Category Archives: Others Talk About Bette

Thursday, October 4, 2018

A Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty Exclusive: Bruce Vilanch, Unfiltered

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty
Exclusive: Bruce Vilanch, Unfiltered
By Guest Writer: Todd Sussman
October 4, 2018

Bruce Vilanch
Bruce Vilanch

He’s naughty, bawdy, and brash.  I love it!  He was – and still is – the perfect match to write for Bette Midler.  Here, Mr. Vilanch shares the view from his front-row seat with Bette, going all the way back to the early days.   Bruce is always insightful and sometimes off-color…and it was my honor to interview him.

Todd:  When did you first meet Bette?

Bruce: It was during the Paleozoic period, shortly after the Big Bang. That would make it about 50 years ago – where’s my Xanax? – in Chicago at a club called Mister Kelly’s. She had been on Broadway as the eldest daughter in Fiddler on the Roof and was working on a nightclub act.  I was sent to review her. History is made at night! ...  Read More

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Sunday, September 9, 2018

Kathy Najimy finds the funny in feminism and talks about Bette Midler

Kathy Najimy finds the funny in feminism and talks about Bette Midler
By Lynda Sturner / Banner CorrespondentPosted Sep 7, 2018, at 9:11 AM

Kathy Najimy finds the funny in feminism and talks about Bette Midler

When Kathy Najimy was growing up in a working-class neighborhood in southeast San Diego, her parents, immigrants from Beirut, had no extra money for acting classes.

“I didn’t have the kind of body that someone usually expects of someone going into show business,” she says. “So I would put on plays in my backyard and make all my friends in fifth grade do Bette Midler revues.”

Those childhood plays of Najimy’s have evolved a bit, and now she’s written and starring in a show, “Lift Up Your Skirt,” that will be at the Art House for one night only, on Sunday. ...  Read More

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Mandy Moore (This Is Us) Talks About Bette Midler

Metro News
Sixty Seconds with Mandy Moore
by James Mottram
August 7, 2018

Bette Midler and Mandy Moore

Who was your biggest influence growing up?

Nobody in my family was in the arts. I was obsessed with musical theatre. I was obsessed with Bette Midler. I wanted to be Bette Midler, I wanted to have that career. I wanted to do Broadway and movies and TV and make records and go on tour. She did it all and said it all and was her own woman. I thought, ‘That’s who I want to be.’ And still. To have that career longevity, winning Tony Awards on Broadway… she’s unstoppable. ...  Read More

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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Aubrey Plaza Mentions Bette Midler In Old 2012 Interview

Mister D: Remember the article I posted a while back where Aubrey said her idol was Bette Midler? After she made it on TV, she went backstage to meet Bette after her performance in I’ll Eat You Last, but Aubrey ran out the door right before Bette was to come out and meet her. She said she couldn’t do it. So I’m assuming she’s still never met Bette! BUST MAGAZINE Aubrey Plaza On “Parks & Rec,” Popularity, And Petfinder: From The BUST Archives BY BUST MAGAZINE 10/2012 Aubrey Plaza “And I was obsessed with movies. Weird movies would make me want to act. Like, do you remember For the Boys with Bette Midler? It’s such a weird reference, but I would see random movies, and they would affect me. For some reason, I was like, ‘Yes, I want to do that. I want to sing for the army!’” she says, in a faux-dreamy voice. It’s this offhanded humor that sets Plaza apart from the majority of today’s young Hollywood actresses”
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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Broadway Legend Betty Buckley (Hello Dolly! Road Tour, Cats) Talks About Seeing Bette Midler In Hello Dolly!

