BetteBack December 10, 1991: Martha Raye Entertains Lawsuit Against Bette Midler Over ‘For The Boys’

Santa Ana Orange County Register
December 10, 1991

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Veteran comedian Martha Raye is hot to take Bette Midler to court over the movie “ For the Boys.”

Through her seventh husband, Mark Harris, Raye – who often entertained members of the armed forces before becominig a star of denture-adhesive commercials for television – said she gave Midler a 20-page treatment based on her military experience “ a few years ago” and didn’t get a dime for it.

Raye, 74, is bedridden as the result of a 1990 stroke.

“I have advised my wife to sue,” said Harris, 44. “I think once Martha had a stroke, Midler thought she was going to die and wouldn’t live to see the movie.’’ Midler’s spokeswoman did not return repeated phone calls.

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