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

Winnipeg Free Press
October 14, 1982

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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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