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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

BetteBack March 10, 1975: Why Did Bette Midler Drop Out Of Sight?

Lima News March 10, 1975 431072_215234075239720_2144 Q: Didn’t Bette Midler drop out of sight for awhile ? Who got her back to work? — H.P., N.Y., N.Y. A: Yes, she did drop out because she got scared. She felt her voice had lost its unique quality and she feared she might not get it back to its proper timbre. But her agents finally convinced Bette she had to end her year’s hiatus. So she started with that Cher guest spot on TV. is set to work again on Broadway and do a tour, plus a recent press conference and lots of publicity. Phil Greenwald, the Sol Hurok of the Catskills, is negotiating to bring the Divine Miss M. to the Concord Hotel.
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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Bette Midler Just Won Halloween With Her Winifred Sanderson Costume From Hocus Pocus

People Bette Midler Just Won Halloween With Her Winifred Sanderson Costume From Hocus Pocus BY KAREN MIZOGUCHI POSTED ON OCTOBER 28, 2016 AT 11:34PM EDT
The witch is back. Bette Midler answered fans’ prayers on Friday when she dressed up as her belovedHocus Pocus character, Winifred Sanderson. The 70-year-old actress and singer scored major Halloween points with this throwback outfit, complete with curly heart-shaped wig, buck teeth, long nails, and a lack of eyebrows. Midler dug the purple dress and embroidered green robe out of the archives for a good cause. She hosted her annual Hulaween Party at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to celebrate the New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit that brings much-needed public green space to the state’s five boroughs.
Photo: Bette Midler & Kathy Griffin

Photo: Bette Midler & Kathy Griffin

This year’s bash was once again emceed by Kathy Griffin with designer Marc Jacobs serving as the costume contest judge and Darlene Love as the night’s entertainment.
Marc Jacobs & Charly

Marc Jacobs & Charly

Earlier this month, Midler’s Hocus Pocuscostar Sarah Jessica Parker expressed her excitement about reuniting with her evil Salem witch sisters someday. “I would love that,” Parker said on Watch What Happens Liveabout filming a sequel to the 1993 Disney film. “I think we’ve all been fairly vocal about being very keen but that hasn’t created any ground swell of movement.”
Bette Midler as The Rose (with Christy Labonte)

Bette Midler as The Rose (with Christy Labonte) – Christy presented Bette with a ‘model” book of Bette illustrations by Scott Clarke which Bette loved! The book will be published soon.

However, Midler debunked the sequel rumorsin November 2015 when she shared, “After all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no.” Hocus Pocus Sequel Happening? Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Naijimy Back Bette Midler: We’re In! Bette Midler Revives Hocus Pocus in Concert – And It’s Everything

Hocus Pocus Is Getting A Sequel After All! But Not In The Way You’d Imagine… ...  Read More

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

BetteBack August 28, 1993: 20 years ago, Bette Midler wasn’t exactly a model of good taste, decorum

New Castle News Weekend August 28, 1993 253403_323469057749554_1049684166_n BURGETTSTOWN – In her 1980 book, “ Bette Midler, A View From A Broad,” Midler wrote, “ I have always believed that the way you first appear on stage is the way the audience will remember you for the rest of the show.” On Monday, “ the Divine Miss M ” descended in a golden throne with a satin cape of sun rays over a royal purple pants outfit singing her first hit, “ Friends.” She was introduced by four girls in harem pants and starry halos blowing a fanfare with long, silvery trumpets. In previous tours, she made her first impressions as a clam, a jukebox, a patient in a hospitalbed, a playing card and a hotdog. For three hours at the Coca Cola Star Lake Amphitheater, except for a 10-minute late start and a 20-minute intermission, Midler held the stage. She sang, clowned and told jokes. She has a gift for talking to a large audience, 13,451, as though they’re just a few good friends in a small club room. “ Hi, How-are-ya doin’How’ve you been the last 10 years? Time flies when you’re on Prozac. But enough about you.” This is her first tour in 10 years, having spent the intervening time making 10 films (including “ Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “ Ruthless People,” “ Beaches,” “ Scenes From a Mall” and “ Hocus Pocus” ) and a comedy album, “ Mud W ill Be Flung Tonight.” She also married Martin von Haselberg and gave birth to daughter, Sophie. Twenty years ago, the scene was different. The queen of trash looked down from the stage of the former Syria Mosque in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. The first rows were loaded with fans dressed in big-hair blonde and red wigs and acid-inspired creations of satin, gold and silver material, and dripping rhinestones. Midler exclaimed, “ It’s nice to see the trash out tonight.” With neon red hair, she was dressed in shiny, skintight capri pants, 4lA-inch heels and a glittering, strapless bustier. Never, in those days, would one have used the words Bette Midler and tasteful in the same sentence. But that was then. In heels about three inches high, her Act I costume was vivid in color but didn’t cling, reveal, shine or glitter. In Act II, she wore a slim, floor-length silver sheath covered with bugle beads. Her hair was a soft, unbrassy blonde. Definitely tasteful. But Midler hadn’t forgotten those Mosque days. She wailed, “ I’m crushed and dismayed to discover they tore down the Syria Mosque, the most beautiful theater in America. (It had) great acoustics. I don’t understand Americans. They’d rather tear down a temple of joy and put in a car park.” Born and reared in Honolulu, her first professional role was a missionary’s seasick wife in George Roy Hill’s film “ Hawaii.” In 1965, she moved to New York and made her stage debut there in “ Miss Nefertiti Regrets” and then she created the role of Tzeitel in “ Fiddler On The Roof” for Broadway. Her portrayal of a Janis Joplin like rock singer in “ The Rose” won her an Oscar nomination and two Golden Globe awards. She is currently at work on the musical “ Gypsy” in which she plays Rose, mother of legendary stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
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