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Monday, October 15, 2018

Hocus Pocus – Bette Midler – BOOOOOOOK!!!!!! – 1993 – Video

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Hocus Pocus – Bette Midler – BOOOOOOOK!!!!!! – 1993 

In July 2014, it was announced that Disney was developing a supernatural-themed film about witches and that Tina Fey was on board as a producer and star. However, Deadline debunked rumors that the film was a sequel to Hocus Pocus.[32] In November 2014, Bette Midler said in an interview that she was ready and willing to return for a sequel. She also said her co-stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy were interested in reprising the roles of the Sanderson sisters as well but stressed that Disney had yet to greenlight any sequel.[33] In November 2015, Midler stated in a Facebook Q&A that “after all these years and all the fan demand, I do believe I can stand and firmly say an unequivocal no” in response to a question about a sequel.[34] Read More

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Peek Inside the Homes of Bette Midler, Martha Stewart, and John Mellencamp

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Peek Inside the Homes of Bette Midler, Martha Stewart, and John Mellencamp

By James Tarmy
September 6, 2018

Peek Inside the Homes of Bette Midler, Martha Stewart, and John Mellencamp

Flip through virtually any design magazine today, and you’ll get an “inside look” into a celebrity’s newly completed home. There will be furniture that seems to have never been sat on, kitchens devoid of cookware let alone food, and bedrooms that appear to be designed for a house museum devoted to Generic Good Taste.

The photographer William Abranowicz has certainly captured his fair share of these interiors in his 40-year-long career; he’s done work +for Architectural DigestElle Decor, and dozens of other glossies. But he’s also managed to stumble across some genuinely striking homes (which often still belong to celebrities) that manage to express something warmly personal about their owners. Read More

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Friday, August 3, 2018

25th Anniversary ‘Hocus Pocus’ Blu-ray Coming in September With Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook

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25th Anniversary ‘Hocus Pocus’ Blu-ray Coming in September With Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook
Published 53 mins ago on August 3, 2018 By John Squires

Bette Midler, Book, DVD, Blu-Ray, Anniversary

 

This year marks 25 years of Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, and there’s a lot to be excited about if you’re a fan of the film. Not only is Spirit Halloween going to be carrying an exclusive wave of Sanderson Sisters POP! vinyl toys, but an official sequel book was just released and a 25th anniversary extravaganza is coming to Freeform in October.

Additionally, we’ve just learned that Hocus Pocus is getting a special 25th anniversary Blu-ray this year, with Best Buy getting an exclusive Steelbook

 based on the film’s spell book! Read More

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

CARPE LIBRUM: Taking on the best beach reads this season, Including “Beaches II”

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CARPE LIBRUM: Taking on the best beach reads this season
By GWENYFAR ROHLER
JUL 17

Welcome to Carpe Librum, encore’s biweekly book column, wherein I will dissect a current title and even old books—because literature does not exist in a vacuum but emerges to participate in a larger, cultural conversation. I will feature many NC writers; however, the hope is to place the discussion in a larger context and therefore examine works around the world.

This time of year evokes the idea of “beach reads”—good, escapist paperback fiction to get lost in while sitting in the sand and sun. I get asked for “beach reads” a lot. For every person, a beach read is different.

Next week we will get back to more serious and important topics, but this week, let’s all work on our tans and splash in the water a bit…

Dune“Dune”
By Frank Herbert

Dune, Paperback

Though not located near a sea shore, if sand is what you crave, this book is filled with it. In every way, it is guaranteed to make readers feel hot, dry and grateful for water.

Written in the early 1960s, it is one of the books that set the standard for science fiction in the second half of the 20th century. Since it was written 60 years ago, there are some embarrassing and out-molded ideas of gender roles. I mean, readers will know how the book ends by page seven. It’s obvious: Paul is going to fight his battles, assume his destiny and save the planet. But readers will hang in there for the next 400 pages to see just how all of it will unfold.

Frankly, Paul wouldn’t get anywhere were it not for the women in the book, who actually make pretty much everything happen for him. He might be chosen, but without them he would be sunk in a sea of sand with no hope.

