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Category Archives: Happy Birthday Bette
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Happy Birthday To Bette Midler
Here is a look at the life of award winning singer, actress, comedienne and activist Bette Midler.
Birth date: December 1, 1945
Birth place: Honolulu, Hawaii
Birth name: Bette Davis Midler
Father: Fred Midler, house painter
Mother: Ruth (Schindel) Midler, seamstress
Marriage: Martin von Haselberg (1984-present)
Children: Sophie von Haselberg
Education: Attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa
Named after actress Bette Davis.
Nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and has won three. ...
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Egypt Today Celebrating singer & actress Bette Midler By: Nizar Ahmed Fri, Dec. 1, 2017 CAIRO – 1 December 2017: December 1 is the birthday of the enchanting singer and actress Bette Midler, whose Grammy-award winning music has sold nearly 30 million copies worldwide, while her film roles have earned her Oscar nominations. Born in Hawaii on 1945, Midler grew up poor alongside three other siblings, and found joy in the nature around her. Midler studied drama at the University of Hawaii, and got her very first start in movies as an extra on 1965’s “Hawaii”. Soon after, she moved to New York City to get her start in show business, with her earliest stints being a singer at a nightclub. She also had a role on Broadway’s popular “Fiddler on the Roof”. With 1972, Midler saw the release of her first album, “The Divine Miss M”, followed by her self-titled album “Bette Midler”. Both of these topped the charts and quickly saw Midler rise into fame. For the rest of the decade, she failed to replicate that exact success though, but it didn’t stop her. Her breakthrough acting role came in 1979, where she starred in the lead role for “The Rose”, a tragic story about a self-destructive female rock star, who despite her wild fame finds herself crushed by the pressures of the business, especially under the cruel thumb of her greedy manager. The film was nominated for four Oscar awards, with Midler being nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and she would later win two Golden Globe awards for her performance. Her next film, “Jinxed”, flopped unfortunately, though Midler quickly rebounded with the 1986’s comedy “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and also in that year’s “Ruthless People”, co-starring alongside
Friday, December 1, 2017
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Starts At Sixty Bette Midlerâ€™s stunning version of â€˜In my lifeâ€™ will give you shivers December 12, 2015 When Bette Midler turned 70 last week, a special guest showed up at her party to serenade her. His name was Jake Shimabukuro, a fellow Hawaiian who is as demure as Bette is fabulous, and a ukulele virtuoso. This reminded us of one of the most beautiful performances we have ever seen Ms Midler perform â€“ at the 2009 Royal Variety Performance. Bette asked Shimabukuro to join her on stage for this delicate and, yes, divine, version of the Beatles classic In My Life. She had heard his arrangement of the song and knew instantly that she wanted to sing it with him. The ukulele player says it remains one of the favourite concerts he has ever performed, and youâ€™ll see why. He said, â€œSinging with Bette Midler was the duet of my life. Sheâ€™s one of my all-time favourite singers and just standing with her and playing the ukulele, I was in heaven. Not to mention that we were in front of the Queen!â€ The show was watched by 9 million people on the night, see Bette Midler and Jake Shimabukuroâ€™s performance here; you wontâ€™ forget it!
