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In Honor Of Miss M’s Birthday: 25 Of Her Divine Quotes

Purple CloverFrom sharp and insightful to funny and outrageous—sometimes all at once—her wit is the wind…

Bette Midler Takes In Punk Icon Patti Smith’s New Show For Her New Audible Book (This should dispell rumors that they disliked one another)

ShutterstockBette Midler Takes In Punk Icon Patti Smith’s New Show For Her New Audible BookSeptember 23,…

Photo: Bette Midler as Delores DeLago – 1983

Photo: Always Try To Balance The Light With The Heavy – Bette Midler

Bette Midler – Youth Is Temporary, Diva Is Forever!

Bette Midler – Youth Is Temporary, Diva Is Forever!

Story Behind The Photo! By Ray Cooper – Search For A Rare Personal Photo Circa 1971

Story Behind The Photo! By Ray Cooper January 26, 2018 This photo means so much to…

Bette Midler On “The Rose” Character:

Bette Midler On “The Rose” Character: “No, it’s not a thinly veiled movie about Janis Joplin.…

On Being Compared To Barbra And Liza:

On Being Compared To Barbra And Liza: “IT’S FABULOUS for me to be compared with Streisand…

What If Hocus Pocus Flops?

What If Hocus Pocus Flops?: “And if “Hocus Pocus’ flops, I’m living proof that one bad…

On Making The Divine Miss M Album: I couldn’t really stand on my own two feet during those sessions,

  On Making The Divine Miss M Album: I couldn’t really stand on my own two…

“Actually I see myself as a running commentary on time

“Actually I see myself as a running commentary on time, because I learnt a few years…

“Everything in this country is about speed

“Everything in this country is about speed, about going faster, having more status, more money And…

“I don’t want just to be considered an entertainer-full-stop.

“I don’t want just to be considered an entertainer-full-stop. I’m a born performer I can go…

Director Mark Rydell on Bette Midler

Director Mark Rydell on Bette Midler: “Hollywood couldn’t figure out what to do with her at…

On talk of an Oscar nomination for “For The Boys”:

On talk of an Oscar nomination for “For The Boys”: “We’ll see. Who the hell knows?…

On AIDS and lack of Leadership circa 1991:

On AIDS and lack of Leadership circa 1991: “No matter what anyone is doing now, it’s…

On Acting: “For me, there are no challenges as far as acting is concerned.

On Acting: “For me, there are no challenges as far as acting is concerned. I just…

On AIDS and lack of Leadership circa 1991

On AIDS and lack of Leadership circa 1991:Â “No matter what anyone is doing now, it’s…

On The Decadence Trend In The 70’s:

On The Decadence Trend In The 70’s: “Oh everyone is obsessed with decadence at the moment,…

Midler on Radio’s Limited Sound

Midler on Radio’s Limited Sound: “But I have to say I’m not all that crazy about…

Midler on Music In General

Midler on Music In General: “There’s nothing I really don’t like,” she said. “I see value…

Midler on playing characters:

Midler on playing characters: “Those kinds of characters that are larger than life — driven, overbearing…

“If you want something done, you’d better do it yourself

“If you want something done, you’d better do it yourself — or ask another woman to…

On The Origin Of “All Girls Productions

On The Origin Of “All Girls Productions:” “We were there in the conference room, and we…

On All The Magazine Articles About Her In 1973

On All The Magazine Articles About Her In 1973: “All these articles? I ignore them. It…

On Aging: “Do I like getting older?

On Aging: “Do I like getting older? You know, I fight it tooth and nail, I…

“I’m a VERY opinionated young lady.

“I’m a VERY opinionated young lady. I have my opinions about things. And mine are the…

Bette Midler On Making The Rose

Bette Midler On Making The Rose: “There are things I could have done better in the…

Bette Midler On How Entertaining Made Her Popular In High School

Bette Midler On How Entertaining Made Her Popular In High School: “After that (performing in fifth…

Bette Midler On Discovering Acting: In Her Sophmore Year In High School:

Bette Midler On Discovering Acting: In Her Sophmore Year In High School: “I discovered I could…

Bette Midler On Discovering Acting

Bette Midler On Discovering Acting: In Her Sophmore Year In High School: “I discovered I could…

Bette Midler On Her Father Fred Midler

Bette Midler On Her Father Fred Midler: “He went out in ’37, during the Great Depression,…

Bette Midler On Her Gay Audiences: “I still have a real strong gay following.

