Mister D: Yay for Bette and bully for some of you that thought it was cool! You know who you are. So does she!
THIS WEEK, the great performer who calls herself Bette Midler did it again – impressed an audience into falling in love with her once more and astounded an assembled group of New York City movers and shakers to wonder at her native intelligence and ready wit.
She was the star guest in a “conversation” put on at a private club, which shall remain nameless because it wants to be, talking with yours truly. We were ostensibly raising money for the Maria Droste Counseling Services, which provides psychiatric help to those who can’t afford it. But we were also simply, candidly and openly having a ball. When somebody asked Bette to field a question she’d never been asked before, the Divine Miss M retorted: “Would you like some jewelry?”
Bette has her own influential charity, The New York Restoration Project, which has changed NYC life. They pick up garbage, create new parks, and generally try to make this sprawling city a nicer place to live.
But Bette is for all smaller efforts and she scored with her upscale audience by saying that people who are mentally ill or have psychiatric problems seem to have the least number of advocates and the fewest persons trying to help them. So, Bette gave it her all.