BootLeg Betty

“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

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Thirty-four years after she first published her memoir “A View from A Broad,” Bette Midler has some advice for her younger self.

“Keep your figure,” Midler, 68, joked to the Daily News. “I had just come off the road. I had two years when I was working out all the time; I think I weighed like 90 pounds. Those were the days.”

The Divine Miss M, as Midler is known to her fans, wrote her memoir in 1980, fresh off her first world tour. The book is being reissued with a new introduction from Midler thanks to popular demand. And, Midler says, her aesthetic is as central to pop culture now as it was then.

“I opened the door for trashy singers with big t-ts,” Midler said. “And none of them ever called to say thank you. I saw Miley Cyrus onstage wearing pasties and a G-string, and never got a thank you note.”

The book, a scrapbook-like collection of notes and photos from the tour, has plenty more of that famous Midler wit and, the “Wind Beneath My Wings” singer says, she wouldn’t change much of it.

“Maybe a little editing would have been in order,” Midler said. “But I’ll tell you, I really enjoyed (revisiting) it. I thought it was bright, brash, silly and irreverent.”

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