“Does that mean I play a drag queen?”

Midler played high camp, and in a widely quoted negative review, Arthur Bell of the Village Voice said she resembled “a woman impersonating a man impersonating a woman.”

“Does that mean I play a drag queen?” Midler asked the Toronto press conference audience. “People still ask me if I’m a fairy. I mean, I’m not gay or bisexual or lesbian or any of that stuff, but I have a good ear for speech patterns. When I was working at the baths I could go there and feel right at home. I picked up the gay sense of humor, almost like a sponge. Since I moved out into the world a whole lot more, my personality has changed and even the sound of my voice has changed.” ( Bette Midler, 1980)


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