NEW YORK (Special) – Bette Midler will headline her first special for network television via the NBC Television Network, it has been announced by Irwin Segelstein, Executive Vice President, Programs, NBC-TV.

The one-hour presentation will be colorcast in 1977 on a date to be announced.

Segelstein said: “Bette Midler is a superstar in the truest sense of the word. In a comparatively short time—with just
three record albums and three tours to her credit—she has become one of ihe leading female concert box-office draws in the world. Whether it be song or comedy or drama, Miss Midler’s ability to reach an audience is remarkable. We at NBC
are happy to present Bette in her first starring special for network TV.”

“The NBC-TV special, coupled with the theatrical features she will be doing with Columbia Pictures, makes Bette one of the entertainment industry’s true triple-threat, multimedia stars.” Segelstein added.

She recently became the first big star to appear in the historymaking concert which was taped as a Home Box Office
pay-TV special program. Midler has been acclaimed by a multitude of critics: Jack Kroll, “Newsweek”—”Lautrec would have loved this brash little muse who ignites a plastic world into a holocaust of joy.”

Robert Hilburn, “The Los Angeles Times“—”Better Midler is back, divinely…it was simply a stunning tour de force that
left little doubt about who is the new queen of the concert cabaret field in America.”

George Maksian. “New York Daily News“—”She bounces, she struts, she talks, she clowns, she sings, she dances. She’s bawdy, but nice. She’s a phenomenon. She’s Bette Midler!…we call her sensational.”

Bill Marvel, “The National Observer’^—”Bette Midler is probably the brightest, hottest superstar to rise in the 70s.”

Midler won a Grammy Award as “Best New Artist of the Year in 1973. the same year her hit album. “The Divine Miss M,”
was nominated for the “Album of the Year” Grammy Award.

She has received two Gold Records from the Recording Industrv Association of America (each denoting $1 million or more in sales) for her slbums. “The Divine Miss M” and “Bette Midler,” and received a special Tony Award for her show at New York’s Palace Theatre.

She recently starred on Broadway in the “Clams On The Half Shell Revue” that played to SRO audiences for its 10-week limited engagement.

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