Overall, it’s a book filled with a lot of sun, sand and heat. Very summery.

“Jingo” and “Pyramids”
By Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld has a couple of books that approach both sand and water. My two favorites are “Pyramids” and “Jingo.” “Jingo” chronicles the struggles on The Disc when an island emerges from the water between two warring nations. A lot of the book takes place on boats or submarines that try to lay claim to the island or stage, daring military maneuvers to seize the island. This book has lots and lots of boating and time on the water.

“Pyramids” gives sand and heat. Set in Djelibeybi (a parody of ancient Egypt), it explores the problems of unintentional time travel, when Pyramids get involved. It’s very funny, very smart, with lots of hot, dry sand. It may be possible to get a tan while just holding this book.

A Caribbean Mystery”
By Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie’s brilliant sleuth, Miss Marple (the person I hope to grow into), goes on vacation to a beautiful resort in the Caribbean. Of course, anywhere she goes, there is a mystery to solve. Set in a tropical paradise, with a private beach at the resort, this might be my favorite beach read for sheer escapism and joy. The writing is brilliant and the scenery is so evocative. The beach is relaxing, as is swimming in the crystal clear Caribbean. And there is Miss Marple showing everyone up and proving once again little old ladies might get ignored but they see everything, damn it.

The book is filled with romance, mistaken identity, secrets, sexual innuendo, and just enough violence to keep readers on the edge of their beach chairs. As beach reads go, it doesn’t get more beachy than this.

“Beaches II: I’ll Be There”
By Iris Rainer Dart

Beaches, Paperback

Obviously, “Beaches” by Iris Rainer-Dart takes the cake as the ultimate summertime read. Like many people, I came to the book from the movie that starred Bette Midler, Mayim Bialik and Barbara Hershey. Now, the book doesn’t have the soundtrack of Midler’s amazing voice; however, it opens on a beach.

Two young girls, Cece Bloom and Bertie White, from vastly different worlds, collide at the Boardwalk one summer and begin a friendship that will span their lives. When Bertie realizes she is dying, she entrusts her daughter to CeCe.
In many ways, “Beaches” encapsulates female friendship (fights, jealousy and reconciliation included) better than any book I’ve ever encountered. Honestly, though, the sequel, “Beaches II: I’ll Be There,” is the better and more memorable book.

Cece and her ward, Bertie’s daughter, are trying to make their way together in a new world without Bertie. Cece is completely unprepared for parenthood, especially to parent a child in the throes of grief. Then add all the problems of celebrity and money and how they impact family life. Disaster ensues, but, together, they find a way to climb out of it.

It is powerful, beautiful and incredibly evocative. The most beachy part is probably the locale around California.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Book Review: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel

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Book Review: Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel
by Alex Reif | Jul 6, 2018

Fans of Disney’s Hocus Pocus have waited twenty-five years for a sequel to the hilarious and heartwarming film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy. While the original cast and creative team are ready and willing to revisit their old tricks, Disney isn’t prepared to give us that treat… With the exception of Disney’s Freeform Books, which is publishing Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel on July 10th. So light your black flame candle and cozy up with a boooOOOOOK to get a glimpse at what a sequel could actually be like.

Out of 521 pages, the first 197 recount the events of the original film. Readers may be tempted to skip past them, but I encourage you to at least skim it. Author A. W. Jantha has altered a few moments that set up new characters in the sequel that weren’t in the original film, which would cause some confusion if left unread. (Note: If you can find a copy at a reasonable price, the original Junior Novelization from 1993 was based on the script and contains deleted scenes, which are not included in this version).

The sequel takes place in 2018, twenty-five years since the Sanderson Sisters last stepped foot on earth. Poppy is the daughter of Max and Allison and she isn’t crazy about Halloween due to her parents’ and aunt’s insistence that they brought the witches back to life in their youth. Trying to impress a popular girl she has a crush on, Poppy and her best friend Travis sneak into the Sanderson house on All Hallow’s Eve during a blood moon and accidentally bring the witches back to life!

The book explains that a blood moon on Halloween would be an exceptional night for magic. Only on a night like this could the Sanderson Sisters use the moonstone to unleash a powerful evil spell that could wreak havoc over the entire world… if they could find it. It’s up to Poppy, Travis, and Isabella to find the moonstone and destroy it before the witches can get it.

