Yearly Archives: 2013

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Bootleg Betty Is Officially Closed! Long Live Bette Midler!


It’s that time. Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty is officially closed. I will leave the site up for archival purposes, so I hope you can still enjoy and use that information.

Thank you all for the wonderful support over the years. I really appreciated the comments, facebook messages, emails, cards, and phone calls. It is quite overwhelming.

I’d like to thank a few people who have been instrumental in BLB’s success over the years: Darrell Redmond, Barry Shermer, Steve Weiner, Tom Miro, Sammy Miro, and Nicola Calder. They all helped with the foundation of the site. Read More

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BetteBack: Divine Miss M not so crazy

Madison Wisconsin State Journal
March 27, 1983


NEW YORK — All spruced up in V-necked cashmere, knit ties and tweed, walking sensibly in short chunky heels and plain cloth coats, couples collect at Philadelphia’s Academy of Music, the city’s most elegant hall.

Filing past posters advertising $2 tours, they move with the contentment of middle class and middle age toward their reserved, $30 seats.

But wait! A rising curtain reveals no rows of musicians outfitted in black tie and tails; not even a poised pianist emerges to greet the expectant horde. Instead, a smear of purple, a flash of pink, the rumble of a rock beat — and a diva of another disorder. Read More

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Bette’s Favorite Cook, Marcella Hazan Dies At Age 89

The Gothamist
Marcella Hazan, Beloved Italian Cookbook Author, Dies At 89
Sept 30, 2013

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The food world lost one of its most enduring figureheads over the weekend when legendary cookbook author Marcella Hazan passed away at age 89 at her home in Florida. A mentor to both luminaries in the professional culinary world as well as home cooks across the nation, Hazan brought simple, unaffected Italian food to the US through a series of six cookbooks, beginning with her seminal The Classic Italian Cook Book, published in 1973. She championed salt, scolded the overuse of garlic and famously made her tomato sauce with just tomatoes, onion and butter. Read More

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Betteback February 27, 1983: David Keith On Working With Bette In “The Rose”

Syracuse Herald American
February 27, 1983


He did his first film, “The Rose,” with Bette Midler, and, unlike some others who have worked with the lady, speaks well of her.

“When I was a sophomore in college, I slept overnight in an alley just to get tickets to one of her concerts, so when I was given a role in her film, I thought it was super,” he said.

“It was wonderful working with her. She did get mad, but every time she did, she was dead right. She said the plane was wrong, and it was. Read More

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Photo Quotes: Full Of Shit


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Friday, September 27, 2013

Transformed Space

Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Transformed Space
Sept. 27, 2013

Gil Hodges Community Garden Opening_CREDIT Mia McDonald (2)

The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) recently completed the renovation of its Gil Hodges Community Garden in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, thanks to support from Jo Malone London and a New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Green Infrastructure Grant.

The transformation turns the space into the first NYRP community garden with high-performance storm water infrastructure. The 3,140-square-foot garden is located at the flood-prone intersection of Carroll Street and Denton Place, an area regularly impacted by storm water runoff and industrial pollutants. NYRP resolved to address the immediate hydrological needs of the neighborhood by retrofitting the garden with permeable pavers, flood-tolerant plants and a rain garden. NYRP also installed a DEP-designed bioswale in the sidewalk adjacent to the garden that manages stormwater runoff from Denton Place and the sidewalk. In total, these components will manage 150,000 gallons of stormwater annually, thereby easing pressure on the City’s sewer system and reducing overflows into the Gowanus Canal. Read More

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BetteBack February 20, 1983: Bette On Nudity In Movies

Elyria Chronicle Telegram
February 20, 1983


BETTE MIDLER, in Rolling Stone, on whether she’d ever do a nude scene in a film: “I’ll never do a nude scene in pictures, never, ever. They couldn’t pay me enough. Because I don’t want people judging my parts. I would never give the public a chance to judge me in that personal fashion, to say, ‘Well, I wouldn’t exactly throw my wife out of bed over her.’ Let them judge my face, not my parts.

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