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Friday, February 1, 2019

‘The Glorias: A Life on the Road’ Has Started Filming In Savannah

So far, only one star sighting, and that would be Julianne Moore
By Graham Cawthon
January 31, 2019

The Glorias: Bette Midler and Julianne Moore




It was several months ago that WJCL reported a movie starring Julianne Moore and Bette Midler was set to start filming in the Savannah area.  ...  Read More

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

BetteBack June 24, 1973: Bette Midler Attends The Fourth Annual “Gay Liberation Day”

Auburn Citizen Advertiser June 24, 1973 2016-08-27_3-00-54 NEW YORK (AP) – Thousands of brightly dressed homosexuals and sympathetic followers paraded through Manhattan amid smiles, kisses and waves. It raised only a few eyebrows. I’m amazed and astounded  remarked spectator Tony Geraffo of East Brunswick, N.J. during Sunday’s march. But that’s the way they want to live and that s all right with me’ The parade from Central Park West to Seventh Avenue to Washington Square celebrated the fourth annual “Gay Liberation Day” with buttons, banners and balloons. Men, women and a few children took part in the festivities as marchers chanted ‘Out of the closets and into the streets’ and’ Two, four, six. eight, we don’t overpopulate.’ Police estimated that 3,000 persons took advantage of the sunny weather and participated in the celebration. There were no reports of disturbances. The mild surprise and wide-eyed stares of some out-of-town viewers and tourists contrasted with the apathetic live-and-let live reaction displayed by many local spectators. They’ll never believe this back in Dallas, commented a teenage girl from Texas. I never imagined such a thing, Japanese biologist admitted. But a watchman on Seventh Avenue observed, to each his own. And another bystander at a cafe near 24th Street concluded,  Nothing shocks me anymore At the windup rally in Greenwich Village’s Washington Square Park, speakers read telegrams of support from Reps. Herman Badillo of the Bronx and Bella Abzug of Manhattan, both Democrats. Also, the “ straight Nixon administration was criticized. A variety of singers, including pop star Bette Midler, entertained during a rally in Washington Square following the parade. Comprehensive LGBT Rights Bill Coming To A Hostile Republican Congress Near You New York’s epic white backlash: How a horrid 1960s relic is still with us today Bette Midler-founded nonprofit, NYRP, unveils plans for South Bronx open spaces network NYRP: Haven Project aims to improve residents’ health

BetteBack April 29, 1995: Bette Midler And Robin Williams Adopt Highways In New York | BootLeg Betty ...  Read More

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Friday, April 29, 2016

I’d make a wonderful Lady Macbeth. I’ll wear a pair of platform shoes or something…

“I’d make a wonderful Lady Macbeth. I’ll wear a pair of platform shoes or something.” ―Bette Midler Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Thursday, June 16, 2011

BetteBack: Bette Entertains At Steinem’s 50th

Chronicle-Telegram By LIZ SMITH Sat., May 12,1984 SIC TRANSIT GLORIA! My pal, Gloria Steinem, was considered brave when she admitted to being 40. When she was told “you don’t look 40,” she uttered the immortal line, “This is what 40 looks like!” Now the liberated one will celebrate being an incredible 50 May 23 in a big bash at the Waldorf to raise money for the Ms. Foundations. Mario Thomas and Phil Donahue are hosts, and Bette Midler is the star! The chairfolks are Betty Ford. Sally Ride, Billie Jean King and Alice Walker. Stars galore will fly in for this one — Alan and Arlene Alda, Jane Fonda, John Y. and Phyllis Brown, Bella Abzug (she’ll fly up from Greenwich Village), S h i r l ey MacLaine, Ralph Nader, Joan Kennedy, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, Cicely Tyson, Carol Burnett, Candy Bergen, Pat Collins, Joe Raposo, the Robert Bentons, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw, Joan Lunden, Marvin Hamlisch, Cyndy Garvey and possibly all three Democratic candidates.
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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Museum of the City of New York: Bette Makes “Notorious and Notable-20th Century Women of Style”

