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Thursday, October 25, 2018

BetteBack August 10, 1975: Bette Midler Discovers The Manhattan Transfer

Cedar Rapids Gazette
August 10, 1975

The Manhattan Transfer - The Manhattan Transfer (1975)

Their story reads like a scenario out of a 1940s movie musical.

The action opens late one night on a New York City street, where cab driver Tim Hauser picks up a pretty young redhead dressed in hot pants and cape. He explains he’s an out-of-work singer. She introduces herself as Laurel Masse, an aspiring vocalist.

Fade out — and fade into a scene at a west end bar some hours later, where the couple is plotting, planning, fantasizing about making beautiful music together. Read More

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Monday, October 15, 2018

BetteBack August 9, 1975: I hear Bette Midler isn’t nearly so popular offstage as she is onstage. True?

Altoona Mirror
August 9, 1975


I hear Bette Midler isn’t nearly so popular offstage as she is onstage. True?K. Denton, Newport, Ky.

Not on the evidence we have. During the New York run of “Clams on the Half Shell‘ she ordered 70 picnic hampers from the Trattoria and Brasserie restaurants to be delivered to the theater between shows on weekends, as there was no time for the cast and crew to go out to dinner.

When Alexis Smith visited Bette backstage after one show, her dressing room was crowded and Alexis didn’t recognize Bette, with no makeup and her hair pulled back.”In fact, she was introducing herself to people, ” said Alexis, who told Bette she was leaving for a Florida club date. With that, Bette took her to a corner and passed on some valuable tips about club work, a rare thing for performers to do. They usually guard their  “secrets ” as closely as the Pentagon does. Read More

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

BetteBack July 31, 1975: Bette Midler – “I hate it when they call me ugly…”

Van Nuys Valley News
July 31, 1975


Inside Bette Midler, who made her reputation as the brash, tough, bigger-than-life Divine Miss M, is “a vulnerable little person,” who is hurt by derogatory references to her appearance, the star revealed.

“I hate it when they call me ugly when they say I’m homely,” the orange-haired entertainer told a reporter for the current issue of Redbook magazine, confiding that she has considered having a nose job.

“But what’s the diff?” Ms. Midler observed. “It’s only the shell. I can’t have plastic surgery on my heart.” Read More

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Friday, August 17, 2018

BetteBack July 17, 1975: ABC Offers Bette Midler A Special Deal

Harrisburg Daily Register
July 17, 1975


Bette Midler, the doyenne of glitter rock, may soon be doing her boogie woogie on ABC, a network spokesman said Wednesday.

“We have made her an offer,*’ the spokesman confirmed, “now, it’s up to her.” The spokesman declined to discuss the terms of the offer.

Miss Midler has risen from a cult following in a Manhattan steambath to successes on Broadway and television with her outrageous style of song and dance. Her first top seller was a parody of the Andrews’ Sister hit of the 1940’s “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy from
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Saturday, July 21, 2018

BetteBack July 2, 1975: Bette Midler Begins Singing Lessons

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

BetteBack July 1, 1975: ‘Clams’ Breaks Broadway’s Box Office Record

Stroudsburg Pocono Record
July 1, 1975


All we can conscientiously say about Bette Midler is you can have her, but her ten-week Broadway vulgarity grossed 51,700.00 to become the Main Stem’s all time box office champ.

Bette Midler Reveals How She Got Her Nickname with Release of Deluxe Edition of ‘The Divine Miss M’ Bette Midler – I’m Wishing – A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes – Lullabye Of Broadway – Live At Last – 1976 | BootLeg Betty

Bette Midler – Lullaby Of Broadway-Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy-Johnny Carson-1973 | BootLeg Betty Read More

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

BetteBack June 13, 1975: The Divine Miss “M” scores personal success on Broadway

Mister D: It’s so funny to read these old articles to be reminded of how edgy and out there Miss M was. It seemed like everybody was afraid of her, I remember Linda Ronstadt saying Bette opened the door for women singers to be looser on stage and Ms Ronstadt also claimed that Bette showed you don’t have to stand still at the microphone to sing, Bette was all over the place.

Lowell Sun
June 13, 1975

Bette Midler. "It was a remarkable adventure to return to Hawaii," Bette Midler said on the Tonight Show. The Johnny Carson program featuring Miss Midler performing a medley of songs from the 1940s and talking about her career will be shown on KHON, Channel 2, at 10:30 p.m., tomorrow. Star-Bulletin photo by Bob Young on September 6, 1973. Ran on Tuesday, September 18, 1973 and Sunday, August 21, 1977.

NEW YORK – Who is the trashiest girl in town wearing the tackiest clothes? The answer may be found nightly on the stage of the new Minskoff Theater where Betle Midler is in command of a spectacular revue entitled! “Clams on the Half Shell”. Whatever else may or may not be said about the show, it is a personal success for the young singer whose followers have christened her “The Dcvine Miss “M”. Read More

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BetteBack June 3, 1975: Bette Midler To Record Gospel Song

Arkansas City Traveler
June 3, 1975


The gospel song Bette Midler sings in her Broadway show was written by Paul Simon and will be on her next album, which is being cut in N.Y. and is, according to a couple of snipers,”already the world’s” most expensive album.

Bette Midler Mistook Harry Hamlin For Drunk Man During Broadway Show BetteBack December 14, 1973: Bette Midler Hits Sophomore Slump

Bette Midler In Hello Dolly! Tickets Go On Sale (Link Provided), Saturday. September 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time Read More

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

BetteBack May 29, 1975: Elton John Jealous Over Bette Midler

Mister D: Well, I don’t know if this is true or not, but if it is, he was right. Bette did get all the positive notices even though she was sabotaged by Cher by having her solo number cut. But that didn’t stop her from shining.

Saint Charles Journal
May 29, 1975


ELTON JOHN claims he’ll never do another TV show with CHER unless he can be the only guest star; last tlme, BETTE MIDLER got all the fave notices…

BetteBack January 21, 1990: Bette Midler And Cher To Star In ‘Angry Housewives’ (This Would’ve Been A Hit!) Read More

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

BetteBack May 22, 1975: Bette Midler Meets Her Vickie Eydie (Including Videos)

Uniontown Morning Herald
May 22, 1975


Joey Heatherton introduced another singer in her Empire Room audience: Bette Midler (Mister D: Joey Heatherton would turn out to be the inspiration for Bette Midler’s Vickie Eydie.)

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