By Robin Adams Sloan
August 28, 1973
Q: Where’s that divine Bette Midler these days? I saw her on TV a few times, but nothing new lately.â€”P.W., Savannah, Fla.
A: The Divine Miss M sings the theme song “Friends” in the new hit film, “The Last of Sheila.” She is busy now making an album with material ranging from “Higher and Higher” to “Chattanooga Choo Choo.”
Three ABC–TV specials are scheduled beginning next March. Bette is also preparing for a 30-stop tour opening at the Mississippi River Festival in Edwardsville, III., on August 28 and ending in Philadelphia on Nov. 28.
She was to play a Broadway role as a girl who tries to transform herself into Barbra Streisand, but her manager nixed this. Bette is struggling over which direction her career should take. She doesn’t want to be a “freak attraction.”