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BetteBack August 3, 1997: Is Bette Planning To Make ‘Show Business Kills’?

Santa Ana Orange County
August 3, 1997

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Q: l loved Bette Midler in “The First Wives Club. Is it true she’s doing a film based on the novel”Show Business Kills” ? What else is she involved in?—Melinda Loewenstein, Leavenworth, Kan.

A: lt has not always been easy for Bette Midler, 51, to find the right theatrical fit for her over-the-top brand of talent For every “First Wives Club” there have been clunkers like her most recent film, “That Old Feeling.”

The Divine Miss M currently is developing several big-screen projects, including one based on the Iris Rainer Dart novel “Show Business Kills,” another about the 1960s singing group The Shirelles, and a third on Texas Guinan, the lusty character who ran speakeasies in the Roaring ’20s.

She also is planning a TV sitcom called “The Harlettes,” in which she will play the leader of a singing group. But her next project will be film version of the 1965-71 TV sitcom “Green Acres,” with Bette in the Eva Gabor role.

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