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BetteBack September 16, 1991: Gala raises $1 million to fight AIDS; Bette Midler Honored

Syracuse Herald Journal
September 16, 1991

5-15-2010 9-51-09 PM

LOS ANGELES — A glitzy show billed as Hollywood’s largest effort ever to fight AIDS has raised more than $1 million, and some who performed in the gala affair criticized what they called industrywide discrimination against actors with AIDS.\\\

Entertainment notables such as Bette Midler, Carol Channing, Tyne Daly, David Lee Roth and Melissa Manchester attended the benefit Sunday at the Universal Amphitheatre in nearby Universal City. Funds raised will go to AIDS Project Los Angeles, which provides a variety of services to people stricken with acquired immune deficiency syndrome.

A poignant part of the show came when actor Richard Dreyfuss — star of such films as “American Graffiti,” “The Goodbye Girl” and “What About Bob” — read from a letter by the widow of Brad Davis, an actor who died of complications of AIDS Sept.6 at the age of 41.

Davis, who won a Golden Golden Globe award for his starring role in “Midnight Express,” learned he had AIDS in 1985, but < kept his disease a secret, fearing he couldn’t find work if it were known.

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