Bette Midler: Life Outline


CAST (feature film)

1. Casting By (2013)
4. The Women (2008)
6. Stepford Wives, The (2004) as Bobbie Markowitz.
7. Isn’t She Great (2000) as Jacqueline Susann.
8. Drowning Mona (2000) as Mona Dearly.
9. Get Bruce (1999) as Herself.
10. Fantasia 2000 (1999) as Host.
11. Jackie’s Back! (1999)
12. That Old Feeling (1997) as Lilly Leonard.
13. First Wives Club, The (1996) as Brenda Morelli Cushman.
14. Get Shorty (1995) as (Uncredited) Doris.
16. Gypsy (1993) as Rose Hovick.
17. Hocus Pocus (1993) as Winifred Sanderson.
18. For The Boys (1991) as Dixie Leonard.
19. Scenes From a Mall (1991) as Deborah.
20. Stella (1990) as Stella Claire.
21. Oliver & Company (1988) as Voice Of Georgette.
22. Beaches (1988) as C C Bloom.
23. Big Business (1988) as Sadie Ratliff; Sadie Shelton.
24. Outrageous Fortune (1987) as Sandy.
25. Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) as Barbara Whiteman.
26. Ruthless People (1986) as Barbara Stone.
27. Jinxed! (1982) as Bonita.
28. Divine Madness (1980) as The Divine Miss M.
29. Rose, The (1979) as Rose.

WRITER (feature film)

30. Divine Madness (1980) as Screenwriter.

PRODUCER (feature film)

31. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) as Executive Producer.
32. For The Boys (1991) as Producer.
33. Beaches (1988) as Producer.

MUSIC (feature film)

34. One True Thing (1998) as Song Performer (“My One True Friend” “Do You Want To Dance” “Friends”).
35. That Old Feeling (1997) as Song Performer (“Somewhere Along The Way”).
36. Hocus Pocus (1993) as Song Performer (“I Put A Spell On You”).
37. Scenes From a Mall (1991) as Song Performer (“You Do Something To Me”).
38. Beaches (1988) as Song Performer (“Ballin’ The Jack” “I Think It’S Going To Rain Today” “I’Ve Still Got My Health” “The Glory Of Love” “Baby Mine” “Wind Beneath My Wings” “You Are My Sunshine” “I Know You By Heart” “Under The Boardwalk” “Oh Industry” “Otto Titsling”).
39. Beaches (1988) as Songs (“Otto Titsling” “Oh Industry”).
40. In the Mood (1987) as Additional Lyrics (“In The Mood”).
41. Divine Madness (1980) as Additional Lyrics (“Big Noise From Winnetka”).
42. Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) as Song Performer (“Skylark”).

DIRECTOR (special)

43. Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo (1988) as Creator.

CAST (special)

44. 43rd Annual Grammy Awards, The (2001) as Presenter.
45. Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story (2001) as Interviewee.
46. Crossover (2001)
47. United We Stand (2001)
49. Holidays With the Stars (2000) as Interviewee.
51. 40th Annual Grammy Awards, The (1998) as Presenter.
53. Intimate Portrait: Patti LaBelle (1998) as Interviewee.
55. Intimate Portrait: Bette Midler (1997) as Interviewee.
56. 69th Annual Academy Awards, The (1997) as Presenter.
59. How to Be Absolutely Fabulous (1995) as Herself (Voice On Answering Machine).
61. Earth and the American Dream (1993) as Voice.
72. Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo (1988) as Eudora P Quickly; Mondo Beyondo.

WRITER (special)

81. Bette Midler’s Mondo Beyondo (1988) as Writer.
82. Bette Midler: Art or Bust! (1984) as Writer.

PRODUCER (special)

84. Bette Midler — Diva Las Vegas (1997) as Executive Producer.
85. Bette Midler: Art or Bust! (1984) as Producer.

MUSIC (special)

86. Twas the Night (2001) as Song Performer (“Chanukah, Oh Chanukah”).
87. Tara Lipinski: From This Moment (1999) as Song Performer (“Wind Beneath My Wings”).
88. 1998 Billboard Music Awards, The (1998) as Song Performer (“One Monkey Don’T Stop No Show”).
89. Bette Midler — Diva Las Vegas (1997) as Song Performer (“The Rose” “Delta Dawn” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” “From A Distance” “Friends” “Wind Beneath My Wings” “Stay With Me Baby” “Do You Wanna Dance?” “I Look Good” “Miss Otis Regrets” “Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most” “Bed Of Roses” “You Don’T Own Me” “Doctor, Doctor” “Rose’S Turn” “Drinkin’ Again” “Macarthur Park” “Call Me” “Bigotry” “Bridge Over Troubled Water” “In The Navy” “Anchors Aweigh” “The Greatest Love Of All” “New York, New York” “Ukelele Lady” “To Comfort You” “Story Of Love”).
90. Wynonna: revelations (1996) as Song Performer (“The Rose” “Ukulele Lady”).
91. “We Are the World”: A 10th Anniversary Tribute (1995) as Song Performer (“We Are The World”).
92. 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (1994) as Song Performer (“Rose’S Turn”).
93. 1991 Grammy Awards (1993) as Song Performer (“From A Distance”).


