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Thursday, July 5, 2018


Leaving And Living In Las Vegas TEN CELEBRITIES WHO GOT MARRIED IN LAS VEGAS (AND HOW LONG IT LASTED) Author: Unknown June 30, 2018 The King of Rock & Roll and his queen married at the former Aladdin Hotel in May 1967. While their marriage ended six years later in 1973, they remained close for the rest of Elvis’ life.


The pop singer and her childhood friend married at the Little White Wedding Chapel in 2004 and divorced less than three days later.


The actor, perhaps best known for his role as Spartacus, married the German-born philanthropist Buydens at the Little White Wedding Chapel in 1954. They are still married to this day.


The actor and model were another famous couple to walk down the aisle inside Little Church of the West. They were married from 1991-1995.


Mickey Rooney and Ava Gardner were among the first celebrities to get married at the Little Church of the West. However, their love was not meant to last; they divorced just a year after they got married, in 1943.


Ol’ Blue Eyes and the star of Rosemary’s Baby were married at the Sands in 1966. They divorced 2 years later but remained close friends.


The former actor and legendary NBA player married the former model at the Little White Wedding Chapel in 1989. They divorced in 2006.


bette midler, martin von haselberg, wedding

I have their wedding picture and looked for it everywhere but couldn’t find it. I’m so disorganized. If anybody has it could you please send it?

The actress and singer married Martin Von Haselberg, an artist, in 1984 after knowing each other for only six weeks inside Caesar’s Palace. Despite the pressures of Hollywood and a whirlwind courtship, they are still married to this day.


The lead singer of 80s rock band Bon Jovi and his high school sweetheart tied the knot inside the Graceland Wedding Chapel in 1989. They are still married.


Hollywood’s reformed bad girl married the actor and director Thornton at the Little Church of the West in 2000. Despite adopting a child together, the couple couldn’t make it work and went their separate ways in 2003.    
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Friday, March 16, 2018

10 of history’s best insults and replies

Liberals Unite Here are 10 of history’s best insults and replies. March 14, 2018 by Samuel Warde We put them in alphabetical order and included one bonus piece. Enjoy. Alfred Hitchcock responding to actress Mary Anderson who asked him “What is my best side,” while filming “Lifeboat.” “You’re sitting on it, my dear.” Bette Midler on Princess Anne: “She loves nature, in spite of what it did to her.” Elizabeth Taylor: “Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses.” Frank Sinatra on Robert Redford: “Well at least he has found his true love – what a pity he can’t marry himself.” Mahatma Gandhi asked by a reporter in a crowd “What do you think of Western civilization?” “I think it would be a good idea.” Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, responding to hearing that President Richard Nixon had called him an “asshole.” “I’ve been called worse things by better people” Pope John XXIII, when asked “How many people work at the Vatican,” by a journalist: “About half.” Valentino Liberace to a critic: “Thank you for your very amusing review. After reading it I laughed all the way to the bank.” Winston Churchill and Bessie Braddock: Bessie Braddock: “Winston, you are drunk, and what’s more you are disgustingly drunk.” Winston Churchill: “Bessie, my dear, you are ugly, and what’s more, you are disgustingly ugly. But tomorrow I shall be sober and you will still be disgustingly ugly.” Frank Zappa and TV talk show host Joe Pyne, a decorated WWII hero who lost one of his legs in combat: Joe Pyne: “So I guess your long hair makes you a woman.” Frank Zappa: “So I guess your wooden leg makes you a table.” BONUS INSULT: Winston Churchill and Lady Nancy Astor: Lady Nancy Astor: “Winston, if you were my husband, I’d put poison in your coffee.” Winston Churchill: “Nancy, if you were my wife, I’d drink it.”
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Monday, March 5, 2018

The Oscar for best original song is a garbage category – Bette Midler Proves It In One Segment

The Washington Post The Oscar for best original song is a garbage category By Dan Zak March 2 at 1:42 PM CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Phil Collins grasps his Oscar in 2000; Robin Williams performs “Blame Canada” the same year; Mariah Carey, left, and Whitney Houston perform “When You Believe” in 1999; and, from left, Peter Allen, Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager claim their shared prize in 1982. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images; Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images; Clary/AFP/Getty Images; ABC/Getty Images)

Remember when Ann Reinking lip-synced — and danced to — “Against All Odds,” the No. 1 hit by Phil Collins from the movie of the same name, at the Academy Awards in 1985? No?

