Syracuse Post Standard
May 1, 1973
At the Casino Russe, Bette Midler was honored by After Dark magazine with its Ruby Award. When she was introduced to Ethel Merman, Miss Midler said, “Mama, this is fabulous. Pm so thrilled to meet you. I can’t believe it.” Miss Merman stood throughout their conversation and the awardee apologized: “I only came by to say hello â€” not to tire you out” . . .
After the received her award, Bette Midler sighed: “The success I have now might end tomorrow. I must be prepared with something else should that time come.”