- BIRTHDAY: December 1, 1945
- BIGGEST SINGLE: “The Rose” (1980)
- BIGGEST LP: Beaches soundtrack (1988)
- GRAMMY AWARDS: 3
1950’s – As teenager was member of folksinging trio that toured Hawaiian army bases. – Worked in a pineapple cannery in Hawaii after leaving college. 1965 – Moved to Hollywood for final shooting on “Hawaii”. 1966 – Film debut in a bit part as a missionary’s wife in “Hawaii”; earned $350. – Moved to New York City; worked as a go-go dancer in a Union City, New Jersey club; also employed as a hatcheck girl, glove saleswoman at Stern’s department store and a typist at Columbia University. – Made New York stage debut in “Miss Nefertiti Regrets”. – Answered open call for national company of “Fiddler on the Roof”; was hired for the chorus of Broadway production instead; took over the role of Tzeitel in and remained in role for three years. – After her Broadway run, performed at the Improvisation, a New York club that showcased new talent. 1970 – Appeared in the Off-Broadway musical, “Salvation”;Performed as a go-go dancer in a Broadway bar after “Salvation” closed. – Began appearing at NYC’s Continental Bathhouse with accompanist Barry Manilow. 1971 – Signed contract with Atlantic Records. – Performed in the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” with the Seattle Opera Company. 1972 – After signing with Atlantic Records, Bette released The Divine Miss M. The LP was produced by Barry Manilow, who used to play with her while their stars rose and contained the favorites “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Friends,” “Do You Want To Dance.” – Played Carnegie Hall. 1973 March – Bette won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. April – The Divine Miss M was certified gold. – Bette released Bette Midler. December – Bette Midler was certified gold. 1975 – Starred in sold-out revue, “Clams on the Half Shell”. 1976 – Bette released Songs For The New Depression. 1977 – Bette released Live At Last and Broken Blossom. 1979 – Bette released Thighs And Whispers. – Bette opened on Broadway in “Bette! Divine Madness”. – Bette became an author with A View From A Broad, a memoir of her European tour. November – Bette had her first starring role in the movies with The Rose. Directed by Mark Rydell,the film was largely assumed to be loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin. The role won her praise from the critics, increased appeal with music fans, another Grammy Award, an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress,and two Golden Globe Awards in the same category. The soundtrack to The Rose gave Bette pop radio success with the #1 title track and a rousing live rendition of “When A Man Loves A Woman.” 1980 – Made a concert film of her Broadway show, “Divine Madness”. – Fired her entire musical entourage, including her backup group, the Harlettes, after the close of “Divine Madness”; was successfully sued for $2 million, although one of the “canned” Harlettes, Linda Hart, would later tour with Midler, who would introduce her each night as “Linda ‘I Sued and Won’ Hart”. – Co-starred in “Jinxed!”. Midler reportedly clashed with co-star Ken Wahl and director Don Siegal during filming. 1981 # 158 Singles Artist of the Year February – Bette won a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance – Female (“The Rose”) and was nominated for Record of the Year (“The Rose”). 1983 – # 167 Singles Artist of the Year – Bette released No Frills which included her version of the Rolling Stones’, “Beast Of Burden” (which was nominated for 3 MTV Video Music Awards in ’84). The LP also contained the favorites “Your My Favorite Waste Of Time” and “Only In Miami.” – Bette embarked the “De Tour” into 1983. 1984 # 193 Singles Artist of the Year – TV producing debut, “Bette Midler: Art or Bust”, an HBO concert. December Bette appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. – The video for “Beast Of Burden” was nominated for 3 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video, Best Choreography, and Best Stage Performance Video. 1985 – Bette released a comedy LP, Mud Will Be Flung Tonight. 1986 – Signed contract with Walt Disney/Touchstone; returned to films after a four-year absence to play a leading role in the popular comedy “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”. 1986-1988 – Continued her “comeback” with comic leads in “Ruthless People“, “Outrageous Fortune” and “Big Business“. 1988 – Supplied the voice of Georgette for the animated children’s feature “Oliver and Company”. – Formed own production company, All Girl Productions, with Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell and Margaret Jennings South; first production, “Beaches” (in conjunction with Disney’s Touchstone Pictures). December – Produced first feature film, “Beaches”; also starred. 1989 # 41 Singles Artist of the Year March The Beaches soundtrack was certified gold. April Bette hit the Top 40 with “Wind Beneath My Wings.” May – Bette hit the Top 10 with “Wind Beneath My Wings.” The Beaches soundtrack was certified platinum and the single “Wind Beneath My Wings” was certified gold. June – Bette hit #1 for a week with “Wind Beneath My Wings.” 