Bette Midler On Her Gay Audiences: “I still have a real strong gay following. I love…

Bette Midler On Her Audiences: “My audience is pretty broad now.

Bette Midler On Her Audiences: “My audience is pretty broad now. All ages, sexes. Old people…

What Bette Midler Attributes to The Appeal Of Her Low Rent Humor

What Bette Midler Attributes to The Appeal Of Her Low Rent Humor: “Just youthful high spirits.…

Bette Midler On Her Lewdness In Her Act And In The Rose

Bette Midler On Her Lewdness In Her Act And In The Rose: “I’m much lewder in…

Why Bette Midler Wants To Do A Concert Movie After The Rose

Why Bette Midler Wants To Do A Concert Movie After The Rose: “I love to sing.…

Bette Midler On Singing No Frills Rock N’ Roll

Bette Midler On Singing No Frills Rock N’ Roll: “I’ve always sung some. Not a great…

Bette Midler on Past Drug Use

Bette Midler on Past Drug Use: “Drugs? I have a paranoid thing about them. I go…

Bette Midler On Biting While Drinking

Bette Midler On Biting While Drinking: “It’s really embarrassing when people see me and I’m looped.…

Bette Midler On The Rose Character: “There’s a lot of me in that character. I found myself and brought myself.

Bette Midler On The Rose Character: “There’s a lot of me in that character. I found…

Bette Midler On The Rose

Bette Midler On The Rose: “It goes along with the martyrs. All the martyrs from Billie…

Bette Midler giving the silent finger to someone at the Beast Of Burden premiere in 1984

Bette Midler giving the silent finger to someone at the Beast Of Burden premiere in 1984

Bette Midler On The Rose

Bette Midler On The Rose: “It goes along with the martyrs. All the martyrs from Billie…

To The Audience At Experience The Divine

To The Audience At Experience The Divine: Hi, How-are-ya doin’ How’ve you been the last 10…

To The Audience At Experience The Divine

To The Audience At Experience The Divine: “ It’s nice to see the trash out tonight.…

Director Mark Rydell On Seeing Bette Perform Superstar On The Burt Bacharach Special

Director Mark Rydell On Seeing Bette Perform Superstar On The Burt Bacharach Special: “I realized then…

Director Mark Rydell On Bette Midler; “She is savagely honest.

Director Mark Rydell On Bette Midler; “She is savagely honest. She has a built-in phony detector…

Mark Rydell On Bette Midler In The Rose: “In person Bette is quiet and introspective.

Mark Rydell On Bette Midler In The Rose: “In person Bette is quiet and introspective. As…

Director Mark Rydell On Bette Midler Getting Into Character Of The Rose: “There were some difficult moments.

Director Mark Rydell On Bette Midler Getting Into Character Of The Rose: “There were some difficult…

Director Mark Rydell On Bette Midler Getting Into Character Of The Rose: “There were some difficult moments.

Director Mark Rydell On Bette Midler Getting Into Character Of The Rose: “There were some difficult…

Bette Midler On Pop Music: “In the early days of rock and roll everybody was real.

Bette Midler On Pop Music: “In the early days of rock and roll everybody was real.…

Bette Midler On Pop Music: “You know what makes me the craziest?

Bette Midler On Pop Music: “You know what makes me the craziest? It’s the homogenization in…

Bette Midler On Jinxed: “I wanted to make the best movie I could.

Bette Midler On Jinxed: “I wanted to make the best movie I could. It’s hard to…

Bette Midler On Jinxed: “I never knew it got so ugly.

Bette Midler On Jinxed: “I never knew it got so ugly. I never knew it got…

Bette Midler On Her Husband Martin:

Bette Midler On Her Husband Martin: My husband, he’s something. Did you see that HBO special…

Bette Midler On Movies She’d Like To Make: Well, I’d like to do something where I get the guy. I’d like to have a sexy part before my legs go.

