Monthly Archives: March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

“I opened the door for trashy singers with big tits”

New York Daily News Bette Midler on reissuing her 1980 memoir: ‘I opened the door for trashy singers with big t-ts’ The Divine Miss M talked with The News about her memoir ‘A View from Abroad,’ reissued this year thanks to demand from her fans. BY MARGARET EBY Monday, March 31, 2014, 2:00 AM ...  Read More

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Bette Midler To Appear On The Insider ~ TV Guide Channel ~ Thursday April 3

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Friends – Parkinson – Bette Midler

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Photo: The Divine Miss M Tour

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Photo: Up The Ladder To The Roof

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Bette Midler Sings The Rose At Bunny Mellon’s Funeral

Washington Post By Roxanne Roberts, Published: March 28  BaltoBoy Bette Scans 052 Frank Langella was a young actor in 1961 when Bunny Mellon walked into a Cape Cod, Mass., summer playhouse looking for her daughter, Eliza. The two chatted briefly and a few days later he was invited to a small lunch at her home. There were eight people: Bunny and her husband, Paul; Langella; Eliza; Noel Coward; Adele Astaire and . . . old friends of the hosts President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. It was, Langella said, the beginning of an extraordinary 53-year friendship with the woman who changed his life. The actor gave one of the many tributes to Mellon, who died last week at 103 and was laid to rest Friday in the Mellon family plot in Upperville, Va. Kennedy confidante and arts patron Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon dies: Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, a close friend of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis who redesigned the White House Rose Garden, died at age 103. An overflowing crowd streamed to the Trinity Episcopal Church. Four generations of her family, longtime friends, dozens of the employees who worked for her, members of the community and just a few famous faces: Langella, singer Bette Midler, former senator John Warner (who was once married to Mellon’s stepdaughter, Catherine), and — perhaps the most surprising of all — former senator John Edwards (D-N.C.), who dragged the then-100-year-old heiress into the headlines with his failed 2008 presidential campaign and his extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter. One advantage of a long life is the ability to plan every detail of your funeral; for Mellon, it was rare peek under the veil of privacy she so closely guarded. Renown for her attention to detail, she set the understated service at her beloved Trinity, a gift from the Mellons to Upperville. Completed in 1960, it was inspired by 12th-century French churches, and all the stone and woodwork was handmade by local artisans in the tradition of medieval craftsmen. Normally, no flowers are displayed during Lent: Given Mellon’s great love of gardening, church officials made an exception and there were two modest bouquets from her greenhouse. “Like the flowers she so loved to tame, she brought me into bloom,” Langella explained. Mellon, he said, taught a rough Jersey kid how to listen, dress, never be vulgar, respect all people, be humble, avoid hubris, write thank-you notes, never boast, be curious and “above all, be loyal.” She never walked red carpets, never gave self-promoting interviews, never sought the spotlight in any way. “Can you think of anyone in her position — anyone at all — whose face has appeared so rarely in newspapers?” he asked. “In a world that has become so loud, so obvious, so unappreciative of reflection and silence, your quiet, gentle, simple, loving voice must stay alive in each and every one of us.” Rachel Lambert Mellon — she could never shake her childhood nickname “Bunny” — was shy, rarely photographed publicly and never willingly the center of attention. She preferred the aristocratic discretion of old money, and there was always money: Her grandfather invented Listerine; her father ran Gillette. Her first husband was a wealthy businessman and horse breeder; her second, Paul Mellon, was one of the richest men in the world. They lived the quiet life of the very, very rich in Virginia’s horse country: collecting art, horse racing and flying between Oak Spring Farms, their 4,000-acre estate in Upperville, and their other properties around the world. But her greatest passion was horticulture — flowers, trees, anything that grew. That led to one of the world’s great collections of rare landscape design and gardening books and an invitation from her dear friend Jacqueline Kennedy to redesign the White House Rose Garden. “Granbunny” had the gift, said her grandson Stacy Lloyd IV, of finding the best in the simplest things: the smell of grass, the sound of water against a wood boat, the feel of the wind on her face. “She has taught me how to find beauty in everything,” Lloyd told the congregation. Jackie once teased her: “Bunny, you think all your ducks are swans.” At the end of the tributes, Midler — wearing a black dress and a “Bunny Blue” scarf, performed “The Rose.” The singer’s presence at the service was a surprise to many, who never realized that Midler and Mellon were friends. The two women met through event planner Robert Isabell, one of Mellon’s closest friends, but — as was her style — kept their friendship private and out of the media. If it was a treat to see Midler sing, it was shocking for many Mellon loyalists to see Edwards stroll across the cobblestones toward the church. During his 2008 presidential campaign, he charmed the aging heiress into donating more than $700,000 (“Bunny Money”) that is believed to have gone to personal expenses for mistress Hunter. The money wasn’t the real outrage; it was drawing her into a messy, public scandal. (It was, she later told Langella, as he recounts in his memoir, “my own damn fault . . . you know I’m weak on good looks.”) It’s unclear whether the disgraced politician was forgiven by his benefactor: The service was open to the public, so it was impossible to determine if he was welcome or if this was another stop on the Edwards Redemption Tour. Edwards and his eldest daughter, Cate, arrived too late to be seated in the church and were directed to a side building, where they joined the overflow crowd. After the service ended, Edwards stood near the gravesite, then worked the crowd. By then, the cold rain of the morning had given way to sun and blue skies. A tenor sang “Shenandoah” at Mellon’s grave, and the foxhounds from the annual hunt on her estate gave a final tribute in her honor for an era ended. Heiress Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon Dies At 103 Obituary: Rachel “Bunny” Mellon / Rose Garden designer and Mellon heiress ‘Bunny’ Mellon, Billionaire Snared in Edwards Trial, Dies at 103 Kennedy confidante Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon dies at 103