1990 # 57 Singles Artist of the Year January The Beaches soundtrack was certified 2x platinum and The Divine Miss M was certified platinum. February Bette could be seen in the film Stella. Bette won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year (“Wind Beneath My Wings”) and was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (“Wind Beneath My Wings”). September Bette released Some People’s Lives which contained her 3rd hit, “From A Distance” and the cover “Miss Otis Regrets.” October Bette hit the Top 40 with “From A Distance.” November Some People’s Lives was certified gold. Bette hit the Top 10 with “From A Distance.” December Some People’s Lives was certified platinum and the single “From A Distance” was certified gold. Bette hit #1 for a week with “From A Distance.” 1991 – Won a landmark $400,000 lawsuit against an ad agency for appropriating her musical style without her consent (date approximate). – Reteamed with Rydell and received second Best Actress Academy Award nomination playing a USO entertainer in “For the Boys“, which she also produced. Later on she was sued by entertainer Martha Raye, who claimed Midler appropriated her life as the basis of the film; suit dismissed. 1992 # 185 Singles Artist of the Year May Saluted a retiring Johnny Carson on the next-to-last installment of the long-running, “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” by singing Carson’s favorite song “One for the Road”. For that performance she won an Emmy for the appearance. 1993 – Kicked off her first concert tour in ten years, aptly titled “Experience the Divine,” which culminated in a record-breaking 30-night stand at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. June Bette released her greatest collection – Experience The Divine – Bette Midler’s Greatest Hits. The package included Bette’s memorable rendition of “One For My Baby” that she sang on Johnny Carson’s farewell show (the performance that also won Bette an Emmy Award). July Bette could be seen in the film Hocus Pocus. November The soundtrack to Bette’s TV presentation of Gypsy was released. Experience The Divine – Bette Midler’s Greatest Hits was certified gold and The Rose soundtrack was certified 2x platinum. 1993 – Portrayed Mama Rose in the CBS TV remake of the stage musical “Gypsy”. 1995 – Bette released Bette of Roses which contained the tracks “To Deserve You,” “To Comfort You,” and “In This Life.” The LP continued Bette’s success with pop and adult contemporary fans with a majority of the tracks being ballads. – Bette founded the New York Restoration Project, an urban beautification group. By 1998, the staff of 50 workers had removed 2000 tons of debris, including cars, refrigerators and 2000 tires from project sites (i.e., the north side of Fort Tryon Park, above the Cloisters) in northern Manhattan and Long Island. – Made hilarious uncredited appearance in “Get Shorty”. 1996 February – Bette could be heard on the soundtrack for Oliver And Company with “Perfect Isn’t Easy.” – Bette of Roses was certified gold. June – Experience The Divine – Bette Midler’s Greatest Hits was certified platinum. September Bette could be seen in the hit film The First Wives Club, in which she teamed with Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. 1997 – Starred opposite Dennis Farina in “That Old Feeling”. The project reteamed her with “Outrageous Fortune” screenwriter Leslie Dixon. – Headlined the HBO special “Bette Midlerâ€“Diva Las Vegas”, snagging her third Emmy, for Best Performance in a Variety or Music Program. The special earned, altogether, 10 Emmy Awards nominations. – Bette contributed the track “Sweet And Low” to the Carnival: Rainforest Foundation Concert compilation to benefit the rainforests. 1998 – Made guest appearance on “Murphy Brown” finale. For her cameo she was nominated for n Emmy award. – Bette’s next LP, Bathhouse Betty, was a collection of cover tunes and new ballads with the David Foster tune, “My One True Friend” (also used in the film One True Thing). Bette has said of the LP’s title: “I was in my house down in Orange County… I was all by myself and I was nervous because I don’t like to be alone… it’s kind of scary… somebody knocked on my door and it was a fan… he started shrieking ‘Bathhouse Betty! Bathhouse Betty!’ and I thought, ‘oh my God! How mortifying’… it was pretty scary… but he left me with Bathhouse Betty… he was giving me an homage to my days playing the bathhouse.” 