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Monthly Archives: August 2016
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Bette Midler On Composting: â€œMy whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of Godâ€™s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap.â€ (Doylestown Intelligencer, May 9, 1996)
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Bette Midler On The Elections: â€œI havenâ€™t left my house in days. I watch the news channels incessantly. All the news stories are about the election.; all the commercials are for Viagra and Cialis. Election â€“ erection â€“ election â€“ erectionâ€¦either way weâ€™re getting fucked.â€ (KMB, 2004)
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The Daily Orange November 13, 1973 She made me stand in the cold for 90 minutes and I was nearly crushed by the frozen, frenzied crowd. She called me a guttersnipe. She called me trash. She told me to stand up. She told me to shut up and sit down. She told us “Honey, they were hot for me in Potsdam and that’s the truth.” By the end of Friday night they were hot for Bette Midler in Ithaca, N.Y. And that’s the truth too. ‘ If you haven’t seen you couldn’t imagine. Sometimes the energy just escapes and her body goes berserk, the arms flailing, the legs charging across the stage in short, choppy, violent steps. Seconds later she pulls up short with incredible discipline and the music slows and Bette Midler stands there, her body swaying lightly, the left wrist extended just a bit, the raunchy rhinestone bracelet flashing slowly in the spotlight. She closes her eyes and begins. “For I am all alone. There is no one here beside me.” Soft and easy, until she explodes into “Friends” sending the crowd to its feet. The clapping hands go up into the smoky light and she’s ripping back and forth in a purple top and black trousers and a large, horrible belt singing the word so it sounds like “Fren-zy.” In Ithaca College’s Ben Light gymnasium she babbles brilliantly so you don’t know what is adlibbed and what is left over from the last concert town. The voice is Brooklyn with a hint of Paul Lynde. After a while you can’t tell the raw ham from the raw Midler. You give up trying when she says, “Honey, I hope you weren’t expecting Karen Carpenter. I really do,” or “Honey, we’re all greasers in the eyes of God,” or “This next one is for all you guttersnipes out there.” “Delta Dawn” is followed close on the heels by “You were bad sex. Sex with you was bad. I swear I never had such bad sex.” (That’s the song for guttersnipes.) She picks up a stool and swings it around. “Oh I just love a gym. I feel so athletic! We’re gonna go out back and cut holes in the bathing suits.” She slips into a “Superstar” that transcends the album cut. Long ago and oh so far away. Between verses she walks out of the white spot into the purple, slips her hands into her pockets, turns her back on the audience. And then “Loneliness is such a sad affair.” Yes, yes, yes. Then a Philadelphia medley of greaser tunes (“low-rent metro rock and roll.”) She closes the first set with “my favorite song in the whole world, `I Shall Be Released’.”
They say every woman needs protection They say every woman has her fall. But I swear I see my reflection Somewhere high above this wall. I see my life come shining From the west down to the east. Any day now, Any day now …Before the music has faded she simply turns around and walks away, bent and exhausted. Someone helps her down from the stage. Pianist Barry Manilow opens the second set with three of his own songs, accompanied by Bette’s female back-up trio, the Harlettes, gotten up in pink and white maid costumes (strange). Without warning she’s back in a slinky pink sparkle-paint gown slit up front to the thigh and a brilliant, multi-colored boa. And there’s more frenzy. “Brighten up girls. Just a little more tit-shakin’ and this group will be happy.” From that to “Do You Wanna Dance?” She shifts moods with incredible precision and control. From gentle jabs at Helen Reddy to “all the trash of Ithaca” to Dick Clarke’s 20th anniversary show. “Honey, he had a chance to make a work of art and he made a piece of crap.” There is a whole raft of Richard Nixon jokes. “Honey the way things are going in this country I don’t wanna be an American any more, ya know? All those guys leaving the government. Dick’s in big trouble. I decided its a question of ships deserting a sinking rat.” Applause. . There was a Linda Lovelace-Dick Nixon joke. “Before I tell this I want you to know I just loathe Linda Lovelace jokes. I just loathe them! Anyway, President Nixon has a copy of `Deep Throat’ and he’s seen it, oh, 10 or 12 times. He’s trying to get it down pat.” It’s that way all night. The boa comes off. The gown comes off. She makes love to the audience, to the band, to the whacked-out Harlettes. She shakes her tits and her ass. Her body is a projectile to be hurled and restrained according to the moment. She reaches and wrenches and purrs. She offers herself in a blur of motion and then pulls it out slowly and precisely, note by note by note. The crowd ends on its feet, stomping through a furious “Leader of the Pack” and then swaying and singing to “Chapel of Love.” The crowd ends on its feet.
BetteBack October 11, 1993: Who first made it to the airwaves with the song “Delta Dawn?” | BootLeg Betty ...
