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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Bette Midler, Studio 60, Joey: Why These 3 Anticipated TV Shows Fell Flat

Bette Midler, Studio 60, Joey: Why These 3 Anticipated TV Shows Fell Flat
By Molly St. Louis

Bette Midler, Studio 60, Joey: Why These 3 Anticipated TV Shows Fell Flat

Last year, 487 scripted series aired on broadcast, cable and streaming outlets. This year, Netflix alone has cranked out about 700 original series.

Let that sink in for a second. Yeah, that’s a whole lot of content. And the fact that we consume so much content has had some interesting side effects.

Whether we realize it or not, average viewers are now astute dramaturges, who can sniff out weak storylines, disingenuous performances and poor social commentaries. So naturally, we get wildly disappointed when new shows don’t live up to our expectations. Read More

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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Bette Midler TV Series – Episode 14 – The Invisible Mom – 2000 (Guest Star: Olivia Newton-John)

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Bette TV Series – Episode 8 – I Love This Game – 2000

Bette Midler meets Kobe Bryant and his monstrous shoes!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BetteBack October 22, 1974: The Disasterous Roast Of Johnny Carson

Star News
October 22, 1974


Johnny Carson explained to Filmland friends Saturday evening. .”I’ve married three times because, as a concerned American . I’ve wanted to spread the wealth more evenly among the populace.”

And that was about the funniest line to come out of The Friars’ Club Charity Roast honoring “The King Who Rules Midnight.”

Perhaps never have so many comedians laid such a massive quantity of eggs as were hatched at the dais ol the Grand Ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel Saturday evening. The head table consisted of a multimillion dollars worth of talent — including Lucille Ball, George Burns. Red Buttons., Buddy Hackett. Bob Hope. Alan King, Bette Midler. Jan Murray. Carroll O’Connor. Burt Reynolds and Don Rickles. yet by the end of the program even the professional comedians who are usually each other’s most appreciative audience’ had trouble not lookhig bored.

The 62-year-old Lucy looked absolutely hostile when Rickles made reference to her advancing years.

George Burns did provide class lo the proceedings — and a lesson to such “youngsters” as Buddy Hackett that you don’t have lo be dirty to be funny.

“Tonight Show” writer Pat McC’ormack provided laughs with the line. “You can get high from the smell of toupe glue on ibis dais.”

And Jan Murray provided embarrassment when he evidenced bitterness instead of humor, announcing . “Only those privileged enough lo be close to Johnny should tell jokes about him. and the only times I’ve been on his show during the last seven years have been when he’s been away and Joey Bishop’s been host. It’s Bishop 1 owe thanks to ”

Carroll O’Connor proved anew that as a stand-up comedian he makes one heck of a straight actor. After his turn at the mike. Bob Hope commented. “I love these guys who get up here with no material.”

Burt Reynolds’ material included a zinger at Hope , wishing him luck on his next movie. “On The Road To Senility.”

It was that sort of evening: a sprinkling of laughs that couldn’t drown out the feeling that the outrageous, spontaneous hilarity of the “roast” format has perhaps burned itself out. Alan King summed it up best, when he said lo those at the head table, “I hope you all live as long as this evening has seemed to me.”

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Monday, March 27, 2017

BetteBack January 26, 2000: Bette Midler stars in `Isn’t She Great’

Chicago Defender
January 26, 2000

ISN'T SHE GREAT, Bette Midler, 2000, (c)MCA

ISN’T SHE GREAT, Bette Midler, 2000, (c)MCA

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From the very beginning, best-selling novelist Jacqueline Susann (=&0=& =&1=&) just wanted her place in the spotlight. With no agent and no one calling for auditions, she scraped by with residuals from the occasional radio jingle, television commercial and game show appearance.

Still, with every failure — and there were plenty –she remained undeterred in her guest for fame. A friend once told her that “talent wasn’t everything,” and for no person was this more true.

Manager and publicist Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane) knew he was the one who could make Jackie’s dreams come true. He also knew that he was in love with the flamboyant actress. It was a relationship made in show business heaven.

