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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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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

On Experience The Divine Tour: “I haven’t been in the Bette Midler business for the past 10 years: I’ve been in the Touchstone film business, pretty much.”

On Experience The Divine Tour: “I haven’t been in the Bette Midler business for the past 10 years: I’ve been in the Touchstone film business, pretty much.” Midler’s contract with Disney’s Touchstone has two pictures to go. “They have their ideas. I’ve been good, I’ve done good work, I’ve had a lot of fun with them, but I’m looking forward to doing my own thing.” (1991, Washington Post) – Bette Midler Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, standing and shoes
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Thursday, August 31, 2017

(On Woody Allen and maybe starring in one of his films) “Well, you know, he never calls, he never writes … I dropped a few hints, but I don’t know.

(On Woody Allen and maybe starring in one of his films) “Well, you know, he never calls, he never writes … I dropped a few hints, but I don’t know. I thought he liked me. I thought he enjoyed it. [Woody’s agent] Sam Cohn called me and said he thought Scenes From a Mall was the best thing he’d ever seen me do and he was sure it would be a big hit, and he sounded genuine. He had no reason to lie. He thought we were fabulous together. And I thought, “Golly, I hope I get to do it again.”‘ (1991, Movieline) – Bette Midler Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, dog and indoor
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

How Hello Dolly! Played A Part In Ending A 20 Year Feud Between Two Top Notch Actresses

Starts At 60 Glenn Close buries the hatchet with Broadway buddy By Starts at 60 Writers August 14, 2017 1422675969167 We’ll take the news with a grain of salt, but it seems that Glenn Close and Patti LuPone may have finally reconciled after reportedly having a falling out more than 20 years ago, according to Page Six.  According to a rep for Close, the two Broadway veterans took a trip to see the Bette Midler production of Hello, Dolly! and had drinks afterwards at Bar Centrale, where they were observed laughing like they were old friends without a hint of resentment. “They had a great time,” the rep told Page Six. “They all had a lot of fun.” The famous feud reportedly began when LuPone, who had started in the West End version of Sunset Boulevard, was rejected for the same role in the 1994 Broadway production in favour of Glenn Close, who won a Tony Award for her part. Andrew Lloyd Webber reportedly paid LuPone $1 million for breaking the contract, since she had been promised the role when it began on Broadway. You might think the wounds would still be fresh, considering Close only wrapped up the Sunset Boulevard revival in June of this year, but it seems they’ve managed to forgive and forget. During the Sunset Boulevard revival, Close famously called out an audience member for taking a photo during the middle of the show – an absolute taboo in almost any professional production, let alone a Broadway show. “I’m sorry,” Close said. “Stop the show. Someone there is taking photos. You must know how distracting and disrespectful that is.” The move was reminiscent of LuPone herself, who relieved a mobile phone from an audience member who was texting during a 2015 performance if Shows for Days.   Andy Cohen addressed the ongoing feud on an episode of Watch What Happens Live earlier this year, and LuPone didn’t shy away from the topic. While she maintains that her friendship with Lloyd Webber never recovered from the incident, she and Close began to patch things up in 2011 at the Kennedy Center Honors. “Glenn Close came and sat down right there … And she said, ‘I had nothing to do with [the Sunset Boulevard decision]’, and we hugged,” LuPone said in the segment. BetteBack May 11, 1991: Diverse music fills everydey lives (bootlegbetty.com) BetteBack March 28, 1997: Those Oscar moments: highlights and lowlights (bootlegbetty.com) Bruce Vilanch Is Hysterical In THE BIRTHDAY BOYS: The Songs of Stephen Sondheim & Andrew Lloyd Webber (wegotbruce.com) 10 Pop Divas Who Rocked It On Film (Or Tried) (bootlegbetty.com)

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

BetteBack February 18, 1975: Paul Simon Backs Out Of Duet With Bette Midler

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

BetteBack August 8, 1974: Fashion – Girls Look Like A Woman

El Paso Herald Post August 8, 1974 83870 The common denominator for a variety of new fashions from high-styled Adolfo to funky Bette Midler is that “they all make a girl look like a woman.” There is even a revival, in the most recent showings, of big hats, four-inch heels and white gloves.
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Friday, March 10, 2017

2006 – Bette Midler – Eye To Eye – Perseverance

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

BetteBack December 18, 1998: Bette Doesn’t Cher The Spotlight Nicely

Syracuse Herald December 18, 1998
HOLLYWOOD FL - MAY 09: Bette Midler performs at Hard Rock Live held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 9, 2015 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD FL – MAY 09: Bette Midler performs at Hard Rock Live held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on May 9, 2015 in Hollywood, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)

New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom wasn’t big enough for dueling divas Bette Midler and Cher on Friday night. The Divine Miss M dissed a tardy, lip synching Cher as “someone who used to be famous, ” according to witnesses at the Miracle On 34th Street concert. The latest flare up between the two superstars was sparked by Cher, who, due to sing first, appeared a half hour late. Apparently she had been getting her face retooled by make up artist Kevin Acoin, but Midler’s camp suspected her dramatic entrance was deliberate. Bette’s people didn’t appreciate it, said one backstage source. Midler did seem to get a kick watching Cher mouthing the words to three recorded tracks from her new album. When Midler took center stage with her musicians and her back-up singers, The Harlettes, she told her soundman. “start my tracks”  She quickly informed the audience that was a joke. “No, I sing live! I don’t need tracks!” she said. Midler also added that in contrast to the other situation with the previous camera shy entertainer, photographers were welcome to take as many pictures of her as they liked. “I’m a star,” witnesses heard her say, “I’m not someone who used to be famous, and it trying to become famous again.” A spokeswoman for Midler, who preceded to burn down the house with five songs, vouched that her client made the lip synching remark but insisted she never delivered the second part of the dig. The sold out show was hosted by Jennifer Lopez, who apparently forgot to put on any underwear.  

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    Thursday, December 1, 2016

    On This Day: December 1 Bette’s Birthday & Lots Of Stuff Happened. May Need Magnifying Glass To Read, But Interesting

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    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Bette Midler On Clams:

    Bette Midler On Clams: “Here we are just minutes away from the opening. God only knows what’s to become of us. I mean; I never imagined it would turn into this epic of death … the most mind-boggling, stupendous production ever conceived and built around one poor small five-foot-one-and-a-half-inch Jewish girl from Honolulu. All of a sudden I’m a whole industry. People run, they fetch, they carry, they nail, they paint, they sew. I had always dressed my girls from stock and now here we are with real costumes . . . they’re pinning here and tucking here and pushing tits up to the neck and showing calves. Do you know what this is? It’s a celebration of the sexual rites of a New Yorker.” (Emporia Gazette, April 12, 1975) Image may contain: 1 person
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