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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Video: Bette Midler – The Rose Trailer

“The Rose” was first recorded by Bette Midler for the soundtrack of the 1979 film The Rose in which it plays under the closing credits. However the song was not written for the movie: Amanda McBroom recalls, “I wrote it in 1977 [or] 1978, and I sang it occasionally in clubs. … Jim Nabors had a local talk show, and I sang [“The Rose”] on his show once.”[1] According to McBroom she wrote “The Rose” in response to her manager’s suggestion that she write “some Bob Seger-type tunes” to expedite a record deal: McBroom obliged by writing “The Rose” in forty-five minutes. Said McBroom: “‘The Rose’ is … just one verse [musically] repeated three times. When I finished it, I realized it doesn’t have a bridge or a hook, but I couldn’t think of anything to [add].” Read More

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Friday, May 25, 2018

LISTS 10 Best Bette Midler Movies and TV Shows

The Cinemaholic
LISTS: 10 Best Bette Midler Movies and TV Shows
By Team Cinemaholic 6
May 21, 2018


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Bette Midler is an American songwriter, singer, comedian, film producer and actress. Following a career that revolved around several Off-Off-Broadway shows, she rose to prominence as a singer and has sold over 30 million records worldwide. Bette Midler boasts of a career that spans half a century and has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards. Here’s the list of top Bette Midler movies.


10. Outrageous Fortune (1987)

Outrageous Fortune is about a man with two women in his life who disappears and they go out looking for him. Directed by Arthur Hiller, it also stars Shelley Long and Robert Prosky.


9. Down and out in Beverly Hills (1986)

Down and Out in Beverly Hills is about a homeless man who tries to drown himself in the pool of a rich couple who save him and welcome him in their house. The film is directed by Paul Mazursky and also Nick Nolte and Little Richard.

8. For the Boys (1991)

A US entertainer, with the help of a singer and dancer, tours to entertain the soldiers during World War II. For the Boys is directed by Mark Rydell and also casts James Caan and George Segal.


7. The First Wives Club (1996)

Reunited due to the death of a friend, three women decide to revenge their husbands who dumped them for younger women. Directed by Hugh Wilson, The First Wives Club also stars Goldie Hawn and Maggie Smith.


6. Big Business (1988)

Two sets of twins are born in a hospital on the same night to two different families and get mixed up due to a drunk nurse. Big Business is directed by Jim Abrahams and also stars Lily Tomlin and Fred Ward.


5. The Thorn (1971)

The Thorn is a religious comic satire. It is directed by Peter McWilliams and also stars John Bassberger and John Greenberg.


4. Beaches (1998)

The strong friendship between two people coming from very different backgrounds. Beaches is directed by Garry Marshall and also stars Barbara Hershey and John Heard.


3. Hocus Pocus (1993)

Two teenagers, a young girl, and an immortal cat try to put an end to the terror of three witches, who have resurrected after 300 years. Hocus Pocus is directed by Kenny Ortega and also stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy.

2. Ruthless People (1986)

A businessman cheats and a couple and the couple takes the revenge by kidnappinghis wife, but they don’t know that he is happy they did so. Also starring Danny DeVito and Judge Reinhold, Ruthless People is directed by Jim Abrahams, David Zucker, and Jerry Zucker.

1. The Rose (1979)

A female rock star, whose manager is ruthless and pressurizes her constantly, destructs her life with drugs and alcohol. Directed by Mark Rydell, The Rose also stars Alan Bates and Frederic Forrest.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Bette Midler Talks To Fans On Facebook And We Learn All Kinds Of Scoops!

Vintage Vinyl News
Bette Midler Talks To Fans On Facebook And We Learn All Kinds Of Scoops!
by VVN Music
October 20, 2016


Reddit used to be the main focus of fan Q&A’s (or AMA’s in their lingo) but many are now starting to use Facebook which seems to now be the go to site for up-to-the-minute info and interaction with artists.

Thursday afternoon, Bette Midler interacted for over an hour with fans, talking about her own career and letting out a few tidbits of previously unknown information.

On who inspired her … ” loved Mae West and I loved Janis Joplin and I loved Tina Turner and I loved Aretha Franklin. That’s my quartet. There were so many Hollywood actresses that were inspiring too.”

On the recording of The Divine Miss M … “I think the night we decided we would sing in front of an invited audience was the greatest night. We had the album in the can, but we decided it needed something. So we invited in an audience, ordered Chinese and away we went. Half of this album is live and half studio.”

On Stage Freight … “I never calm my nerves! They always get the best of me, sometimes I hurl!” “I have terrible stage fright! But I’ve learned some breathing techniques and I know once I jump in, it’ll go away.”

On concert mishaps … “Once in one of my wheelchairs, unbeknownst to me, one of the electricians had cranked up the speed on my chair. It flung me from the chair and I landed on the audience in the seats!”

