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BetteBack August 24, 1986: Bette Casting shocks jet-setting socialite

Salina Journal
August 24, 1986

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PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Casting Bette Midler to star in the film about the Venezuelan freighter that beached in the posh backyard of
heiress Mollie Wilmot has shocked the jet-setting socialite.

“She’s a wonderful actress, but she’s terrible for the part,” Wilmot said when she learned who would portray her in Walt Disney‘s Touchstone Films production, “Palm Beached.”

Wilmot wouldn’t say why the Divine Miss M waswrong for the part or disclose who she’d prefer instead.

Midler recently starred as a rich housewife in Disney’s first movie for the mainstream market, Midler “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.”

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