1999 January – Bette signed a deal with Sony Entertainment that would allow her to develop films and television shows including a sitcom starring Bette. – Bathhouse Betty was certified gold. February Bette topped the Billboard Club Play chart for 2 weeks with “I’m Beautiful.” September Bette embarked on her 32-city Divine Miss Millennium Tour which had her performing in Las Vegas on New Year’s Eve. 2000 January – Portrayed Jacqueline Susann in the biopic “Isn’t She Great”. – Appeared in the movie “What Woman Want.” March – Reteamed with Danny De Vito in the feature comedy “Drowning Mona”. August – Bette started starring in her first television sitcom, Bette, on CBS. – Released a new LP, “Bette”, produced by Don Was. 2001 – Bette’s TV show Bette was cancelled. The TV show had started off the season strong, but lost viewers over the past several months. August – Bette of Roses was certified platinum. September – Bette delivered a moving rendition of “Wind Beneath My Wings” at a memorial rally in New York after 09/11 terrorist attacks in USA. 2002 October -Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty, The First Weblog Devoted To The Divine Miss M established by The Divine Mister D, Don Bradshaw (a magnetic personality who only repels the worst of the worst!). Okay, and Bette on The Boards, too, by Darrell Redmond (He’s Fabu!) 2003 September -Bette teamed up once again up with Barry Manilow on her release – Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook. Bette said the creation of Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook began with a phone call from Barry Manilow who told her he had a dream with Bette singing Rosemary Clooney songs: “The concept was absolutely brilliant. I loved Rosemary. I had a lot of respect for her, and I missed Barry. And those songs are magical.” November -Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook was certified gold. December -Bette kicked off her ‘Kiss My Brass’ tour in Chicago. 2004 February -Bette was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook). Bette publicly stated that she hoped she didn’t win because the late Rosemary Clooney was also in her category with The Last Concert, and Bette felt she was more deserving. Tony Bennett and k.d. lang ended up with the award for their LP A Wonderful World. June -Bette could be seen in the remake of The Stepford Wives. -#199 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart. 2005 October -Bette released Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook. 2006 October -Bette released the holiday LP Cool Yule. 2007 February -Bette was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook). 2008 September -The film, The Women, is released. February -Bette was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album (Cool Yule). -Bette will be headlining for 2 years at Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace starting in February, 2008. April -Bette’s movie “Then She Found Me” will open in New York and Los Angeles
- As Bette Midler begins life as a woman in her 50’s, she is showing no signs of slowing down or losing popularity. With platinum records, an Academy Award nomination, multiple Grammy Awards, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, Bette has a show-biz career few performers can ever achieve and one that many young hopefuls dream of – including a young girl in Hawaii in the 1950s. Bette Midler was born on December 1, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Even in her childhood, Bette stood out from the rest of her peers as the Jewish, white girl who dreamed of being an actress in a tropical paradise. Bette was named by her parents after Bette Davis, but was soon on her way to becoming known as “The Divine Miss M.” Bette studied drama at the University of Hawaii, and at the age of 20, she moved to the mainland after being cast as an extra in the film, Hawaii. Bette’s move to New York prompted her stage debut as Tzeitel in Broadway‘s Fiddler On The Roof for three years. Bette also began performing at the Continental Baths for audiences of gay men and quickly became a legendary sensation with gay audiences.
CAST (feature film)
1. Casting By (2013)
2. Parental Guidance (2012)
3. Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
4. The Women (2008)
5. Then She Found Me (2007)
6. Stepford Wives, The (2004) as Bobbie Markowitz.
7. Isn’t She Great (2000) as Jacqueline Susann.
8. Drowning Mona (2000) as Mona Dearly.
9. Get Bruce (1999) as Herself.
10. Fantasia 2000 (1999) as Host.
11. Jackie’s Back! (1999)
12. That Old Feeling (1997) as Lilly Leonard.
13. First Wives Club, The (1996) as Brenda Morelli Cushman.
14. Get Shorty (1995) as (Uncredited) Doris.
15. Century Of Cinema, A (1994)
16. Gypsy (1993) as Rose Hovick.
17. Hocus Pocus (1993) as Winifred Sanderson.
18. For The Boys (1991) as Dixie Leonard.
19. Scenes From a Mall (1991) as Deborah.
20. Stella (1990) as Stella Claire.
21. Oliver & Company (1988) as Voice Of Georgette.
22. Beaches (1988) as C C Bloom.
23. Big Business (1988) as Sadie Ratliff; Sadie Shelton.
24. Outrageous Fortune (1987) as Sandy.
25. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) as Barbara Whiteman.
26. Ruthless People (1986) as Barbara Stone.
27. Jinxed! (1982) as Bonita.
28. Divine Madness (1980) as The Divine Miss M.
29. Rose, The (1979) as Rose.
WRITER (feature film)
30. Divine Madness (1980) as Screenwriter.
PRODUCER (feature film)
31. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) as Executive Producer.
