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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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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

200-plus artists join chorus for CLASSICS Act

Wisconsin Gazette 200-plus artists join chorus for CLASSICS Act By Lisa Neff, Staff writer Mar 10, 2018 Musicians are calling on Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act to remedy a digital royalties problem. More than 200 musical artists make up the chorus calling on Congress to close a loophole allowing digital radio to play pre–1972 recordings without paying royalties. The list of musicians in the coalition begins with Abdul “Duke” Fakir and ends with Yes. Just a sampling of other signers: Alice Cooper, Arlo Guthrie, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Garth Brooks, Blue Oyster Cult, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Carlene Carter, Dolly Parton, Don Henley, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, James Taylor and the estates of Jimi Hendrix, Hank Williams, George Harrison, Janis Joplin and Frank Sinatra. The lyrics they delivered to Congress go like this:

“Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before Feb. 15, 1972. Yet, because of an ambiguity in state and federal copyright laws, artists and copyright owners who created that music receive nothing for the use of their work. The CLASSICS Act (H.R. 3301, S. 2393) would correct this inequity and finally ensure that musicians and vocalists who made those timeless songs finally get their due.” ...  Read More

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Bette Midler, Jason Isbell Join Statement to Congress Urging CLASSICS Act Passage

Billboard Bette Midler, Jason Isbell Join Statement to Congress Urging CLASSICS Act Passage 12/20/2017 by Billboard Staff A group of more than 40 artists, including Jason IsbellEmmylou HarrisHenry Rollins and Bette Midler, have signed a letter to Congress urging them to pass the CLASSICS Act, which would require digital radio services such as SiriusXM to pay royalties on pre-1972 sound recordings. “Digital radio makes billions of dollars a year from airplay of music made before 1972,” the artists wrote. “Yet, because of an ambiguity in state and federal copyright laws, artists and copyright owners who created that music receive nothing for the use of their work. The ‘CLASSICS Act’ would correct this inequity and finally ensure that musicians and vocalists who made those timeless songs finally get their due. We urge Congress to pass the CLASSICS Act and other pro-artist reforms quickly.” As it stands, SiriusXM cites state laws in allowing them to pay less (and in some cases no) royalties to play songs recorded before 1972. The CLASSICS Act — which stands for Compensating Legacy Artists for their Songs, Service, & Important Contributions to Society Act — would close that loophole and require a uniform digital royalty rate for all music. Read the bill here. Signees: • Stelth Alexander • Matraca Berg • T Bone Burnett • Clem Burke • Mary Chapin Carpenter • Rosanne Cash • Beth Nielsen Chapman • Marc Cohn • Ry Cooder • Rodney Crowell • John Doe • Jerry Douglas • Mark Erelli • Mary Gauthier • Emmylou Harris • Debbie Harry • David Hood • Patterson Hood • Jason Isbell • Kris Kristofferson • John Leventhal • Mac McAnally • John McCrea • Bette Midler • Rhett Miller • Parker Millsap • Jason Moran • Paul Moravec • Grant-Lee Phillips • John Prine • Bonnie Raitt • East Bay Ray • Vernon Reid • Henry Rollins • Amanda Shires • Wesley Stace (John Wesley Harding) • Chris Stein • Jeff Tweedy • John Paul White • Hank Williams Estate • Hal Willner
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

