Farmington Daily Times
January 3, 1986
NEW YORK (AP) – Bette Midler hasnâ€™t lost any of her punch, including the ones that land below the belt. But she may have to quit singing her theme song, â€œFriends,” after certain celebrities hear her new album.
The title may just say it all: â€œMud WILL Be Flung Tonight.â€ She talked about her latest work one recent afternoon at her New York loft. Thereâ€™s a new movie, â€œDown and Out in Beverly Hills,â€ as well as her comedy LP, which recalls some of the wickedness of her early days when she wisecracked to a mostly gay audience at New Yorkâ€™s Continental Baths.
â€œItâ€™s not a lot of mud, itâ€™s just twit mud,â€ she said, with a mock pout.
As for having any friends left after the albumâ€™s release, she took a thoughtful pull on a cigarette, and laughed: â€œI didnâ€™t have any friends when I started.â€
From quips about Bruce Springsteen (â€œBruce, you look good. What happened?â€ ) to imitations of Meryl Streepâ€™s accent to merciless digs at Sally Fieldâ€™s screeching â€œYou like me!â€ Academy Award acceptance speech, Miss Midlerâ€™s album proves sh e â€™s not only d iv in e , s h e â€™s diabolical.
In fact, the album is just good, foul-mouthed fun, and it carries a disclaimer sticker: â€œThis album contains material that may be deemed offensive by Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and Prince. For adults only.â€
Midler also sings several songs, including a ditty about the invention of the brassiere, and reprises the Sophie Tucker routines from her â€œDe Tourâ€ tour of 1982-83.
But what Miss M was really up to in much of 1985 was shooting a movie with a few of Hollywoodâ€™s bad boys, appearing at benefits, including the Live Aid concert and getting to know her husband of one year.
â€œ I finished a film with … Nick Nolte and Richard Dreyfuss, and that was a great experience,â€ she said. â€œDick Dreyfuss was hysterically funny and charming, and Nick Nolte was great, too. The three of us have not the best reputations in town … but we were good. We were all on real good behavior and very supportive of one another and it was tremendous.â€
The movie, which opens Jan. 30, is a remake of the Jean Renoir classic, â€œBoudou Saved From Drowning,â€ with Nolte playing a bum who tries to drown himself in the swimming pool of a Beverly Hills family.
â€œThe husband (Dreyfuss) is having a kind of crisis and he invites the bum to stay over, much to the chagrin of the wife, and that’s the character I play,â€ she said. â€œThe bum sort of turns the household inÂ side out and gets them to take a good, hard look at the frivolity and silliness of their ways.