32. For The Boys (1991) as Producer.
33. Beaches (1988) as Producer.
MUSIC (feature film)
34. One True Thing (1998) as Song Performer (“My One True Friend” “Do You Want To Dance” “Friends”).
35. That Old Feeling (1997) as Song Performer (“Somewhere Along The Way”).
36. Hocus Pocus (1993) as Song Performer (“I Put A Spell On You”).
37. Scenes From a Mall (1991) as Song Performer (“You Do Something To Me”).
38. Beaches (1988) as Song Performer (“Ballin’ The Jack” “I Think It’S Going To Rain Today” “I’Ve Still Got My Health” “The Glory Of Love” “Baby Mine” “Wind Beneath My Wings” “You Are My Sunshine” “I Know You By Heart” “Under The Boardwalk” “Oh Industry” “Otto Titsling”).
39. Beaches (1988) as Songs (“Otto Titsling” “Oh Industry”).
40. In the Mood (1987) as Additional Lyrics (“In The Mood”).
41. Divine Madness (1980) as Additional Lyrics (“Big Noise From Winnetka”).
42. Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) as Song Performer (“Skylark”).
43. Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo (1988) as Creator.
44. 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, The (2001) as Presenter.
45. Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001) as Interviewee.
46. Crossover (2001)
47. United We Stand (2001)
48. 2001 TV Guide Awards, The (2001)
49. Holidays With the Stars (2000) as Interviewee.
50. 18th Annual American Fashion Awards, The (1999)
51. 40th Annual Grammy Awards, The (1998) as Presenter.
52. 1998 Billboard Music Awards, The (1998)
53. Intimate Portrait: Patti LaBelle (1998) as Interviewee.
54. Bette Midler — Diva Las Vegas (1997)
55. Intimate Portrait: Bette Midler (1997) as Interviewee.
56. 69th Annual Academy Awards, The (1997) as Presenter.
57. Wynonna: revelations (1996)
59. How to Be Absolutely Fabulous (1995) as Herself (Voice On Answering Machine).
60. 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1994)
61. Earth and the American Dream (1993) as Voice.
62. What Is This Thing Called Love? (1993)
63. 1991 Grammy Awards (1993)
67. Living in America (1991)
68. Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (1990)
69. 32nd Annual Grammy Awards, The (1990)
71. Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (1990)
72. Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo (1988) as Eudora P Quickly; Mondo Beyondo.
73. 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, The (1987)
74. Late Night Film Festival (1985)
75. Bette Midler: Art or Bust! (1984)
77. Bing!… A 50th Anniversary Gala (1977)
78. Bette Midler — Ol’ Red Hair Is Back (1977) as Host.
79. Neil Sedaka Steppin’ Out (1976)
80. Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3 (1973)
81. Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo (1988) as Writer.
82. Bette Midler: Art or Bust! (1984) as Writer.
83. Bette Midler — Ol’ Red Hair Is Back (1977) as Writer.
84. Bette Midler — Diva Las Vegas (1997) as Executive Producer.
85. Bette Midler: Art or Bust! (1984) as Producer.
86. Twas the Night (2001) as Song Performer (“Chanukah, Oh Chanukah”).
87. Tara Lipinski: From This Moment (1999) as Song Performer (“Wind Beneath My Wings”).
88. 1998 Billboard Music Awards, The (1998) as Song Performer (“One Monkey Don’T Stop No Show”).
89. Bette Midler — Diva Las Vegas (1997) as Song Performer (“The Rose” “Delta Dawn” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” “From A Distance” “Friends” “Wind Beneath My Wings” “Stay With Me Baby” “Do You Wanna Dance?” “I Look Good” “Miss Otis Regrets” “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” “Bed Of Roses” “You Don’T Own Me” “Doctor, Doctor” “Rose’S Turn” “Drinkin’ Again” “Macarthur Park” “Call Me” “Bigotry” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” “In The Navy” “Anchors Aweigh” “The Greatest Love Of All” “New York, New York” “Ukelele Lady” “To Comfort You” “Story Of Love”).
90. Wynonna: revelations (1996) as Song Performer (“The Rose” “Ukulele Lady”).
91. “We Are the World”: A 10th Anniversary Tribute (1995) as Song Performer (“We Are The World”).
92. 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1994) as Song Performer (“Rose’S Turn”).
93. 1991 Grammy Awards (1993) as Song Performer (“From A Distance”).