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Former Harlette Charlotte Crossley To Join Friends On The 20 Feet From Stardom Experience Tour

THE EXPERIENCE TOUR PROMOTIONAL FLYER Be on the lookout for Charlo and friends on the 20 Feet From Stardom Experience Tour! Dates and places will be announced soon. Just keep looking out for more information! 20 Feet From Stardom just recently won an Oscar for Best Documentary! Should be a fantastic show!
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Harry Connick, Jr., Guest Performer At Hulaween

NYSD Hulaween & Halloween Oct 31, 2013 BetteandHarry_final2 For one night, the Waldorf=Astoria on Park Avenue was turned into a voodoo-infused bayou for guests attending the star-studded-always-sold-out annual Hulaween Gala Benefit for Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP). Guests were invited to unleash their ghastly, ghostly and ghoulish imaginations in the evening’s New Orleans-inspired festivities, hosted by Judy Gold, with a costume contest judged by Michael Kors, a performance by Harry Connick, Jr., and a world-class menu designed by chef John Besh. Joining Ms. Midler and Martin von Haselberg, Harry Connick, Jr. and Jill Goodacre, Judy Gold, Michael Kors and Lance LePere, were Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Billy Crystal, Questlove, Nina Garcia, Glenn Close and David Shaw, John Heilemann, Kate Lear and Jon LaPook, John Demsey, Clifford Ross, Linda Allard, Jurate Kazickas and Roger Altman, Margo and Jimmy Nederlander, Tonne Goodman, Tim DiSalvo, Paul Cavaco, Behnaz Sarafpour, Lauren Buccellati, Kathy and Ben Needell, Dick and Ellen Levine, Todd DeGarmo, Amy Freitag – Executive Director of NYRP, and legions of other generous donors. NYRP is a non-profit organization dedicated to reclaiming and restoring New York City parks, community gardens and open space in under-resourced communities. Unlike traditional conservancies that care for a specific place, NYRP works citywide, bringing private resources to spaces that lack adequate municipal support. In partnership with the City of New York, NYRP is also leading MillionTreesNYC – an initiative to plant and care for one million new trees throughout the five boroughs; nearly 800,000 trees have been planted, with the 1 millionth tree slated to go in the ground by fall 2015, two years ahead of schedule. Since the organization’s founding by Bette Midler in 1995, NYRP has achieved dramatic results by investing in the greening and beautification of communities in need throughout New York City. NYRP staff, AmeriCorps members, and community and corporate volunteers have planted hundreds of thousands of trees, shrubs and flowers to support the restoration of public parks and community gardens; restored and revitalized four city parks in Northern Manhattan, and currently maintain Sherman Creek Park and Highbridge Park; and removed over 2,150 tons of garbage from the City’s green spaces. Ms. Midler presented Michael Kors with the “Wind Beneath My Wings” Award for Leadership. As a master of visual communication and storytelling, Douglas Little Creative transformed the Waldorf Ballroom and stage into a steaming French Quarter nightspot by way of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” with a few Vampires thrown in for good measure. Added to the mix were the requisite Hula Dancers and non-traditional “traditional” Halloween objects that summoned the spirits to LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL. Co-Chairs for the evening were: Linda Allard; The Coca-Cola Company; Todd DeGarmo; The Durst Organization; Vernon Evenson; and Ignatius J. Reilly. For more information on NYRP and its various programs please visit www.nyrp.org
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Video: Frank DeCaro interviews Bette Midler at Hulaween 2013

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Bette Midler To Appear On CBS This Morning Tuesday April 1

1604783_10203251675914780_1214275870_n On April 1 Bette will be chatting with Gayle King on CBS This Morning about her 1979 book, View From A Broad
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