Yearly Archives: 2019

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Audio Only: I’m Beautiful (J. Verner Reworking Remix) – Bette Midler

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Video: Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night – Includes Bette Midler Segment – 1978

bette on the bruce forsyth show 1978

This video, Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night is something like a telethon with many guests. There is a full Bette Midler segment with a hilarious interview and two songs, Hello In There and Leader Of The Pack. This is an English show, Bette Midler was there starting her World Tour.

Bette Midler was performing at the London Palladium in 1978 in her Trash With Flash tour, and I went to see her the week before she was due on my TV show Bruce Forsyth’s Big Night. All the way through her act she kept falling on the floor and talking to the audience from where she was lying. It was very funny indeed. And boy could she sing. Read More

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Photo: Bette Midler performing “Beast Of Burden on Solid Goal – 1984

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Bette Midler – Isn’t She Great – Trailer

bette midler nathan lane in isn't she great

Isn’t She Great is a 2000 biographical comedy-drama film that presents a fictionalized biography of author Jacqueline Susann, played by Bette Midler. An international co-production between the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan, the film was directed by Andrew Bergman from a screenplay by Paul Rudnick based on a 1995 New Yorker profile by Michael Korda. The film covers Susann’s entire life, focusing on her early struggles as an aspiring actress relentlessly hungry for fame, her relationship with press agent husband Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane), with whom she had an institutionalized autistic son, her success as the author of Valley of the Dolls, and her battle with and subsequent death from breast cancer. In addition to Midler and Lane, the film stars Stockard Channing as Susann’s “gal pal” Florence Maybelle, David Hyde Pierce as book editor Michael Hastings, and John Cleese as publisher Henry Marcus. John LarroquetteAmanda PeetChristopher McDonaldDebbie Shapiro, and Paul Benedict have supporting roles. Read More

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These are the 3 components of a great story. What’s this have to do with Bette Midler?

Fast Company
Our brains are hardwired to hear stories, rather than hard facts.
January 15, 2019

Bette Midler== Jazz at Lincoln Center Opens the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium, Cocktail Reception== Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rose Hall, NYC== December 17, 2015== ©Patrick McMullan

These are the 3 components of a great story. What’s this have to do with Bette Midler?

I was recently coaching a C-suite executive from a multi-billion-dollar company. He started telling me about his background and told me he was from Mumbai. Having spent time in Mumbai, I asked: “where in Mumbai?”

“From the slums of Mumbai,” he answered, “My mother had me when she was 16. She made me study–in the middle of relentless chaos–she made me study.”

His answer immediately stood out to me for two reasons. One, his mother made a huge difference in his life. Two, in just a few sentences, he encapsulated the elements of telling a great story. Read More

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Photo: Bette Midler – The Divine Miss M – Art

Bette Midler - The Divine Miss M - Art
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Video: Midnight In Memphis – Bette Midler from the movie “The Rose”

Video: Bette Midler in The Rose


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Bette Midler on Carol Channing

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Bette Midler on Carol Channing: “I flat out adored her…as far as I am concerned, she will live forever”
By Roger Friedman
January 15, 2019

Bette Midler Carol Channing

Bette Midler, the most recent Dolly Levi, has sent out a statement about the original Dolly. Carol Channing, who passed away today at age 97. Carol, by the way, was famed for not missing a performance in the four years she starred in “Hello, Dolly!” from 1964 to 1968.

Bette Midler On Carol Channing

“There was only one Carol Channing, and there will never be another. She was that rarest of stage creatures, an absolute original. From her instantly recognizable voice to her stature, which was close to 6 feet, with her wide-eyed take on the world she crept into theater-goers hearts and took up permanent residence there.

When Scott Rudin invited me to play Dolly in 2016, I immediately thought of her and went to visit. How could I not? She had played the part over 7,000 times around the world, and to the world, she WAS Dolly. It was one of the great afternoons of my life. She was gracious, and she was generous, sharing with me the legends, the lore and the mechanics of Dolly, much of which had been lost in time. I will forever be grateful to her for lighting my way to one of the most magical experiences of my performing life, and for the hours I spent in her company. I flat-out adored her and send her fans, her friends and her son, Channing Lowe, my condolences, although as far as I am concerned, she will live forever.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Video: Countdown Interview With Bette Midler

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Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese. There most likely will be a Bette Midler cameo.

‘Rolling Thunder Revue,’ Will Debut On Netflix In 2019
Cheryl A. Hoahing
January 10, 2019

Bette Midler and Bob Dylan 1975

Mister D: Now I am just going by memory here, and from what I remember, Bob Dylan did ask Bette Midler to join this historic tour which included a myriad of iconic singer-songwriter artists. However, Bette just felt like she didn’t fit in on this kind of tour. And if you think about it, she did have a point. Of course she could have dropped the glitz and glamour for denim, and could have altered her act with some tailor made songs, but it’s hard to know if fans of Dylan and his fellow artists would have accepted her. So she declined. In this article, it says she did show up for one of the gigs, but I never read anything about her performing.

Filmmaker Martin Scorsese is known for directing classic films such as Taxi DriverRaging Bull, and Goodfellas, but he also enjoys helming a fascinating documentary such as The Last WaltzGeorge Harrison: Living in the Material World, and No Direction Home: Bob Dylan. Read More

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