Monthly Archives: January 2015

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Rare Footage Captures Bette Midler’s 1971 Farewell Performance At NYC Gay Bathhouse


This is my 800th farewell appearance here at the Continental Baths,” jokes a much younger Bette Midler after a rousing opening number singing The Carpenters’ “Friends.” She continues, “I didn’t expect to be back so soon…They had me booked at Fire Island…I was supposed to work at Cherry Grove — I was supposed to sing. But they couldn’t find room for me in the bushes.”

In this stunning archival footage, we see what is thought to be Bette’s actual farewell appearance at the Baths, the now-iconic relic of a pre-AIDS existence in the late 60s, early 70s. Read More

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Lily Tomlin Has First Leading Role Since Big Business!

In Grandma, Lily Tomlin has first leading role in a film in 27 years – and she’s playing a bisexual poet

Comedy legend was last above title in 1988’s Big Business opposite Bette Midler in 1988



The last time Lily Tomlin had a starring role in a film, the Berlin Wall was still standing, Ronald Reagan was president of the US and it still would be 16 more years before the launch of Facebook.

But the 75-year-old comedy legend is back above the title in the comedy Grandma which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. Read More

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Friday, January 30, 2015

BetteBack November 13, 1988: Bette Signs On To Oliver And Company

Syracuse Herald Journal
November 13, 1988


Animation is painstaking, time-consuming work. For every 5 to 7 feet of-hand-drawn figures, amounting to a fleeting five seconds on screen, an artist labors an entire week.

One 70-minute feature film, like the studio’s new release, “Oliver and Company,” which opens nationwide Friday, spreads over four years. A full year of that four is. devoted solely to the animation.

It seems hardly worth the trouble. But within four years, the number of animators at the Disney emporium has leaped from 170 to 400, causing the one-floor building in suburban Glendale to strain at the seams. Read More

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

BetteBack November 13, 1988: Bette Midler Gets Early Oscar Buzz For Beaches

Pacific Stars And Stripes
November 13, 1988


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar campaigns begin earlier every year, and already the guns of autumn are firing for such potential nominees as Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, Sigourney Weaver and Don Ameche.

The studios and publicity offices are readying trade paper ads to offer films and performances “for your consideration.” The champ in that department is Tom Hanks.

THE AFFABLE Hanks has been the subject of the biggest publicity blitz since last year’s blast for Cher, who ended up with the best-actress Oscar for “Moonstruck.” Read More

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Bette Tweets: 2015 Tour

100 days until the tour starts! The countdown is on….and I’m off to start packing!

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We Are The World Turns 30!

USA Today
We Are the World‘ at 30: 12 tales you might not know
Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY 10:11 a.m. EST January 28, 2015

The all-star recording session for We Are the World, the biggest charity single of all time, took place 30 years ago Wednesday.

On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa. Most of that show’s winners — including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons — participated. Read More

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Darlenne Love’s Upcoming Album Will Feature Bette Midler Duet

Mister D: Just found out this will be the same song that’s on Bette’s album!


Longtime fan Steven Van Zandt is producing an album for Love with material written specifically for her by himself as well as by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Dion, Joan Jett, and Jimmy Webb. The album also will feature a duet with Bette Midler.

Ronnie Spector Credits Bruce Springsteen With Saving Her Life Say It Ain’t So, Joe: Runaways creator Kim Fowley dies aged 75

Perry Keyes Preps Two Albums For 2015 Read More

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Who’s getting excited about the upcoming tour?

Who’s getting excited about the upcoming tour?


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Bette-Toons by Scott Clarke


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BetteBack October 30, 1988: Lainie Kazan Plays Bette Midler’s Mother In Beaches

Anderson Herald Bulletin
October 30, 1988


QUESTION: What’s this about Lainie Kazan, the ever-chubby singer-actress, losing a lot ofweight? Is she sick or something? CW

ANSWER: It’s true that Lainie has dropped some weight. But she did it voluntarily; It had nothing to do with being sick. In quite another sense, however, Kazan tells me she is indeed sick — sick of playing fatsos on the screen. Once a voluptuous sexpot nightclub singer, she now yearns for the old days. So she went on a tough diet-exercise regimen and dropped some 39 pounds. In her latest flick, “Beaches,” opposite Bette Midler, Lainie plays yet another overweight mama. The film is due around Christmas. After that, she promises, It’s going to be strictly lithesome Lainie. Read More

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