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Playbill Bette Midler and Carole Bayer Sager Set for 92Y Talk BY ADAM HETRICK AUG 30, 2016 Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning actress Bette Midler, who will star in the upcoming Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, will appear at the 92Y October 17 in a special 7 PM conversation with Oscar and Grammy winner Carole Bayer Sager. Sager, who co-wrote such songs as â€œNobody Does It Better,â€ â€œDonâ€™t Cry Out Loudâ€ and the Broadway musical Theyâ€™re Playing Our Song, has recently completed her memoir, also titled Theyâ€™re Playing Our Song, which hits stores October 18. The 92Y event promises a look back at Sagerâ€™s life and career. Midler will star as Dolly Levi in the Jerry Herman musical Hello, Dolly!, which will begin Broadway previews March 15 at the Shubert Theatre. Tickets for the 92Y conversation are priced $105. Click here for tickets and more information.
Bette Midler goes out to dinner with friend, Carole Bayer Sager in New York earlier this week! | BootLeg Betty ...
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Santa Ana Orange County Register January 17, 1997 That Bette Midler! One minute, she gets down and dirty in a bawdy burlesque number, next, she spouts obscenity-spiked jokes, then she blossoms into a glamorous diva belting out spine-tingling ballads. All sides of the Divine One’s stage persona can be seen in “Diva Las Vegas,” a two-hour concert airing Saturday on HBO. It’s definitely not the frumpy Bette you saw in “The First Wives Club.” She’s a slimmed-down, outright babe, and she won’t let you forget it. Her second song is “I Look Good,” and she repeatedly asks the audience, “Don’t I look good?” as she struts across the stage in strappy black wheels, skin-tight black pants and a glittering black top beneath a mop of blond ringlets. Such an attitude, though, is to be expected from the irrepressible Midler. With her backup singers and dancers, the Harlettes, Midler puts on a supercharged production, her first full-length TV concert since 1984. She even slips into a mermaid outfit to revive her outrageous Delores DeLago character, who literally flops around onstage during several songs. The concert’s high point, though, is more understated. It comes near the end, when Midler dons a floor-length brown gown, swoops up her hair for a classy twist and belts out the ballads “From a Distance,” “To Comfort You,” “Stay With Me” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” In a pre-concert interview, Midler, 51, said the performance would be the last of her big-production shows. “I can’t do it anymore. I can’t take it anywhere,” she said. I can’t take it overseas because it’s too cost prohibitive.” She left open the possibility of touring with a smaller entourage. “I’d like to pare it ail down and have a small group just to sort of get to Japan. I’ve had a 30-year career, and I’ve never played Japan!” she said. Midler is among a handful of entertainers who can claim success in virtually every arena â€” television, film, stage, music and standup comedy. But it’s singing before a live audience, she said, that is her first love. “That’s where I started my professional life and what I enjoy the most because it’s my, you know?” she said. “I don’t have to worry about someone else’s ideas being superimposed on me. “It’s my expression and my art. And sometimes it’s great, and sometimes it’s not so great, but at least I’m not at the mercy of someone else’s taste. I’m at the mercy of my own taste and my own intellect.” With 16 cameras pointed at the stage, the concert was taped Saturday at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the city’s famed Strip. It was produced and directed by Marty Callner, best known for those Aerosmith music videos featuring Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler. “When you work with someone like this,” a beaming Callner said after the concert, “she was so into it. Not for the money. There were no egos. We just wanted to do something great.” Callner accompanied Midler for a couple of months on a nationwide tour so they could hammer out choreography and fine-tune the performance for the HBO special. Of all the cities they could have chosen for the show, why Vegas ? “I love Las Vegas. I love it!” Midler bellowed. “It’s a great city. It’s so silly. I have two minds about it. On the one hand, I’m appalled, and, on the other hand, I’m just like, ‘Oh, so what. There it is. Go ahead and enjoy it. Don’t make a big deal about it.’ ” By going to Vegas, she also could use that great name “Diva Las Vegas,” a play on Elvis Presley’s movie “Viva Las Vegas.” Plus, Midler has fond memories of the city of Lost Wages. She was married there to Martin von Haselberg by an Elvis impersonator. Midler shows no signs of fatigue after a long day of photo shoots and interviews. Wearing a mismatched outfit of a leopard-printÂ jacket and black-and-white checkered pants, she leans back on a couch, stroking her 11-year old daughter’s white jack terrier, Queen Puddles. She’s not one to just discuss career. She loves girl talk, too. “Blond is so great if you’re old. There’s nothing like blond to keep your spirits up. Really. It just cheers you up to be a blonde,” she says. “Red doesn’t last.Â People thought I was a real redhead. I was never a real anything.”
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