On Music and Roles she is sorry she hasn’t done … “I’ve never sung “Moonlight in Vermont, “Over the Rainbow,” or “Stardust.” I’d love to play Auntie May, she’s one of my all time favorite characters.”

On her favorite film roles … “The Rose, I loved that and it was a great experience. I loved making Big Business, and First Wives Club. Beaches was the best with Garry Marshall, he was such a classy classy guy.”

On her guest appearance on Seinfeld … “It was a blast. To tell you the truth I had no idea what I was doing because I hadn’t really seen the show. But after I became a huge fan and still watch it. The black and white cookie had me stumped!”

On who, living or dead, she would like to sing with … “Adele! My musical soulmate.”

On whether she would ever work with Iggy Pop … “I love Iggy Pop! I’ve often thought of re-recording Wild Child. I love the guy!”

On whether she would ever work with Barbra Streisand … “Sure! Actually one of her people asked me to be on her last record. Then I never heard from them again.”

On her upcoming lead role in Broadway’s Hello Dolly … ” I’m so excited about working with that cast! They are the top of the line, cream of the crop. I know its going to be the most wondrous, color filled show. I’m worried about remembering everything…but I’m going to give it my best shot.” “I had trepidations, but I’ve learned the role and learned the score. And now that I know a little more about it, I feel more confident.”

On plans to release some of her older concerts on video … “Yes, I have a couple of shows in the can that I really, really love.”

On whether their are more archival recordings to be released … “No…I think I’m about done. I’ve cleaned out the vault!”

On plans to write a memoir … “Nooooooooo….”

On whether she thinks she is one of the “nasty women” that Donald Trump talks about … “Undoubtedly! He doesn’t think I measure up to his standard. And anyone who doesn’t is a “Nasty Woman”!”

…and our favorite response of the Q&A:
Fan: No question. You look GORGEOUS! Love from Denver, Colorado!

Bette: You’re high!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sue even had a friend blowing marijuana smoke into her face as she passed away. She was high until the bitter end…

[on Sue Mengers who she played on Broadway] “Sue even had a friend blowing marijuana smoke into her face as she passed away. She was high until the bitter end.”

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Bette Midler On Being A Teenager

Bette Midler On Being A Teenager: “I knew I was going to act. I wasn’t good at anything else in school. But I was good when I stood up and spoke in front of people. I did speech festivals, drama duets, and storytelling. ” (The Milwaukee Sentinel – Jan 23, 1987

Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Rose: “You Know You Are In The Presence Of A Brilliant, Once-In-A-Lifetime Performer”

Brattle Theatre Film Notes
The Rose
By Leo Racicot
March 1, 2016



Bette Midler is tiny; so tiny (5’1″) that surprise is what you feel seeing her in person. I have been blessed to watch her do her thing live many times in many different places and always come away on Cloud Nine thinking, “How does that great, big voice and all that tremendous energy come out of that little sprite?” But Midler’s stature belies the power of her spirit. Oftentimes I have witnessed that spirit fireball out of a theater or arena to where it ascends and covers the place in a protective bubble of vitality and verve. In other words, no stadium, no opera house, no hall, however cavernous, can contain her infectious energy. I watched in awe one time when she was first staring out in her career, appear before what had to be, for her, a disappointing Symphony Hall crowd (the place was maybe a third full). That girl worked her tail off like you would not believe, strutting and camping, doing cartwheels, belting songs to the rafters, sending her now-trademark Hawaiian bolo balls into orbit, carrying on an absolute storm. You’d swear she was performing for a crowd of 18,000 at Madison Square Garden. Her energy and work ethic, her drive and desire to please are unearthly. No tiny, little sprite!

When she burst onto the scene in the early1970s, Bette Midler brought a unique, never-ending party to an America neck-deep in an economic depression, lifted us up out of the doldrums with her prescient remakes of The Andrews’ Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, Glenn Miller’s “In The Mood”, The Dixie Cups’ “Chapel of Love” and of course, her mega-cover of Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Want to Dance?” Magic!

Nothing short of iconic was the cover of her self-titled debut album—the slinky, black dress, red frizzy crown of hair and probably THE highest platform shoes in existence—all spoke “sassy”, “savvy” and “the most fun you have ever had or will ever have ever.” To this day, I can think of no entertainer like her. There are pretenders to the Midler throne—most recently Katy Perry, Lady Gaga—but in my humble opinion, no one holds a candle to the light emanating from The Divine Miss M.