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
The Telegraph Bette Midler: ‘It was a wonderful life’
We talk about the pornification of pop music. â€œItâ€™s terrible! Itâ€™s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice,Â slitheringÂ around on a couch,â€ â€“ here, she does some slithering herself â€“ â€œlooking so ridiculous. I mean, itâ€™s silly beyond belief and I donâ€™t know whoâ€™s telling her to do it. I wish theyâ€™d stop. But itâ€™s not my business, Iâ€™m not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them thatâ€™s what youâ€™ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.â€ But does it sell more now? â€œWell whatever strictures there were have fallen apart. And now itâ€™s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like toÂ pretendÂ theyâ€™re having sex. They really like to slap each otherâ€™s butts.â€ She slaps her own butt. â€œI mean, donâ€™t ask me. Itâ€™s beyond me. Iâ€™m too old. I donâ€™t know what the end game is going to be. I donâ€™t know where you go from all that sex in your twenties. I donâ€™t know how you sustain it.â€ If she had any advice for a young woman wanting to break in to showbusiness today, it would be this: â€œtrust your talent. You donâ€™t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really donâ€™t.â€ Though Bette Midler seems as Manhattan as Woody Allen, she was actually born in Hawaii, of all, places, at the end of the Second World War. Her father was a painter who disapproved of her showbiz ambitions; her mother, a seamstress, named her after Bette Davis and is said to have screamed â€œfabulousâ€¦ I didnâ€™t know she was so witty!â€ when she first saw her daughter perform. Midler worked in a pineapple factory before escaping to New York City where she got a role as one of the sisters in Fiddler on the Roof. She played the eldest daughter. â€œShe was supposed to be tall and lean,â€ said Midler in an interview a long, long time ago, â€œand I was short and fat.â€ But what did it matter how beautiful she was with humour and talent like that? Midlerâ€™s own sister, Judith, was killed in a car crash while on the way to see her perform. It is said to have haunted Midler for many years afterwards. But she overcame personal tragedy to achieve professional success. It was in New York that she began singing in a gay bathhouse with Barry Manilow as her pianist, adopting the alter ego The Divine Miss M. The bathhouse â€“ and what exactly took place there – is the subject of much speculation, but sheâ€™s always maintained that she didnâ€™t notice anything untoward because she was too busy focusing on her own performance. Thatâ€™s Bette for you. Professional to the end. Musical success (she has won three Grammy awards) was followed by movie success â€“ her first, The Rose, won her a Golden Globe, while Beaches still tops weepy lists almost 30 years after its release. She has been a brilliant comedienne too, her mermaid in a wheelchair character ripped off by the likes of Lady Gaga. â€œI have dabbled in this, dabbled in that,â€ she says now, of her varied career. â€œIâ€™m easily distracted but focused. Once I decide what Iâ€™m going to do Iâ€™m like a dog with a bone. I canâ€™t let it go until itâ€™s done and itâ€™s done well.â€ But you donâ€™t get multi-tasking entertainers any more. Nowadays, â€œthe comics donâ€™t make music and the musicians donâ€™t make comedy, which is so wrong. In the old days everybody did everything, and that was the best way to do it.â€ The stage, she says, is her â€œspiritual home. Itâ€™s where I live. But I do like being off the stage as well. I have a big life off stage.â€ Thereâ€™s her husband of almost 30 years, Martin von Haselberg, who gave up his job as a commodities broker to support Midlerâ€™s career and bring up their daughter, Sophie, now 28. Sophie is an actress who will shortly appear in the new Woody Allen film. â€œMy husband and I are both very happy and proud and obsessed.â€ Then thereâ€™s her charity, The New York Restoration Project, which has been going for nearly 20 years. Its aim is to plant trees and restore run-down buildings in deprived areas of the city; Midler bought 52 community gardens in the area and is a passionate horticulturist. Her interest started when Sophie was born â€“ she says she looked back to the â€œsunnyâ€ world she grew up in and couldnâ€™t bear that her daughter wouldnâ€™t get to do the same. â€œThe whole world has become disposable,â€ she says, concern writ large over her small face. â€œPeople use things once, then they throw it away. I grew up really frugal. It was the end of the war and people didnâ€™t have anything. They had to take care of what they had. They had to polish their shoes. I mean, you say polish your shoes to someone nowadays and they donâ€™t know what youâ€™re talking about!