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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Press Release, Promotional Photos Of Bette Midler On “Murphy Brown”

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Press Release, Promotional Photos Of Bette Midler On “Murphy Brown”
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October 23, 2018

Press Release, Promotional Photos Of Bette Midler On "Murphy Brown"

Mister D: I don’t know for sure, but this looks like Bette’s part may be more than a cameo, though what do I know! (Hey! That rhymed!)

THE “MURPHY IN THE MORNING” TEAM, AVERY AND PHYLLIS JOIN JIM DIAL AT AN EVENTFUL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GALA IN HIS HONOR, HOSTED BY KATIE COURIC AND ATTENDED BY MURPHY’S WORST-EVER SECRETARY, ON “MURPHY BROWN,” THURSDAY, NOV. 8

Multi-Award-Winning Guest Stars Include Broadway, Film and Television Actress and Singer Bette Midler; Journalist and Best-Selling Author Katie Couric; and Television, Broadway and Film Actor John Larroquette Read More

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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.

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

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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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.

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

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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.
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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.

In almost every city blessed with the trashy, flashy Bette Midler concert, the audience is a key ingredient. From her professional beginnings in the decadence of Manhattan’s chic, gay Continental Baths, the Divine Miss M has drawn energy from her constantly growing cult.

Elsewhere the straights parrot her outrageous dress while the adoring gay audience fills the air with their limp-wristed shouts of “Diviiiiine.”

But not in Philadelphia. Where was the freak show: the platform shoes, the sleazy thrift shop dresses, the tight toreador pants, the sequins and feathers – in short the all-round sparkle of a Bette Midler audience?

Granted, the platforms are hard to balance. One frizzy headed fellow wearing white pants, a white blazer opened to reveal an emaciated white chest, made a precarious descent to the lobby, tripping on three of the red carpeted steps in his pale blue leather platforms.

BUT HER FANS, worried and protective, feared her disappointment. “She’s uptight with us. That’s Philadelphia. The people aren’t responding,” lamented Dennis Dunwoody, a full time student and banker who wore, with his platforms, a gold earring, brown herringbone knickers and a black skullcap covered with childhood mementoes: a miniature baseball bat, a bowling ball, a tag from Stone Mountain in Georgia and car tags (“the kind you used to get from disabled people”).

Mr. Dunwoody was one of the devoted fans who would not have disappointed the star. Henri David was another. He wore a single pearl earring, expertly applied silver eye shadow, a panne velvet silver jumpsuit over which he draped a knee length silver-lined blue velvet cape.

“WE’RE IN THE TRADITION of the Bette Midler concert,” said decked-out Diana Knafo. “But this audience, they’re stars with no lights. They couldn’t move. There was nothing there.”

In fact, there was something there. It was a tribute to Miss. Midler that – despite the sea of dark blazers, bow ties, poplin car coats, and rows of sensible brown pumps, the Divine did not only survive, but she did prevail.

In the finale, stripped of her sequined pink gown and multi-colored feather boa and clad only in rose platform ankle strap shoes and a pale lavender, black trimmed slip that adorned the tiny troll like body, Bette Midler, hands sweeping through her frizzy red hair, finally got the standing ovation, the raucous cheers, the love she had been begging two hours for.

“White males, boy…”
BetteBack November 13, 1973: The very divine Bette Midler . . . knockin’ their sox off
Fat Stuff – The Continental Baths – Bette Midler – 1971 | BootLeg Betty
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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

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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.

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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”

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

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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.

I don’t think there is anyone on the earth who could take on playing Mengers in the way that Bette Midler inhabits her. Sue was know for her muumuus, lack of interest in exercise and her love of cigarettes and marijuana. The play is basically an 85 minute monologue delivered from a couch. It is a Hollywood history lesson. It is about the years when people made movies for art and not commerce. Sue Mengers represented EVERYONE who was big. Ali MacGraw, Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Ryan O’Neal, Faye Dunaway and so many more. But no one was more important to her than Barbra Streisand who she saw sing in NY when she was a nobody. She knew she was going to be a star that day.

I found the show fascinating because it was about a woman who had power in Hollywood at a time when women had so little of it. She used everything in her arsenal to be the best advocate she could for the people she represented. She was not only the most powerful female agent, she was the most powerful agent. Agenting was her life and her stars were her friends – or so she thought. The lesson of Sue Mengers is that Hollywood, is a business, and if you are bad for business even your friends will abandon you.