Bette Midler On Movies She’d Like To Make: Well, I’d like to do something where I…

Bette Midler On Director Garry Marshall In Beaches: “I was very happy to play a character that was real and not a cartoon character.

Bette Midler On Director Garry Marshall In Beaches: “I was very happy to play a character…

Bette Midler On Her Character CC Bloom: “Actually, CC Bloom is an amalgam of a lot of people who have trod the boards, so to speak.

Bette Midler On Her Character CC Bloom: “Actually, CC Bloom is an amalgam of a lot…

On Musicals: “The musical is valuable and well-crafted.

On Musicals: “The musical is valuable and well-crafted. I feel bad the whole nation doesn’t celebrate…

On Her Johnny Carson Farewell Appearance: “It was probably the happiest night of my whole life, completely enchanting.

On Her Johnny Carson Farewell Appearance: “It was probably the happiest night of my whole life,…

On Not Wanting Sophie To Go Into Show Biz: “I think it’s a very hard life, especially if you’re not in the big, big, big, big, big time.

On Not Wanting Sophie To Go Into Show Biz: “I think it’s a very hard life,…

On Being Intimidated By Ethel Merman’s Gypsy: “What could I do?

On Being Intimidated By Ethel Merman’s Gypsy: “What could I do? I did the best I…

On Following The Footsteps Of Ethel Merman And Others In Gypsy: “We all have shadows. “On this show, we have the shoes of the giants.

On Following The Footsteps Of Ethel Merman And Others In Gypsy: “We all have shadows. “On…

On Gypsy: “There are some shows that are just better than all of the others.

On Gypsy: “There are some shows that are just better than all of the others. There’s…

On Gypsy “Of all the musical comedies I’ve ever known, it’s the one I have the most affection for, because I love the score.

On Gypsy “Of all the musical comedies I’ve ever known, it’s the one I have the…

There is no square inch of my body that doesn’t require intense maintenance

“There is no square inch of my body that doesn’t require intense maintenance. And it’s a…

On Singing: “It’s much harder than acting. Recording is just torture.

On Singing: “It’s much harder than acting. Recording is just torture. You obsess over every note…

On The People In The Hollywood Industry: “Everybody {in the industry} is having a rough time because the people in charge are not so sure what stories they want to tell and they don’t really know anything about stories.

On The People In The Hollywood Industry: “Everybody {in the industry} is having a rough time…

On Pretty Woman: “Pretty Woman” stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and they “were utterly adorable together, but that wasn’t romance. That was a fantasy.

On Pretty Woman: “Pretty Woman” stars Julia Roberts and Richard Gere and they “were utterly adorable…

On Romance Movies: “Anyway, I don’t like to do romance. I’m interested in things that are bigger than romance.

On Romance Movies: “Anyway, I don’t like to do romance. I’m interested in things that are…

On For The Boys: “It was a wonderful picture, I had a wonderful time making it.

On For The Boys: “It was a wonderful picture, I had a wonderful time making it.…

On For The Boys: “Well, I did sing and dance again. That was a real thrill for me because we worked with the most wonderful arrangers on this music

On For The Boys: “Well, I did sing and dance again. That was a real thrill…

On AIDS Circa 1991: “I think it’s a wonderful thing that Magic Johnson came out and said what he had to say.

On AIDS Circa 1991: “I think it’s a wonderful thing that Magic Johnson came out and…

On Women in general: I think women are just the greatest creatures

On Women in general: I think women are just the greatest creatures. “They instinctively understand everything.…

On the meaning of “For The Boys” to her:“The movie is really an examination of the way men feel about war and the way women feel about war.

On the meaning of “For The Boys” to her:“The movie is really an examination of the…

On trying to have another baby at 46: “Yes, another baby at my age!

On trying to have another baby at 46: “Yes, another baby at my age! Oh, if…

I want Sophie digging in the yard. I want my child to love the earth, to be able to call the birds if she wants to.

