6 Of Bette Midlerâ€™s Best On-Screen Shit Fits
posted on Oct. 3, 2014, at 10:05 p.m.
With Halloween only a few weeks away, many of us will be celebrating with a screening of our old favorite, Hocus Pocus. In preparation, let us now bear witness to the ranting and raving magic of Bette Midlerâ€™s best on-screen shit fits.
6. Down and Out in Beverly Hills: Bette vs. Richard Dreyfuss
If thereâ€™s one thing this list proves, Midler excels at portraying frantic rich bitches, in this case, one whose husband allows a â€œderelictâ€ to move in to their mansion. â€œHe could steal everythingâ€”and then murder us in our beds!â€ she brays in a full-length fur coat. â€œIs that what you want, another Manson murder?!â€
Is there really any question as to who will come out on top in this grudge match? The verbal spars â€œ(And thanks to Cherâ€™s pioneering efforts, you still havenâ€™t hit puberty!)â€ turn physical as Bette hurls Goldieâ€™s Golden Globe across the room, then caps it off by referring to her as â€œsome Beverly Hills science project.â€ Now thatâ€™s dry-ice cold!
4. Beaches: Bette vs. Barbara Hershey
Slow build to seething rage and a good, old-fashioned storm-out in this classic 80s department store scene. â€œAt least I belong to myself, which is more than I can say for you. Iâ€™m doing what I set out to do, remember? Iâ€™m living the life you didnâ€™t have the courage for! So donâ€™t give me jealous. Youâ€™re so jealous you can hardly breathe!â€ Sadly, later in the film, we witness Barb take her final, extremely jealous breath.
3. Big Business: Bette vs. Bette
Thereâ€™s that saying about being your own worst enemy. Well, when power executive Bette stumbles upon her long-lost country bumpkin twin for the first time, the toilet plunger gets to swinginâ€™!
Trading bathroom tools for kitchen implements, Barbara Stone, perhaps Betteâ€™s most berserk character, utilizes a coffee mug and electric hand mixer to fend off her captor. In the end, only chloroform can bring Bettezilla to her knees.
Rumors (and confirmation) of behind-the-scenes drama between these two leading ladies amped up this solid 90-second death-room blowout. Leave it to Le Midler to give a morgue so much life.