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Friday, November 16, 2018

Video: Bette Midler – Diva Las Vegas

Bette Midler - Diva Las Vegas

Awards
Won 2 Primetime Emmy Awards. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations

  • 1998
    American Comedy Awards, USA
    Won, American Comedy Award
    Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication
    Bette Midler
  • 1997
    Awards Circuit Community Awards
    Won, ACCA
    Best Documentary Feature
  • 1997
    Primetime Emmy Awards
    Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
    Bill Brigode (co-producer), Bette Midler (executive producer), Douglas C. Forbes (co-producer), Marty Callner (producer), Randall Gladstein (co-producer), Bonnie Bruckheimer (executive producer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special – Multi-Camera Production
    Jeff U’ren (editor), Troy Okoniewski (editor)
  • Won, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program
    Bette Midler (performer)
  • Won, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic) for a Drama Series, Variety Series, Miniseries or a Special
    Allen Branton (lighting designer), Peter Morse (lighting designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Music Direction
    Bobby Lyle (music director)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program
    Robert De Mora (costume designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Special
    Robert Ramos (hairstylist)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Variety or Music Series or a Special
    Don Worsham (production/re-recording mixer), Kooster McAlister (production mixer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety or Music Program
    Robert De Mora (production designer)
  • Nominated, Primetime Emmy
    Outstanding Directing for a Variety or Music Program
    Marty Callner (director)

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    Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    Video: Bette Midler – I Look Good! – Diva Las Vegas – Turns Out Bette Midler Just Rewrote Lyrics To Another Song (See And Hear What It Is)

    Video: Bette Midler – I Look Good! – Diva Las Vegas – Turns Out Bette Midler Just Rewrote Lyrics To Another Song (See And Hear What It Is)

    Bette Midler - Diva Las Vegas

    Video: Bette Midler – I Look Good! – Diva Las Vegas

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    Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Video: Bette Midler – Diva Las Vegas – I Look Good!

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    Tuesday, July 17, 2018

    Video: Bette Midler – Diva Las Vegas [Full Concert 1997]

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    Sunday, September 4, 2016

    BetteBack February 1, 1997: Concert Grosses Week Of January 21, 1997

    Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
    February 1, 1997

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    Saturday, September 3, 2016

    BetteBack January 20, 1997: Never Watch Anything Stupider Than You

    Hutchinson News
    January 20, 1997

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    Bette Midler can be aeen on the small screen in the HBO concert special ‘Diva Las Vegas‘ by anyone with cable TV – except her 10-year-old daughter Sophie.

    The singer-actress maintains a strict TV ban at home, she says in the Jan. 25 TV Guide.

    “I won’t allow It,” Midler said. “I made a pact with myself a long time ago. Never watch anything stupider than you. It’s helped me a lot.”

    ‘Diva Las Vegas,’ which premiered on HBO Saturday, isn’t the only TV show about her mom that little Sophie seems destined to miss. Midler, 50, has a movie musical project in the works for NBC.

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    Friday, September 2, 2016

    BetteBack January 23, 1997: Tom Shales – Diva Las Vegas

    Washington Post
    January 23, 1997

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    WASHINGTON — A dazzling tour de force of monumental proportions!

    And that was just the first 15 minutes! “Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas,” Midler’s latest TV special, proved indisputably that there’s plenty of life in the old girl yet. We should all have as much.

    The lavishly ballyhooed concert, which premiered on HBO last Saturday night, earned all the ballyhoo and certainly stinted nary a whit on lavishness. Midler was in great voice, great face and great form. The balance of new material and old standbys seemed ideal, as did the ratio of music to comedy.

    It was 2 hours and 10 minutes of utter hysterical pleasure.

    And the good news for HBO subscribers is that HBO will repeat the concert on Sunday, Feb. 2, at 9 p.m. (Central time).

    “I bet you didn’t expect me to look quite this fabulous,” the svelte Midler told her audience at the MGM Grand. “I bet you were expecting a beefier gal.” She put herself through exhausting paces throughout the night, bouncing and flouncing, preening and careening, even lying down onstage at one point to do sit-ups and push-ups.

    All this was designed to prove she’s still alive and kickin’. Nobody belabors the obvious with quite so much charm as Midler. It’s a belabor of love.

    Midler revived some of her old reliables, but none that have worn out. their welcomes: Delores DelLago, the mermaid in the motorized wheelchair, who eventually led a mad chorus line of flapping fins to “New York, New York“; her original theme song “Friends,” sung at the vety opening as Midler descended from the rafters on a cloud; and rock oldies such as “Do You Wanna Dance?,” all accompanied by three ultra-comely backup singers she calls the Harlettes.