So it goes in Universal’s movie currently being released in area theaters and nationally starring =&1=& as Susann. Co-starring is Nathan Lane. The supporting cast consists of Stockard Channing, David Hyde Pierce, Amanda Peet and John Cleese.

Executive producers are Ted Kiurdyla, Gary Levinsohn, Mark Gordon and is passed on an article by Michael Korada. The screenplay is by Paul Rudnick. Andrew Bergman directs “Isn’t She Great.”

With Jackie’s career going nowhere and fast, Irving hits upon an idea. A crazy idea, but an idea which just might make Jacqueline Susann a household name. She would write a book. Never mind the fact that she had never written before. She would write about what she knew: the crazy, steamy lives of drug-addicted, sex-craved movie stars.

With her best friend Florence (Channing) by her side for inspiration and Irving at her side for advice, encouragement and deliveries of hot pastrami, Jackie put pen to paper, with a passion that was all-consuming and a vocabulary that would shock a sailor.

The result was “Valley of the Dolls,” an inside look at the high’s and low’s of show biz as told by someone who had experienced it firsthand. According to Irving, it was “like `Gone With the Wind,’ only filthy.”

Finding a publisher was an entirely new challenge however, for Jackie had tackled a subject matter considered entirely too taboo for her time.

Eventually, she landed a deal with the suave and debonair publisher Henry Marcus (Cleese), whose keen sense told him that with a little help, she just might become the greatest storyteller of her generation.

But first she would have to do some heavy convincing, for her ultra-WASP-y editor Michael Hastings (Hyde Pierce) felt her book was “salacious, perverted, soft-core port” and unfit to print. Jackie’s eagerness to learn — and a charm that was all her own — eventually won him over and the book was published.

Susann had invented a whole new way of writing books and once she and Irving hit the road, the publishing world would never be the same. Embarking on a book tour from coast to coast, paying calls on regional booksellers and impressing “mom and pop”-type shops with her intimate knowledge of all their personal lives, Irving saw to it that everyone was clamoring to read “Valley of the Dolls.”

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Bette Midler On The First Wive’s Club:

Bette Midler On The First Wive’s Club: “There are a lot of angry women out there, and they saw themselves in this comedy. It struck a note of recognition in their lives, in a humorous way. But I think it was more than that. It was also the fact that we were three women whose careers people had been following for years, who had all hit kind of rough patches, but had now finally gotten themselves a decent vehicle. Three phoenixes rising from the ashes; I think people were rooting for us and that had something to do with it, too.” (New York Daily News, 1997)

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bette Midler On That Old Feeling:

Bette Midler On That Old Feeling: “Leslie Dixon wrote this for me. We both wanted to do something big and broad, and I’m thrilled with it. I love those kinds of characters, the fight scenes are great, the love scenes are great, and there’s a little bit of music in it and all this romance. It seems like the right thing at the right time, and I’m really proud of it.” (New York Daily News, 1997)

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Bette Midler On Disappointment At Age 51:

Bette Midler On Disappointment At Age 51: “When I was very young and (disappointment) happened to me for the first time, I got quite sick from it. But then I toughened up. It’s just part of the job. You have to get over it and get on with it.” (New York Daily News, 1997)

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Monday, January 30, 2017

BetteBack March 14, 1999: Bette Midler Chairs ‘Rude Entertainment’ Benefit For Paul Rudnick

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Sunday, January 22, 2017


By Stacey Cole
January 21, 2017


Bette Midler turned up for the Hello, Dolly! rehearsals this week and, being the consummate professional everyone knows her to be, she already knew the dance routines. Hello, Dolly! is going to be a very hot number on Broadway this year, and Page 6 reported that even before rehearsals officially began, Midler had spent weeks learning the dance numbers.

Hello, Dolly! has already set box office records, with first-day receipts of more than $9 million and advance sales estimated at $30 million.

Page 6 reported that Bette Midler fans were horrified when they noticed Midler’s name spelled wrong on the marquee at the Shubert Theatre. However, a spokesperson for the theater advised that the sign was still in the process of being erected, and her name has now been spelled correctly. A representative for the play told Page 6 that everything was now in order.

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