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BetteBack January 19, 1971: Bette Midler Receives ‘Rising Star Of The Year’ Award At The American Guild of Variety Artists on “The Entertainer of the Year Awards

Ed Sullivan Hosts Entertainer Of Year Awards
Jacksonville Daily Journal
January 19, 1971

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED – JANUARY 01: Photo of Bette Midler (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Carol Burnett, Sonny and Cher, Redd Foxx, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Roberta Flack are among the performers who will receive awards from the American Guild of Variety Artists on “The Entertainer of the Year Awards,” 90-minute special hosted by Ed Sullivan to be broadcast 9-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, on the CBS Network.

Miss Flack won the Female Singer award, Davis the Male Singer title. Davis will also be honored as Entertainer of the Year, the first time an artist has been a double winner in the balloting.

The special, originating from Las Vegas, will highlight the awards and will also feature music-and-comedy presentations by some of the winning performers and presenters.

Miss Burnett, star of her own show on the network, will receive the Female Comedy award for the fourth year in a row. Redd Foxx has won the Male Comedy award.

Sonny and Cher, who star on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” on the network, have been selected as the best Vocal Act of the Year. They won the same award last year.

Other winners include Roy Clark, Country and Western Star of the Year; Gunther Gebel-Williams, best Novelty Act; Tanya the Elephant, best Animal Act (this is Tanya’s fourth time around, too), and Bette Midler, Rising Star of
the Year.

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