    The choice of music was nothing if not eclectic — everything from the inevitable superhit “Wind Beneath My Wings” to the quaintly campy “Ukulele Lady” to a jubilant reprise of what Midler mockingly called “our national anthem,” the rollicking Andrews Sisters
    number “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

    Midler’s quips were up to the minute. She said her Cabbage Patch doll “coughed up a hairball.” She recalled dreaming that “Laura Ashley murdered Martha Stewart,” but not to worry, “it was a lovely presentation.” Her husband is so designer-conscious, Midler said, that “he couldn’t believe O.J. only had one pair of Bruno Magli shoes.”

    Celebrating the box office success of her most recent film, “The First Wives Club,” Midler sang a parody of “Ev’rything’s Coming Up Roses” from “Gypsy,” her big TV special of a few seasons back.

    Only this time it went: “Things look swell, things look great, I got 20 percent of the gate,” and the song was retitled “Ev’rything’s Coming Up Grosses.”

    Perhaps 23 minutes was a bit too much time’for Midler’s tribute to burlesque, replete with bawdy Sophie Tucker jokes, but it did include gorgeous showgirls in varying degrees of toplessness. Midler can share the stage with the built and the beautiful and still know that few eyes will drift from her for very long.

    Producer-director Marty Callner did everybody a favor by concentrating his cameras on the stage and the star and not, as so many directors of live concerts do, on people in the audience. Who wants to see people in the audience? The production was staged by, and
    dedicated to, the late Joe Layton, a Broadway veteran.
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    It was hard to watch Midler whizzing and whirring around and not compare her show with Barbra Streisand’s 1994 concert tour, which also became an HBO special.

    Midler was 10 times more entertaining and 20 times less pretentious. At its best moments, her voice has a warmth that is lovely and enveloping. She’s a wonder at achieving what might be called Bombastic Intimacy.

    Like the heroine of an old Saturday afternoon serial, Bette Midler has had her ups and she’s had her downs. This was an up. Maybe an up and a half. Ev’rything was coming up “up.”
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    Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Shales writes for the Washington Post.

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    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    BetteBack January 18, 1997: It’s A Fabulous Body. I Don’t Want To See It Disintegrate

    Indiana Gazette
    January 18, 1997

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    “There is no square inch of my body that doesn’t require intense maintenance. And it’s a bloody bore. But it’s a fabulous body, and I don’t want to see it disintegrate. I mean, if you have a beautiful car, don’t you keep up your beautiful car? If you have a beautiful home, don’t you keep up your beautiful home? I do ”

    That’s the genuinely Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, talking to next week’s TV Guide. And let me assure you, Bette really is in top shape. I know this for a fact, because I willingly flew across the country to see Bette tape her HBO special in Las Vegas.

    Bette, looking better than ever, literally fell from the Las Vegas sky staging her signature song “Friends,” belting it out as if for the first time. And, boy, was the star-studded audience, led by Brooke Shields and Andre Agassi, ever ready to be Bette’s friend.

    The crowd at the MGM Grand was literally screaming out its love for this fantastic showbiz legend. (After “Friends” she swings right into her witty paean to herself, “I Look Good” — and, baby, nobody’can disagree’

    Marty Callner, who directed Bette’s “Diva Las Vegas” special, told me, “I cried when Bette did ‘Stay With Me’ (her blockbuster number from “The Rose“). It was impossible for me to continue. I have never loved working with anybody more than I have with Bette. She’s not only a genius, she’s a real human being. In this business, those things don’t generally coincide.”

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    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    BetteBack January 17, 1997: Miss M is Divine in Las Vegas

    Santa Ana Orange County Register
    January 17, 1997

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    That Bette Midler!

    One minute, she gets down and dirty in a bawdy burlesque number, next, she spouts obscenity-spiked jokes, then she blossoms into a glamorous diva belting out spine-tingling ballads.

    All sides of the Divine One’s stage persona can be seen in “Diva Las Vegas,” a two-hour concert airing Saturday on HBO.

    It’s definitely not the frumpy Bette you saw in “The First Wives Club.”

    She’s a slimmed-down, outright babe, and she won’t let you forget it. Her second song is “I Look Good,” and she repeatedly asks the audience, “Don’t I look good?” as she struts across the stage in strappy black wheels, skin-tight black pants and a glittering
    black top beneath a mop of blond ringlets.

    Such an attitude, though, is to be expected from the irrepressible Midler.