It was nearly five minutes of theatrical fog, odd lunges and wide-eyed emoting, and Collins had to watch the slow-motion oddity from his seat. The academy wanted a “variety” of entertainers to perform the nominees for best original song, so it didn’t enlist the English rocker, then at the peak of his career. ...  Read More

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The One That Got Away: Bette Midler Hosted “Seriously Sinatra” Feb 19, On Sirius XM Radio – More Info In Article

  Mister D: While I was away,sick, Bette Midler slipped out of her elegant loft to host Seriously Sinatra on Sirius XM. Not sure how long it lasted, I’ll say an hour, but I did hear bits of it this morning. It’s On Demand right now. If you don’t have Sirius XM, you can sign up for a 30 day free try and listen to it. Not sure how long it will be up, Also I found the site hard to maneuver. After you register, just look for the damn search box and type Bette Midler in it. The show should come up. Then I think you should click On Demand, then click on her show. My dearest foreigners, I don’t think it will work for you, but Ill try to make it up to you. Sign Up: Click Here   Bette Guest Hosted Siriusly Sinatra on Sirius XM Channel 71 Feb 19! To hear the whole show you must be a Subscriber of Sirius XM To hear the whole show, but here’s a clip from the Facebook page (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = 'https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.12'; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs);}(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));

#BetteHeads and #BetteMidlerFans in case you missed Bette on SiriusXM Yesterday, here’s a clip!

Posted by Chris Michael Ward on Sunday, February 25, 2018
  Good Luck Everyone, and I’m so sorry I didn’t catch this. But at least they’re playing repeats.
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Sunday, August 13, 2017

BetteBack March 3, 1975: Bette Midler Presents Stevie Wonder With Best Album Of The Year At The Grammy’s

Kingsport Times March 3, 1975 1975-Bette-Midler Stevie Wonder and Olivia Newton-John took ho.me most of the marbles at Saturday night’s Grammy award presentations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Wonder, the blind rock singer who had his first hit record at the age of 13, was named top male vocalist of 1974. He also won three other awards, including the Best Album of the Year honor for “Fulfillingness’ First Finale.” Miss Newton-John, who last year was named the best female country vocalist, won the Record of the Year Award for her “I Honestly Love You.” She was also named the best female pop vocalist for 1974. Another multiple winner was Marvin Hamlisch. This year Hamlisch took top prize in four categories, one more than he won last year. His awards were for Best New Artist of the Year, Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his piano version of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” Best Original Movie Score for “The Way We Were,” and Best Song of the Year with Marilyn and Alan Bergman for “The Way We Were.” It was the same old song for Aretha Franklin who won the Best Female Rhythm V Blues Vocal Grammy .for the seventh straight year. This time around it was for “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” Other awards went like this: Best Male Country Performer: Ronnie Milsap. Best Female Country Performer: Anne Murray. Best Country Group: Pointer Sisters for “Fairytale.” Best Country Song:”A Very Special Love Song.” Best Inspirational Song: “How Great Thou Art” by Elvis Presley. Best Gospel Song: “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor”by the Oak Ridge Boys. Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording: “Two Days in November” by Doc and Merle Watson. Best Big Band Recording: Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd.” Best Pop Vocal by a group:”Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney and Wings. Best Instrumental Composition: “Tubular Bells,”the theme from the movie The Exorcist, by Mike Oldfield. Best Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Vocal by a group: “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus. Best Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Instrumental: “TSOP” by MFSB. Best Jazz Group: the Oscar Peterson trio. Best Jazz Soloist: the late Charlie Parker for “First Recordings!” Best Original Cast Album: “Raisin,” by Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan. Best Spoken Word Album: “Good Evening,” the now-closed Broadway show of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Best Pop Arrangement: Joni Mitchell for “Down to You.” Best Comedy Album: “That Nigger’s Crazy” by Richard Pryor. Best Children’s Album: “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too,” read by Sebastian Cabot and Sterling Holloway. Best Soul Gospel Song: “In the Ghetto,” by James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir. Best Classical Album: “Berlioz: Symphonic Fantastique ” by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony. Best Orchestra Recording: same record by Sir Georg and the Chicago Symphony. British Albums Chart December 13, 2015: The Biggest Debut By A Veteran Artists Is Bette Midler | BootLeg Betty BetteBack January 17, 1997: Miss M is Divine in Las Vegas | BootLeg Betty

