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Video: Bette Midler Performs In My Life/Friends at the 1991 Benefit for the AIDS Project of Los Angeles


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Bette Midler Performs In My Life/Friends at the 1991 Benefit for the AIDS Project of Los Angeles
By Will Kohler
June 13, 2020


Bette Mdler sings In My Life/Friends APLA 1991
Bette Midler

In 1991 Hollywood’s one of the largest responses to the AIDS epidemic, a $1 million+ fundraiser was held at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California. Bette Midler, Carol Channing, Tyne Daly, Melissa Manchester, Lainie Kazan, Richard Dreyfuss, Jennifer Holiday, and others gathered to support the AIDS Project of Los Angeles

Bette received APLA’s “Commitment to Life” award along with MCA Inc. President Sidney Sheinberg and AIDS research specialist Dr. Joel Weisman in recognition of their work in battling discrimination and the disease.

Midler seemed downbeat about Hollywood’s response to AIDS. “I didn’t start running for the hills like a lot of people did,” she said, referring to the mid-80’s when Hollywood responded tepidly and nervously to the epidemic that has ensnared the film community. She said, in a cracking voice, “Nearly everyone I started out with has died.”

In 1991 alone, 29,850 Americans died from HIV infection

This is what life was like in 1991

Heart-wrenching.


Bette Mdler sings In My Life/Friends APLA 1991

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