Monthly Archives: August 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bette Midler’s Official Site ~ Update Coming Soon! Sign Up!

8-31-2013 4-39-50 PMBette Midler’s Official Site is getting a make over. Make sure to sign up on her site for updates! To sign up: Click Here
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Photo Quotes: After 30

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BetteBack October 14, 1982: Director Don Siegal Lashes Out At Bette Midler

Winnipeg Free Press October 14, 1982 309718_221842481222730_221327031274275_536697_1238104443_n Film director Don Siegel is really glad he’s finished with his film Jinxed and its star, Bette Midler. Getting the movie in the can, he says, was murder. “I’d let my wife, children and animals starve before I’d subject myself to something like that again,” says the 70-year-old Academy Award-winning director. He says working with the somewhat demanding and off-color Divine Miss M was “the worst experience” in his life. “It was absolute torture! I had to shoot some scenes three different ways. It wasn’t so much that Bette wanted changes. It was that she didn’t know what she wanted! And to a feisty veteran like me, it’s most annoying for someone like her — after making only two pictures —to think she knows everything about editing, directing and acting.” He says Midler became an enormous headache for everyone on the set. But … “The brass there was so in awe of her they let her do anything she wanted. Every time there was an argument — and there must have been 479,000 of them —they sided with Bette.” Despite it all, Siegel says Midler does a good job in the film and thinks it could be a winner. “I think they’ll be surprised at how good she turns out in this. I know I am.”
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Former Harlette Melissa Manchester Crowdfunds Next Album

Crowdfund Insider Melissa Manchester Hits the Crowdfunding Road for Next Album August 30, 2013 @ 4:08 pm By JD Alois 319498_221935684546743_221327031274275_537477_875727693_n Award winning recording artist Melissa Manchester is making her 20th album but instead of the traditional recording studio path she is financing it with crowdfunding, having launched a campaign on Indiegogo the 20th of August. Manchester is attempting to raise $70,000 to fund her first full length “album” in 9 years. “I had no idea what fan funding was or how to go about it until some of my students turned me on to the idea,” said Manchester, who teaches at USC’s Thornton School of Music, and is Artist in Residence at Citrus College in Southern California. “I have students bringing in their own CDs for me to hear, and I’m thinking ‘how are these kids getting this done without a label behind them?’ I am thrilled to be diving headfirst into these waters with my first new album in nine years, and with the support of loyal fans, I can’t wait to share what we’ve accomplished together.” The first single, popular with live audiences, is “Be My Baby”, made famous by the Ronettes. Due to the support of a longtime fan, it’s available for free download on Manchester’s web site. Melissa Manchester YoungAfter graduating from New York’s High School of the Performing Arts, Melissa enrolled in a songwriting class at NYU that was taught by Paul Simon. She then landed a staff writing job at Chappell Music and performed as a solo singer/pianist in the Greenwich Village club scene. There, she met Barry Manilow, who introduced her to Bette Midler, and Melissa became one of the founding members of Bette’s backup group, the Harlettes. A solo career followed, with more than 200 recorded songs spanning 19 albums and various film and television soundtracks, multiple Grammy nominations and the 1982 Grammy Award for Best Female Vocalist, Oscar nominations for her movie themes, and recordings of her compositions by such noted artists as Barbra Streisand, Dusty Springfield, Alison Krauss, Roberta Flack, Johnny Mathis, Kathy Mattea, Peabo Bryson, Cleo Laine and Barbara Cook, among others. She has composed for numerous films, including “Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp’s Adventure” and “Dirty Girl.” She collaborated with Kenny Loggins to co-write his 1978 hit duet with Stevie Nicks, “Whenever I Call You Friend.” As an actress, Melissa was a series regular in the TV hit “Blossom,” and performed with Bette Midler in the film “For The Boys.” She co-wrote the stage musical “I Sent a Letter to My Love,” co-starred with Kelsey Grammer in Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd,” and starred in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Song and Dance.”
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Join The First Bette Midler & Cher Forum • Foren-Übersicht

test29. Join The First Bette Midler & Cher Forum • Foren-Übersicht ~ two divas worth talking about. To join in on the conversation: CLICK HERE
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Bette Midler Jukebox ~ September Edition ~ Rare, Live, And Otherwise

Saturday Night Live - Season 4 Bette Midler Jukebox ~ September Edition ~ Rare, Live, And Otherwise ~ open for your listening pleasure….Click Here
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BetteBack September 14, 1982: People Magazines Best Dressed List

Santa Ana Orange County Register September 14, 1982 BaltoBoy_Bette_Scans_054 People ma’gazine has disclosed its most recent list of the planet’s best-dressed folk — all celebrities. They include PRINCESS DIANA, PRINCE CHARLES (“classic Savile Row wardrobe”), comedian STEVE MARTIN, movie star BROOKE SHIELDS (“a luxury item”), TV star VICTORIA PRINCIPAL, TV newscasters DIANE SAWYER and PETER JENNINGS, rock singers NINA HAGEN and RICK JAMES, writers TOM WOLFE and JUDITH KRANTZ, child actors GRIFFIN O’NEAL and DREW BARRYMORE, dancer MIKHAIL BARYSHNIKOV, baseball player STEVE GARVEY, golfer JAN STEPHENSON, actress SOPHIA LOREN and convicted murderer CLAUS VON BULOW. Entertainer BETTE MIDLER was admitted .to the clotheshorse hall of fame along with PRESIDENT and NANCY REAGAN. “Rocky”- maker SYLVESTER STALLONE managed a “most improved” citation, but booby prizes went out to actor TIM HUTTON, U.N. ambassador JEANE KIRKPATRICK, dancer ALEXANDER GODUNOV and starlet PIA ZADORA
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Thursday, August 29, 2013

BetteBack September 7, 1982: Bette Midlers Goal: Not to die dumb

Santa Ana Orange County Register September 7, 1982 BaltoBoy_Bette_Scans_090 “My big goal is not to die dumb,” says the divine Bette Midler to her questioner, Armistead Maupin, in a new, frank and revealing talk for Interview magazine. Midler fans should know that the diva has been photographed in four charming poses by Greg Gorman and she looks great. Of her recently completed movie, “Jinxed,” Bette comments that it was “the worst experience of my entire life. But it’s a good picture.” When Maupin asks how she coped with a co-star (Ken Wahl) who bad-mouths her to the press, Bette shrugs: “There is nothing one can do except be, you know, dignified. It’s hard to be dignified when one is covered with mud, but I’ve done the best I could.”
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bette Tweets: Linda Ronstadt

320342_299847283445065_264215873_n   Bette Midler ‏@BetteMidler Linda Ronstadt; one of the greatest voices in pop music, has contracted Parkinson’s disease. Thinking of her and wishing her all the best..
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Word Scramble: Song Titles

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