“I want Sophie digging in the yard. I want my child to love the earth, to…

We have compost heaps scattered around our teeny weeny little Green Acres.

“We have compost heaps scattered around our teeny weeny little Green Acres. I am a compost…

“I’m a girdle girl!” (The Washington Post, 1991) – Bette Midler

“I’m a girdle girl!” (The Washington Post, 1991) – Bette Midler

I haven’t had the opportunity in a long time to really show how bad my taste can be.

“I haven’t had the opportunity in a long time to really show how bad my taste…

(On The First Wive’s Club Sequel): “People love to jump to conclusions.

(On The First Wive’s Club Sequel): “People love to jump to conclusions. I’ve been at it…

(On movie scripts): “The truth is that the movie scripts are really hard to come by.

(On movie scripts): “The truth is that the movie scripts are really hard to come by.…

(On managing her career): “I haven’t had a manager for about 20 years.

(On managing her career): “I haven’t had a manager for about 20 years. I think if…

(On her VH1 Behind The Music Documentary):

(On her VH1 Behind The Music Documentary): “I was very embarrassed that there was very little…

I’m probably the last of the entertainers.

“I’m probably the last of the entertainers. I’m the last one who sings and dances and…

(On all the new “divas”) “What can I say? I have nothing to say.

(On all the new “divas”) “What can I say? I have nothing to say. Let them…

On Her Album Sales: “Oh yes, I’ve had (big hits). But I haven’t sold records like a lot of these women, like Madonna, for instance.

On Her Album Sales: “Oh yes, I’ve had (big hits). But I haven’t sold records like…

(On her album sales): “I don’t have that much success in records.

(On her album sales): “I don’t have that much success in records. My records have always…

(On Martin directing her for “My One True Friend”): “ God, it was fabulous.

(On Martin directing her for “My One True Friend”): “ God, it was fabulous. He said,…

Midler on the word “Diva”: “You know, I popularized that word diva.

Midler on the word “Diva”: “You know, I popularized that word diva. But I think that…

Is Dixie Leonard of “For The Boys” A Diva?”: “There’s no temperament involved with her. When you say diva, I think of outrageousness, and Dixie is not outrageous.

Is Dixie Leonard of “For The Boys” A Diva?”: “There’s no temperament involved with her. When…

When I came on the scene in 1972,1 think people wanted a hearty, fuller, robust character like myself

“When I came on the scene in 1972,1 think people wanted a hearty, fuller, robust character…

Director Mark Rydell on Bette Midler: “Hollywood couldn’t figure out what to do with her at first.

Director Mark Rydell on Bette Midler: “Hollywood couldn’t figure out what to do with her at…

On talk of an Oscar nomination for “For The Boys”: “We’ll see. Who the hell knows? I mean, I think I should have been nominated for ‘Beaches.’

On talk of an Oscar nomination for “For The Boys”: “We’ll see. Who the hell knows?…

On playing Dixie Leonard In “For The Boys: “This character is the most exciting I’ve ever played.

On playing Dixie Leonard In “For The Boys: “This character is the most exciting I’ve ever…

On Acting: “For me, there are no challenges as far as acting is concerned.

On Acting: “For me, there are no challenges as far as acting is concerned. I just…

On AIDS and lack of Leadership circa 1991:“No matter what anyone is doing now, it’s not enough,” says Midler. “I have to admit at the moment I’m very disheartened at the lack of leadership.

On AIDS and lack of Leadership circa 1991:“No matter what anyone is doing now, it’s not…

Everything passes and everything changes

“Everything passes and everything changes. My thing is to encourage people to be interested in more…

Midler on Radio’s Limited Sound:“But I have to say I’m not all that crazy about what’s going on in the pop world today.

Midler on Radio’s Limited Sound:“But I have to say I’m not all that crazy about what’s…

Midler on Music In General: “There’s nothing I really don’t like,” she said. “I see value in all kinds of popular music.

Midler on Music In General: “There’s nothing I really don’t like,” she said. “I see value…

On material for Bette Of Roses:Â “Material opened up to me that wasn’t there before because I couldn’t hit the notes. Now I can,” she says, beaming.

