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Friday, December 2, 2016

Bette Midler To Reporters Who Asked If She Would Still Be Vulgar After Having A Family:

Bette Midler To Reporters Who Asked If She Would Still Be Vulgar After Having A Family: “Do you mean am I going to remain vulgar and crass? 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.” (1989) Image may contain: 1 person , closeup
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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Idina Menzel to Star in ‘Beaches’ TV Movie for Lifetime

Hollywood Reporter Idina Menzel to Star in ‘Beaches‘ TV Movie for Lifetime JULY 28, 2016 10:13am PT by Lesley Goldberg idina_menzel_h_15 Idina Menzel is headed for the beach with Lifetime. The Frozen and Rent favorite has been tapped to take on Bette Midler’s role in a TV movie remake of 1988’s Beaches, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The film follows the serendipitous meeting of two kids on the Venice Boardwalk, who, though worlds apart in lifestyle, embark on an unexpected and lifelong friendship. CC (Menzel) is an aspiring singer trying to make it in Los Angeles until she is discovered by a director who gives CC her first big shot. Hillary (Barbara Hershey in the feature) is the daughter of a prominent civil rights lawyer who struggles to find her own destiny. Their friendship — even with its ups and downs — sustains them for decades. Production is set to begin on the Lifetime movie Aug. 15 in Vancouver. The movie’s music — including “Wind Beneath My Wings” and “The Glory of Love” — will be included, with new takes on those as well as several other songs that Menzel will record specifically for the Lifetime incarnation. Casting remains under way for the role of Hillary. Lifetime’s Beaches will be executive produced by Denise Di Novi (Crazy Stupid Love) and Alison Greenspan (If I Stay). Allison Anders (Ring of Fire) will direct. Bart Baker (Honeymoon With Harry) and Nikole Beckwith (Stockholm, Pennsylvania) will pen the script for the A+E Studios-produced movie. The project will premiere in 2017. A specific date has yet to be announced. The original movie, from the late and great Garry Marshall, grossed $57 million domestically with “Wind Beneath My Wings” earning record and song of the year Grammys. The Lifetime project, announced a week after Marshall’s death, has been in the works for more than a year. For Lifetime, it marks the latest TV movie reboot and follows its rendition of Steel Magnolias, which set ratings records for the female-skewing cable network.
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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Bette Midler One Night Only – Friends – 2014

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Bette Midler – Give Him A Great Big Kiss – 2014

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Monday, January 25, 2016

To Reporters Who Asked If She Would Still Be Vulgar After Having A Family:

To Reporters Who Asked If She Would Still Be Vulgar After Having A Family: “Do you mean am I going to remain vulgar and crass? 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.” (1989) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