    With her backup singers and dancers, the Harlettes, Midler puts on a supercharged production, her first full-length TV concert since 1984. She even slips into a mermaid outfit to revive her outrageous Delores DeLago character, who literally flops around onstage during several songs.

    The concert’s high point, though, is more understated. It comes near the end, when Midler dons a floor-length brown gown, swoops up her hair for a classy twist and belts out the ballads “From a Distance,” “To Comfort You,” “Stay With Me” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

    In a pre-concert interview, Midler, 51, said the performance would be the last of her big-production shows.

    “I can’t do it anymore. I can’t take it anywhere,” she said. I can’t take it overseas because it’s too cost prohibitive.”

    She left open the possibility of touring with a smaller entourage.

    “I’d like to pare it ail down and have a small group just to sort of get to Japan. I’ve had a 30-year career, and I’ve never played Japan!” she said.

    Midler is among a handful of entertainers who can claim success in virtually every arena — television, film, stage, music and standup comedy. But it’s singing before a live audience, she said, that is her first love.

    “That’s where I started my professional life and what I enjoy the most because it’s my, you know?” she said. “I don’t have to worry about someone else’s ideas being superimposed on me.

    “It’s my expression and my art. And sometimes it’s great, and sometimes it’s not so great, but at least I’m not at the mercy of someone else’s taste. I’m at the mercy of my own taste and my own intellect.”

    With 16 cameras pointed at the stage, the concert was taped Saturday at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino on the city’s famed Strip.

    It was produced and directed by Marty Callner, best known for those Aerosmith music videos featuring Alicia Silverstone and Liv Tyler.

    “When you work with someone like this,” a beaming Callner said after the concert, “she was so into it. Not for the money. There were no egos. We just wanted to do something great.”

    Callner accompanied Midler for a couple of months on a nationwide tour so they could hammer out choreography and fine-tune the performance for the HBO special.

    Of all the cities they could have chosen for the show, why Vegas ?

    “I love Las Vegas. I love it!” Midler bellowed. “It’s a great city. It’s so silly. I have two minds about it. On the one hand, I’m appalled, and, on the other hand, I’m just like, ‘Oh, so what. There it is. Go ahead and enjoy it. Don’t make a big deal about it.’ ”

    By going to Vegas, she also could use that great name “Diva Las Vegas,” a play on Elvis Presley’s movie “Viva Las Vegas.”

    Plus, Midler has fond memories of the city of Lost Wages. She was married there to Martin von Haselberg by an Elvis impersonator.

    Midler shows no signs of fatigue after a long day of photo shoots and interviews. Wearing a mismatched outfit of a leopard-print jacket and black-and-white checkered pants, she leans back on a couch, stroking her 11-year old daughter’s white jack terrier, Queen Puddles.

    She’s not one to just discuss career. She loves girl talk, too.

    “Blond is so great if you’re old.

    There’s nothing like blond to keep your spirits up. Really. It just cheers you up to be a blonde,” she says. “Red doesn’t last. People thought I was a real redhead. I was never a real anything.”

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    Friday, August 26, 2016

    BetteBack January 14, 1997: Bette Midler says weights, treadmill trimmed her down

    Santa Ana Orange County Register
    January 14, 1997

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    Dieting had nothing to do with the svelte body Bette Midler is sporting these days.

    “Exercise is the only thing that really counts in getting the body in shape,” she said at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Hotel after the taping of her Saturday HBO concert special. ” I work out an hour a day — 30 minutes with weights, 30 minutes on the treadmill. It’s the weights that really do it.”

    During the taping of the show before a crowd of some 15,000, she kept asking, “Don’t I look great?” And the audience kept roaring its approval. She ended up receiving nearly a dozen standing ovations as she sizzled her way through one sensational number after another.

    MEANWHILE…Midler’s screen career is absolutely sizzling these days. She’ll be starring in “Ladyfingers” for Mike Medavoy‘s Phoenix Films. In development for her and Candice Bergen is a distaff version of the Billy Wilder comedy “The Fortune Cookie,” in which Jack
    Lemmon and Waltar Matthau starred in 1966. She and Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton will team in “Avon Ladies Of The Amazon” at U.A. — if scripters can figure out how to turn a story about one woman into a vehicle for three leading ladies. Then there’s “Welcome to the Family.” That’s still being developed at Sid Shelnberg’s The Bubble Works for Bette.

    All these projects will be either produced or co-produced by Bette and her partner Bonnie Bruckheimer for their All Girls Productions. When you’re hot!

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