Syracuse Herald Journal
October 26, 1989
Bette Midler testified in her $10 million lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. and an ad agency that a commercial in which a singer imitated her voice damaged her reputation irreparably.
The Grammy-winning singer and actress said one of her former backup singers was hired to perform the song “Do You Wanna Dance” for aÂ 1986 Mercury Sable commercial after she turned Ford down.
“I don’t do commercials,” she testified Wednesday. “I don’t believe in it. I resent people looking at that commercial and thinking that’s me. They think I sold out. It doesn’t matter if I win or lose this trial. The damage is done.”