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Saturday, April 30, 2016

What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Songs From Bette Midler’s Album, Bette?

What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Songs From Bette Midler‘s Album, Bette? That’s How Heartaches Are Made In These Shoes God Give Me Strength Just My Imagination Love TKO Moses Nobody Else But You Color Of Roses Bless you Child When Your Life Was Low Shining Star Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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I became more sure of myself as a person when I took the anti-advertising stand and decided I wouldn’t let them tell me what personality to have…

“I became more sure of myself as a person when I took the anti-advertising stand and decided I wouldn’t let them tell me what personality to have. When I decided that I didn’t want to look the way they wanted me to look and decided that I would look exactly the opposite way and do it just the opposite of the way they were telling me to do it. That’s when I took control of my own destiny and that’s when the success started happening.” Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Bette Midler – Pretty Legs – It’s Hot In Here – Soph Jokes – The Showgirl Must Go On – 2008

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BetteBack July 16, 1995: The Two Sides Of Bette Midler – Bette Of Roses

Pacific Stars And Stripes July 16, 1995 284576_324027501027043_1849880016_n Bette Midler‘s face breaks into an incandescent grin as she considers two titles she almost chose for her new album, “Bette of Roses.” “I toyed with the idea of calling it either ‘Mother* or ‘Mom’ ” she says, cackling mischievously. “I have this thing where people unload to me and tell me their stories, and I give them advice. I’m not sure how many lives I’ve mined, but I can’t seem to stop myself. It’s a very motherly thing to do.” Reflecting recently on her careers as a movie star, recording artist and stage entertainer — careers that seem to play hopscotch with one another — the 49-year-old Midler slips back and forth between two personas. One is the zany, enthusiastic and eternally childlike Miss M for whom life is a game of dressing up fabulously and acting out fantasies. The other persona, which Midler has described as “a housewife from Queens/’ is a pop sentimentalist partial to teary-eyed ballads and sudsy dramas like her most successful movie, “Beaches.” Midler’s three biggest hit records, “The Rose,” “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From a Distance,” have all been songs that played on this character’s heartstrings. This more serious side dominates “Bette of Roses” (Atlantic), her first album of new material in five years and her 16th in a recording career that began in 1972. Made up entirely of contemporary pop ballads, it dispenses completely with the sort of camp nostalgia favored by the Divine Miss M. “To Deserve You,” the first single to be released from the album, is an inspirational ballad written by Maria McKee that bursts with romantic adoration. “And if I could trade my voice/For the silence I know that you need/How I want/How I want to deserve you,” Midler belts. She describes the sound of her album as “mashed-potato music.” “The songs are nonjudgmental, I’llstand-by-you types of songs,” Midler says. “They’re very upbeat, with sweet, positive messages, and the production is very soothing and comforting. In other words, Mom.” One reason for the absence of playful novelties on the new album is Midler’s growing confidence as an emotional pop belter. “Bette’s voice has improved tremendously,” says Arif Mardin, who has produced her last few albums. “She has a beautifully controlled two-octave range.” Midler’s return to pop music coincides with a partial retreat from Hollywood, where she was a bankable star during much of the 1980’s. In that decade her string of hit movies included “Down and Out in Beverly Hills/’ “Ruthless People,” “Outrageous Fortune” and “Big Business” and culminated with “Beaches” in 1988. The bubble burst three years later with the commercial failure of “For the Boys,” the big-budget World War II musical that won her an Academy Award nomination but lost money. Since then, Midler has starred in only one picture, the 1993 Disney family comedy “Hocus Pocus,” which was unsuccessful. Although her movie career is far from over — a star vehicle directed by Martin Scorsese about the legendary New York saloonkeeper Texas Guinan is well into the planning stages — Midler’s days of putting movies above everything else have ended. In 1993 she triumphantly returned to the stage with “Experience the Divine,” her first touring show in a decade. It reminded her, she says, that playing before a live audience is her first love. The same year, a television adaptation of the classic Broadway musical “Gypsy,” starring Midler as Mama Rose, won high ratings. And there are plans for her to star in a made-for-television revival of the 1966 Jerry Herman musical “Mame” and possibly one of Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes/’ Looking back on her Hollywood years, Midler waxes alternately sweet and sour. “I had a lot of fun at Disney for the first five pictures,” she says. “But it got to a point where they wanted to do pictures with their own stamp and didn’t want to hire outside writers. They wanted to have their own people, who worked for their prices, reporting to them. That’s when things got dicey. And I had a big setback with For the Boys.’ Although I know privately what went wrong, I have no desire to point fingers. I was handsomely paid and did the best work I could, and people chose not to go to it. What can you do? You can’t put a gun to people’s heads and force them to go to your movie.” Since “For the Boys,” Disney has changed management Jeffrey Katzenberg left to found his own studio, DreamWorks, with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Midler has not made any movies under Disney’s new studio head, Joe Roth. Midler heartily concurs with the screenwriter William Goldman’s assessment of Hollywood in his book “Adventures in the Screen Trade,” in which he maintains that when it comes to making movies, nobody knows anything. “That’s it,” she says. “It’s a complete crapshoot. Integrity? What word is that? We don’t say that word in Hollywood. We don’t know what that word means in Hollywood. But I must say, that I think Marty Scorsese knows something. When he starts talking about film, you fall madly in love with it again. Remember how you used to feel? Somehow along the way, in making all these pictures, you lose sight of that. And then he starts talking about it, and you catch fire again.”

