BootLeg Betty

BetteBack May 26, 1998: Rosie O’Donnell On Bette Midler

Syracuse Herald
May 26, 1998

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Ever since Rosie O’Donnell was eleven years old, she’s known exactly what she wanted to do when she grew up.

“I saw Bette Midler on Broadway in Clams On The Half Shell Revue in 1975, ” recalls the popular talk show hostess.

“I remember watching her and thinking ‘I want to be her.’ Not, ‘I want to be like her.’ I wanted to be her.”

From that moment on, the Long Island, New York girl, was hooked on Broadway and took every opportunity to sneak into the city to see a Broadway show.

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