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

On This Day In History: Bette Midler Was Johnny Carson’s Last Guest

Decider Today in TV History: Johnny Carson’s Last Guests Were Robin Williams and Bette Midler By Joe Reid @joereid May 21, 2016 at 11:00am carson2 Of all the great things about television, the greatest is that it’s on every single day. TV history is being made, day in and day out, in ways big and small. In an effort to better appreciate this history, we’re taking a look back, every day, at one particular TV milestone.  IMPORTANT DATE IN TV HISTORY: May 21, 1992 PROGRAM ORIGINALLY AIRED ON THIS DATE: The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson WHY IT’S IMPORTANTYou’d be hard-pressed to come up with too many TV events that had more far-reaching impact than Johnny Carson’s decision to leave The Tonight Show after thirty years as host. Not only did it set off the chain reaction of questionable decision-making and intrigue that were the original Late Night Wars (Leno versus Letterman edition), but it was also a massively important marker of the passage of time. The end of Carson’s reign was in many ways the end of a particular era of television, and even culture. On his final show with guests (Carson’s actual finale the next night was a clip show), Carson welcomed two of the biggest stars of the era: Robin Williams and Bette Midler. (Both of them, coincidentally enough, were two months removed from being Oscar nominees for 1991.) Carson’s segment with Williams is typically manic, but its topicality is a window into history. The 1992 election, with all its intrigue and scandal, was THE hot topic, and vice-president Dan Quayle’s insistence on making a culture war out of Murphy Brown’s single motherhood had turned Clinton vs. Bush into a battle for the cultural direction of the country, if not the political. Williams is a live wire in his portion of the episode, and you can see Carson’s genuine delight in not having any idea where he’s going to go next. Carson doesn’t shock easily, but the network censors remind us that they used to bleep out words like “ass” and “balls.” 1992, you adorable thing. The Bette Midler segment that follows is more widely remembered, particularly for her emotional performance of “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road),” hands down one of the most beautiful moments ever broadcast on television. That camera angle that caught Carson, head perched on his hand, watching Midler serenade him was breathtaking. Less remembered is the comedic ditty Midler came up with earlier in the show, set to the standard “You Made Me Love You.” And as if two show-stoppers in one hour weren’t enough, Midler and Carson engaged in a semi-impromptu duet on “Here’s That Rainy Day.” Talk about performers who knew how to capitalize on the sentiment of a moment. Again, the appeal is watching Carson’s genuine rapport with and affection for his guest. That was Carson’s appeal. He was sharp as a tack and could be just as acerbic, but he genuinely loved entertainers, especially favorites like Williams and Midler. Photo Flash: Inside HELLO, DOLLY’s Opening Night! (broadwayworld.com) FULL LIST: Nominees, Tony Awards 2017 (rappler.com) Bette Midler On Her Television Special For NBC: (bootlegbetty.com) ‘Dolly!’ Looks Delish At $1.7M As B.O. Takes Off – But Broadway Attendance Dips (deadline.com)

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Was Bette Midler Nervous About Making Her First Film, The Rose?:

Was Bette Midler Nervous About Making Her First Film, The Rose?: “Oh this isn’t my first film. I’ve never told anybody this. I never thought I’d have any reason to. But once I was an extra. I was an extra in The Detective with Frank Sinatra. And then I was an extra in…are you ready?…Goodbye Columbus. Thirty two fifty a day to and from New Rochelle to watch Ali McGraw snap at the straps of her bathing suit. Snap those straps Ali. Snap those things. (Plain Dealer, September 17, 1978) Image may contain: one or more people, hat and closeup
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Monday, April 17, 2017