BetteBack February 25, 1996: Women Make Strides At The Grammys

Chicago Sun-Times February 25, 1996 | LLOYD SACHS hqdefault (1) Of all the award categories devised by the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences, none is a less reliable gauge of talent than the Grammy for best new artist. Faster than you can say “one-hit wonder,” a host of winners have become no-hit stumblers. Are you out there, Bobbie Gentry, Men at Work, Debby Boone and Mark Cohn? (See Timeline on Page 3.) But even if this year’s best new artist nominees enjoy only a brief stay in the commercial sun – which seems unlikely, particularly for rockers Alanis Morissette and Joan Osborne – the women who dominate the category still will have contributed to one of Grammy’s most compelling statements. In an unprecedented development, the monster-selling Hootie & the Blowfish provide the only male competition for Morissette, Osborne, teenage R&B star Brandy and quadruple-platinum-selling country singer Shania Twain in the new artist category. And that’s hardly the only area in which women are roaring, as reflected in CBS’ all-female promos for its 8 p.m. Wednesday broadcast of the 38th annual Grammy Awards. Hosted in Los Angeles by Ellen DeGeneres, the show airs locally on WBBM-Channel 2. In the past, the strides of women in popular music were variously charted by Aretha Franklin getting crowned queen of soul again, Bette Midler getting sentimental recognition for another comeback or Bonnie Raitt finally getting recognized, period. This year, there were female advances across the board. A field-topping six nominations went to Morissette, she of the fiercely assertive relationship songs, and to perennially popular pop diva Mariah Carey. Osborne, whose rough-and-tumble reveries have been overshadowed by her “Yeah, yeah, God is great” hit, “One of Us,” garnered five nominations. Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill,” Carey’s “Daydream” and Osborne’s “Relish” all are up for album of the year – each of them guaranteed to leave Michael Jackson’s dud “HIStory Past, Present and Future Book I” and Pearl Jam’s “Vitalogy” in the dust. And in the record of the year competition, rapper Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise” and soul singer Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose” are dwarfed by Carey’s “One Sweet Day” (teaming her with Boyz II Men), “One of Us” and the R&B smash “Waterfalls” by poor little bankrupt female sensations TLC. What makes the female presence so remarkable this year is not just the numbers. The lion’s share of energy and excitement comes from the women, while a feeling of “So what?” arises from the male nominees. “Gangsta’s Paradise” is, for sure, a surefire work of art, and Seal remains one of soul music’s most alluring stars. You gotta love grizzled best rock album nominee Neil Young for still slashing and burning on “Mirror Ball.” And Pearl Jam, his collaborators on the album, deserve recognition for their own strong effort, “Vitalogy,” nominated for best rock album as well as album of the year. But Michael Jackson’s nomination has less to do with artistic excellence than the industry’s need to coddle one of its largest investments. A year past their Grammy eligiblity in all categories except best new artist, the workmanlike Hootie & the Blowfish already have faded in our rearview mirrors. Over in the best pop album competition, the aging Eagles can be heard yelping over the beating they and their endlessly promoted comeback album, “Hell Freezes Over,” are taking from a quartet of women: Carey, Annie Lennox, Madonna and Joni Mitchell. (Should Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” win for best rock album, she will have reversed those generic odds in outslugging Young, Pearl Jam, Tom Petty and Chris Isaak.) And while Nirvana’s posthumous “Unplugged in New York” may win for best alternative performance, the real rooting interest here lies in a pair of bold, genuinely “alternative” visions by women: rawboned Brit PJ Harvey‘s tidal wave lament “To Bring You My Love” and avant-popster Bjork’s “Post.” In the best of worlds, Harvey and Bjork would be recognized for their brilliance with best album nominations. (Harvey also is up for best rock vocal by a female for “Down by the Water.”) It will take more than the millennium to raise the Grammys to that level of responsiveness. But the voting process did have its consciousness raised by rules changes following last year’s outcry over high-profile nominations going to substandard efforts by Tony Bennett and the 3 Tenors. Striving for greater relevance and respectability – and to keep miffed record companies in the fold – NARAS created a special 25-member screening board to choose five nominations from the top 20 vote-getters in each category. While there’s still no guarantee that artistic distinction won’t be defined by the likes of Frank Sinatra’s “Duets II,” hope springs when an organization as militantly self-defensive as NARAS changes its methods. Higher artistic standards certainly are evident in the jazz nominations. Hell may have to freeze over before Grammy recognizes small labels – nearly all the nominations go to record companies with promotional clout. But the albums that are up for best jazz instrumental performance, individual or group, all are works of distinction (see accompanying list). And when once-automatic nominees such as Mel Torme and Joe Williams fail to crack the best jazz vocal category, you know the choices are based less on popularity and sentimentality than merit. Here, too, women dominated four to one, with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Dianne Reeves surrounding male newcomer Kurt Elling. Year of the woman? Barbra Streisand may have copped that catchphrase for the Oscars. But the term will never find a better fit than when “HERstory Part I” unfolds on Wednesday.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

We Are The World Turns 30!

