Monthly Archives: December 2018

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

This Day In History: Bette Midler’s TV Musical, ‘Gypsy’, Was Originally Broadcast December 12, 1993

Bette Midler in Gypsy

Awards and nominations

Midler won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film. Gibb was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the production was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film.

The film was nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Midler, and won for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music Direction (Michael Rafter). Read More

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Photo: Bette Midler and Bruce Vilanch walking through the Miami Airport – May 21, 1994

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Kevin Hart’s Out! Who the Oscars should now pick to host

New York Post
Who the Oscars should now pick to host
By Robert Rorke
December 11, 2018

Oscar Hosts: Hugh Jackman or Bette Midler?
Who will be the next Oscar Host?

Mister D: The Academy has asked Bette Midler to host probably a thousand times by now, but she has always said “no.”  She has referred to it in the past as a “career suicide” gig.  But, as Bette has aged, she’s gotten much bolder, so maybe there’s a chance? I know…the Academy should offer to make a huge donation to NYRP! That’ll do it!

Who Should Host The Oscars?

The Kevin Hart Oscars hosting controversy is just the latest scandal to haunt the bedeviled Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences — and to knock ABC’s reputation farther into the basement. Read More

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Photo: Bette Midler And Sally Struthers – Early 70’s

Bette Midler And Sally Struthers - Early 70's
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Video: Big Business Trailer: Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin – Also Includes Tid-Bettes

Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler in Big Business
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The movie was originally written for Barbra Streisand (Midler’s role) and Goldie Hawn(Tomlin’s role). The plot is a coincidental and playful combination of three previously recognizable stories: Aesop’s The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, and Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors.

The production company could not get the rights to film at the actual Plaza Hotel in New York City, so it had the hotel recreated on sound stages. To recoup construction costs, Disney built a sitcom called The Nutt House around it. Jim Abrahams said he staged one of the boardroom scenes based on an experience he had when a large agency used many employees to get him to sign with them.

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Photo: Bette Midler – Beast Of Burden – Solid Gold 1984

Uh-Oh, She’s About To Hump The Stage!

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Women shut out of Grammys comedy album category. There’s Been A Long History Of This. Women Aren’t Funny, Doncha Know?

Los Angeles Times
Women shut out of the Grammys comedy album category.
DEC 07, 2018

Comedy Album: Mud Will Be Flung Tonight- Bette Midler

The nominations for the 2019 Grammys Awards were announced on Friday morning, and this year’s contenders for best comedy album are — surprise! — all men.

Patton Oswalt (“Annihilation”), Dave Chappelle (“Equanimity & the Bird Revelation”), Jim Gaffigan (“Noble Ape”), Fred Armisen (“Standup for Drummers”) and Chris Rock (“Tamborine”) were all recognized.

Solely nominating men for this particular prize is nothing new for the Grammys. This year’s announcement marks the 60th year that a version of the comedy album award has existed. Read More

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Video: Divine Madness – Bette Midler Interviewed On Nightmoves TV Show Australia By Jon Peters

Bette Midler promotes her new movie, Divine Madness in Australia. She’s interviewed by Jon Peters. I wonder if that’s the same Jon Peters Barbra Streisand used to date. Boy, was he a bad boy and a character.

Nightmoves was an Australian weekly late-night popular music series, hosted by Melbourne rock DJ Lee Simon. The program featured music videos from around the world, studio and location interviews with local and touring acts, and film reviews by noted Melbourne critic Ivan Hutchison. In later years the series presented a number of hour-long in-concert specials featuring leading Australasian acts such as Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, and Split.Enz, and a number of these were recorded in stereo and simulcast in FM stereo on local rock stations in each capital ciry. The original series theme was Bob Seger’s eponymous song, but this was later replaced by an excerpt from Steely Dan’s “Parker’s Band”. The series was produced and broadcast from the studios of Channel 7 in Melbourne, and was shown on most Seven Network stations. Sadly, although the series.chronicled one of the most vibrant periods in Australian rock, much of the series was broadcast live, and few if any master tapes have survived. A DVD compilation of the series was issued in the 2000s, but this was largely sourced from surviving domestic off-air VHS recordings of the show.
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From ‘Beaches’ To ‘Hocus Pocus,’ Relive Bette Midler’s Greatest Movie Roles Ever!

Here Are Eight Of Bette Midler’s Best Film Parts Ever!

Bette Midler's Best Film Performances

Throughout her more than 50 years in showbiz, actress, singer, songwriter, comedian, and film producer Bette Midler has starred in lots of unforgettable roles both on the stage and screen. So, to celebrate the actress recently ringing in her 73rd birthday, we’re taking a look back at eight of her best film parts ever from Beachesand The Rose to The First Wives Club and Hocus Pocus — scroll down to see! 

Beaches (1988)

Bette Midler in Beaches

In what is perhaps Bette’s most beloved screen role ever, the actress portrays a New York actress and singer named C.C. Bloom who reflects on her long friendship with heiress and lawyer Hillary Whitney (Barbara Hershey) after tragedy strikes. Read More

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bette Midler Drops By FIDDLER ON THE ROOF in Yiddish (Photos Too!!!)

Broadway World
On Monday night, Bette Midler attended the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s presentation of Yiddish Fiddler on the Rood directed by Joel Grey

The Divine Miss M, who recently starred on Broadway in the title role of Hello, Dolly!, notably made her Broadway debut appearing in Fiddler in 1968.

The show, which extended its run four times at the 104-year old National Yiddish TheatreFolksbiene, will be heading to off-Broadway’s Stage 42 (previously the Little Shubert Theatre), and will begin performances this January.

Directed by Academy Award-and-Tony Award winner Joel Grey, the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof has received universal positive praise from critics, including landing a place as a New York Times’ Critic’s Pick. Read More

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