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Monday, September 18, 2017

The Top Five Bette Midler Movie Roles of Her Career

TV Over Mins The Top Five Bette Midler Movie Roles of Her Career By Nat Berman September 17, 2017 Bette Midler is a famous American actress, singer, film producer, songwriter, and comedian. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. Her career as a singer and performer began in the 1960s but it wasn’t until the 1970s that she became more prominent in the public eye when she built a core following and began releasing studio albums. In 1979, she made her motion picture debut in ‘The Rose’, for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Throughout her career, she has had roles in 30 feature films and has released 14 studio albums. Here are five of the top movie roles in Bette Midler’s career. 1. The Rose Bette Midler played the lead role of Mary Rose Foster in this 1979 drama movie. The film also starred Alan Bates, Harry Dean Stanton, Frederic Forest, David Keith, and Barry Primus. It is loosely based on the life of Janis Joplin and was directed by Mark Rydell. The movie originally went by the name of ‘Pearl’ as this was Joplin’s nickname. Bette Midler performed the soundtrack for this film and one of her biggest hits was the title track. ‘The Rose’ was nominated for four Academy Awards. 2. The First Wives Club Midler is known both for playing the role of strong women and also for comedic talent. Both were evident in this 1996 comedy film about three women who get revenge on their lying and cheating ex-husbands. It is based on a book by Olivia Goldsmith and the two other leading women in the movie are played by Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton. The ex-husbands are played by Victor Garber, Stephen Collins, and Dan Hedaya. ‘The First Wives Club’ was a surprise box office hit as it grossed over $181 million worldwide. 3. Ruthless People ‘Ruthless People’ is a black comedy that was released in 1986 and was written by Dale Launer. The movie was co-directed by David Zucker, Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abrahams. It is about a couple who kidnap the wife of their ex-boss in revenge and then attempt to extort money from him. Midler plays Barbara Stone with Danny DeVito in the role of her husband, Sam Stone. Others starring in this movie include Judge Reinhold, Anita Morris, and Helen Slater. It was a commercial success and grossed $71.6 million at the worldwide box office. 4. Big Business For her role in this movie, Bette Midler won the American Comedy Award for the Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture. This 1998 comedy was directed by Jim Abrahams and co-written by Dori Pierson and Marc Reid Rubel. It is about two sets of twins who are mismatched at birth and then reunited. The screenplay was loosely based on William Shakespeare’s ‘A Comedy of Errors’. Bette Midler played Sadie Shelton and Sadie Ratliff and Lily Tomlin played Rose Ratliff and Rose Shelton. 5. Hocus Pocus Midler plays Winifred ‘Winnie’ Sanderson in this 1993 comedy horror fantasy film. She is the oldest of three witches who are sisters, with Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker playing the younger two sisters. The three witches are accidentally resurrected by a teenage boy. The story is based on a book by Mick Garris and David Kirschner and adapted into a screenplay by Mick Garris and Neil Cuthbert. It was directed by Kenny Ortega. Although it was not initially a success, either critically or commercially, it has since become a cult movie. Midler was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actress.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

On This Day In History: Bette Midler Was Johnny Carson’s Last Guest

Decider Today in TV History: Johnny Carson’s Last Guests Were Robin Williams and Bette Midler By Joe Reid @joereid May 21, 2016 at 11:00am carson2 Of all the great things about television, the greatest is that it’s on every single day. TV history is being made, day in and day out, in ways big and small. In an effort to better appreciate this history, we’re taking a look back, every day, at one particular TV milestone.  IMPORTANT DATE IN TV HISTORY: May 21, 1992 PROGRAM ORIGINALLY AIRED ON THIS DATE: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson WHY IT’S IMPORTANTYou’d be hard-pressed to come up with too many TV events that had more far-reaching impact than Johnny Carson’s decision to leave The Tonight Show after thirty years as host. Not only did it set off the chain reaction of questionable decision-making and intrigue that were the original Late Night Wars (Leno versus Letterman edition), but it was also a massively important marker of the passage of time. The end of Carson’s reign was in many ways the end of a particular era of television, and even culture. On his final show with guests (Carson’s actual finale the next night was a clip show), Carson welcomed two of the biggest stars of the era: Robin Williams and Bette Midler. (Both of them, coincidentally enough, were two months removed from being Oscar nominees for 1991.) Carson’s segment with Williams is typically manic, but its topicality is a window into history. The 1992 election, with all its intrigue and scandal, was THE hot topic, and vice-president Dan Quayle’s insistence on making a culture war out of Murphy Brown’s single motherhood had turned Clinton vs. Bush into a battle for the cultural direction of the country, if not the political. Williams is a live wire in his portion of the episode, and you can see Carson’s genuine delight in not having any idea where he’s going to go next. Carson doesn’t shock easily, but the network censors remind us that they used to bleep out words like “ass” and “balls.” 1992, you adorable thing. The Bette Midler segment that follows is more widely remembered, particularly for her emotional performance of “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road),” hands down one of the most beautiful moments ever broadcast on television. That camera angle that caught Carson, head perched on his hand, watching Midler serenade him was breathtaking. Less remembered is the comedic ditty Midler came up with earlier in the show, set to the standard “You Made Me Love You.” And as if two show-stoppers in one hour weren’t enough, Midler and Carson engaged in a semi-impromptu duet on “Here’s That Rainy Day.” Talk about performers who knew how to capitalize on the sentiment of a moment. Again, the appeal is watching Carson’s genuine rapport with and affection for his guest. That was Carson’s appeal. He was sharp as a tack and could be just as acerbic, but he genuinely loved entertainers, especially favorites like Williams and Midler. Photo Flash: Inside HELLO, DOLLY’s Opening Night! (broadwayworld.com) FULL LIST: Nominees, Tony Awards 2017 (rappler.com) Bette Midler On Her Television Special For NBC: (bootlegbetty.com) ‘Dolly!’ Looks Delish At $1.7M As B.O. Takes Off – But Broadway Attendance Dips (deadline.com)

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Friday, January 27, 2017

BetteBack November 30, 1973: What Can You Tell Me About Bette Midler?

Dover Times Reporter November 30, 1973 tumblr_l65kwzKwWK1qcumv8o1_1280 What can you tell me about Bette Midler? I think she is fantastic! H.C. Bette’s personality has helped to get her songs right to the top of the charts. She is from Hawaii, which she savs is a wild place. While still there. Bette got some work as a movie extra. It paid S350 a week. The money helped convince her parents that maybe shoe business wasn’t such a bad business and Bette consequently flew to N.Y. One day a talent coordinator for David Frost saw Bette and signed her for the Frost Show. The audience gave her quite a reception and Frost signed her to five more shows. Merv Griffin jumped on the bandwagon and so did Johnny Carson and Mike Douglas. She was on her way to fame! Her catalog of songs is heavily nostalgic, old blues and a lot in the f930’s. One of the unusual things about Bette is that while other girls change costumes to change periods, she changed her posture and body movements. Bette can hold her own on the talk shows too. She is one of (he most unusual singers to ‘make the scene’.

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