USA Today ‘We Are the World‘ at 30: 12 tales you might not know Brian Mansfield, USA TODAY 10:11 a.m. EST January 28, 2015 The all-star recording session for We Are the World, the biggest charity single of all time, took place 30 years ago Wednesday. On Jan. 28, 1985, at A&M Recording Studios in Hollywood, following the American Music Awards, more than 40 artists gathered to record a song Lionel Richie and Michael Jackson had written to raise awareness of widespread, life-threatening poverty in Africa. Most of that show’s winners — including Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Bruce Springsteen, Huey Lewis, Willie Nelson, Tina Turner, the Pointer Sisters, Kenny Rogers and the Jacksons — participated. Inspired by the U.K. all-star charity single Do They Know it’s Christmas?, released a few months earlier, We Are the World was released March 7, 1985, and went on to sell more than 20 million copies. The more than $75 million raised by non-profit organization USA for Africa helped to fight poverty on the continent. The song also won three Grammy Awards in 1986, including song and record of the year. “A great song lasts for eternity,” says Quincy Jones, who produced the track. “I guarantee you that if you travel anywhere on the planet today and start humming the first few bars of that tune, people will immediately know that song.” Here are 12 things you might not know about the song and the recording session: Stevie Wonder, not Michael Jackson, originally was supposed to be Richie’s co-writer. “I was really trying to get in touch with Stevie and couldn’t do it,” Richie says. “Stevie was touring a lot. He was doing a lot of stuff.” A phone call with Jones got him and Jackson involved. “I got Michael before I could get Stevie,” Richie says. “We said, ‘If Stevie calls me back, we’ll get him in. In the meantime, I think we can get it done with Michael.’ ”

Richie and Jackson listened to national anthems to get in the proper frame of mind to write. ...  Read More

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mister D’s Playlist ~ Labia Power ~ March 2013

Bette I got a wide variety of female artists in this month’s playlist including Carole King, Barbra Streisand, Ellen Foley, Bonnie Raitt, Lulu, and more! Hope you enjoy! To Listen: Click Here
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Sunday, February 12, 2012

BetteBack Thursday, Feb. 22,1990: Grammy Winners 1989-1990

THE Capital Times Bonnie Raitt big winner with four Grammys Thursday, Feb. 22,1990 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The excitement backstage — even among the older folks — showed the 6-inch trophy was something more than just another piece for the mantel. “If you stick- around long enough, you get your just desserts,” said Don Henley, 42, one of several older rockers who shone at Wednesday night’s 32nd annual Grammy Awards. “I thought you’d only get this at 75,” said former Beatle Paul McCartney, winner of the lifetime achievement award. But in this business they’re getting younger and younger. I think Debbie Gibson is getting one next year.” (The winners did not include the Gordon Hartmann Band of Madison, whose “Polkaholic” album was nominated in the best polka category.) After taking their trophies on the stage of the Shrine Auditorium, some of the victorious musicians swept through the cavernous backstage area to answer an onslaught of questions from reporters gathered at five different media stages, divided by blue curtains. Bonnie Raitt, the big winner with four Grammys, was ecstatic. “I feel like the guy that just beat Mike Tyson,” said Raitt, whose awards included best female rock vocal performance and best album for her “Nick of Time” LP. Raitt, known for her mixture of blues, ballads and rock, said she finally feels she is getting recognition since her album recording debut in 1971. “The critics and peers said finally she made a great record,” Raitt said, shaking one of her statues. The 40-year-old Raitt said she applauded the nominations this year of many veteran rockers, such as the “Rolling Stones” and “Traveling Wilburys.” “A lot of people over 40 got nominated, so I guess we haven’t been put out to pasture,” Raitt said. Some of the musicians were asked what they might have become if not for their musical careers. The Texas-born Henley, sporting a gray suit, bolo tie and black boots, said he would have been a rancher. Henley was nominated f o ur times and won for male rock vocal performance for his “End of the Innocence” album. Actress and singer Bette Midler stoutly said she wouldn’t have any career if not for music. “I like to sing more than anything; it’s transporting,” Midler said. “I feel at my most creative when I’m singing.” Midler and producer Arif Mardin captured the song of the year for “Wind Beneath My Wings,” a ballad featured in Midler’s movie “Beaches.” Rap singer Young M.C., who graduated from the University of Southern California last year with an economics degree, said accounting would be his profession, if not for music. Young M.C. garnered an award for his “Bust a Move,” rap song, and said the music industry is gradually realizing the significance of rap music. “You’ve got to crawl before you walk,” said the rapper. Anita Baker said she was amazed at her triumph in the heavily competitive rhythm and blues female performance. “Janet deserves it more than me,” said Baker, who won for her ballad “Giving You the Best That I Got,” which was pitted against Janet Jackson‘s “Miss You Much” and Aretha Franklin’s “Through the Storm.”
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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Mister D’s February Playlist Is Up And Running!

