Monthly Archives: April 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

BetteBack July 14, 1989: Bette To Film ‘A View From A Broad’

Sitka Daily Sentinel
July 14, 1989


Bette Midler will film her book “ A View From a Broad.” Unless someone decides sh e ’s not the type, Bette will play herself. …

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Do I have to wear a suit? (Bette Midler Mention)

Do I have to wear a suit?
Intimidated by the big bad world of workwear? Here are some pointers
By Grainne Morrison
April 20, 2015


If you’re lucky enough to have bagged a summer internship or, better yet, a graduate job, you’ll have no undoubtedly started wondering whether your beloved jumper-and-leggings combo will work in the office. Most likely the answer is no. The days of comfortable and clashing outfits are over—it’s time to get serious. Sadly, it is very easy to lose one’s sense of style in the midst of spreadsheet reports and coffee runs, but how you present yourself can affect the direction of your future career. If you dress well now, you’ll be able to afford to dress well forever. Focus on these following pointers and soon enough, Best Dressed status will be in your grasp. Perhaps even along with paid work. Read More

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Mother’s Eyes

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‘Beaches’ Musical announces new creative team

Chicago Tribune
Beaches‘ Musical announces new creative team
By Johnny Oleksinski
April 22, 2015


“Beaches, A New Musical” — based on Iris Rainer Dart‘s novel that also inspired the popular Bette Midler film — playing the Drury Lane Theatre this summer, has announced a formidable creative team.

Boasting relevant Broadway and off-Broadway credits, this group’s involvement in the production lends credence to what Drury Lane is calling a “pre-Broadway musical.” Read More

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Midler’s Almost-Forgotten Debut Album Still Remains A Classic Of The ’70s Nostalgia/Camp Boom

The A.V. Club
With The Divine Miss M, Bette Midler went from bathhouses to The Tonight Show
Midler’s almost-forgotten debut album is a classic of the ’70s nostalgia/camp boom.
By Noel Murray Apr 28, 2015 12:00 AM


Permanent Records is an ongoing closer look at the records that matter most.

On May 21, 1992, NBC aired the penultimate episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, which included one of the most memorable images in the show’s history: Bette Midler, softly speak-singing the Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer favorite “One For My Baby (And One More For The Road),” while the camera catches an enraptured Carson watching from his desk. Carson and Midler had history. She was a frequent guest over the previous 20 years, since first appearing on the New York City incarnation of the Carson Tonight Show in the early ’70s. She was even briefly the opener for Carson’s Las Vegas stand-up act. That night in 1992, they looked like old friends and even older showbiz pros—representatives of a fading era. Read More

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Bette Midler In The 1971 Musical Production Of The Who’s Tommy (Thanks Stephen!)




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BetteBack July 2, 1989: What Was The Reason For The Feud Between Ken Wahl And Bette Midler?

Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
July 2, 1989


Q: What’s the reason for the feud between Bette Midler and actor Ken Wahl? Who did what to whom? — Debbie F., Phoenix, Ariz.

A: Tempers of both stars flared when they co-starred in the ’82 film, “Jinxed.” Mincing no words, Midler meowed, “Working with people who want you to fail is the most dangerDus thing you can do.” While “Wiseguy” Wahl wailed that he had to think of his dog to bring himself to kiss Midler in the movie. To nobody’s surprise, the “Jinxed” film finally failed at the box office. Read More

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How ‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ Captured the Terror of Love

The Atlantic
How ‘When a Man Loves a Woman‘ Captured the Terror of Love
The late Percy Sledge‘s best-known hit portrays one-sided, obsessive infatuation, which is part of what makes it such a classic.


To hear Percy Sledge tell it, the melody for “When a Man Loves a Woman” lived in his head long before he recorded the song that would be his first single, and the first Southern soul song to go No. 1 on the pop charts. “I hummed it all my life, even when I was picking and chopping cotton in the fields,” Sledge, who died today at age 73, told the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame biographers upon his induction in 2005. Read More

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Delta Dawn

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