BetteBack: Bette Midler Honored At American Cinematheque’s 2nd Annual Motion Picture Ball

Stars shine for Midler
Wednesday. February 25 !987

Eleven former Harlettes. Bette MWer’s backup singers, sang “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from Company B” at the Hollywood Palladium to honor her at the American CinematheQue‘s 2nd annual Motion Picture Ball.

Actor-pianist Dudley Moore was host for the gathering, which was attended by such celebrities as Buck Henry; James Woods; Paul Mazursky, who directed Miss Midler in “Down and Out in Beverly
Hills”; Shelley Long, who co-starred with her in “Outrageous Fortune”; Joe Namath; Suzanne Somers; and Pee-wee Herman.

“I can’t believe everybody came out for me,” Miss Midler said, “especially considering I’ve been such a coot all my professional life.”

The gala Saturday drew nearly 1.300 people and raised more than $250,000 toward creation of American Cinematheque’s proposed year-round film and video festival to be based in Hollywood.

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