New York Times How the Other Half Dressed By KAREN ROSENBERG September 16, 2010 Fashion Week may be over, but the runway at the Museum of the City of New York isn’t going anywhere for a few months. The museum’s fall show “Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style,” offers a front-row look at the trends of bygone eras. Essentially, it’s a sweeping, three-dimensional “best-dressed” list — one that starts with the wives of robber barons and ends with modern business executives. Their outfits, from the museum’s costume and textile collection, are arranged on either side of a long aisle. There’s jewelry, too, coaxed from private collections with the help of the National Jewelry Institute. But the clothes are the main draw. Everything looks spectacular, though the show isn’t quite as plugged in to contemporary ideas of celebrity as its title would suggest. “Notorious” here often means “eccentric” — as in the “Grey Gardens” matron Edith Bouvier Beale. Sometimes it refers to women who were seen as the victims of scandal, like Sunny von Bülow. Younger viewers schooled on Hiltons, Lohans and Kardashians and the Haus of Gaga may find these examples rather conservative. But the show’s 80 subjects aren’t all drawn from the Social Register; artists, actresses and even a few career women make the cut. Consider the oft-arrested 1920s actress Imogene Wilson, represented by a louche set of evening pajamas, or the burlesque performer Gypsy Rose Lee, whose stripper costume of mitred black-and-white stripes is a highlight of the exhibition. (From the front, it looks like another high-necked 1940s ensemble, but it has a row of snaps all the way up the back.) The “Notable” set, meanwhile, includes the dress Brooke Astor wore to Truman Capote’s Black-and-White Ball: a prim, almost bridal-looking princess gown of white lace with a black rose corsage at the waist. Also here is a floaty metallic number worn by Grace Wilson Vanderbilt, late Gilded Age couture embroidered with Egyptian lotus leaves. But the show isn’t split into “Notable” and “Notorious” sections; as its curator Phyllis Magidson said, some of the women slipped from one category to the other. Nor is it organized chronologically, or by designer, as costume exhibitions often are. Instead, the clothing is arranged by color — a brilliant idea, like scrambling the seating at a dinner party. So a black Halston with a plunging V-neck for the 1950s model Betsy Pickering winds up near a velvet Madame Grès worn by Mary French Rockefeller. (The Grès, by the way, has translucent panels and is pretty racy in its own right.) The relationship between color and reputation isn’t always intuitive. One might expect to find a higher concentration of social swans in black and white and tabloid fodder in red, but that’s not the case here. The clothes and jewels are accompanied by brief, fawning biographies and somewhat livelier snippets of press coverage. A slide show displays portraits of some of the women, along with pertinent quotes. Not surprisingly, some of the most outrageous ensembles belonged to women in music, theater and the performing arts. In this category are Bette Midler’s sequined and hologram-spangled mermaid costume, from the early 1990s, and the 1940s vaudeville singer Sophie Tucker’s voluminous cape (lined in synthetic leopard print and worn over a gold-beaded gown). Art-world sophistication, meanwhile, is demonstrated by the sculptor Louise Nevelson’s paillette-dotted Scaasi coat, the art historian Rosamond Bernier’s glittering bronze Zandra Rhodes caftan, and the collector Ethel Scull’s brightly striped Stephen Burrows jersey dress. Most of the costumes are dressy, but the show does include one example of day wear: Mary Ann Blumenthal’s Vionnet ensemble of camel-colored wool, trimmed in sealskin and accented with a magenta suede belt. Unlike many other costume shows, this exhibition recognizes a range of body types: for instance, those of the sturdy politician Bella Abzug and the pint-sized fashion reporter Eugenia Sheppard. Both were power dressers, though possessed of very different physiques. And while some of the designs on view are strictly for the young, the show makes plenty of room for older women with style: the grande dame Angela Lansbury and the “geriatric glamazon” Iris Apfel, for instance (whose mannequin is accessorized with a large pair of spectacles). The display of jewelry, organized by Judith Price, president of the National Jewelry Institute, seems more concerned with old money and new money than with the notable/notorious theme. But it includes some impressive pieces, among them Countess Mona Von Bismarck’s pearl bracelet with an enormous pyramid cabochon of sapphire, and a filigreed gold evening bag carried by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. And it does devote a case to women with powerful jobs, like Cathie Black, Barbara Walters and Diana Vreeland. Vreeland’s “Trophee de Vaillance” brooch by Jean Schlumberger, with its enameled arrow piercing a diamond-encrusted suit of armor, is a witty conversation piece. But the quotation that accompanies it feels more relevant to this sartorially rarefied show: “What do I think about the way most people dress? Most people are not something one thinks about.” “Notorious and Notable: 20th Century Women of Style” runs through Jan. 3 at the Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street; (212) 534-1672; mcny.org.
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