As a teenager, was member of folksinging trio that toured Hawaiian army bases
Worked in a pineapple cannery in Hawaii after leaving college
Moved to Hollywood for final shooting on “Hawaii”
Made film debut in a bit part as a missionary’s wife in “Hawaii”
Moved to New York City; worked as a go-go dancer in a Union City, NJ club
Made New York stage debut in “Miss Nefertiti Regrets”
Answered open call for a national company of “Fiddler on the Roof”; hired for the chorus of the Broadway production; took over the role of Tzeitel in February 1967 and remained in role for three years
Performed at the Improvisation, a New York club that showcased new talent
Appeared in off-Broadway musical “Salvation”
Began appearing at NYC’s Continental Bathhouse with accompanist Barry Manilow
Signed contract with Atlantic Records
Performed in the Who’s rock opera “Tommy” with the Seattle Opera Company
Released first major album <i>The Divine Miss M</i>, produced by Barry Manilow
Provided the voice of Woody the Spoon on the PBS educational series “Vegetable Soup”
Appeared on Broadway in “Bette! Divine Madness”
Played the title role of a 1960s drug-addicted rock star, modeled after Janis Joplin, in Mark Rydell’s “The Rose”; received first Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Made concert film of her Broadway show “Divine Madness”
Fired her entire musical entourage, including her backup group the Harlettes after the close of “Divine Madness”; was successfully sued for $2 million
Played Rip Torn’s lounge-singer wife in “Jinxed!”; reportedly clashed with co-star Ken Wahl and director Don Siegal
Reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown
TV producing debut, the HBO concert “Bette Midler: Art or Bust”
Returned to films after a four-year absence to star in the popular comedy “Down and Out in Beverly Hills”
Continued her comeback with comic leads in “Ruthless People” (1986), “Outrageous Fortune” (1987), and “Big Business” (1988)
Formed production company All Girl Productions with Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell and Margaret Jennings South
Produced first feature “Beaches”; also co-starred as singer CC Bloom and performed theme song “Wind Beneath My Wings”
First No. 1 hit on the pop charts, “The Wind Beneath My Wings” (from “Beaches” soundtrack)
Re-teamed with director Mark Rydell to play a USO entertainer in “For the Boys”; also produced; received second Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Saluted a retiring Johnny Carson on the final episode of “The Tonight Show” (NBC), during which she sang “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)”; won an Emmy for the appearance
Performed her first concert tour in ten years “Experience the Divine”; set a record-breaking 30-night stand at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall
Portrayed Mama Rose in the CBS TV remake of the stage musical “Gypsy”
Made hilarious uncredited appearance in “Get Shorty”
Teamed with Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton for the hit comedy “The First Wives Club”
With co-star Dennis Farina, played two middle-aged former spouses who rekindle their romance in “That Old Feeling”
Headlined the Emmy winning HBO special “Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas”
Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest appearance on the final episode of “Murphy Brown” (CBS)
Co-starred in the comedy-mystery “Drowning Mona” opposite Danny De Vito
Starred in her own short-lived CBS sitcom “Bette”
Toured her new show “Kiss My Brass” to sell-out crowds in the U.S.
Teamed with Barry Manilow after a long-standing feud to record <i>Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook</i>
Starred in the Frank Oz remake of Bryan Forbes’ 1975 cult classic “The Stepford Wives”
Received Grammy nomination for <i>Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook</i>, again produced by Manilow
Signed a two-year deal to headline at Las Vegas’ Caesar Palace, replacing Celine Dion
Performed “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas
Starred in “Then She Found Me,” directed by Helen Hunt
Voiced title character, a villainous Sphynx cat in “Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore,” the sequel to 2001 family film “Cats & Dogs”
Made directorial debut with HBO special based on her Vegas act “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On”
Co-starred with Billy Crystal in family comedy “Parental Guidance”
Returned to Broadway after more than 30 years, portraying Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers in “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers”


Herbert Berghof Studio: New York , New York

Radford High School: Honolulu , Hawaii – 1963

University of Hawaii: Honolulu , Hawaii – 1965


Aaron Russo. Manager. Managed her early career.
Martin Von Haselberg. Performance artist, former commodities trader. Married in December 1984; born c. 1949; met at Los Angeles club Roxy in 1981; was member of the avant-garde performance duo the Kipper Kids; studied at the director’s program at the AFI; German by birth, raised in Argentina after family fled the Nazis, educated in England.


Fred Midler. Housepainter. Died in the late 1980s; painted for the Navy while family was in Hawaii; taught his mentally-challenged son to read and write “by hammering and screaming at him until he got it right”.
Ruth Midler. Died in the late 1980s.
Susan Midler. Mental-health administrator. Older.
Judith Midler. Older; killed by a car while going to meet sister after a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1968; debut album dedicated to her.
Daniel Midler. Younger; born mentally impaired.
Sophie Frederica Alohilani Von Haselberg. Born c. 1987.


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