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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Have A Divine Day – It’s Bette Midler’s Birthday, Ya’ll – Yehaw!

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Happy Birthday To Bette Midler With Some Fast Facts!

Happy Birthday To Bette Midler

Happy Birthday Bette Midler

Here is a look at the life of award winning singer, actress, comedienne and activist Bette Midler.

Personal:

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

Other Facts:

Named after actress Bette Davis.

Nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and has won three. Read More

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Bette Midler Gets A Birthday Visit From The Douglas Family

Applause! Applause! My family with Martin, Sophie and the Divine Miss Bette Midler. They don’t make ‘em like her anymore!! – Catherine Zeta Jones

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Celebrating singer & actress Bette Midler – Some Leftover Birthday Celebration

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

Danny De Vito.

Midler’s talent for comedy came naturally, though she also proved herself to be quite the dramatic actor as well in 1988’s “Beaches”. The soundtrack to the movie included her famous cover of “Wind Beneath My Wings”, which earned her a third Grammy Award and reached the Billboard’s Top 100.

The 90s proved to be another good decade for Midler. She earned her second nomination with the 1991’s “For the Boys”. The decade also saw the release of one of Midler’s more beloved roles, in Disney Channel Original “Hocus Pocus” (1993). Midler plays Winifred Sanderson, the head of a clan of three evil witches who return from the dead on Halloween night in the town of Salem, and must be stopped by two teens, a young girl and an immortal cat before sunrise.

With the 2000s, Midler starred in 2004’s “The Stepford Wives” alongside Nicole Kidman, and released a Christmas album in 2006, which earned her another Grammy Award nomination. She then ran a two-year show at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace titled “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On”, which started on Feburary 2008. By 2012, Midler had earned the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

More recently, Midler sung at the 2014 Academy Awards and released an album that year titled “It’s the Girls!” Back to Broadway, Midler starred in the 2017’s remake of the 1964 play “Hello, Dolly!”, for which she earned a Tony Award.

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Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy Birthday Bette Midler – The Divinest Of Them All!

Happy Birthday Bette Midler – The Divinest Of Them All!

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Bette Midler’s stunning version of ‘In my life’ will give you shivers

Starts At Sixty
Bette Midler’s stunning version of ‘In my life’ will give you shivers
December 12, 2015

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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 – 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 you’ll see why.

He said, “Singing with Bette Midler was the duet of my life. She’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!”

The show was watched by 9 million people on the night, see Bette Midler and Jake Shimabukuro’s performance here; you wont’ forget it!

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bette Midler: ‘It was a wonderful life’

The Telegraph
Bette Midler: ‘It was a wonderful life’

Midler in For The Boys, for which she was Oscar-nominated
MIDLER IN FOR THE BOYS, FOR WHICH SHE WAS OSCAR-NOMINATED CREDIT: REX/MOVIESTORE COLLECTION

As Bette Midler turns 70, read this 2014 interview with her from the archives.

Bette Midler is tiny but what she lacks in height she makes up for in attitude. She’s running late, then suddenly she’s not, except, in the end, it turns out she is. There is a PR to meet me in the foyer of Claridge’s, and a PR in the hall of the huge suite that her record company have taken over. Looking for the loo I accidentally stumble on a room that is a hive of activity – four or five people on laptops, phones clamped to ears, a nerve centre in miniature. These are Bette’s people. Bette has a lot of people. They are, she tells me later with a joyous hoot, the wind beneath her wings.

Behind closed doors I can hear another interview coming to an end. “Feel free to make me sound funnier than I actually am!” she says. It is a line I suspect she has trotted out many times over the last few days. She is in town to announce her first UK tour in 35 years and to launch a new album. While she’s here, she would like to visit Cliveden (“how do you pronounce it Bry-oh-knee? Cleeeave-den?”) as she’s been reading a book about it, but her husband wonders if it’s too far away.

Midler is wearing a slinky black dress and a pair of Christian Loboutins. She has aged exceptionally well, like a fine wine; she looks better at 68 than she ever did, her corkscrew curls replaced by an elegant updo. Almost 50 years in showbusiness have taught her a lot: she knows that she must always look immaculate. “Women now, they [have to] pose,” she drawls. “They don’t want those ugly pictures of them on the internet, and I don’t blame them. It’s like a war! It’s poisonous, totally toxic,” she says. “If you get on that red carpet, you better be prepared for the results, truly.”

Bette Midler in 2014
Bette Midler in 2014 CREDIT: DAN HALLMAN/INVISION/AP

She did The Royal Variety Performance the other day. “I met the beautiful Duchess [of Cambridge] and her wonderful, handsome husband and they’re lovely, lovely people and I was delighted to be introduced.” One Direction were also there. Did she meet them? “I saw them from across a crowded room,” she says, an insincere smile on her face. “Simon Cowell was there so I didn’t dare approach them.” She mimes a theatrical retch as she says this.

We are here to talk about her new album, It’s the Girls, a compilation of covers of the girl bands of her youth. “The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, The Crystals…” They all had such wonderful names, I say. “Oh yeah, they really did. So evocative. They were completely and utterly wholesome and whimsical. And optimistic. The music was very optimistic and upbeat. The ballads were sometimes sad but you knew things were going to turn out in the end. The music wasn’t bleak. This was before Bob Dylan, you know,” she says drily.

There is only one modern song on the album – Waterfalls by TLC. I ask if she considered using the music of any other contemporary bands. “I couldn’t think of a girl group that was modern who had a song as meaningful as [the one by] TLC. I couldn’t find one. I mean, who are you talking about? The Spice Girls?” She looks aghast. “I like Destiny’s Child. I think that was the last great girl band there was.”