A summer’s social whirl, from Bette Midler to Satan

The Spectator A summer’s social whirl, from Bette Midler to Satan Nicky Haslam’s notebook of a season of laughter and sadness Nicky Haslam 13 September 2014 MCDSTWI EC035 This summer brought highs and lows, sadness and laughter, some irritating, some exhilarating. I was fortunate to be uplifted by an encounter with Leslie Bonham Carter, a remarkable woman who seems quite British but is in fact American. She is the daughter of Condé Nast, who founded the company that bears his name. He was born 145 years ago, in 1869. Leslie witnessed the full glamour of 1930s America. When the first world war came, many British grandees packed their children off to America. Young Leslie had opposite plans. All she thought of was how to get to England, to be there in its darkest hour. Diplomatic strings pulled, she sailed, barely in her teens and without either parent, in a battleship across those sub-infested waters. At 8.30 on the morning of 8 July 1943, she ‘saw my first sight of England … the England I have talked, thought and dreamed about … the England I love’. Over 80 years later, despite its glaring faults, Leslie loves it still. The death of another ardent lover of England has cast a pall on this summer’s lushness. Candida Lycett Green sought out, explored, and wrote about almost every building, lane, turret and copse, horse and cart throughout the land. She wore her knowledge lightly but she cared passionately — both traits she inherited from her father, John Betjeman. She created rooms, houses and gardens that were a miscellany of colourful vividness and gentle erudition. Her parties — and there were many — though planned to a T with her adoring family, had that ineffable ingredient, spontaneity. And then the beauty, the raucous laugh, the lack of swank or self-pity. Some years ago, on a holiday, I was moaning about a slight upcoming cancer operation. Of course she didn’t mention she had that devilish affliction herself. Believing in Satan has disappeared from our current psyche. No churchman dares mention him. His disturbing image, that horned and tailed creature, is portrayed throughout the ages. Oh, we think smugly, surely he never existed. But perhaps he does. While on a boat in Greece, I read Imaginary Creaturesby Jorge Luis Borges, about weird beings rooted in legend. Most of his work is way over my head, though these monsters are fascinating to any numbskull. Were they entirely ‘imaginary’? Or, over centuries, did word of mouth describe what had once been alive? The Djinns — the Muslim creed’s version of devils — appear as smallish shapes of a fire-like substance that evaporate suddenly into an outline of sparks. A recent David Attenborough documentary showed deep-sea creatures apparently doing exactly that. My charming friend Alicia Castro, the Argentine ambassador, had pooh-poohed my claim, half-remembered from a long article on the author in theNew Yorker some years ago, to be related to Borges. Dear old Google proved it true; Jorge Luis was born Borges-Haslam. His grandmother, Fanny Haslam, from Lancashire, was a cousin of my dad. It will be the red carpet at the Casa Rosada, surely. The co-writer of this magazine’s bridge column, Janet de Botton, played a trump card at dinner in her Provençal paradise the other week; Bette Midler was there. So was her charming husband. Though Bette’s screen persona is huge and flamboyant, she is petite and almost puppy-like in appearance, with the most perfect skin, and darting, beautiful, expressive hands. Wildly funny and self-effacing at the same time, she drew the best out of everyone round the table, encouraged revelations, and added many of her own about the biz of show — particularly that Michael Jackson didn’t talk with that breathy squeak but in a perfectly normal baritone. Talking of baritones, after some recent in-depth radio news coverage on Israel/Gaza, the presenter announced ‘Now, a comment on the situation by Princess Anne.’ We heard a sensible, cultivated, measured voice speaking surprisingly knowledgably for several minutes. Then the presenter said ‘Thank you, Prince Hassan.’ A fellow guest at a wedding in Northern Ireland this weekend was the artist Mark Adlington. Anyone who has not seen his astonishing paintings of otters illustrating the re-issue of Gavin Maxwell’s Ring of Bright Water should dash to Daunt’s. One, of a torpedo-like otter streaking forwards, followed by a shimmering wake, is quite extraordinary. This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated  BetteBack November 21, 1986: Midler Has A Baby Bette Tweets: Mengers, Elton, Pussy, And The Senate Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, Ricky Gervais & More Remember Iconic Comedienne Joan Rivers BetteBack November 2, 1986: Is Bette’s Husband Harry Or Martin?

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Monday, June 9, 2014

BetteBack July 16, 1985: Bette Midler Gets Permission To Use “Lesbian Nuns” Book For Movie

Syracuse Herald-Journal, Tuesday, July 16, 1985 There are 150,000 copies of the $9.95 trade paperback edition of “Lesbian Nuns” in print, and it has gone back to press for a fourth printing of 10,000 copies. Warner Books has bought the massmarket reprint rights to the book and will bring out a rack-sized paperback edition next spring. The book will be published this fall in England, Australia and New Zealand, and foreign editions also are planned for Italy, Spain and Germany. “I’ve been constantly dealing with this book for the last three months,” said Curb, who figures she has made 78 public appearances on the book’s behalf, including university lectures and bookstore signings. She and Manahan have been interviewed on a number of talk shows and were spotlighted on ABC’s network news. “The reaction has been fantastic and fascinating.” said Grier. ‘”Lesbian Nuns’ seems to have become part of the folklore culture.” She recently granted permission to Walt Disney Productions to use the book as a prop in a forthcoming film starring Bette Midler and Nick Nolle. The movie is tentatively titled “Down and Out in Beverly Hills.” “Of course, you don’t know what will end up on the cutting room floor,” Grier said, “but they want to have a scene with Bette Midler reading ‘Lesbian Nuns’ by the swimming pool.”

