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BetteBack 1975: Bette Midler, Superstar guests on “Cher”

Corsicana Daily Sun
Bette Midler, Superstar guests on “Cher
February 9, 1975

Calling Bette Midler a singer is like calling a hot fudge sundae food—you’re right, but there is a lot more to It.

Miss Midler’s dynamic delivery and one-of-a-kind style have made her “The Divine Miss M” to thousands of devoted fans. Her records turn to gold, her concerts sell out overnight.

“I guess the extra Ingredient Is energy,” the flaming redhead explains in her distinctive New York twang. “I was hyperactive as a child, and I still can’t stay put.”

Miss Midler does everything but stay put when she guest stars on “Cher.” With this special, Miss Midler helps the glamorous singer-comedienne Cher celebrate her return to television.

Miss Midler’s self-admitted strong suit Is the music of the 1930’s and 1940’s, such as her hit “Boogie Woogle Bugle Boy,” which was originally a big Andrews Sisters number.

“I was fascinated by my parent’s records when I was growing up,” says Miss Midler. “I mean, what’s better than the Andrews Sisters? I started researching their era, listening to all the songs and absorbing stories about the stars. I sing contemporary numbers, too, but people have seized on the oldies. That’s my specialty.”

For the “Cher” special, Miss Midler displays a generous amount of acting and dancing talent, as well. “I wanted to be an actress,” she admits, “but I couldn’t fit any stereotype. I’m not a conventional person.”

For a woman who has made her personal style a national trademark. Miss Midler stiII has a sense of wonder about her great success. “Being called a star…a star! Can you beat that? It’s hard to believe It’s me they’re talking about. It all seems like a fairy tale to me.

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