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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

White Christmas: The 10 Best Versions

Billboard Magazine
10 Best Versions of ‘White Christmas’
by Xavier Piedra
11/30/2018

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“White Christmas” is known for being one of the most covered songs of all time. The track was originally written by Irving Berlin in 1942, and since then has become the world’s best-selling single of all time, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

With so many covers by dozens of artists, it’s hard to keep track of which versions of the song do the original track justice. To make things a little more easier for you, here are our picks for some of the best covers of ‘White Christmas’ to play at your next holiday gathering. Read More

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Video: Bette Midler – The Bing Crosby Special (1977) – Complete Appearance

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

It’s best not to be too pompous about yourself.

It’s best not to be too pompous about yourself. It’s better not to need a limousine for your head. Although people think I’m just ‘divine,’ I have my share of worries. I worry about growing old and losing my shape, my looks, my hair. As an entertainer, that’s my stock and trade. Oh, and I also worry that I don’t dance as well as Michael Jackson. – Bette Midler

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

BetteBack January 28, 2000: DIVINE MISS M MERELY OK IN SHALLOW `ISN’T SHE GREAT’

Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
January 28, 2000

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Truman Capote once famously said that Jacqueline Susann‘s best-selling trashy novel, “Valley of the Dolls,” was not writing, so much as it was typing. Deep down, Susann probably didn’t mind, since the mention by Capote confirmed her celebrity. And fame was Susann’s be-all, end-all, a heady rush better than any of the salacious sex that filled her three carnal-corn potboilers.

Undoubtedly, Susann would have been pleased that someone saw fit to make a movie of her life, even if it as shallow as “Isn’t She Great.” The intermittently funny film is a camp lover’s dream, full of fantastic Pucci outfits and the perverse spectacle of a paisley-clad John Cleese saying the grooviest things as Susann’s publisher.

But Susann’s private life wasn’t as much of a hoot as her public image, and when the movie alights on these tragic episodes, it feels forced and teeters dangerously close to self-parody. By the time Susann (played by =&0=& =&1=&) makes her fifth trip to Central Park to talk to a tree where God lives (was Jackie a druid?), true believers will be inclined to go home and curl up with the latest Jackie Collins novel.

=&1=&, despite no physical resemblance to Susann, is a logical enough choice to play the over-the-top ’60s author. In fact, screenwriter Paul Rudnick and director Andrew Bergman have all but recast Susann as an extension of =&1=&‘s “Divine Miss M” persona, altering any facts that would stand in the way of the kitsch. In that respect, “Isn’t She Great” makes such pseudo-reality films as “The Hurricane” and “The Insider” look like veritable documentaries.

That doesn’t mean this movie isn’t without its moments. =&1=& and Nathan Lane, who plays Susann’s devoted publicist husband, share a nice chemistry and the movie gets a lot of mileage by throwing the flamboyant Jackie into stuffy situations where she can strut her sensational stuff.

David Hyde Pierce plays her chief nemesis, a stuffy WASP assigned to edit “Valley of the Dolls.” Stockard Channing is on hand, too, playing Jackie’s self-absorbed best friend, a woman probably closer to Susann’s spirit than the =&1=& incarnation.

If the movie had kept up the campiness, it might have worked. But from the start, “Isn’t She Great” is a fatal blend of soppy bathos and wacky humor. Its somber scenes involving Susann’s breast cancer and the birth of an autistic child are strangely shoehorned between various goofy episodes. The strain wears thin, particularly when Susann heads (yet again) to that God-like tree in Central Park.

And while Burt Bacharach’s score might be appropriate for the film’s time period, its cloying tone manages to evoke only memories of bad period television dramedies like “Room 222.” Susann would have been nauseated by it all. Worse still: She would have been bored.

THE FACTS

–The film: “Isn’t She Great”(R; language).

–The stars: =&0=& =&1=&, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, David Hyde Pierce, John Cleese.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

BetteBack December 23, 1999: Midler Ready For Millennium Show

Register Star
December 23, 1999

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Monday, March 13, 2017

BetteBack November 28, 1999: What’s The Status Of The Ya Ya Sisterhood Movie?

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Friday, March 10, 2017

BetteBack September 21, 1999: Bette Midler’s Upcoming Tour, The Divine Miss Millennium

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

BetteBack December 29, 1999: Top Concerts Of 1999 Via Pollstar

Sandusky Register
December 29, 1999

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Bette Midler, Divine Miss Millennium. Y2K

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Friday, February 10, 2017

BetteBack December 11, 1999: Who’s Afraid Of The Y2K Bug? Not Bette Midler

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

BetteBack April 30, 1999: 100 Years Of Women

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April 30, 1999

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Bette Midler, 100 years of women, hillary clinton, jane fonda, oprah winfrey

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