â€ She throws her hands in the air. She doesnâ€™t let plastic in her house. All the water bottles in the room are glass. Her work ethos is equally old school. â€œNow you feel entitled to it without working for it. You come out of college and think ‘well, I can do anythingâ€™. No one is willing to learn the game and plunge in before they are a star.â€ She wishes if anything, she had been more relaxed about her career. â€œI worked a little too hard, Iâ€™m afraid. I should have been easier on myself. But I like rehearsal. I love the business.â€ Will she ever retire? â€œOf course Iâ€™m going to retire.â€ Oops, sorry for asking. â€œYou just take your time and you just sort of sneak out when no oneâ€™s looking. I definitely think that will happen.â€ Whatâ€™s the key to her longevity? â€œI think itâ€™sâ€¦ gee, thatâ€™sâ€¦â€ for the first time during our encounter, she is lost for words. â€œI think itâ€™s perseverance. Continuing to put one foot in front of the other. And taking advantage of the opportunities. I took advantage of some opportunities that I shouldnâ€™t have, but in the long [term], I had more peaks than I had valleys, and I never let anything distress me so much that I couldnâ€™t get up off the floor. â€œIt was a wonderful life,â€ she says, suddenly the narrator of her own life story. â€œI did good with it. I didnâ€™t shame anybody. I didn’t mortify anybody. I didnâ€™t take my clothes off. I wasnâ€™t caught in flagrante. The fact that they never caught me is really kind of the thrill.â€ One of her umpteen PRs is now in the room, letting me know our time is up. â€œFeel free to make me sound more funny that I actually am!â€ she says, and I leave with the sense that I have just been in the presence of one of the last great entertainers. A true star.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
107.9 The Link
7 Times We Wished Bette Midler Was Our BFF By Amy CooperWe absolutely love Bette Midler. As an icon with a full set of pipes, she’s been long lasting on multiple plains of life – and we absolutely love her versatility! Here’s the 7 times that she’s proven her amazing talent – a friend we’d love to have!
Bette Midler Singing “You’ve Got To Have Friends” – Continental Baths ConcertCheck out those vocals! Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn in the crazy destruction of trying to escape when stealing paperwork from taxes. When they get down to the bottom, Brenda proves she’s the most adventurous – saying “Ya wanna go again!?”
BeachesBarbara Hershey plays on the side of Bette Midler, where the women talk about careers and mixing it with children, which turns into an argument of jealousy and anger. Bette has the last word – and it’s a harsh but amazing one.
Bette’s goodbye to Johnny CarsonBette serenades Johnny as a goodbye with the song “One For My Baby, And One More For The Road,” and it’s absolutely divine. They show Johnny just taking in the moment from his desk, and it’s so heartwarming.
1Winefred Sanderson couldn’t be ignored, and it’s one of the most iconic Halloween songs there is. Also, her theatrics couldn’t be matched in this role. Happy Birthday, Bette!
Bette MidlerÂ is turning 70! Today, the actress, singer, comedienne, and producer is adding “birthday girl” to her long list of existing titles. Congrats, Bette! With a career spanning five decades, Midler is best known in Hollywood for her iconic career as an actress, singer, and entertainer, which earned multiple Grammy Awards, Golden Globes, Emmy Awardsâ€”and a special Tony Award. Not only that, but as a singer, her many albums saw enormous success, selling more than 30 million copies worldwide. Today, Midler is celebrating another milestone: her 70th birthday. And, in honor of her special day, we poked around her Instagram account, which is filled with hilarious posts from the songstress herself. To see for yourself, scroll through the Insta pics below. Happy birthday, Bette! 1. In honor of her memorable role as a witch in the kids’ Halloween film, Hocus Pocus 2. A major #TBT photo of Midler and Liza Minnelli 3. Photo-bombed! 4. Casually hanging with Adeleâ€”while “trying to keep a straight, dignified face” 5. Easter Bunny costume? Check. 6. Raisin’ the roof while hanging backstage at Jimmy Kimmel. 7. There’s no better stocking stuffer. 8. #FlashbackFriday with Bette! 9. Showing off her in-flight snack, saying “Wait til you see the lunch.” 10. Hanging with the king of comedy: Stephen Colbert. 11. Possibly the most epic throwback pic out there. Happy birthday to the always funny, always gorgeous, Bette Midler!