Like all reboots and delayed sequels this era, this follow-up is plagued by a plot where history merely repeats itself, homages to the original feel forced, and character arcs feel unnatural. “Ice,” for example, is Poppy’s high school principal, and Max is her history teacher who refuses to follow the Salem tradition of recounting the Sanderson story on Halloween because he’s still traumatized by it. All of the characters from the original are merely side characters this time around, with a new generation of kids taking center stage.

Poppy is likable and relatable enough for readers to get hooked into her story. It takes a while to get going, but the exposition is essential for the reader to have any kind of emotional connection to her. The plot device to bring the Sanderson Sisters back is fun and different, although it brings up some other questions that go unanswered (ironically, they’re mostly about Winnie’s spell book).

Speaking of the “Sistas,” Winifred, Sarah, and Mary don’t get enough time in the spotlight in the 324 pages that occupy this untitled sequel. When they do, their dialogue seldom reads as funny, nor does it have the same musicality that the original script empowered the actresses with. It all sounds clunky, it’s hard to picture the character’s saying some of these lines, and their primary objective this time around seems too grand and sinister, even for them. The original is so charming because their motives are entirely selfish. This time around, they are acting in the best interest of their master and it’s hard to imagine them doing someone else’s bidding.

Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel fails to capture the magic and fun of the original story on almost every account. However, it’s mostly harmless and has a few moments of genuine delight. Those who find themselves enjoying it will love the “post-credit tag” for a possible third story. But the majority of Hocus Pocus super fans will be left with an unquenched thirst for a real sequel from the original film’s cast and creative team. Dear Disney, “Dost thou comprehend?”

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Read On Bootleg Betty: A View From A Broad By Bette Midler

Bette Midler, Book, A View From A Broad

Bette Midler, also known as Divine Miss M—the indomitable and incomparable singer, actor, and musical theater extraordinaire, with a career spanning almost half a century—revisits her classic memoir, now with a new introduction.

With her brassy voice and bold performances making the world finally pay attention, she needs no introduction. Grammy award–winning singer, Academy Award–nominee, Broadway star of her critically acclaimed one-woman show and beloved actress in The Rose, Beaches and Down and Out in Beverly Hills—Bette Midler is a household name whose career and fans span generations.

In A View from a Broad, originally published in 1980, Bette relives her career through memories of endless rehearsals, her fear of flying, crazy schedules and wisdom she learned from Thai Gondoliers, with the trademark razor-blade wit that her fans have grown to know, love and expect.

Filled with photographs, a new introduction and heartwarming stories that highlight only a portion of a brilliant career, A View from a Broad is the perfect gift for anyone who loves music, theater or just plain fun—and will be cherished by the fans of Divine Miss M for years to come.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

There’s A “Hocus Pocus” Sequel Coming But It’s In Book Form – On July 10th #BetteMider #HocusPocus #Book #Sequel

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The Official ‘Hocus Pocus’ Young Adult Sequel Gets New Details; Meet New Characters
by John Squires
May 3, 2018

Bette Midler, Hocus Pocus Book, The Sequel

Hocus Pocus, Bette Midler, Book, Sequel

Releasing this summer, Freeform and Disney Book Group’s Hocus Pocus & the All-New Sequel will re-tell the original story AND give us a 25-years-later sequel, and the website Oh My Disney today reveals some new details about the upcoming book.

Specifically, the site introduces us to three new characters joining the fun…

POPPY DENNISON | An introspective aspiring photographer, seventeen-year-old Poppy isn’t exactly Halloween’s biggest fan. (She hasn’t worn a costume in a decade, for witch’s sake!) And she’s also a skeptic of all things supernatural, including her parents’ (in)famous story about their Halloween night twenty-five years ago, when her dad allegedly resurrected and banished a coven of evil witches (yes, those evil witches). When Poppy musters the courage to share her family’s backstory with her new friend and crush, Isabella Richards, she sets in motion Halloween plans that Salem will never forget.

