BetteBack – Friday, February 2, 1990: “I’ve got to say we’re on the pompous side”

Lethbridge Herald, The
No junk food for Midler’s daughter
Friday, February 2, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) – Actress-singer Bette Midler won’t let her three-year-old daughter, Sophie, watch television, eat junk food or stay up late because she doesn’t want her to “be jaded at eight.”

“I’ve got to say we’re on the pompous side,” Midler said of herself and her husband, Harry Kipper, in an interview in the Feb. 2 edition of USA Weekend.

“At first, I thought, ‘Well, gee, everyone’s going to think I’m a jerk. And then I thought I don’t care what they think. I want her to have a foundation in things the world considers good and artful.”

Midler said she nixed television for her daughter because the programming is too violent and the commercials are too sexual.

“We just do stuff together; we do a lot of construction paper, a lot of drawing, a lot of chatting, a lot of dancing around and making up stories and games and stuff,” she said.

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