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BetteBack August 6, 1985: How did Bette Midler get started?

Mister D: A very confusing answer, at least to me!

Salina Journal
August 6, 1985

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Q. – How did Bette Midler get istarted? — G.B.

• A. — The Divine Miss M, currently lensing “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” — something she’ll never be now — came to New York from Hawaii, where she worked in a pineapple processing plant. She got her first paying job (after her now-famous stint at the Continental Baths as a singer) at a resort in the Catskills. Bette got a big $150 for the gig, part of which she had to pay her piano player — some unknown named Barry Manilow

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