January 18, 1997
“There is no square inch of my body that doesn’t require intense maintenance. And it’s a bloody bore. But it’s a fabulous body, and IÂ don’t want to see it disintegrate. I mean, if you have a beautiful car, don’t you keep up your beautiful car? If you have a beautiful home, don’t you keep up your beautiful home? I do ”
That’s the genuinely Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, talking to next week’s TV Guide. And let me assure you, Bette really is in topÂ shape. I know this for a fact, because I willingly flew across the country to see Bette tape her HBO special in Las Vegas.
Bette, looking better than ever, literally fell from the Las Vegas sky staging her signature song “Friends,” belting it out as if for the first time. And, boy, was the star-studded audience, led by Brooke Shields and Andre Agassi, ever ready to be Bette’s friend.
The crowd at the MGM Grand was literally screaming out its love for this fantastic showbiz legend. (After “Friends” she swings right into her witty paean to herself, “I Look Good” â€” and, baby, nobody’can disagree’
Marty Callner, who directed Bette’s “Diva Las Vegas” special, told me, “I cried when Bette did ‘Stay With Me’ (her blockbuster numberÂ from “The Rose“). It was impossible for me to continue. I have never loved working with anybody more than I have with Bette. She’s not only a genius, she’s a real human being. In this business, those things don’t generally coincide.”