TRAVIS REESE | Travis is a math and chemistry whiz, a master of bad puns, and Poppy’s loyal BFF. For a long time, he was the only one who knew about Poppy’s bizarre family history involving the Sanderson sisters. Like Poppy, he doesn’t believe in evil witches or old-timey ghosts . . . until he comes face-to-face with them. As he would say, “I didn’t ex-specter this!”

ISABELLA RICHARDS | Isabella seems to have the perfect life. She’s the most popular girl at Jacob Bailey High and has an admirable list of extracurriculars—not to mention a killer report card. It’s no wonder Poppy thinks no one holds a candle to her. (See what we did there?) After Isabella befriends Poppy and Travis at the start of the school year, Poppy shares her family’s connection to the Sanderson sisters. Isabella is itching to know more . . . but why?

“Hocus Pocus is beloved by Halloween enthusiasts all over the world. Diving once more into the world of witches, this electrifying two-part young adult novel, released on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the 1993 film, marks a new era of Hocus Pocus. Fans will be spellbound by a fresh retelling of the original film, followed by the all-new sequel that continues the story with the next generation of Salem teens.

Shortly after moving from California to Salem, Max Dennison finds himself in hot water when he accidentally releases a coven of witches from the afterlife. Max, his sister, and his new friends (human and otherwise) must find a way to stop the witches from carrying out their evil plan and remaining on Earth to torment Salem for all eternity.

Twenty-five years later, Max and Allison’s seventeen-year-old daughter, Poppy, finds herself face-to-face with the Sanderson sisters in all their sinister glory. When Halloween celebrations don’t quite go as planned, it’s a race against time as Poppy and her friends fight to save her family and all of Salem from the witches’ latest death-defying scheme.”

The 304-page book will arrive on July 10, just before the film’s 25th anniversary.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What’s Bette Midler Reading? “Just The Funny Parts” By Nell Scovell

From the Back Cover

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced.

Then in 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers’ rooms. “One of the boys” came out hard for “all of the girls.” Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Two years later, Scovell was collaborating with Sheryl Sandberg on speeches and later on Lean In, which resulted in a worldwide movement.

Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account. Scovell knows what it’s like to put words in the mouths of President Barack Obama, Mark Harmon, Candice Bergen, Bob Newhart, Conan O’Brien, Alyssa Milano, and Kermit the Frog, among many others. Through her eyes, you’ll sit in the Simpsons writers’ room . . . stand on the red carpet . . . pin a tail on Miss Piggy . . . bond with Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy . . . and experience a Stephen King–like encounter with Stephen King.

Review

“This clear-eyed account of 30 years in a profoundly flawed industry is the funniest, most unflinching book I’ve read in a long time. I laughed out loud so many times. If you’ve ever watched TV, you should read this book. And if you’ve ever read a book, you should read this one, too.” (John Oliver)

“First things first. Just the Funny Parts is, like Nell Scovell herself, funny as hell. Laugh-out-loud chuckles, eye rolls, embarrassed (for Nell) giggles—it’s all there. But there’s a lot more, too. This is a smart, wise book about growing up, growing old(er), and most of all, what it means to be a woman in a man’s world. That’s no joke. (But it is, as I mentioned, funny.)” (Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress)

“Nell Scovell has finally written the book that everyone in the comedy world has been waiting for! Besides being one of the funniest people I know, she has not just survived, but she has thrived. How the hell did she do it?? Crack it open and find out!” (Bette Midler)

“This book is soooo good! Nell not only recalls her comedy writing career with wit but also transports us there to sit alongside her as witness. Just the Funny Parts could easily be called Just The Brave Parts.” (Larry Wilmore)

“Nell is an incredible writer, and this book is just as amazing as I would expect. I particularly liked page 213.” (Samantha Bee, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee )

“In Just the Funny Parts, Nell Scovell offers readers an unvarnished look into a writer’s life. Through her unique lens, she bravely confronts some uncomfortable truths, and yet keeps you laughing the whole way through.” (George Lucas, yeah that George Lucas)

