BetteBack: I Want To Be Alone

Roswell (N.M.) Daily Record
No rest for the weary
Tuesday, August 2, 1983

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Singer Bette Midler was getting so much attention in the hospital that it ruined her rest, so “the Divine Miss M” has gone into seclusion to recover from exhaustion, her manager says.

The raucous pop singer, whose slogan is “trash with flash,” collapsed off stage last week during a concert in Pontiac, Mich.

“She’s just in seclusion and resting comfortably, but her doctor says she ought to rest for at least this week,” her manager, Ramon Hervey, said Monday. He said Ms. Midler is not hospitalized, but declined to say where she is “for security purposes.”

“When she was in the hospital in Detroit, so many people called that it interfered with her rest,” he said.

Ms. Midler, in her 30s, canceled a concert in Minneapolis last Friday on doctors’ advice. Hervey said she hopes to make her concerts scheduled in Denver this weekend.

She’s tired after being “on and off the road since this time last year,” Hervey said.

“She performed through March, then went into the studio to finish her new album, ‘No Frills, which should be out next week.”

Ms. Midler also just completed a children’s fantasy book, “The Saga of Baby Divine,” due out in September, Hervey said.

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