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    Saturday, March 30, 2013

    BetteBack September 4, 1979: Bette On Elton John

    Winnipeg Free Press September 4, 1979 img156 When Elton John announced he was bisexual (“You mean he likes girls?” was what some people asked) his album sajes plunged and his popularity quickly followed. But Elton has no regrets. “I wouldn’t have kept my mouth shut. if I had to do that interview all over again. Ydu know, after I made that bisexual comment, Bette Midler said to me, ‘Why did you do that? It’s none of their business!’ Well, I know it’s none of their business, but the person asked me a question, and I felt like giving that person an honest answer instead of hiding behind myself.” Elton says his parents weren’t shocked — they already knew about it. Indeed, his Mom is considering opening a gay bar on England‘s south coas
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    Monday, March 18, 2013

    BetteBack August 24, 1978: Is Bette Midler Taking A Break Already From Movies?

    Salina Journal August 24, 1978 img166 Q: With concert dates set in England and Australia, is Bette Midler taking a break from her newly launched film career? — R.F., Cincinatti A: Please, give Bette some time. Since her very first starring movie vehicle, “The Rose,” scheduled for release next spring, it would be premature, to say the least, for Bette to take a break. In fact, she’s not and has at least two films in the works — one of which could be a 1979 remake of “Gypsy” with Bette playing mama. That’s the part played by Ethel Merman in the 1959 Broadway musical version and by the late Rosalind Russell in the 1963. film. One thing about Bette: she knows how to keep good professional company.
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    Saturday, March 24, 2012

    BetteBack December 4, 1991: Now This Is A Mean Review

    Santa Fe Reporter For The Boys December 4, 1991 Bette Midler lays siege to a movie like a drunk busting up a birthday party. She bellows. She flaps her arms. She knocks over the punch bowl. Then, after accosting every guest, she insists on blowing out all the candles on the cake herself. Look at me! each gesture shouts. Still here! So it goes in “For the Boys,” two and a half hours and some $40 million worth of pure Bettebomb which manages to trivialize the social history of three American wars while the obstreperous Midler and her unlucky costar, James Caan, try to sing, joke and soft-shoe their way into our hearts. If you’re looking for a primer on all the ways a movie can go wrong — makeup to mawkishness, script to sets — this is it. Rarely will you see such grave follies committed in the name of e n t e r t a i nme n t . .. or political commentary. Our heroes, Dixie Leonard and Eddie Sparks, are troupers of the show-must-go-on variety. They meet, suitably enough, in a bomber hanger in England, on the occasion of saucy, spunky, virtually unknown young Dixie’s Big Break: She’s been drafted to do a wartime USO tour with the great star Eddie, and she’s plenty nervous. But before he can recycle his usual’ crooner/one-liner shriek, she lights up the adoring GIs with a couple of dirty jokes, then flashes an expanse of plump, milky thigh and puts the boys away with a  steamy version of “P.S.: I Love You,” lit only by the flickering beams of three hundred Army Air Force flashlights. Predictably, Dixie steals the show from the egotistical headliner. He sneers under his pencil line mustache. He wants to fire her immediately. But Caan lets the camera greedy Midler mug him so thoroughly all movie long that I began hoping the Sonny-deep-within him would finally get ragged off and send Luca Brazzi after her. Midler also produced this thing, and she’ll get what she deserves.
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