“I’ve known for a while that Nell is an unusually talented and funny writer, but I had no idea just how much she shaped the TV that I’ve watched for decades—or how much bias she faced along the way. Despite that (and sometimes because of it), this book was a delight to read. It’s full of jokes that made me laugh and sharp analyses that made me think.” (Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals, and co-author of Option B)

“In this illuminating memoir, Scovell details her career as a highly successful television writer over the last three decades, during which she was usually the only woman in the room… Scovell has repeatedly felt the sting of toiling in Los Angeles, “where rejection and failure are the bread and butter of this gluten-free, nondairy town,” and in an industry that continually looked for a cheaper, younger version of her. But in working with Sheryl Sandberg as the co-writer on Lean In, she was reminded of a timeless lesson: doing something that is meaningful to oneself might also have an impact on others. Scovell’s memoir is wonderfully entertaining and ultimately uplifting.”

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Book review: Sticky Fingers describes Rolling Stone founder’s dirty deeds; Bette Midler Was Interviewed For The Book

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Book review: Sticky Fingers describes Rolling Stone founder’s dirty deeds
by Michael Bailey
Jan 12 2018

Bette and Martin with Jann Wenner

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Sticky Fingers is an exhaustively researched, remarkably candid biography of Jann Wenner, who 50 years ago started the world’s first newspaper to take rock’n’roll seriously, and last month sold most of his family’s remaining stake for $US50 million.

This could also be the most honest business book published in 2017, for Wenner succeeded despite doing many of the things an MBA teaches you not to.

He could treat his staff terribly, for one. Biographer Joe Hagan spoke to dozens of former employees among the 240 people he interviewed for this book, and tales abound of Wenner underpaying them, sacking some on a whim while playing favourites with others – Hunter S. Thompson remained on the payroll long after Fear And Loathing had given way to beer and loafing – and sexually harassing nearly all of them (as a bisexual, Wenner was an equal opportunist on this front).

Burning investors and associates for short-term gain was another bad habit.

The most infamous example of this was the 1971 Rolling Stone cover story, “Lennon Remembers”, in which the erstwhile Beatle called his old band “nothing” in a cathartic interview which made the magazine’s reputation. As Hagan writes, it became “the turnstile you went through to sell records in America”, at least until the rise of MTV a decade later.

Lennon gave Wenner access on the understanding that he could approve the story prior to publication – a journalistic no-no that Rolling Stone often practised for the sake of a good cover – and that his acid words never appear anywhere else.

Yet months later Wenner cut a lucrative deal, which turned the interview into a book, and the pair never spoke again.

Unethical behaviour
Of course, the reasons Wenner got to Lennon in the first place were the same reasons he could get away with all of this unethical behaviour: his driving, social-climbing ambition; his ability to read the culture, first by instinct and later through endless reader focus groups; and his singular charisma.

“There are a lot of people that you like just because of how terrible they are,” one former record label executive tells Hagan.

“Even when he’s acting his worst, Jann is doing it with a certain verve. You can disapprove of him, but you’re still amused.”

A long-form journalist whose list of credits includes Rolling Stone, Hagan was Wenner’s choice as biographer and thus gained access to his archives and his peerless network – Dylan, Jagger, McCartney, Midler, Richards, Springsteen, Townshend and Wenner himself all go on record.

“He leads with his appetites – I take, I see, I have,” is Art Garfunkel’s perspective.

However, Hagan made sure Wenner did not play the old Rolling Stone game, refusing him final copy approval and allowing the multiple character assassinations and sordid 1970s stories contained herein to see the light of day.

Hagan and Wenner have fallen out since Sticky Fingers was published in November. An authorised biography needs no greater recommendation.

Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan is published by Penguin Random House.

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A delicious romp through the heyday of rock and roll and a revealing portrait of the man at the helm of the iconic magazine that made it all possible, with candid look backs at the era from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elton John, Bette Midler, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, and others.

The story of Jann Wenner, Rolling Stone’s founder, editor, and publisher, and the pioneering era he helped curate, is told here for the first time in glittering, glorious detail. Joe Hagan provides readers with a backstage pass to storied concert venues and rock-star hotel rooms; he tells never before heard stories about the lives of rock stars and their handlers; he details the daring journalism (Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson, P.J. O’Rourke) and internecine office politics that accompanied the start-up; he animates the drug and sexual appetites of the era; and he reports on the politics of the last fifty years that were often chronicled in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine.