Mister D’s February Playlist Is Up And Running featuring songs from the soundtrack of Joyful Noise (Dolly Parton, Queen Latifah), Jessie Baylin, Lana del Rey, Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Cher, Aretha, Streisand, and more…so enjoy these divas of February… Click Here
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Friday, February 3, 2012

BetteBack: – Frlday, Jan. 12, 1990: Henley, Raitt, Midler Other Pop Veterans Lead Grammy Nominations

THE POST-STANDARD Henley, Raitt, Midler Other Pop Veterans Lead Grammy Nominations Frlday, Jan. 12, 1990 Key Grammy Nominations at a Glance • Record of the Year • “The End of the Innocence,” Don Henley; “The Living Years,” Mike and the Mechanics; “She Drives Me Crazy,” Fine Young Cannibals; “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel; “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler. • Album Of the Year -“The End of the Innocence,” Don Henley; “Full Moon Fever,” Tom Petty; “Nick of Time,” Bonnie Raitt; “The Raw & The Cooked,” Fine Young Cannibals; “Traveling Wiiburys Volume One,” Traveling Wilburys. • Song of the Year – “Don’t Know Much,” Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville; “The End of the Innocence,” Don Henley; “The Living Years,” Mike and the Mechanics; “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel; “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler. • Pop Vocal, Female – “Cry like a Rainstorm — Howl like the Wind,” Linda Ronstadt; “Don’t Wanna Lose You,” Gloria Estefan; “Nick of Time,” Bonnie Raitt; “Straight Up,” Paula Abdul; “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Bette Midler. • Pop Vocal, Male -“Batman — Motion Picture Sound track,” Prince; “How Am I Supposed to Live without You,” Michael Bolton; “Right Here Waiting,” Richard Marx; “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” Billy Joel; “You Got It,” Roy Orbison. • Rock Vocal, Female – “Brave and Crazy,” Melissa Etheridge; “Foreign Affair,” Tina Turner; “I Drove All Night,” Cyndi Lauper; “Let’s Stay Together,” Pat Benatar; “Nick of Time,” Bonnie Raitt. • Rock Vocal, Male – “The End of the Innocence,” Don Henley; “Free FallinY’ Tom Petty; “Freedom,” Neil Young; “New York,” Lou Reed; “When the Night Comes,” Joe Cocker.
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Saturday, August 13, 2011

BetteBack: Will maternity mellow The Divine Miss M?

