On Bette (The Bios)
Divine Miss M! Bette Midler
Rob Baker (1975)
The Inside Jacket:
MIDLER WAS READY TO TAKE ON AMERICA.
AMERICA READY TO TAKE HER?
experts said Bette Midler couldn't make it. Her material was too
wild and weird. Her fans were too "special."
Midler could not keep on being herself and still be the superstar
that every ounce of her tremendous drive and volcanic talent needed.
Bette Midler set out to prove all the experts wrong . . . no matter
how many sacred show biz cows she had to slay. . . no matter how
high a personal price she might have to pay. . .
BETTE MIDLER: a little lady with a great big heart-and even more
Divine Bette Midler
James Spada (1984)
want a pineapple-canning-factory-to-Carnegie Hall life story? Here's
your best Bette.
al ready been rendered outdated by Midler's recent marriage to commodities
broker Martin von Hasel berg, but the book offers vivid glimpses
of Bette as she sings, writes, acts, flashes for the occasional
audience and minces everything but her words ("There's nothing
worse than an ill-tempered little snake with a brain," she
once said of a critic).
a veteran celeb biographer, interviewed Midler's friends and her
co-workers for this account of the rises and falls of the sassy
diva in spring-o-lator pumps. And there are pictures of Midler in
and on various stages: on tour in diapers, signing books in a nice-girl
outfit, curled up at home-where she swears she's a prude.
the eccentricities of Midler's own books-A View From A Broad and
The Saga of Baby Divine-this not-at-all-bad paperback can stand
as defini tive until the real thing comes along. (Collier, $11.95)
-Margot Dougherty, People
Midler: Outrageously Divine
Mark Bego (1987)
the Back Cover:
the rocky true story that tells everything about the moxie-packed
"trash-with-flash" redhead - her love life, awesome talent,
irrepressible energies, award - winning performances, monumental
successes, and wrenching heartbreaks. It's all here ina fascinating
book that brings to life the dynamic Bette who wouldn't let anything
stand between her and her dreams.
Parody? Camp? Yes - But only on the surface. For whether in song
or patter, what galvanized the audience's tumultuous cheers and
laughter was Bette's ability to reveal an unmistakable vulnerability;
a heart - stopping innocence that has been the not-so-secret weapon
of every great entertainer from Fanny Brice to Judy Garland and
Ace Collins (1989)
The Inside Jacket:
so often an entertainer bursts onto the American scene who defies
precise definition. By sheer abundance of talent. raw energy. and
an undying thirst for new professional experiences. Bette Midler
has emerged as one of America's most dynamic performers at work
today. From Hollywood to Broadway and every honky-tonk in between.
Bette Midler has worked her way to the top by mastering everything
she has attempted - she is show business personified.
Bette Midler does not so much defy description as escape its confines.
In fact, Midler defies any one description: singer, actress, comedienne
- she's a racy. lively. updated version of Sarah Bernhardt.
portrayal of Midler shows her to be as comfortable on a New York
stage as she is behind a Hollywood camera. Collins goes beyond mere
show biz gossip and develops a portrait of a person as complex as
she is talented. The story begins from the Midler family's days
in Hawaii, where as outsiders they found it tough going and life
was often difficult.
there emerges a touching portrait of Midler in "New York struggling
to make a living while coping with the tragic death of her sister.
The portrait closes with Midler at full throttlv, a genuine superstar
of the cinema, with films like "Down and Out in Beverly Hills",
"Ruthless People", "Outrageous Fortune", and
"Big Business" giving her a huge adoring audience.
Midler is the compelling portrait of a woman who has fought for
everything she has gained, but refused to stop at any one point
along the way.
Intimate Biography of Bette Midler
George Mair (1994)
The Inside Jacket:
author of Oprah Winfrey: The Real Story offers the first
full-scale biography of an American superstar, Bette Midler. At
once insecure woman and outrageous, captivating entertainer, Bette's
talents combine a soulful voice, the raucous wit of Mae West, and
the comedic skill of Lucille Ball.
Mair tells how Bette, at twenty, went from a pineapple factory worker
in Hawaii to a role in the Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof
in less than a year.
blossomed into the Divine Miss M, the diva once described as one
of the "raunchiest and funniest live acts going." Her
movies range from the portrayal of the doomed Janis Joplin - esque
character in The Rose to comedies like Down and Out in
Beverly Hills and Ruthless People. Her many hit singles
include The Rose, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Wind
Beneath My Wings, and From a Distance.
there is another Bette Midler out of the spotlight: insecure, uncertain,
vulnerable, often overweight, never at ease with herself, and frightened
of relationships with men and money. Bette reveals the cruel relationships
and family tragedies - Bette begged for her father's approval and
was denied; a brother was born handicapped; and a sister was crushed
to death in a freak accident.
book details the role played by Aaron Russo, who helped make her
a success, in spite of - or because of - their tumultuous relationship
of sex, hate, money, and love. Her relationship with Barry Manilow
is also revealed - they initially disliked each other, later becoming
dependent on one another for their musical success.
examines the continuing appeal and loyalty between the star and
a vast audience of gay men. And, finally, it describes the great
joy she's found in her unlikely marriage to Martin von Haselberg,
a semi-mysterious German performance artist.