MSN Bette Midler: Life In Pics – Happy 70th Birthday Miss M!!! December 1, 2015 American singer and actress Bette Midler, who boasts almost half a century long career, turns 70 on Dec. 1, 2015. Also known by her informal stage name of ‘The Divine Miss M,’ Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and a special Tony Award. Let’s take a look at her illustrious life and career in pictures. Midler was born on Dec. 1, 1945 in Hawaii. Her mother was a seamstress and housewife and her father worked as a painter at a Navy base in Hawaii. While studying at Radford High School in Honolulu she was voted “Most Talkative” in the 1961 school Hoss Election and “Most Dramatic” in her senior year. She went to the University of Hawaii and majored in drama, but left after three semesters. Her first screen appearance was in the 1966 movie, “Hawaii” as an extra. She played an uncredited role of a seasick passenger named Miss David Buff. (Pictured) A still from the movie Hawaii, starring Richard Harris, Julie Andrews and Max von Sydow. Using money from her work in the movie “Hawaii” she moved to New York City and started performing in theater. Her first professional onstage role was in Tom Eyen’s Off-Off-Broadway plays “Miss Nefertiti Regrets” and “Cinderella Revisited” in 1965. Four years later, she played the role of Tzeitel in “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway. (Pictured) Bette Midler and jazz great Lionel Hampton pose for photographers backstage at New York’s Broadway Theater on Dec. 22, 1979. Her first studio album, “The Divine Miss M” was released in 1972. It reached “Billboard’s” Top 10 and went on to becoming a million-selling Platinum-certified album. “The Divine Miss M” helped Midler earn her first GrammyÂ Award for Best New Artist. A year later, she released her self-titled second album. It, too, reached Billboard’s Top 10 and eventually sold close to a million copies in the United States alone. In 1974, Midler received a special Tony Award for her contribution to the Broadway. In 1977, Midler’s first television special, “Ol’ Red hair is Back” premiered and featured guest stars Dustin Hoffman and Emmett Kelly. It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Special- Comedy-Variety or Music. Midler gave one of her best acting performances in the 1979 movie “The Rose” in which she played a drug-addicted rock star. The role was inspired by American singer Janis Joplin and gave Midler her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress (Comedy or Musical). In 1983, she released the album “No Frills,” which included three singles – the ballad “All I Need to Know,” “You’re My Favorite Waste of Time,” and â€œSomeday Someway.” (Pictured) Midler signs her book “The Saga of Baby Divine” at B. Dalton Bookstore in Los Angeles, U.S. on Oct. 22, 1983. She married artist Martin von Haselberg on Dec. 16, 1984, six weeks after their first meeting. Their daughter, Sophie Frederica Alohilani Haselberg was born on Nov. 14, 1986. In 1985, she performed at the fund-raising single “We Are the World,” and also participated at the Live Aid event at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. The next year, she was cast in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” that marked the beginning of a successful career in comedy movies. In 1988, Midler starred in the movie â€œBeachesâ€ and lent her voice to the filmâ€™s soundtrack, which featured her biggest hit ever â€œWind Beneath My Wings.â€ The song spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and sold more than four million copies in the U.S. alone. It also helped Midler bag her third Grammy Award for Record of the Year. In 1990, another one of her songs “From a Distance” from the album “Some People’s Lives” topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and achieved platinum status in the US. Midler teamed up with “The Rose” directer Mark Rydell one more time for the 1991 movie “For the Boys,” a historical drama where she played a 1940s actress and singer Dixie Leonard who teams up with Eddie Sparks, a famous performer to entertain American troops. The role earned her rave reviews and she received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In May, 1992, Midler appeared in the penultimate episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” She sang “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” to Johnny Carson and won an Emmy Award for her performance. In 1993, the actress starred with Sarah Jessica Parker in the Walt Disney comedy fantasy film, “Hocus Pocus.” The film has achieved a cult status. She won her third Emmy Award for her role in 1997 HBO special “Diva Las Vegas,” for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program. She won her third Emmy Award for her role in 1997 HBO special “Diva Las Vegas,” for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program. From 2003 to 2004, Midler toured the U.S. as part of her new show, “Kiss My Brass.” In February, 2008, Midler made her Vegas debut with the show “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On,” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special. In 2012, she was awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in recognition of her having “captivated the world” and her “stylish presentation and unmistakable voice.” In 2014, she released one of her highest debuting albums, It’s The Girls In 2015, she sold out concerts in the U.S. and the U.K. with her SRO Tour, Divine Intervention!