BetteBack January 28, 2000: ‘Great’ Bette for a good time

The Boston Herald January 28, 2000 | Verniere, James originalIsn’t She Great.” Rated R. At Copley Place and suburban theaters. three stars A kooky labor of love, “Isn’t She Great” confidently sports no question mark in the title and stars the Divine Miss M as Austin Powers’ favorite writer Jacqueline Susann. Susann, as some may remember if this film is to have any shelf life at all, was the failed actress-turned-best-selling author of the shag-a-licious novels “The Valley of the Dolls,” “The Love Machine” and “Once Is Not Enough.” While she didn’t quite change the face of American publishing with her poodle and Pucci wardrobe and her sex-crazed, pill-popping starlets eager to trade their nubile flesh for movie roles as long as the supply of uppers and downers never ran out, Jacqueline Susann was something else, all right. Her fame was a bona fidetriumph of the will, if not the quill, and her sex-crammed novels, typed apparently all in capital letters, were the literary and dietetic equivalent of potato chips. But ordinary people read them by the millions. On a whirlwind publicity campaign to sell Jackie’s first novel, husband-manager Irving Mansfield (Nathan Lane) lovingly describes “The Valley of the Dolls” as “like ‘Gone With the Wind,’ only filthy.” Although Susann owed a debt to schlockmeisters Harold Robbins and Sidney Sheldon, she was the pre-feminist pioneer in the field, and she gave birth to a thousand imitators and a few unforgettably godawful films. The kitschy cult of Jackie Susann, who died in 1974, might be panting at the prospect of this movie for all I know, and they might even embrace this sitcomish effort. Directed by Andrew Bergman (“The Freshman,” “Striptease”) from a script by Paul Rudnick (“In & Out”), =&0=&plays Susann as a force of nature, and her trashy, retro wardrobe alone is worth the price of admission. In a scene in which her uptight WASP editor (a typecast but funny David Hyde Pierce) first meets Jackie and Irving, =&0=& rocks the house merely by making three separate entrances in three smashingly hilarious frocks. Stockard Channing also scores as Jackie’s best friend and muse, the ab-fab New York actress Florence Maybelle. And in a small role John Cleese, sporting his own hilariously outre fashions, is splendidly randy as Jackie’s tasteless publisher. But the film, which is based on the New Yorker story “Wasn’t She Great” by Michael Korda and features two new songs by ’60s pop icon Burt Bacharach, is too polite and strives too hard to make Jackie a heroine. This is not “A Star Is Born” despite Bergman’s leanings in that direction. Two scenes in which Jackie and Irving stand under a tree in Central Park and talk to God would have been enough. Jackie and Irving’s visits to see their institutionalized, autistic son are anesthetic. Jackie’s courage in the face of her breast cancer, on the other hand, is allowed to speak for itself. Typical of the movie is its re-creation of Jackie’s legendary appearance on “The Tonight Show.” In real life, a viperish Truman Capote was seated to Susann’s immediate right, and, no doubt jealous of her success, felt obliged to insult her, declaring she looked “like a truck driver in drag.” In the film, Jackie appears, “Zelig”-like, with a ’60s-vintage Johnny Carson, but Capote makes his remarks alone and on another show. Later, Jackie and Irving hobnob in the Aegean with Aristotle Onassis (Frank Vincent) and “the other Jackie.” But the filmmakers respectfully keep “the other Jackie” off-camera. They might be afraid of being accused of bad taste, but Jackie Susann never was. Moreover, the film upstages itself by showing us a scene from the deliriously awful 1967 film “The Valley of the Dolls.” The moral is: There’s no trash like real trash.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

BetteBack September 30, 1974: Bette Midler To Roast Johnny Carson At Charity Dinner