She brings that special light, that unbridled energy, that uncompromising work ethic in spades to her portrayal of the musician superstar known as The Rose in Mark Rydell’s searing movie bio of the same name. Rydell (who crafted many fine films over the years including the lovely, elegiac ON GOLDEN POND) here ushers us into the lurid world of rock stardom excess, a dazzling but destructive world that takes under its wings gifted but troubled people lost in their own insecurities and uncertain egos. In this instance, it is Mary Rose Foster (Midler) whose great, blazing voice makes her a top-tier performer but whose troubled childhood makes her a flawed human being. Comparisons to 60s rock/jazz legend, Janis Joplin and her story were inevitable. And though at first denied by Rydell, Midler and the movie’s producers, comparisons do exist. Let us say THE ROSE was “inspired by” Joplin’s life but its accuracy falls deliberately short of hitting that bullseye—Midler’s performance style is very different from Joplin’s, the particulars of The Rose’s life also different from Janis’s. The strong, determined Midler made THE ROSE her own creation, not a copy of Joplin, her passionate, natural depiction culled from raw reaching—Midler had no professional training as an actor or a singer and seems by the very force of her will and own personal history to send a performance erupting up and out from the volcano of her own gut instincts. She is a wonder to behold.

In the movie’s musical interludes Midler sings and moves with a fever. She sends her notes out with such a force, such a frenzy, with such unbridled heat, she scorches the screen in numbers like “Midnight in Memphis”, “Love Me With a Feeling” and the heartbreaking “Stay With Me”. In other scenes she crafts brilliant musical vignettes, campy and touching. She can take you on a journey from elation to heartache in a split second. With a sidelong look, a shrug, a sigh, a whisper, a plea from her tiny, doll-like hands, she makes you feel as if you know her, and that she knows you; all her own emotions are your emotions. A great comedienne, she knows her flawless timing, her sometimes dangerous eyes can slay you and so she brings these qualities to Rose. And time and again, she gets away with telling the filthiest, bawdiest, raunchiest jokes without sacrificing her grace or her femininity.We tolerate the F-bomb from Midler because she reminds us of how playful it can be when delivered without malice. Or maybe it is just that everything that comes out of her mouth is hilarious!

Midler is a staged concoction of every rock, folk, pop, vaudeville, Hollywood musical, Folies Bergere creation ever imagined. And the smile. That smile that can light up the whole world. She is a great performer who elevates THE ROSE to greater heights. Her performance is nothing short of terrific, void of any trace of mawkishness, unbearably transcendent. Her raw, honest depiction of a boozing, coked-out, insecure woman/girl is spot-on. Rose lets triumph after triumph wash over her like gold but underneath she is soaked in sweat and regret. Midler shows us the wounded, little child Rose still is, quivering behind the bravado of a star who knows her gifts are superb but her soul is all alone, shattered; she cannot shake the horrors of her past. Few performances in movies capture vulnerability so astutely—Meryl Streep in SOPHIE’S CHOICE comes to mind—but Midler’s somehow seems less contrived, less deliberate. I don’t know. But there is some quality there you do not see too often in motion picture acting.

For Rose, music is her freedom and her jail, her poison and the antidote. Her heartless, money-loving manager, Rudge (the always marvelous Alan Bates) does love her or did once, but clearly now loves his cash cow more and drives her like a carnival ride for his own gain. Salvation (maybe?) comes in the person of Houston Dyer, a likable lug of a drifter played by handsome Frederic Forrest. Houston believes his love or Rose can save her; his honest, tender endearments act as a mirror showing Rose how truly beautiful, how valuable she is. But Rose is coming apart at the seams. She craves real love. But most of all, she wants to entertain, she must entertain her audiences; her allegiance is to them, and to her art, even if it means possibly going under.

Director Rydell captures the world of concert touring perfectly, the non-stop merry-go-round of buses, planes, trains and rented limos. Of bottomless bottles of booze and lines of coke. The film delivers many memorable scenes of how lonely the road can be for musicians. In one unforgettable scene, as Rose’s plane descends into yet another nameless place, she wakes dazed, confused, hung-over, hungry for sleep, peers down and begins to cry, asking, “Where am I ? Where the fuck am I ? I don’t even know where I am…”

THE ROSE is a fine, fine entertainment. It belongs, though, to Bette Midler. See it to see a star being born. When she calls home from a phone booth in the middle of nowhere just to chat with her uninterested mother, when she begs her new boyfriend not to leave her, when she sings the title theme song, which has become one of the great love anthems, you know you are in the presence of a brilliant, once-in-a-lifetime performer.

Leo Racicot Ever since my father took me to the drive-in theater when I was five, I have loved the movies. I am a total movie nut and will watch anything, from the five-and-a-half hour, uncut version of Bertolucci’s 1900 to SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS (both are do-able if you pop a NO-DOZ before you hit PLAY). My sister, Diane, who keeps track of these things, says I have watched close to 3,000 movies in the last 6-7 years. In the 1970s, I worked as film programmer for The Paris here in Boston and for Dollar Cinemas in Las Vegas, in the early 90s. I have written movie reviews and commentary for Z Magazine (produced by Jerry Harvey for his wonderful “Z” Channel), Cineaste, Film Comment, Cahiers du Cinema, Empire, and for—ta-dah!—The Brattle! I am currently working on a long retrospective of the work of one of my all-time favorites, Jeff Bridges!