Supplemented by a cache of extraordinary documents and letters from Wenner’s personal archives, Sticky Fingers depicts an ambitious, mercurial, wide-eyed rock and roll fan of who exalts in youth and beauty and learns how to package it, marketing late sixties counterculture as a testament to the power of American youth. The result is a fascinating and complex portrait of man and era, and an irresistible biography of popular culture, celebrity, music, and politics in America.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

5 Things We Learned From Jenifer Lewis’ Memoir ‘The Mother of Black

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5 Things We Learned From Jenifer Lewis’ Memoir ‘The Mother of Black Hollywood’
Lyndsey McFail Nov, 23, 2017

Actress, singer, diva and the Mother of Black Hollywood, Jenifer Lewis is a force to be reckoned with. She’s played on stages with some of greats and has honestly played everyone’s momma, from Tupac’s character in Poetic Justice and Tina Turner’s mother, Zelma Bullock, in What’s Love Got to Do With It to Ruby on ABC’s, black-ish.

When Lewis released her memoir, The Mother of Black Hollywood, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a copy to see what the actress had to say. Here are a few things we learned.

She hails from the Show Me State.

Jenifer Jeanette Lewis was born and raised in the small town of Kinloch, Missouri that bordered St. Louis and Ferguson, MO. As the baby of a seven-sibling family, Lewis described herself as being overlooked by her siblings, who coupled themselves off into groups of three, thus leaving her out. Although her family struggled to make ends meet, it never stifled her dream to make it big. As a child and into her high school days, Lewis shined and was a natural leader. She was class president for six years straight, a cheerleader and voted “Most Likely to Succeed.”

Fun fact: Lewis isn’t the first notable to come from that small town in the Show Me State. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and comedian, Dick Gregory both hail from Kinloch.

She’s open about her mental illness.

Growing up and well into her adult life, Lewis would suffer from maniac behaviors like feeling pressure to talk more than usual, distractibility, increased goal-directed activity, excessive involvement in pleasurable activities that have high potential for painful consequences and other symptoms of bi-polar disorder. Like many African Americans, Lewis believed she acted the way because that’s how she’s always had been. It wasn’t until her adult life when she was in therapy and her therapist that she was diagnosed as bi-polar disorder.

Sexual freedom is not something she’s shy about.

If you follow @jeniferlewisforreal on Instagram, then you’ve seen her “For the D Challenge” video and know that she has “always loved a big D.” Throughout her memoir, she is very open and even descriptive in some instances about her sexual freedom. Although some of her sexual appetite may have been fueled by her bi-polar disorder, it didn’t stop her sexual experiences with men from across the country as she toured in various shows. Her little black book even includes Gregory Hines and Jon Voight (Angelina Jolie’s father) but we’ll let her give you that tea.

A star is born… in New York City.

Having moved to New York City after graduating from Webster University, Lewis wasted no time pounding the pavement and landed a role in the show, Eubie. She soon began making a name for herself and after Eubie ended she created her own one woman show at a NYC cabaret club. As her show became more and more popular amongst tourist and other actors in New York, Lewis got a call one night to join Bette Midler’s background singers, The Staggering Harlettes. Initially, Lewis declined stating she had her own and couldn’t make it to Los Angeles on the day they needed her. The same night the great Bette Midler called Jenifer personally to ask her to join the Harlettes and the rest was history.

Dreamgirls was a success with or without her.

When Lewis hit the New York theater scene, she was greeted with tons of prospect. One opportunity was Dreamgirls. Although the play was still being developed, Lewis was cast as Effie White. Lewis spent time evolving Effie’s character from attitude to wardrobe and more. In the end, as we all know, the part was re-cast to Jennifer Holliday, who went on to be forever remembered in the role, even after Jennifer Hudson’s stellar performance in the movie. The gag is even though the part was recast, Lewis still got paid throughout the entire run of Dreamgirls for her part in developing the character of Effie. In the words of Auntie Jenifer, “Merry Christmas!”

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