As a teenager, was member of folksinging trio that toured Hawaiian army bases
Worked in a pineapple cannery in Hawaii after leaving college
Moved to Hollywood for final shooting on “Hawaii”
Made film debut in a bit part as a missionary’s wife in “Hawaii”
Moved to New York City; worked as a go-go dancer in a Union City, NJ club
Made New York stage debut in “Miss Nefertiti Regrets”
Answered open call for a national company of “Fiddler on the Roof”; hired for the chorus of the Broadway production; took over the role of Tzeitel in February 1967 and remained in role for three years
Performed at the Improvisation, a New York club that showcased new talent
Appeared in off-Broadway musical “Salvation”
Began appearing at NYC’s Continental Bathhouse with accompanist Barry Manilow
Signed contract with Atlantic Records
Performed in the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” with the Seattle Opera Company
Released first major album <i>The Divine Miss M</i>, produced by Barry Manilow
Provided the voice of Woody the Spoon on the PBS educational series “Vegetable Soup”
Appeared on Broadway in “Bette! Divine Madness”
Played the title role of a 1960s drug-addicted rock star, modeled after Janis Joplin, in Mark Rydell’s “The Rose”; received first Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Made concert film of her Broadway show “Divine Madness”
Fired her entire musical entourage, including her backup group the Harlettes after the close of “Divine Madness”; was successfully sued for $2 million
Played Rip Torn’s lounge-singer wife in “Jinxed!”; reportedly clashed with co-star Ken Wahl and director Don Siegal
Reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown
TV producing debut, the HBO concert “Bette Midler: Art or Bust”
Returned to films after a four-year absence to star in the popular comedy “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”
Continued her comeback with comic leads in “Ruthless People” (1986), “Outrageous Fortune” (1987), and “Big Business” (1988)
Formed production company All Girl Productions with Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell and Margaret Jennings South
Produced first feature “Beaches”; also co-starred as singer CC Bloom and performed theme song “Wind Beneath My Wings”
First No. 1 hit on the pop charts, “The Wind Beneath My Wings” (from “Beaches” soundtrack)
Re-teamed with director Mark Rydell to play a USO entertainer in “For the Boys”; also produced; received second Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Saluted a retiring Johnny Carson on the final episode of “The Tonight Show” (NBC), during which she sang “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”; won an Emmy for the appearance
Performed her first concert tour in ten years “Experience the Divine”; set a record-breaking 30-night stand at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall
Portrayed Mama Rose in the CBS TV remake of the stage musical “Gypsy”
Made hilarious uncredited appearance in “Get Shorty”
Teamed with Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton for the hit comedy “The First Wives Club”
With co-star Dennis Farina, played two middle-aged former spouses who rekindle their romance in “That Old Feeling”
Headlined the Emmy winning HBO special “Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas”
Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest appearance on the final episode of “Murphy Brown” (CBS)
Co-starred in the comedy-mystery “Drowning Mona” opposite Danny De Vito
Starred in her own short-lived CBS sitcom “Bette”
Toured her new show “Kiss My Brass” to sell-out crowds in the U.S.
Teamed with Barry Manilow after a long-standing feud to record <i>Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook</i>
Starred in the Frank Oz remake of Bryan Forbes’ 1975 cult classic “The Stepford Wives”
Received Grammy nomination for <i>Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook</i>, again produced by Manilow
Signed a two-year deal to headline at Las Vegas’ Caesar Palace, replacing Celine Dion
Performed “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Starred in “Then She Found Me,” directed by Helen Hunt
Voiced title character, a villainous Sphynx cat in “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” the sequel to 2001 family film “Cats & Dogs”
Made directorial debut with HBO special based on her Vegas act “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On”
Co-starred with Billy Crystal in family comedy “Parental Guidance”
Returned to Broadway after more than 30 years, portraying Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers in “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers”
Herbert Berghof Studio: New York , New York –
Radford High School: Honolulu , Hawaii – 1963
University of Hawaii: Honolulu , Hawaii – 1965
Aaron Russo. Manager. Managed her early career.
Martin Von Haselberg. Performance artist, former commodities trader. Married in December 1984; born c. 1949; met at Los Angeles club Roxy in 1981; was member of the avant-garde performance duo the Kipper Kids; studied at the director’s program at the AFI; German by birth, raised in Argentina after family fled the Nazis, educated in England.
Fred Midler. Housepainter. Died in the late 1980s; painted for the Navy while family was in Hawaii; taught his mentally-challenged son to read and write “by hammering and screaming at him until he got it right”.
Ruth Midler. Died in the late 1980s.
Susan Midler. Mental-health administrator. Older.
Judith Midler. Older; killed by a car while going to meet sister after a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1968; debut album dedicated to her.
Daniel Midler. Younger; born mentally impaired.
Sophie Frederica Alohilani Von Haselberg. Born c. 1987.
“A View From a Broad”
“The Saga of Baby Divine”
“The Divine Bette Midler”
“Bette Midler: Outrageously Divine”
“Bette: An Intimate Biography of Bette Midler”