We talk about the pornification of pop music. “It’s terrible! It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch,” – here, she does some slithering herself – “looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it. I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.”

But does it sell more now? “Well whatever strictures there were have fallen apart. And now it’s whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they’re having sex. They really like to slap each other’s butts.” She slaps her own butt. “I mean, don’t ask me. It’s beyond me. I’m too old. I don’t know what the end game is going to be. I don’t know where you go from all that sex in your twenties. I don’t know how you sustain it.” If she had any advice for a young woman wanting to break in to showbusiness today, it would be this: “trust your talent. You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead. You really don’t.”

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 “fabulous… I didn’t know she was so witty!” 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. “She was supposed to be tall and lean,” said Midler in an interview a long, long time ago, “and I was short and fat.” But what did it matter how beautiful she was with humour and talent like that?

Midler’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 – and what exactly took place there – is the subject of much speculation, but she’s always maintained that she didn’t notice anything untoward because she was too busy focusing on her own performance. That’s Bette for you. Professional to the end.

Musical success (she has won three Grammy awards) was followed by movie success – 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.

“I have dabbled in this, dabbled in that,” she says now, of her varied career. “I’m easily distracted but focused. Once I decide what I’m going to do I’m like a dog with a bone. I can’t let it go until it’s done and it’s done well.” But you don’t get multi-tasking entertainers any more. Nowadays, “the comics don’t make music and the musicians don’t make comedy, which is so wrong. In the old days everybody did everything, and that was the best way to do it.”

The stage, she says, is her “spiritual home. It’s where I live. But I do like being off the stage as well. I have a big life off stage.” There’s her husband of almost 30 years, Martin von Haselberg, who gave up his job as a commodities broker to support Midler’s career and bring up their daughter, Sophie, now 28. Sophie is an actress who will shortly appear in the new Woody Allen film. “My husband and I are both very happy and proud and obsessed.”

Then there’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 – she says she looked back to the “sunny” world she grew up in and couldn’t bear that her daughter wouldn’t get to do the same.

“The whole world has become disposable,” she says, concern writ large over her small face. “People use things once, then they throw it away. I grew up really frugal. It was the end of the war and people didn’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 don’t know what you’re talking about!” She throws her hands in the air. She doesn’t let plastic in her house. All the water bottles in the room are glass.

Her work ethos is equally old school. “Now you feel entitled to it without working for it. You come out of college and think ‘well, I can do anything’. No one is willing to learn the game and plunge in before they are a star.” She wishes if anything, she had been more relaxed about her career. “I worked a little too hard, I’m afraid. I should have been easier on myself. But I like rehearsal. I love the business.”

Bette Midler performs in 2015
Bette Midler performs in 2015 CREDIT: JASON SHELDON-REX

Will she ever retire? “Of course I’m going to retire.” Oops, sorry for asking. “You just take your time and you just sort of sneak out when no one’s looking. I definitely think that will happen.” What’s the key to her longevity? “I think it’s… gee, that’s…” for the first time during our encounter, she is lost for words. “I think it’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 shouldn’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 couldn’t get up off the floor.

“It was a wonderful life,” she says, suddenly the narrator of her own life story. “I did good with it. I didn’t shame anybody. I didn’t mortify anybody. I didn’t take my clothes off. I wasn’t caught in flagrante. The fact that they never caught me is really kind of the thrill.”

One of her umpteen PRs is now in the room, letting me know our time is up. “Feel free to make me sound more funny that I actually am!” 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.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

7 Times We Wished Bette Midler Was Our BFF

107.9 The Link

7 Times We Wished Bette Midler Was Our BFF
By Amy Cooper

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We 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 Concert

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The First Wives Club 

Brenda (Bette) leads the pack down the escape route, and holds together 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!?”

 

Beaches

Barbara 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 Carson

Bette 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.

 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy on David Letterman

“The woman who taught gun powder how to bang.” Well, if that wasn’t a line about Bette Midler, I don’t know what was.

 

Stella

The bar patrons get Stella up on the bar to dance to “her song”  – and she pulls her old moves from her days at the Continental Baths out as she rocks it in a very Burlesque type of way.

 

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Winefred 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!

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In Style: Happy 70th Birthday to Bette Midler! See 11 of Her Funniest Instagram Moments!

Happy 70th Birthday to Bette Midler! See 11 of Her Funniest Instagram Moments 

Bette Midler 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 Awards—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 Adele—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!

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Bette Midler: Life In Pics – Happy 70th Birthday Miss M!!!

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Bette Midler: Life In Pics – Happy 70th Birthday Miss M!!!
December 1, 2015

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

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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.

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In 1974, Midler received a special Tony Award for her contribution to the Broadway.

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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.

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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).

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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 “Someday Someway.” (Pictured) Midler signs her book “The Saga of Baby Divine” at B. Dalton Bookstore in Los Angeles, U.S. on Oct. 22, 1983.

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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.

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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.

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The next year, she was cast in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” that marked the beginning of a successful career in comedy movies.

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In 1988, Midler starred in the movie “Beaches” and lent her voice to the film’s soundtrack, which featured her biggest hit ever “Wind Beneath My Wings.” 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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From 2003 to 2004, Midler toured the U.S. as part of her new show, “Kiss My Brass.”

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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.

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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.”

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In 2014, she released one of her highest debuting albums, It’s The Girls

"American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer, Bette Midler at the Pepsi Center Wednesday May 20, 2015. Photos by Evan Semón for Reverb"

In 2015, she sold out concerts in the U.S. and the U.K. with her SRO Tour, Divine Intervention!

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