The Orange County Register Will maternity mellow Divine Miss M? Thursday, June 26, 1986 The sponsor ing s t u d i o, Wa lt Disney Pi c tur e s, hopes both ” R u t h l e ss • People” and “Outrageous Fortune“ w i ll d u p l i c a te the success it has a l r e a dy enjoyed w i th “Down and Out in Beve r ly Hi l l s .” The Paul M a x u r s ky comedy was Disney’s f i r st R-rated movie t h r o u gh the s tudio’s adul t -or i ent ed Touchstone Fi lms d i v i s i o n, and its t a ke of more t h an S60 m i l l i on makes it the year’s biggest box-of f i ce h i t. Popular since the e a r ly 1970s for her f ew-holds -ba r r ed records and concerts of song, dance and comedy, Midl er surprised critics in 1978 — and won a best-actress Oscar • nomina t ion — w i th her f i lm debut in “The Rose,” a serious portrayal of a s e l f -de s t ruc t ive rock singer, modeled on J a n is Jopl in. But the a c c l a im did not, to her di smay, lead to other d r ama t ic roles. “When I was w i th Aaron (Rus so, her manager and boyf r i e nd d u r i ng most of the 1970s), he d i d n ‘t w a nt me to do comedy,” • Midl er r e c a l l ed. “He want ed me to start out as a great d r a m a t ic actress. I t h o u g ht t h at was a t e r r i f ic career move, except that I could never follow it ( ‘ T he Rose’) up. Nothing came a long for years.” Un t il “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” her only Hollywood work was the 1980 concert f i lm of her Broadway stage show, “Divine Madness,” and her role as a Las Vegas lounge singer in 1982’s aptly t i t l ed ” J inxed,” w h i ch proved memor able only for Midler‘s m u c h – p u b – l i c i z ed ba t t l es wi th her di r e c tor, Don Siegel, and co-star, Ken Wa h l. “I was in a very v u l n e r a b le posit ion then,” she said, “because I had l e ft Aa r o n, who had looked after me for seven years. So I thr ew mys e lf i n to a project t h at I never should have gotten mixed up wi th. ” ‘ J i n x e d ‘ w as a t r a u m a t ic experience,” she said, “but I d o n ‘t t h i nk it was t h at bad a pi c tur e. He (Siege l) a c t u a l ly cut it q u i te sensitively. Even t h o u gh he d i d n ‘t l i ke me, he d i d n ‘t make me look bad.” Mi d l er c r edi ts her re-emergence t h is year as a f i lm comedian to Ma zur sky, whom she did not know before he cast her opposite Richard Dr e y f u ss and N i ck Nolte in “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” “I t h o u g ht I was going to meet some s i lve r -ha i r ed Hollywood type, but P a ul turned out to be an ex- s t andup comic, a guy wi th whom I had i n s t a nt rapport. He runs a very che e r ful set, j o l l y, in f a c t, to the point of mani a. And t h a t ‘s the way to make a picture.” Al t h o u gh her t r a d e m a rk stage persona occasionally flashes in conversation ( s he beamed when a visitor noted her garish, greenand-yellow painted f i n g e r n a i l s ), Mi d l er acknowledged she is essent i a l ly serious by n a t u re and more t h an a l i t t le shy. “That’s why ‘Down and Out’ was such a relief for me. Paul wants everyone to get in the spi r it of the silliness. I can gene r a te t h at k i nd of s i l l ine ss my s e l f, in my shows, but at home I don’t because I’m too beat. So i t ‘s nice when somebody else is the clown and the host for a change.” Her baby wi ll slow, though not h a l t, Midler’s f i lm work. “We d i d n ‘t pl an it,” she said, speaking of herself and her husband, Ma r t in Von Haselberg, a German photogr aphe r, performance artist and commodities trader. “Because I’m 40, i t ‘s unde r – the -wi re time. I expect to be very, t i r ed, very worn out and at my wits’ end. So I expect not to be doing a whole lot.” That does not preclude starting preproduction work on a new f i lm he will produce for Disney with her two women partner’s in a company called “All-Girl Productions” ( “Our motto,” she laughed, “is •We Hold a Grudge’ “); She plans to star in the f i l m, a musical about the big-band leader Ina Rae Hutton, who led an all-women ensemble d u r i ng the 1930s and ’40s. She would l ike to cast the f i lm wi th well-known women musicians, such as the singers Bonnie Raitt and Rickie Lee Jones., An d, for MGM, she plans to make’a murder mys t e ry comedy a b o u t ‘a woman detective who becomes a s t andup comic. Midl er was asked if m a t e r n i ty is l ike ly to mellow her notoriously suggestive s t andup comedy routines or her f i lm characters, who t a lk l i ke stevedores. “Do you mean am I going to remain vul-gahh and crass?” she retorted, wi th leering mock indignation. “Well, I’m going to put my baby in boarding school as soon as possible, in a far corner of England, no, Scotland, near the heather and the Highlands, so my baby will never hear any of this. “I don’t know,” she sighed. “I am going to have to keep doing something, because that’s my livelihood. Joan Rivers‘ child seems to be developing OK, ha sn’t turned into a serial killer or anything. And Joan’s much more abrasive than I.” Which means there will be no cheap motherhood jokes in years to come? “Oh, my goodness, no, I c an’ t. Oh no, no, no,” she declared, the innocence in her voice swelling. “No, e v e r y t h i ng is not to be put to commerce. Some things are precious.” Midler paused the requisite two beats, then turned wi th that familiar gleam in her eye. “Gee, do you t h i nk I should?
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