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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

BootlegBetty Exclusive: Bette Midler To Appear On “Murphy Brown” In November

Bette Midler To Appear On "Murphy Brown" In November

BootlegBetty Exclusive ~ We’ve just had it officially confirmed Bette Midler, will be appearing on Murphy Brown, November 8th

Looks like Miss M is headed for a Murphy Brown cameo

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Friday, May 18, 2018

8 Stars Who Couldn’t Cut It as Murphy Brown’s Secretary, From JFK, Jr To Bette Midler

The Wrap
8 Stars Who Couldn’t Cut It as Murphy Brown’s Secretary
Brian Welk | May 11, 2018 @ 11:14 AM

“Murphy Brown” is returning to television on CBS for 13 episodes during the 2018-19 season — and on May 18 it will have been 20 years since its finale episode aired. While a lot has changed in media since Candice Bergen’s Brown hosted the fictional news broadcast “FYI,” one thing that hasn’t changed is how hard it is to find good help. One of the show’s longest recurring gags was how nearly every week Brown had a wacky and incompetent new secretary, everyone from a man with a Hitler mustache to a pleasant looking woman who worshiped Satan. Over 90 people sat in that assistant’s chair over the show’s 10 seasons, including some celebrity cameos, but not one of them lasted.


CBS Paul Reubens  Pee-Wee Herman himself helped out Murphy Brown, appearing in six episodes of the show as Stan Lansing’s nephew.

Marcia Wallace

Getty Images Marcia Wallace  Before Marcia Wallace was Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons,” Wallace had a part on “The Bob Newhart Show” as Bob Hartley’s dynamo of a receptionist Carol Bondurant. During a special crossover episode of “Murphy Brown,” Carol proved to be Brown’s best secretary ever, a real keeper. But at the end of the episode, Bob rushes into the office and begs for Carol to come back and work for him, despite Brown’s pleading.

John F Kennedy Jr Murphy Brown

CBS John Kennedy Jr. You can hear the women in the live audience swooning when it’s revealed that John John is Brown’s latest secretary. “I guess the lawyer thing didn’t work out,” Brown jokes. He wasn’t there to work, but to drop off a “wedding present” that was just a fake cover of the magazine he edited, “George.”

Kramer Murphy Brown

NBC Kramer  When Kramer (Michael Richards) heads out to Los Angeles on an episode of “Seinfeld,” Jerry and Elaine spot him on an episode of “Murphy Brown” as another new secretary. His rapid-fire typing is hysterical, and the show even teases that she has “a good feeling” about him.

sally field

Getty Images Sally Field  Murphy Brown would’ve been lucky to have fellow single-mother Norma Rae as her secretary, or better yet her “Absence of Malice” journalist Megan Carter, but instead she got Kathleen Dubek, secretary 91.

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Getty Images Rosie O’Donnell  The final season of “Murphy Brown” featured a cavalcade of celebrity cameos, including Rosie O’Donnell as a particularly annoying singing secretary.

don rickles

Getty Images Don Rickles  Rickles would’ve been in his 70s by the time he stepped into the secretary job during the show’s final season.

Bette Midler Murphy Brown

CBS Bette Midler  In the show’s stellar finale, Bette Midler took charge as secretary Caprice Feldman. “Caprice! With two Cs, interlocking like Chanel!” Her wealthy socialite type was always told by her (dead) husband that she could never hold down a job. Well she picked one with quite the track record.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day: This Post Includes The Whole “Earth Day Special” Starring Bette Midler And A Cast Of 100’s – April 22, 1990

New York Times
A cynic’s field guide to Earth Day. Weekend Reader for Sunday, April 22.
Saturday April 21st 2018, 4:27 pm

Bette Midler as Mother Earth

A U.S. Senator ridicules a legitimate, but

odd-sounding science study

. Here’s what we learned from “synchronized swimming of sea monkeys.”

What will America look like in 10,000 years? Take this

climate quiz

, courtesy of the

New York Times.

The Daily Show’s

Ronny Chieng, with sustainable tongue in his recyclable cheek,

pays tribute to Earth Day.

