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BetteBack September 14, 1974: Bette Midler, Among Others To Receive The MLLE Award

Appleton Post Crescent September 14, 1974 img-andy-warhol-and-bette-midler_162915795778 Mademoiselle magazine will stage its 30th annual awards presentation at the New York Public Library on Jan. 23. One hundred and fifty guests will be at the formal dinner when the publication’s editor-in-chief presents 11 “MLLE” awards to exceptional young women for their outstanding achievements in 1973. In recent years the setting of the dinner has had cultural significance, reflecting both the dignity of the awards and a relationship to the winners. This year, four of the awardees are authors of advocacy books; two are filmmakers; another began a special interest library which has received national public and professional recognition. The ceremonies at the library bring attention to the power of the recorded word, and the essential role of libraries in its collection, dissemination and preservation- The magazine also is taking this occasion to make a donation to the library. In speaking of the award winners, featured in Mademoiselle’s February issue, editor-in-chief Edith Raymond Locke says, “These are women who didn’t just sit on their hands waiting for someone else to do it—they have one quality in common —the energy to help themselves and us.” Bette Midler is a singer who slowly became a star and is quickly becoming a legend. “Success has to do with whether you have enough drive and energy and intelligence and talent to make a career out of it,” says Midler. Her vocal range and taste run the gamut —rock, pop, blues, 30’s, 40s, 50s. Her album “The Divine Miss M,” Atlantic, released in November 1972, has already sold over a hundred thousand copies. She has played two Lincoln Center concerts, toured the United States, has a second successful album and had a three-week run at the New York Palace Theatre this December. Midler began her career as an extra in the movie and did a three-year stint in the Broadway productionHawaii” of “Fiddler on the Roof.
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