Anderson Herald Bulletin September 30, 1974 140755311 Anybody surprised that Bob Hope will be emcee at the Friar Club charity dinner honoring Johnny Carson on October 19. The combination of the King of Emcees saluting the King of Midnight should get the festivities off to a smashing start. Others on tap will be Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler. Don Rickles, Alan King, Red Buttons, Jan Murray, Pat Henry, Bob Newhart, Jimmy Stewart, George Sega! and who else is in town? President of the Friars, Buddy Hackett, has the event scheduled for the grand ballroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. BetteBack September 23, 1990: Bette Midler Wears Luxurious Reptile Accessories Midler’s Almost-Forgotten Debut Album Still Remains A Classic Of The ’70s Nostalgia/Camp Boom BetteBack September 13, 1972: Bette Midler’s Star Rises Fast | BootLeg Betty On Being Compared To Barbra And Liza: | BootLeg Betty

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

BetteBack January 28, 2000: Isn’t She Great? No. Grating? Yes.

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL) January 28, 2000 | Gire, Dann 6ae83e3558034e683e1c8f5848fe2f09Isn’t She Great” Written by Paul Rudnick; based on an article by Michael Korda. Produced by Mike Lobell. Directed by Andrew Bergman. A Universal Pictures release. Rated R (language). Running time: 95 minutes. Cast: Jacqueline Susann =&0=& =&1=& Irving Mansfield Nathan Lane Florence Maybelle Stockard Channing Michael Hastings David Hyde Pierce Henry Marcus John Cleese Great? No. Grating? Yes. This cold comic look at the life and death of trash romance novelist Jacqueline Susann has ear-gouging dialogue, rude conversations with God and – something that time will eventually prove me right about – the single biggest miscasting of the new millennium. In “Isn’t She Great,” =&0=& =&1=& plays Susann as a scary combination of Momma Rose and =&0=& Davis’ Baby Jane. She delivers every line with Ethel Mermanesque bombast, and creates a character so egregiously histrionic that she would be judged too “over the top” even for TV sitcoms. The rest of “Isn’t She Great” isn’t so great, either. It plays like A&E’s “Biography” as put together by disgruntled interns at “Saturday Night Live.” Nathan Lane, in a valiant attempt to rise above this material, narrates “Isn’t She Great” as a personal remembrance by New York press agent Irving Mansfield. He tells how he fell in love with a struggling young actress named Jackie Susann. “I want you as a woman!” Irving shouts to Jackie, “and as a client!” Irving eventually uses his marketing savvy to transform her into America’s best-selling author of the 1960s. With her first book, “Valley of the Dolls,” Susann bursts upon the best-seller lists with her no-holds-barred account of drugs, sex, booze, scandals and power struggles in Hollywood. She continues to churn out trashy romances, many of which become movies. She hits the celebrity circuit, even trading jokes with Johnny Carson. But Susann’s life hardly ranks as a fairy-tale existence. Early on, she suffers from breast cancer and undergoes extensive radiation therapy. She and Irving become parents to an autistic son, Guy, who they keep in a full-time care center. From the get-go, “Isn’t She Great” strives for the same one-two punch of comedy and tears that James Brooks’ excellent “As Good As It Gets” managed to pull off effortlessly in every scene. It never happens here. Director Andrew “The Freshman” Bergman, working from Paul “In & Out” Rudnick’s script, gives =&1=& so much free rein that whatever warmth and tragedy the story might have held gets pushed aside by shrill caricatures and sketch comedy. When Irving goes shopping for a gift for his wife, Jackie’s best friend, actress Florence Maybelle (an Elizabeth Taylorized Stockard Channing), suggests he pick up an expensive black-and-white pearl necklace. “If a man gave that to me,” she purrs with a “Married … With Children” sitcom delivery, “I’d not only have sex with him … I’d enjoy it!” “Frasier” sitcom star David Hyde Pierce recycles his uptight pigeon-holed personality as Michael Hastings, a persnickety editor for Jackie’s publisher, Henry Marcus (a wasted use of Monty Pythonite John Cleese). The fastidious Hastings drags Jackie and Irving over to his mother’s posh homestead to work quietly. There, the flamboyant Miss J. gets his elderly Aunt Abigail and Grandma Mimsy to fondly talk about their lesbian leanings. Har-dee-har-har-har. “She never got the breaks,” Irving solemnly swears as he reflects on his late wife’s life, “so she made her own!” Good for her, because “Isn’t She Great” doesn’t give us any.
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