Category Archives: Q & A

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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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Obituary: Filmmaker Steven “Flip” Lippman – 1959 – 2018

Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2018
Obituary: Filmmaker Steven “Flip” Lippman – 1959 – 2018
Aug. 18, 2018

Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2018
Obituary: Filmmaker Steven "Flip" Lippman - 1959 - 2018
Aug. 18, 2018


Mister D:
I just found out filmmaker Steven “Flip” Lippman died suddenly last month, He was the man responsible for the video short, Dual Disc, on Bette’s Peggy Lee Songbook. A very talented man, Worked with many artists but he definitely knew a lot about Bette’s work, He was also my first interview for Bootleg Betty. Along with the obituary, I’ve included a couple of his Bette videos and the interview I did with him. You’ll see he had a great sense of humor

Steven “Flip” Lippman of Brooklyn, NY passed away at the age of 58 suddenly and peacefully in New York, NY on the morning of August 12th, 2018. He was born in Miami Beach, FL on December 10, 1959. He was raised in Hollywood, FL until 1977. He spent the last 36 years of his life as a filmmaker in New York City. He was predeceased by his mother Judith Parke Lippman. Steven is survived by his partner, David, father Frederick Lippman and his wife Bonnie, his brother Peter and children, Daniel and Ava, and his brother Matthew and his wife Donna and children, Noah and Jacob. Flip created innovative conceptual films and documentaries for artists including Laurie Anderson, David Bowie, Rosanne Cash, Joe Henry, Kronos Quartet, Bette Midler, Youssou N’Dour, Dolly Parton, Rumer, Janis Siegel, Carly Simon, Esperanza Spalding, Silje Negaard and many more. His work has been screened at film festivals worldwide, including Berlin, Cannes, Denver, London, Sao Paolo, and Tribeca, broadcast on IFC/Independent Film Channel, and showcased at the Sound Unseen Film Festival (US), In-Edit Music Film Festival (Barcelona) and the Music Doc Festival (Sweden). Other select credits include Art In Progress: Lorna Simpson (for Gallery HD/Voom Network) and Behind the Lid, a feature film/documentary hybrid adaptation of puppeteer/performer Basil Twist’s work of the same name. Steven was chosen for Filmmaker Magazine’s annual “25 New Faces of Independent Film”. Selections of Steven’s work can be found at https://vimeo.com/stevelippmanflip On behalf of his family, friends, and colleagues and in lieu of flowers, we are respectfully requesting that donations be made in memory of Steven to Family Cook Productions (www.familycookproductions.com) by clicking on https://conta.cc/2B6oWlm. Family Cook Productions is a non-profit that Steven and David passionately support that works with inner city youth to improve their health, well-being, and opportunities for success. Additionally, donations can be made to Temple Beth El of Hollywood (templebethelhollywood.org) in memory of Steven. A memorial will be planned for family and close friends in the near future. Published in Sun-Sentinel on Aug. 18, 2018 ...  Read More

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Bette Midler Talks To Fans On Facebook And We Learn All Kinds Of Scoops!

Vintage Vinyl News Bette Midler Talks To Fans On Facebook And We Learn All Kinds Of Scoops! by VVN Music October 20, 2016 14700829_1208576869201779_1158074451278292026_o Reddit used to be the main focus of fan Q&A’s (or AMA’s in their lingo) but many are now starting to use Facebook which seems to now be the go to site for up-to-the-minute info and interaction with artists. Thursday afternoon, Bette Midler interacted for over an hour with fans, talking about her own career and letting out a few tidbits of previously unknown information. On who inspired her … ” loved Mae West and I loved Janis Joplin and I loved Tina Turner and I loved Aretha Franklin. That’s my quartet. There were so many Hollywood actresses that were inspiring too.” On the recording of The Divine Miss M … “I think the night we decided we would sing in front of an invited audience was the greatest night. We had the album in the can, but we decided it needed something. So we invited in an audience, ordered Chinese and away we went. Half of this album is live and half studio.” On Stage Freight … “I never calm my nerves! They always get the best of me, sometimes I hurl!” “I have terrible stage fright! But I’ve learned some breathing techniques and I know once I jump in, it’ll go away.” On concert mishaps … “Once in one of my wheelchairs, unbeknownst to me, one of the electricians had cranked up the speed on my chair. It flung me from the chair and I landed on the audience in the seats!” On Music and Roles she is sorry she hasn’t done … “I’ve never sung “Moonlight in Vermont, “Over the Rainbow,” or “Stardust.” I’d love to play Auntie May, she’s one of my all time favorite characters.” On her favorite film roles … “The Rose, I loved that and it was a great experience. I loved making Big Business, and First Wives Club. Beaches was the best with Garry Marshall, he was such a classy classy guy.” On her guest appearance on Seinfeld … “It was a blast. To tell you the truth I had no idea what I was doing because I hadn’t really seen the show. But after I became a huge fan and still watch it. The black and white cookie had me stumped!” On who, living or dead, she would like to sing with … “Adele! My musical soulmate.” On whether she would ever work with Iggy Pop … “I love Iggy Pop! I’ve often thought of re-recording Wild Child. I love the guy!” On whether she would ever work with Barbra Streisand … “Sure! Actually one of her people asked me to be on her last record. Then I never heard from them again.” On her upcoming lead role in Broadway’s Hello Dolly … ” I’m so excited about working with that cast! They are the top of the line, cream of the crop. I know its going to be the most wondrous, color filled show. I’m worried about remembering everything…but I’m going to give it my best shot.” “I had trepidations, but I’ve learned the role and learned the score. And now that I know a little more about it, I feel more confident.” On plans to release some of her older concerts on video … “Yes, I have a couple of shows in the can that I really, really love.” On whether their are more archival recordings to be released … “No…I think I’m about done. I’ve cleaned out the vault!” On plans to write a memoir … “Nooooooooo….” On whether she thinks she is one of the “nasty women” that Donald Trump talks about … “Undoubtedly! He doesn’t think I measure up to his standard. And anyone who doesn’t is a “Nasty Woman”!” …and our favorite response of the Q&A: Fan: No question. You look GORGEOUS! Love from Denver, Colorado! Bette: You’re high! BetteBack October 1, 1973: Flashy, Trashy and Infectious Miss M Song Facts: The Rose Rolling Stone Review: Generations of brassy, slyly winking female rebels – from Deborah Harry and Madonna to Miley Cyrus – all owe Bette Midler a debt BetteBack September 21, 1990: A Fan Wants To Know The Basics Of Bette Midler