The stories that Bette Midler as Sue Mengers relays are those of power and status, but the woman in play is in a free fall. At the moment of the show she has lost a lot of her clients to Mike Ovitz at CAA who is talking bottom line and not relationships. The business evolved past Sue and it is hard to watch. It really is an interesting look at how the business shifted through a person who helped build the star system of her time.

For a very savvy business woman Mengers downfall was very personal. She convinced Barbra Streisand as well as Gene Hackman to be in her husband, Jean-Claude Tramont’s film All Night Long for which she was paid the highest salary to an actress at that time. Suffice it to the say the film did not do well; Streisand’s salary turned out to be higher than the whole film grossed. That failure helped trigger a mass exodus from which she could not recover.

This show will interest people who love Hollywood and the stories. But for those who are not obsessed with everything about Hollywood and its history, some of the inside jokes, names and language will seem strange. Bette Midler is still Bette but she is also Sue. In interviews Midler has talked about how she was afraid of Sue Mengers. It seems that lots of people were afraid of her. And that’s another lesson in this story that probably has a lot to do with Sue being so unique as a woman in Hollywood – she made people fear her. That was how she rose to the heights she did, she made people afraid to cross her. Until they all did en masse.

Clearly there are a lot of women who owe their careers to Sue Mengers, but ultimately she was a sad figure because all her friends were part of her work and she cared about nothing else but work. What it reminded me is the importance of having other things in your life, other people, other interests, other loves. Sue did not care about politics or cooking or kids or anything but her “twinkles” as she called her stars. But stars only get you so far. We all need to be more than our work and need other things in life because that is what makes us better at our work.

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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.

The Golden Globes gave a shot in the arm to “Bugsy,” the mob movie starring Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, whose off-screen union produced a baby girl, born last week. In accepting “Bugsy’s” award for best drama, Beatty paid tribute to Miss Bening.

“For me, she has the greatest knack for bringing things to life,” he said.

The Golden Globes are awarded by votes of the 86 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The awards, televised live on cable TV by the Turner Broadcasting System, have assumed a surprising importance in recent years.

Studios, hungry for endorsements, will now advertise “Golden Globe Winner” to bring their films to the attention of moviegoers and Oscar voters.

Other Golden Globes went to director Oliver Stone for “JFK,” actress Jodie Foster for “The Silence of the Lambs” and actor Nick Nolte for “The Prince of Tides.” Miss Foster and Nolte won for best dramatic performances.

Stone, in accepting the trophy for “JFK,” his controversial movie about President Kennedy’s assassination, said: “A terrible lie was told to us 28 years ago. I hope that this film can be the first step in righting that wrong.”

Bette Midler won for “For the Boys” and Robin Williams won for “The Fisher King” in the musical or comedy category.

Williams, in accepting his award, poked fun at President Bush’s recent Japanese trip, saying, “Thank you,” in Japanese and then batting his head against the microphone.

“Europa, Europa” from Germany got the foreign language film a ward.

Jack Palance won best supporting actor for “City Slickers” and Mercedes Ruehl got best supporting actress for “The Fisher King.”

CBS dominated the television categories with seven awards for shows and stars, led by best dramatic series winner “Northern Exposure.”

Other CBS winners were Candice Bergen for “Murphy Brown,” Burt Reynolds for “Evening Shade,” Angela Lansbury for “Murder, She Wrote,” the miniseries “One Against the Wind,” Judy Davis for “One Against the Wind” and the series “Brooklyn Bridge.”

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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 ”

On the other hand, they love “Roseanne” co-star John Goodman, although not his fashion sense. He was named “best TV actor” and “worst dressed actor” by readers responding to a ballot published in the March 5 issue.

Other picks

Best movie actor. Tom Cruise Worst: Sylvester Stallone.

Best movie actress Bette Midler. Worst Madonna.

Hottest New Actress- Julia Roberts of “Pretty Woman.”

Hottest New Actor: Richard Grieco, star of TV’s “Booker ”

Best Movie. “Born on the Fourth of July ” Worst “Batman.”

Best TV actor John Goodman Worst Bill Cosby.

Best TV actress Candice Bergen Worst- Roseanne Barr

Entertainer of the Year and best late night talk show host: Arsenio Hall.

Best Musical Group New Kids On The Block. Worst- Guns N’ Roses

Best male singer: Richard Marx Worst: Prince.

Best female singer Paula Abdul (who also won best hairdo honors). Worst: Madonna

And in the “make up your mind” category, readers chose:

Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as this year’s best movie couple and Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner as the worst.

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