BetteBack 1975: Is Bette As Popular Offstage As She Is Onstage?

Anderson Herald Bulletin
August 9, 1975

I hear Bette Midler isn’t nearly so popular offstagc as she is onstage. True?–K. Denton. Newport, Ky.

Not on the evidence we have. During the New York turn of “Clams on the Half Shell.” .she ordered 70 picnic hampers from the Trattoria and Brasserie restaurants to he delivered !o the theater between shows on weekends, so there was no time for the cast and crew to go out lo dinner.

When Alexis Smith visited Bette backstage after one show, her dressing room was crowded and Alexis didn’t recognize Bette, with no makeup and her hair pulled back. “In fact, she was introducing herself to people,” said Alexis, who told Bette she was leaving for a Florida club date. With that Bette took her lo a corner and passed on some valuable tips about club work, a rare thing tor performers to do. They usually guard their”secrets” as closely as the Pentagon does.

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