30 Women Who Changed Our World

The Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Countdown to Connections 2012 — The Power of Passion Featuring Iris Krasnow: 30 Women Who Changed Our World
Posted on Tuesday Dec 27, 2011 12:00 AM

29. Bette Midler

“I’m working my way toward divinity.”

Bette Midler’s volcanic talent and drive to succeed in show business launched her from an uncredited role as a seasick passenger in the film adaptation of James Michener‘s Hawaii, to multiple Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy awards for her iconic performances in films like Ruthless People, Beaches and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. A uniquely gifted singer and stage performer, Midler earned her first of two Academy Award nominations for her performance as a drug-addicted rock idol in The Rose. She is equally at home singing jazz, pop, and dance music.

Bette Midler’s passion extends to repairing the world. She founded the New York Restoration Project, which rescues and restores neglected parks and community gardens in under-served neighborhoods in New York City, and was recognized for her commitment to open and green space with the National Audobon Society‘s Rachel Carson Award. She has adopted highways, supports reconstruction in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, and is assisting with ongoing earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.

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