Roush, USA Today (1987)
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.
DEAN COHEN, Jerusalem Post
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.
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
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.