TV Insider ‘Preacher’ Superfan Betty Buckley on Joining the Series: ‘I Was Literally Dancing Around My House’ Lori Acken June 23, 2018 3:00 pm Betty Buckley, Hello Dolly, Poster And now you’re about to embark on “Hello, Dolly!” — a 44-week tour of more feel-good. My catch phrase for that is we’re gonna “Make America Happy Again!” I don’t know if you’ve seen the current Broadway production, but it’s just so joyous. I saw it last winter with Bette Midler, and the whole place was standing up at the end. Tears were just streaming down my face, everybody I’ve talked to had the same similar experience. It’s such a joyous production that you feel rapture by the end. I’m just personally grateful to get to play somebody like Dolly Levi as an antidote to Madame L’Angell, after four months of immersing myself in this dark, murky world of Angelville. I’m quite sure that my friends and family are gonna think I’m completely schizophrenic. Betty Buckley, Photoshoot For The Full Interview: Click Here Watch Betty Buckley in Preacher, Season 3 Premiere, Sunday, June 24, 9/8c, AMC Check Out Her Brand New CD: Album Review: Tony Award-winning Broadway legend BETTY BUCKLEY will release her inspiring and emotionally-compelling new live album Hope a profound mix of Americana, pop, rock and standards from Palmetto Records in physical, digital and streaming formats on Friday, June 8. Buckley will celebrate the album at Joes Pub at the Public in New York with an exclusive four-concert engagement from June 5 to 9. Buckley will also offer a Five Day Performance Workshop at New York s T. Schreiber Studio from June 2 to 8. The album Hope coincides with her debut as Madame L Angelle in the AMC television hit Preacher the third season begins June 25 and rehearsals this summer for her starring role in the first National Tour of the smash Tony-winning revival of Hello, Dolly! These successes follow a remarkable year which included co-starring in M. Night Shyamalan s film Split (the #1 Movie in America and an International Box Office hit) opposite James McAvoy, and a recurring role in the CW hit Supergirl. Hope, Buckley s eighteenth album, features her quartet of musicians including the renowned multi-Grammy-nominated Christian Jacob, Buckley s long-term Pianist, Arranger and Music Director; Oz Noy on guitar; Tony Marino on bass; and Dan Rieser on drums. Buckley commented, this recording is a collection of songs by some of my favorite composers and songwriters. All were chosen as a response to all that we, as a World Community, have experienced from late 2016 through 2017 until now. I hope this musical journey will allow listeners to experience, feel, dream and, hopefully, inspire you to claim your highest hope for brighter days for our beautiful planet and our united human family. The Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown who also contributed two numbers to Buckley s previous album, the two-disc Story Songs provided the album s reflective title song, which serves as a thematic centerpiece to the recording. Other highlights include two numbers from the seminal jazz-rock fusion group Steely Dan, including the wry Any Major Dude Will Tell You and the scintillating rock groove of Don t Take Me Alive. Several selections originate from Buckley s favorite singer/songwriters. Falling In Love is a plaintive ballad by Grammy Award-winner Lisa Loeb, while the noir-inspired deep cut Shades of Scarlett Conquering comes from the iconic Joni Mitchell. The joyously rollicking I Feel Lucky from Mary Chapin Carpenter bristles with life. Buckleys childhood friend and collaborator T Bone Burnett provided three compositions from the album, including the haunting My Least Favorite Life, which he wrote with Rosanne Cash and Lera Lynn for the HBO Series True Detective. And true to her love of the great standards, the album features two timeless classics, a sensitive interpretation of the Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin gem Long Ago and Far Away. BETTY BUCKLEY, in an award-winning career that has encompassed TV, film, stage and concert work around the globe, is probably best known as one of theater s most respected and legendary leading ladies. She won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber s Cats. Buckley received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical for her performance as Hesione in Triumph of Love, and an Olivier Award nomination for her critically-acclaimed interpretation of Norma Desmond in the London production of Andrew Lloyd Webber s Sunset Boulevard, which she repeated to more rave reviews on Broadway. She is a 2012 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Todrick Hall On People Who’ve Stood The Test Of Time

Out Smart Magazine HOUSTON PRIDE HEADLINER TODRICK HALL: ‘BE YOURSELF AND BE TRUTHFUL’ Posted On 18 Jun 2018 By Gregg Shapiro If you put out great work, people will listen to it. They will respond and purchase it. In this world, where everyone gets a trophy just for participating, you sometimes forget that real talent will shine through, and it will always win. People can come and go with their hits about big booties or popping bottles in the club. But the people who have truly stood the test of time are Bette Midler and Barbra Streisand and Celine Dion and Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin. People who have an undeniable, God-given gift and a different perspective to show. Now that I know that, and have proven that to myself accidentally, while the cameras were watching me, I’m so charged up and ignited and ready to enter the next chapter of my life. I know that if I work hard and put out something great, that it can be successful, whereas before I didn’t necessarily believe that was the truth.
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Monday, June 25, 2018

Alice Cooper On Bette Midler 1973

Sounds Magazine January 27, 1973 Author Unknown
Bette Midler, Alice Cooper, 2011, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bette and Alice in 2011

“I think there are going to be a lot of groups coming up now who are going to be doing like Hollywood publicity stunts. I like the idea of that because I think it brings a lot more theatre into the rock business and I think the next five years is going to be the time when stars will be born – personality stars. “I mean, have you seen Bette Midler? She puts on such an incredible show; she`s as good as Barbra Streisand. I hope she doesn`t mind being compared to Barbra Streisand, but she really is that good on stage. “And I think we`re going to see a lot more glamour in the rock business – real glamour like you used to get in Hollywood in the 30s when all the stars created their own, very individual images. It seems like the doldrums period we went through in the rock business for a while is over now.” For a great site on classic rock and music magazines, check out My Things: Click Here
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