February 3, 1989
â–º Entertainer BETTE MIDLER says her mother encouraged her, but her father didnâ€™t think much of her career choice.
â€œ (My father) was one of those pooh-poohers â€” â€˜Youâ€™ll never amount to a hill of beans.â€™ Maybe it was reverse psychology, hoping against
hope that I would amount to something, but it was pretty painful for a long time,â€™â€™ Midler told Parade magazine in this Sunday^ issue.
â€œHe couldnâ€™t keep me down,â€™â€™ said Midler. â€œI had too much inner belief. That came from my mother, who always said, â€˜Kid, youâ€™re going
to be fine.â€™â€™â€™
Although her father refused to attend her performances as her career took off, the pair had a reconciliation before his death in 1986,
Her flamboyant stage act doesnâ€™t reflect her upbringing.
â€œMy parents were two of the most conservative people youâ€™ve ever seen in your life. They never went to a movie. And we didnâ€™t get a TV
set until 1957 or a phone until 1962,â€ said Midler, whose latest film is â€œBeaches.â€