BootLeg Betty

Bette Midler’s bad back opens the door for Helen Mirren

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Bette Midler’s bad back opens the door for Helen Mirren
by LIZ SMITH on JULY 25, 2011


BACK PROBLEMS sidelined Bette Midler and she was forced to leave the HBO production of the as-yet untitled Phil Spector biopic. This is a real pity because it is a dramatic role and would have shown off Bette’s acting chops. (The movie delves into the relationship between Spector — played by Al Pacino – and his attorney Linda Kenney Baden, while Spector was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson.)

But what a replacement HBO found! The great Helen Mirren. HBO did well by Dame Helen with its miniseries “Elizabeth I,” for which Helen won an Emmy. David Mamet has written the Spector script and is directing.

A speedy recovery to our showgirl, Bette, and her herniated disk.

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