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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Bette Midler – From A Distance – The Grammy Awards – 1991

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I put up a wonderful front in A View from A Broad and I’m proud of it…

I put up a wonderful front in A View from A Broad and I’m proud of it. Writers should embroider stories all the time. They should entertain people and make them feel good. To entertain, you have to do a certain amount of acting, on the stage as well as on the page. My first book was a lot of acting.(Saturday Review, 1983) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Bette Midler – I’m Sorry – Kiss My Brass – 2004

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BetteBack June 21, 1995: Lisa Kudrow And Jennifer Anniston To Co-Host VH1 Honors

Daily News (Los Angeles, CA) June 21, 1995 | Marilyn Beck & Stacy Jenel Smith download From the inside looking out: “Friends” co-star Lisa Kudrow, who recently wed French advertising executive Michel Stern, has ended up with more hiatus time to enjoy her new marriage than she expected. The actress – part of a series team that has exploded in popularity – had expected to co-star in an independent feature film this summer, but, she says, “It didn’t work out. … I’m being very careful, because, especially now – when the series’ success is new – people are watching us and what we do. Of course, you can’t be too careful or you end up doing nothing.” Lisa is doing a big something Thursday night, when she joins castmate Jennifer Aniston in hosting the “VH1 Honors.” “Jennifer called and said, `Let’s do it,’ and it seemed like something fun and different,” she said of the show that’s set to include the likes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Vince Gill and Bette Midler. Lisa said she looks forward to showing that “I have a more sarcastic and deadpan sense of humor” than her series character, ditsy Phoebe, does. “Truth be told, Phoebe is the kind of person I would normally make fun of.”
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It’s best not to be too pompous about yourself…

It’s best not to be too pompous about yourself,” she says. “It’s better not to need a limousine for your head. Although people think I’m just Divine, I have my share of worries. I worry about growing old and losing my shape, my looks, my hair. As an entertainer, that’s my stock and trade. Oh, and I also worry that I don’t dance as well as Michael Jackson. (Saturday Review, 1983) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Bette Midler – Hey There – Kiss My Brass – 2004

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BetteBack June 21, 1995: `The Rose’ Still Blooms for McBroom

Chicago Sun-Times June 21, 1995 | Hedy Weiss 525093_277085722387888_1439776238_n Early in 1979, a girlfriend mentioned to Amanda McBroom that the producers of a new film, “The Rose,” were looking for songs from a variety of composers. “Well, I didn’t write rock ‘n’ roll songs, and this movie was based on the life of Janis Joplin,” McBroom said. “Then one day, I tried out a new song I’d written on my husband. And he turned to me and said, `Amanda, you’ve just written a standard.’ ” The film’s producers initially hated “The Rose” when they heard the song. “But the musical director, Paul Rothschild, loved it and sent it to Bette (Midler),” McBroom said. “And with her nod of approval, my life and career were changed forever.” Despite her neophyte status as a songwriter, McBroom held onto a piece of the song’s copyright. She could maintain a perfectly fine lifestyle just by living off her royalties from “The Rose.” “Bette had great success with the song,” said McBroom of “The Rose,” which won the 1979 Academy Award for best song. “But so did Conway Twitty, who cut it for Nashville and turned it into a huge hit all over again. And dozens of other wonderful singers have recorded it – everyone from Harry Belafonte and Judy Collins to Nana Mouskouri. It’s been recorded in at least six languages, too.” “My dream, though, is for Ray Charles or Aretha Franklin to do the song,” McBroom said. “I’d like them to take it into rhythm and blues or gospel.”
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Bette Midler – Divine Madness Trailer

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If you can accept your differentness and learn to love it and encourage it…

If you can accept your differentness and learn to love it and encourage it, then you can be someone wonderful. (Saturday Review, 1983) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Bette Midler – That Old Feeling – Part 2

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