Midler's instinct and guts vaulted her from obscurity to the top
of the entertainment business. She's gone from a not-very-pretty,
not- very-lucky teenager to one of the most sought-after stars in
the world today.
Bette Midler Scrapbook
Allison J. Waldman (1997)
The Back Cover:
Bette Midler Scrapbook" is an intimate portrait of the bold
and brassy star of stage, screen, and television. Revealing photos
document her tumultuous personal and professional life. Pictures
of friends, family, lovers, and fellow entertainers adorn these
pages in a tribute to one of Hollywood's true superstars.
" the Divine Miss M," Bette Midler's multi-talented artistry
is legendary. She is an outrageous, captivating performer who combines
a unique soulful singing voice with the raucous wit of Mae West
and the comedic acting skill of Lucille Ball. From the time she
first captivated audiences as one of Tevye's daughters in the original
Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" to her most
recent triumph in the film "The First Wives Club," Bette
has always had audiences coming back for more. Her numerous recordings
have often gone gold or platinum while her wildly entertaining concerts
have sold out around the world, including a record breaking stint
at Radio City Music Hall. In between enthralling concert audiences,
she has starred in many Hollywood films including "The Rose,"
"Ruthless People," "Beaches," and "Get
Shorty". She has won two Emmys, four Grammys, a Tony, four
Golden Globes, and several American Comedy Awards. She is an entertainer
who has always appealed to a widely varied audience, from her first
big break at the gay Continental Baths in New York to her triumphant
"Diva Las Vegas" gig at the family - oriented MGM Grand
in Las Vegas.
Bette Midler Scrapbook" offers the best of Bette: her music,
her acting, her concerts, her awards, and her world; all liberally
illustrated with photos and memorabilia of this dynamic diva's career
and personal life. Meet her husband, Martin von Hasselberg, her
daughter Sophie, her friends Barry Manilow and Johnny Carson, and
all the wonderful people who make up Bette's world. The Bette Midler
Scrapbook is a must for every fan who wants a comprehensive and
fascinating retrospective of the life and career of this stellar
Mark Bego (2002)
The Inside Jacket:
in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1945, as a member of the only Jewish family
in a Polynesian neighborhood, Bette Midler moved to New York in
the 1960s to try her luck in show-biz. She soon developed a hugely
popular nightclub act that included show tunes, pop hits, and comedy.
entered the Billboard Top Ten in 1972 with her cover of "Boogie
Woogie Bugle Boy," and snapped up an Oscar nomination and a
Grammy for her contributions to the 1979 film The Rose. Since
then, she has starred in movies such as Down and Out in Beverly
Hills, Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, Big
Business, Get Shorty, Beaches, The First Wives
Club, and For the Boys, for which she earned a second
Academy Award nomination.
gold albums and sold-out shows, she has recorded hits like "Do
You Want To Dance?" "Beast of Burden," "Miss
Otis Regrets," "When a Man Loves a Woman," "One
for My Baby," "From a Distance," and the number-one
"Wind beneath My Wings."
most comprehensive biography available, Bette Midler brings the
dynamic redhead to vivid life. Grounding his research in dozens
of firsthand interviews with Midler's friends and associates (including
Barry Manilow), New York Times best- selling celebrity biographer
and pop culture critic Mark Bego herein explores Midler's consistently
gutsy-and often headline-grabbing-personal and professional choices.
content to rely on past successes, Midler has been involved with
musical theater (the smash Divine Madness); charity work
(U.S.A. for Africa); conservation (founder of the New York Restoration
Project); stand-up (the record Mud WilI Be Flung Tonight); television
(her short-lived sitcom); and even film production (her very successful
company All Girl Productions).
her beginnings as a chorus member in Broadway's Fiddler on the
Roof through her very eventful life during the early years of
the twenty-first century, Bette Midler is an indispensable portrait
of the Divine Miss M - in public and private.
up a self-proclaimed "ugly, fat little Jewish girl with problems,"
Bette Midler traded in her job at a Hawaiian pineapple processing
plant for a trip to the Big Apple where, in the early 1970s, she
re-created herself as the Divine Miss M, a brassy, bawdy cabaret
act performing in a gay bathhouse. By the end of the decade, she
had an Oscar nomination (for The Rose) to go with her two Grammys,
two Golden Globes and Tony award. After a rough start (her 1982
movie Jinxed was prophetically titled; it was followed by a breakdown
and a slump in record sales), the '80s found her excelling at writing
a children's book (The Saga of Baby Divine, 1983), wedding Martin
von Haselberg (1984), revitalizing her film career with a string
of Disney hits (including Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless
People and Beaches) and motherhood. Bego has churned out more than
40 star bios in the last 25 years (Cher: If You Believe in 2001
and Madonna: Blonde Ambition in 2000), and he's in top form with
this fast-paced, affectionate and incredibly detailed biography
of the diminutive belter. Midler fans will also appreciate the exhaustive
filmography, discography, concert tours, Web sites, memorable quotes
from her films and episode guide to her failed sitcom, Bette. 24
pages of photos.