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Monday, December 31, 2018

The Most Memorable Moments In Golden Globes History

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The Most Memorable Moments In Golden Globes History
MICHELLE REGALADO
December 31, 2018

Bette Mdler wins 2 Golden Globes

The Golden Globes is the most famously fun ceremony of awards season. So it’s no surprise that the event has had some truly memorable moments over the years. From the first time celebrities stormed the stage to some strange acceptance speeches, here’s a look at the most unforgettable incidents to happen during the ceremony.

The Rat Pack Storms The Stage

When the Golden Globes Awards were first bestowed in 1944, the ceremony was not the fun, humor-filled production it is today. Then the Rat Pack got involved. In 1958, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. (seen at a performance below) stormed the stage along with Dean Martin, livening up the whole event with their bawdy antics. They were invited back as hosts the next year, kicking off a long tradition of funny, no-filter MCs. Read More

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Photo: Bette Midler attending Billy Crystal’s Friars Club Awards last month

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

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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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Thursday, October 25, 2018

Jennifer Hudson, Cher, Bette, and More Singers Turned Oscar-Nominated Actors

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Jennifer Hudson, Cher, Bette, and More Singers Turned Oscar-Nominated Actors
by Christi Carras
10/23/2018 

Bette Midler in The Roses
Bette Midler in The Rose

Everyone loves a double-threat, especially the Academy. Lady Gaga has already sparked Oscar buzz with her starring performance in Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, and should the “Bad Romance” singer score a 2018 nomination, she’ll join a long lineage of singers-turned-movie-stars — including her A Star is Born predecessors Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland.

Crooners like Frank Sinatra, pop stars like Cher, soul singers like Jennifer Hudson and Motown legends like Diana Ross have all transitioned into critically acclaimed film careers. But only a select few have reached the Academy’s upper acting echelons.  Read More

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Video: Glenn Close, Bette Midler – In Memoriam (Oscars 2014)

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Photo: Bette Midler & Martin at the American Comedy Awards – 1987 – Bette won a handful that night

  • Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) – Bette Midler  – Ruthless People
  • Funniest Female Performer of the Year – Bette Midler
  • Funniest record and-or video — male, female or group: Bette Midler – Mud Will Be Flung Tonight
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Bette Midler
Photo: Bette Midler & Martin at the American Comedy Awards - 1988 - Bette won a handful that night
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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

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Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler
Chris Beachum
August 11, 2018

Bette Midler
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Elisa Leonelli/REX/Shutterstock (3648055cp) Bette Midler. December 1988 Various – 1980s

The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas.

Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. Read More

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood

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28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood
Desiree O, Brit + Co
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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Please Submit Bette Midler’s Name To The Kennedy Honors Submission Page And Share – Example Given. Thank You!

Mister D: There’s a section where you write why Bette should receive this reward. I hate writing, so I just let whatever flow out of me. You can use this as a template and further improve on it. I left out, looking back, the cultural shifts she started, and how she was so controversial at the time and the barriers she had to break down. You can make it more emotional but you do have to include her accomplishment. Go for it. This is an award I think she really deserves, so please fill it out and share the hell out of the link to this article by clicking on the title of the piece ot just the link provided to the Kennedy Honors Submission Page. Send it to everu Bette Midler fan site or FB group you know. This is not a time to play politics. It’s about coming together as a community.

Bette Midler is long overdue for this reward. She’s had an almost 50 year career and has risen to the top and stayed relevent in each thru each decade which is very rare. From million selling albums to classic standard singles to several Grammy Awards, hit movies and 2 Academy Award nominbations, top record breaking music tours, sold out shows on Broadway and 2 Tony awards, award winning TV specials, and two number one best selling books. Not only that, she has become a great philanthropist and a green activist, ever starting her own foundation to beautify NYC through turning neglects areas of the city into beautiful parks and gardens. Next up for her is tackling something in the education field, most likely in the arts. She truly lives up to the moniker, The Divine Miss M. Thank you, Don Bradshaw Read More

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list.

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Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler
Chris Beachum
April 11, 2018 6:00AM

The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas.

Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond.

The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie.

But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon.

1. Dick Van Dyke
Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013.

2. Liza Minnelli
Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981).

3. Denzel Washington
Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010).

4. Gladys Knight
The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

5. Mick Jagger
Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.”

6. Jessica Lange
Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.”

7. Alan Alda
Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005).

8. Bette Midler
Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.”

9. Harrison Ford
Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.”

10. Reba McEntire
McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001).

11. Tommy Tune
Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.”

12. Betty White
White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.”

13. Burt Bacharach
Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special.

14. Diane Keaton
Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award.

15. Arturo Sandoval
The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

16. Cynthia Gregory
Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.”

17. Bob Newhart
Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

18. Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

19. Jerry Lee Lewis Read More

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