Umar Irfan and Emily Barclay of Vox.com on

what we’ve learned since the last Earth Day.
Read More

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

BetteBack March 14, 1998: Bette Midler To Appear On ‘Murphy Brown’ Finale

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Friday, September 9, 2016

BetteBack November 27, 1973: Bette Midler Finds Philadelphia Audience Is Different

Philadelphia Inquirer
Bette Midler Finds Philadelphia Audience Is Different
November 27, 1973
By Judy Kinnard

Bette Midler as The Divine Miss  M 1973 Gay Icon

“Main Liners are tough nuts to crack,” said the Divine Miss M, (Bette Midler to the uninitiated) whose spirit was obviously dampened by the straight, uptight audience at her opening show at the Academy of Music Sunday eight.

“I hope you go out and get yourself wrecked at intermission,” she pleaded, promising to tell “the filthiest Linda Lovelace joke” as a reward, then disappeared to prepare for a second attack aimed at loosening up the crowd. Read More

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Bette Midler And Candice Bergen To Make “The Fortune Cookie”

Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
June 22, 1996


Bette Midler and Candice Bergen are joining forces to develop a new version of Billy Wilder’s classic comedy “The Fortune Cookie” for MGM. The updated “Fortune Cookie” would have Midler and Bergen reprising the roles made famous by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in one of their several teamings under Wilder’s guidance that made them one of the best-loved comedic pairings of the 1960s. Matthau won an Oscar for his role in the 1966 film. The original film centered on a television cameraman (Lemmon) who is injured during a football game. A crooked lawyer (Matthau) convinces him to exaggerate the injuries for insurance purposes. Read More

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Theater Review: “I don’t think there is anyone on the earth who could take on playing Mengers in the way that Bette Midler inhabits her”

Bette Midler on Broadway in I’ll Eat You Last
MAY 6, 2013 2:00 PM


I’ll Eat You Last takes place on a fateful day in 1981 when Sue Mengers got the phone call that she was no longer representing Barbra Streisand. The two most powerful women in Hollywood were breaking up. Sue Mengers, for those who don’t know her (which is most everybody), was a German refugee who fell in love with the movies as a girl and then made her dreams a reality by becoming one of the most successful Hollywood agents during her reign in the late 60s and 70s. She only represented movie stars, that’s all she talked or cared about. Read More

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

BetteBack January 20, 1992: Bette Midler Takes Best Actress Comedy/Musical For “For The Boys At The Golden Globes

Galveston Daily News
‘Beauty and the Beast’ wins 3 Golden Globes
January 20, 1992

BEVERLY HELLS, Calif. — Disney hopes three Golden Globe awards for the animated film “Beauty and the Beast” will boost its chances for an Academy Award later this year.

The movie won for best musical or comedy film, song and original score at Saturday night’s 49th Golden Globes, the kickoff of Hollywood’s award season. Disney has been campaigning for the film to be nominated as best picture for an Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never before so recognized an animated film. Read More

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Friday, February 17, 2012

BetteBack June 7, 1990: US magazine readers rate Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

Chronicle Telegram
US magazine readers rate Arsenic best, Roseanne worst
June 7, 1990

NEW YORK (AP) — Move over, Johnny and Dave. Arsenio is the fairest in late-night TV talk show land these days. At least that’s how US magazine readers see it. US magazine’s third annual readers’ poll, which surveyed 3,600 people, showed its readers to be a fickle lot.

Just last year, they chose Roseanne Barr as the best TV actress, but this year she was named worst TV actress. She also was named “most overexposed actress” and her show, “Roseanne,” was “the worst TV series “ Read More

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Ladies Who Lunch

Autumn Movement
Tuesday, October 18, 2011.
Warm and sunny autumn day, yesterday in New York.

At noontime JH and I went over to the Mandarin Oriental where the Board of Directors of the Women’s Committee of the Central Park Conservancy hosted its annual Fall Luncheon. Marcia Mishaan was Chairman and Suzanne Johnson and Cynthia Lufkin were Co-Chairs. Guest Speaker was Bette Midler.

I’m a Bette Midler fan. I’ve always been a Bette Midler fan since her first album came out way back when. I think it was called The Divine Miss M with beautiful cover portrait by the late great illustrator and graphic designer Richard Amsel that is now a classic. Read More

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