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    It’s best not to be too pompous about yourself. It’s better not to need a limousine for your head. Although people think I’m just ‘divine,’ I have my share of worries…

    “It’s best not to be too pompous about yourself. 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.” Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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    Bette Midler – The Rose – No Frills Special – October 20, 1983

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    Becky With The Good Hair finally reveals herself to Beyonce

    Daily Mirror Becky With The Good Hair finally reveals herself to Beyonce 15:17, 29 APR 2016 UPDATED 15:42, 29 APR 2016 BY SIMON KEEGAN 12934983_270321809975259_1059841687_n But who is that mystery woman and why are we whistling the Wind Beneath My Wings? Beyonce caused a stir when she referenced ‘Becky with the good hair’ on her new album Lemonade. The song seemed to suggest that she was forgiving the man in her life for cheating with the aforementioned Becky. A number of women were suggested as being the apocryphal Rebecca, including Rita Ora. The lyrics in question are: Big homie better grow up Me and my whoadies ’bout to stroll up I see them boppers in the corner They sneaking out the back door He only want me when I’m not there He better call Becky with the good hair He better call Becky with the good hair But now it seems Becky – or rather Betty – has come forward and revealed herself. It was BETTE MIDLER all along. Bette who was of course only joking (we think) tweeted the revelation.

    “Ok, ok, I AM “Becky with the good hair”.

    What do you have to say for yourself Jay Z. Hmmm? Bette, 70, is no stranger to winding up younger stars. She recently took Kim Kardashian to task.
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    Friday, April 29, 2016

    A lot of people say that my life is wasted on me because I could be a bigger asshole than I am, but I’ve chosen not to be…

    “A lot of people say that my life is wasted on me because I could be a bigger asshole than I am, but I’ve chosen not to be.” ―Bette Midler (Source/Notes: The Strip podcast interviewed by Steve Friess [12 27 2007) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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    Bette Midler – Big Noise From Winnetka – The Showgirl Must Go On – 2008

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    Hall of Fame overlooks women who rock

    Detroit Free Press Hall of Fame overlooks women who rock April 28, 2016 12959928_1285632378132552_1085845859_n One of this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Steve Miller, is right when he complained about the paucity of women in it. An estimated 8% of the inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are women. Missing are such prominent and famous female artists as Barbra Streisand, Connie Francis, Mary Wells, the Marvelettes, Whitney Houston, Olivia Newton-John, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Joan Baez, Patsy Cline, Peter, Paul and Mary (Travers), Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick, Carole King, Diana Ross, the Carpenters, Cher, the Eurythmics (featuring Annie Lennox), Patti Page, Petula Clark and the Pointer Sisters. Heck, if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland doesn’t induct them, why don’t they just form their own Hall of Fame?
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