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Review: Bette Midler’s ‘A Gift Of Love’

Miami Herald
In Tune: Bette Midler’s A Gift of Love
February 29, 2016


Bette Midler, who turned 70 (!) last December, is a showbiz veteran and one of the LGBT community’s most beloved diva icons. From her early days singing to gay men in towels at New York’s Continental Baths — with her accompanist Barry Manilow — and her lengthy career in film (including an Oscar nomination for The Rose) to her legendary concert tours and Las Vegas residencies, the outspoken Midler is one of a kind. The romantically themed A Gift of Love (Rhino), her third domestic hits compilation, includes “The Rose,” “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “From A Distance.” Midler also dug deep to find the love in songs such as “Let Me Just Follow Behind” from Songs For The New Depression, “All I Need to Know” from No Frills, “To Deserve You” from Bette of Roses and “(Talk to Me of) Mendocino” from It’s the Girls. A Gift of Love is a musical valentine from Midler to her fans.

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    Sunday, February 21, 2016

    Barnes & Noble To Release ‘Gift Of Love’ On Pink Vinyl April 26, 2016

    Gift Of Love [B&N Exclusive Pink Vinyl]



    Bette Midler’s A GIFT OF LOVE includes 18 of her best love songs. This new collection spotlights a number of incredibly poignant tracks, like her cover of Marshall Crenshaw’s “My Favorite Waste Of Time” from No Frills (1983); “Every Road Leads Back To You” from the soundtrack to her film For the Boys (1991); “Shining Star” from Bette (2000); plus five tracks from her platinum release Bette of Roses (1995), including “It’s Too Late” and “As Dreams Go By.” A GIFT OF LOVE would not be complete without three of Midler’s biggest hits: “The Rose” from the 1979 film of the same name in which Midler starred; the #1 Grammy-winning smash “Wind Beneath My Wings” from another Midler film, Beaches; and “From A Distance,” from her double-platinum album Some People’s Lives (1990).


    Favorite Waste Of Time (2015 Remastered)
    In This Life (2015 Remastered)
    The Gift Of Love (2015 Remastered)
    Bed Of Roses (2015 Remastered)
    From A Distance (2015 Remastered)
    Wind Beneath My Wings (2015 Remastered)
    Come Rain Or Come Shine (2015 Remastered)
    The Rose (2015 Remastered)
    As Dreams Go By (2015 Remastered)
    It’s Too Late (2015 Remastered)
    All I Need To Know (2015 Remastered)
    Every Road Leads Back To You (2015 Remastered)
    Shining Star (2015 Remastered)
    To Deserve You (2015 Remastered)
    Night And Day (2015 Remastered)
    (Talk To Me Of) Mendocino
    The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game
    Let Me Just Follow Behind (2015 Remastered)

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    Saturday, February 20, 2016

    People Are Adopting New York City Gardens Thanks To Bette Midler And NYRP

    Town & Country
    People Are Adopting New York City Gardens
    FEB 19, 2016


    Care to exercise your green thumb without physically lifting a finger?

    Adopt a Garden, a campaign by Bette Midler‘s New York Restoration Project, invites donors to name community gardens in all five boroughs. Of the 52 gardens NYRP owns and manages, 15 remain available for adoption—with the cost ranging from $50,000 to $1 million.

    The entertainer established the non-profit in 1995 to increase access to open, high-quality public space for all New Yorkers. This campaign has attracted such high-profile donors as The Walt Disney Company Foundation, Michael Kors and Jo Malone London. The cost of adoption ranges depending on the size and scale of the renovation. Read More

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    Friday, October 2, 2015

    BetteBack November 30, 1991: Liz Smith – A Bette Midler Tour De Force

    Indiana Gazette
    November 30, 1991


    If you appreciate old-fashioned schmaltz and sentiment, dramatic contrivance, shameless manipulation of your emotions and movies – then you will LOVE the current Bette Midler tour de force, “For the Boys.”

    Director Mark Rydell and actress/producer Midler have offered up a lavish time-spanning musical epic that asks you to put aside sophisticated film-going cynicism and allow yourself a good, healthy emotional wallow. Right from the start, with Bette in totally overdone old-age makeup, telling her story via flashbacks to a young man (a fellow initially unsympathetic but naturally soon won over by Dixie, the famous, irascible USO entertainer), you know here is a film Louis B. Mayer, Selznick, Goldwyn and the Brothers Warner would have cherished. Only the kitchen sink is missing.

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