On material for Bette Of Roses:Â “Material opened up to me that wasn’t there before because…

Bette Midler on how she used to hate singing: “It used to be torture. I am completely different. I like to sing now.

Bette Midler on how she used to hate singing: “It used to be torture. I am…

Midler on playing characters: “Those kinds of characters that are larger than life — driven, overbearing — those kinds of characters don’t come along very often.

Midler on playing characters: “Those kinds of characters that are larger than life — driven, overbearing…

On what she expects from Experience The Divine: “I hope nothing happens to me. I don’t want to get thrown out of my wheelchair.

On what she expects from Experience The Divine: “I hope nothing happens to me. I don’t…

On why she started touring again in 1993: “I think I do really good work, but it doesn’t always wind up on the screen and so it’s disappointing.

On why she started touring again in 1993: “I think I do really good work, but…

Bette Midler Backstage at Hello Dolly with former Harlette Kamilah Marshall

Bette Midler Backstage at Hello Dolly with former Harlette Kamilah Marshall

But Bette, Rosalind Russell WAS awful in Gypsy:“Oh. Well, I was just rising to the occasion because I’m really a Roz Russell fan.

But Bette, Rosalind Russell WAS awful in Gypsy:“Oh. Well, I was just rising to the occasion…

On Rosalind Russell being awful in Gypsy: “I don’t think anything Rosalind Russell ever did could be awful!

On Rosalind Russell being awful in Gypsy: “I don’t think anything Rosalind Russell ever did could…

Michael Kors On Dressing Bette Midler

Allure Michael Kors On Dressing Bette Midler BY PHILLIP PICARDI SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 Then, my whole…

On Disney: Â “They’ve been very kind to me.

On Disney: Â “They’ve been very kind to me. But it’s very hard to get work…

On Disney homogenizing her:

On Disney homogenizing her:“Well, I don’t think they intended that to happen,” Midler says, “but I…

Sophie on her mom’s Tony acceptance speech

Sophie on her mom’s Tony acceptance speech: “First of all, I just love that she turned…

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress:

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress: “Revival is an interesting word,” she continued…

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress As The Music Tried To Play Her Off The Stage: “Shut that crap off!”

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress As The Music Tried To Play Her…

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress

Bette Midler Accepting Her 2017 Tony For Best Actress: “I hope I don’t cry,” Midler said,…

Bette Midler Accepting Her Drama League Award For Distinguished Musical Career On The Stage:

Bette Midler Accepting Her Drama League Award For Distinguished Musical Career On The Stage: “I’ll add…

Bette Midler Accepting Her Outer Critics Circle Award: “But you know what? Once I jumped into the pool, it was pretty good.

Bette Midler Accepting Her Outer Critics Circle Award: “But you know what? Once I jumped into…

Bette Midler Accepting Her Outer Critics Circle Award: “I want to give a shout out to Jerry Zaks, our director, our choreographer, Warren Carlyle, who is absolutely brilliant.

Bette Midler Accepting Her Outer Critics Circle Award: “I want to give a shout out to…

1991 Bette Midler – For The Boys – Entertainment Tonight

Bette Midler Accepting Her Outer Critics Circle Award: “Oh, boy! This is the hardest job I’ve ever had in my whole life—not just accepting the award but this is for a few people on Broadway.

Bette Midler Accepting Her Outer Critics Circle Award: “Oh, boy! This is the hardest job I’ve…

Bette Midler Accepting Her Outer Critics Circle Award: “Thank you to the Outer Critics Circle, you magnificent people,” she gushed.

Bette Midler Accepting Her Outer Critics Circle Award: “Thank you to the Outer Critics Circle, you…

On Experience The Divine Tour: The tour is called “Experience the Divine” but, snaps Midler,

On Experience The Divine Tour: The tour is called “Experience the Divine” but, snaps Midler, “it’ll…

On Experience The Divine Tour: “I haven’t been in the Bette Midler business for the past 10 years: I’ve been in the Touchstone film business, pretty much.”

On Experience The Divine Tour: “I haven’t been in the Bette Midler business for the past…