Twin Falls Times News
April 7, 1989
Q: You mentioned in a recent column that two close friends of Bette Midler‘s died of AIDS. Articles about her latest movie, “Beaches,” have mentioned the tragedies in Bette’s personal life. Were they referring to her two friends? – J.B.
A: Bette had a close college friend who died tragically, and that friendship is echoed in the movie. But Bette has had more than her share of sorrow. A brother was born retarded, and one of her sisters was killed in a truck accident. Her
mother died of cancer and her father of a heart attack. As a close friend Said recently, “Bette knows what grief is all about and is one of the most compassionate people you’ll ever meet.”