Zoomer Magazine Happy Birthday, Bette Midler! PEOPLE Thursday, December 1, 2011 The youth of today might believe that the crazy costumes and antics of stars like Lady Gaga are original ideas. When, in fact, we Zoomers know musical icons like Bette Midler were the first to appear on stage in shell-shaped contraptions and push the theatrical envelope. And today the singer and comedian turns 66! In honour of Midlerâ€™s birthday, enjoy this blast from the past of the star being interviewed while wearing a mermaid tail.