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Notes From Bette Midler’s Carole Bayer Sager Interview (Thanks Christy Labonte!)

Notes From Bette Midler’s Carole Bayer Sager Interview (Thanks Christy Labonte!) By Christy Labonte October 17, 2016 2016-10-19_4-33-56 Great story about her and Bette writing a song together. Carole goes to Bette’s house. Bette was renting a house in Bel-Air. Bruce Roberts was there. Bette says to Carole “Okay Carole, we aren’t going to write songs about rain or this or that like you usually do” so Bette starts looking in books and she goes “Lengthy, why don’t you ever use the word lengthy in one of your songs?” LOL Carole says to her “Bette, I’ve been writing very simple songs for years” Bette replies to her “Well now you’re going to write a different one and these will be hits too.” That last quote is a bit off from what she actually said, but close enough. Bette chimed in that she wanted to write a song like the Beatles. It was a very funny story. They also talked about how Bette gave her the Oscar for Arthur’s Theme and they were still in the middle of their riff and Carole said she remembered she told Bette how happy she was that she was giving her the award. Those are the tidbits that had to do with the two of them. She was a great interviewer.
Christy Labonte & Carole Bayer Sager

Christy Labonte & Carole Bayer Sager

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  • HELLO, DOLLY!’s Bette Midler to Chat with Carole Bayer Sager at the 92Y
  • Bette Midler and Carole Bayer Sager Set for 92Y Talk
  • Bette Midler’s “Live At Last” Has Been ReIssued And Remasterd
  • Miss M’s Cultural Corner: They’re Playing Our Song: A Memoir By Carole Bayer Sager (Oct. 18th)
  • Carole Bayer Sager Lands Deal With Simon & Schuster
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    Bette Midler Facebook Q & A Thursday, October 20, 2016

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    Saturday, May 7, 2016

    What Are Your The Top 5 Favorite Songs From Bette Midler’s, A Gift Of Love CD?

    What Are Your The Top 5 Favorite Songs From Bette Midler’s, A Gift Of Love CD? Favorite Waste Of Time (2015 Remastered) In This Life (2015 Remastered) The Gift Of Love (2015 Remastered) Bed Of Roses (2015 Remastered) From A Distance (2015 Remastered) Wind Beneath My Wings (2015 Remastered) Come Rain Or Come Shine (2015 Remastered) The Rose (2015 Remastered) As Dreams Go By (2015 Remastered) It’s Too Late (2015 Remastered) All I Need To Know (2015 Remastered) Every Road Leads Back To You (2015 Remastered) Shining Star (2015 Remastered) To Deserve You (2015 Remastered) Night And Day (2015 Remastered) (Talk To Me Of) Mendocino The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game Let Me Just Follow Behind (2015 Remastered) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Songs From Bette Midler’s Memories Of You Album?

    What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Songs From Bette Midler‘s Memories Of You Album? 1. For All We Know 2. Come Rain Or Come Shine 3. I Remember You 4. He Was Too Good To Me/ Since You Stayed Here 5. The Folks Who Live On The Hill 6. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? 7. He Needs Me 8. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) 9. Mr. Wonderful 10. Drinking Again 11. Memories Of You 12. Dreamland 13. P.S. I Love You 14. Is That All There Is? Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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    Tuesday, May 3, 2016

    What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Songs Off Bette Midler’s Cool Yule Album?

    What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Songs Off Bette Midler‘s Cool Yule Album? Merry Christmas (Album Version) Cool Yule Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Album Version) Winter Wonderland / Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! I’ll Be Home For Christmas (Album Version) What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? (Album Version) I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Album Version) O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (Album Version) Mele Kalikimaka From a Distance (Christmas Version) White Christmas Edit: Danimay Palmer Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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    Saturday, April 30, 2016

    What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Songs From Bette Midler’s Album, Bette?

    What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Songs From Bette Midler‘s Album, Bette? That’s How Heartaches Are Made In These Shoes God Give Me Strength Just My Imagination Love TKO Moses Nobody Else But You Color Of Roses Bless you Child When Your Life Was Low Shining Star Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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