Films, TV, and Theatre


Intimate Portrait (2000)

Matt Roush, USA Today (1987)

Intimate Portrait: Bette Midler (Lifetime, Sunday, 10 p.m. ET/PT): Lifetime's answer to A&E's Biography is expanding from weekly to nearly nightly (Monday-Thursday, 7 ET/PT). To get things rolling, the franchise delivers a personal best in this profile of the divine Bette, with reflections from the star and her husband. "I was very enamored of having fun,'' Midler says of her career goals. From the Continental Baths (there's footage) to selling out Radio City and making magic of Johnny Carson's farewell along the way, fun was had by all.




ARYEH DEAN COHEN, Jerusalem Post

We had just graduated university and we weren't making much money yet, but when the chance came around to catch Bette Midler's Clams on the Halfshell Revue on Broadway, we didn't think twice.

After all, by then the Divine Miss M had made quite a reputation for herself, one the Jewish girl from Hawaii cultivated wherever she went, from the Continental Baths to Vegas. Mixing a steady stream of X- rated Sophie Tucker jokes, heart-rending ballads, and knock-out production numbers featuringherself and the Harlettes, she wowed the place.

While it's anyone's guess whether her new TV show, launched this fall with much fanfare, will survive the ratings wars - the trade papers are saying the program, in which she more or less plays herself, is at death's door - a chance to spend an hour with a woman who has no qualms about singing the story of the man who invented the brassiere shouldn't be missed. That opportunity comes along Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., on Channel 2's Intimate, an interview show. Don't blow it.