Monthly Archives: July 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Director William Friedkin: Bette’s Mae West Will Be A Musical

William Friedkin Makes a Midler Musical, Defends Digital, Restores ‘Sorcerer,’ Reveres Old Studios
JULY 31, 2014 5:25 PM


The whip-smart husband-and-wife team of director William Friedkin (“The French Connection“) and Sherry Lansing, the producer (“Fatal Attraction”) and first woman studio head at Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount, visited the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic this month, where I sat down with each of them. Here’s Lansing, and below is my free-wheeling conversation with Friedkin. Read More

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BetteBack March 1, 1986: Will Bette Play In “Down And Out” Series?

Winnipeg Free Press
March 1, 1986


Ingenuity, as well you know, never lets up in Hollywood or its environs.

Down and Out in Beverly Hills — about a wealthy hanger-maker with a wife, a daughter, a son, a dog and a free-loading bum — has done well in moviehouses since it opened a few weeks ago. Already, the three U.S. networks are fighting to acquire the rights for a sitcom.

We doubt very much that Bette Midler or Mike The Dog would want to do a series but money does talk.

The Top 5 Bette Midler Movies List Read More

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Bette Midler Visits Her Former Harlette Linda Hart & the Cast of Piece of My Heart




Bette Midler took a field trip to the Pershing Square Signature Center to catch Piece of My Heart and visit a dear friend—Linda Hart, who appeared in Midler’s trio of backup singers, the Harlettes, in the ‘70s and ’80s. Composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman were also on hand to catch the new musical and reunite with Hairspray alum Leslie Kritzer. Click to see the stars’ visit on July 29, 2014!

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BetteBack January 31, 1986: Roger Ebert Reviews “Down And Out”

Roger Ebert
January 31, 1986


Buddy Hackett once said that the problem with Beverly Hills is, you go to sleep beside your pool one day and when you wake up you’re 75 years old. “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” understands that statement inside-out.

It tells the story of a rich family that lives in the timeless comfort of a Beverly Hills mansion – in the kind of house where they use Architectural Digest for pornography. One day a bum wanders down the alley and into their backyard and tries to drown himself in their swimming pool. After he is saved, he changes their lives forever. Read More

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Today Is The Re-Release Of “Songs For The New Depression”

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Watch “Beaches” Performed By This Gay Comic In Less Than Four Minutes (Thanks Andy!)

Some queens will look for any reason to show off their Bette Midler impersonations. Add out comic performer Micah McCain to the list. The triple-threat entertainer takes aim at the gay-worshipped 1988 Midler-Barbara Hershey tearjerker Beaches and offers his singular take on the film’s highlights — except, oddly, it’s famous theme song “The Wind Beneath My Wings” — in less than four minutes. Brava!

Check it out below.

The Top 5 Bette Midler Movies List

Film Review: Beaches (1988) by Garry Marshall – Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey star in a film about the arch of a friendship through love, jealously and illness Read More

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Help Bette Reach Her Goal!


We’ve passed the  $30,000.00 mark on our Stages For Success fundraiser and I’m absolutely thrilled with the response we have gotten so far! Matthew McConaughey, Gwenyth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Gloria Estefan, and so many others from the entertainment community have remembered how important their own arts education was to their careers and stepped up to help our kids. I’m ferklempt!

A diva’s work, however, is never done: we’re in the final week of our CrowdRise campaign, and we have to raise a total of  $50,000.00 order to complete our Far Rockaway, Queens project in time for the 2014-2015 school year. I’m just itching to give away these ukeleles!

Please, help our kids to sing out and pass this on to your friends: I’m counting – and matching – every dollar raised!

Bette Midler

Our mailing address is:

The Jeckyl Foundation

700 12th Avenue South

suite 201

Nashville, TN 37203.

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**~BetteUcation~** ~ Rocky



Bette was offered the role of Adrian in Rocky.

“One supporting role I should have taken, if my then-manager hadn’t turned it down, was the Talia Shire role in Rocky. I’d still like to work with Sylvester Stallone. There’s something about those beefy Italians that turns me on. But when he sent over the Rocky screenplay, my manager told me it was a nice role, a nice movie, but not for me. When I saw Rocky, I was really sad that I’d lost the chance to play that girl.” Read More

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

BetteBack February 14, 1986: Comedy is down but not out in new film

Joplin Globe
Comedy is down but not out in new film
February 14, 1986


Dave Whiteman made a fortune
manufacturing clothes hangers for
hotels and motels. Jerry Baskin
spent his time on the streets, scavenging
for food and surviving the
best he could.

Director Paul Mazursky took
those two characters and, throwing
in a few cheap but delightful shots at
the bourgeoisie, made a motion picture
that is as varied as the main
characters’ lifestyles.

Throughout most of the film,
Down and Out in Beverly Hills has
all the class and style of Whiteman’s
autos (a Mercedes and a Rolls
Royce), sleek and fast with a touch
of elegance. Read More

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Friday, July 25, 2014

BetteBack January 28, 1986: ‘You mean I won’t live forever?’

Bette Midler in the fast track
Bette Midler interviews are funny, witty, stimulating.
By David Hinckley
New York Daily News
January 28, 1986


It is suggested to Bette Midler
she will run out of time before she
runs out of ideas. Her reply is swift,
without trace of a smile.

“Oh no, don’t SAY that,” she
says. “You mean I won’t live forever?”
Trying to pin Bette Midler down
in a phrase or two is like trying to
play Name That Tune with the
motorman on a moving subway
train. Under anything resembling
normal circumstances, it cannot be
done. Read More

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