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Friday, August 3, 2018

BILLBOARD HOT 100 celebrates 60 YEARS with the List of the 60 FEMALE ARTISTS of ALL TIMES

Billboard Magazine BILLBOARD HOT 100 celebrates 60 YEARS with the List of the 60 FEMALE ARTISTS of ALL TIMES August 1, 2018 Bette Midler List BASED on DATA from August 4, 1958 … to July 21, 2018 AAA 60. Juice Newton 59. Carole King 58. Stevie Nicks 57. Amy Grant 56. Missy Elliott 55. Faith Hill 54. Chaka Khan 53. Jody Watley 52. Avril Lavigne 51. Pat Benatar 50. Anne Murray 49. Ashanti 48. Bette Midler 47. Aaliyah 46. ??Natalie Cole 45. Fergie 44. Petula Clark 43. Miley Cyrus 42. Brandy 41. Carly Simon 40. Sheena Easton

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler

Mister D: Ok, I admit that I’m prejudiced, but this list could be whittled down in seconds for me. My standards are high, well in some things, and some of these people don’t really belong on this list. Gold Derby Kennedy Center Honors: Our top 50 recommendations who need to be chosen include Dick Van Dyke, Liza Minnelli, Jessica Lange, Bette Midler Chris Beachum April 11, 2018 6:00AM The next recipients for the Kennedy Center Honors will be announced in the late summer, often around Labor Day. The all-star event is held each year in the nation’s capital during the first weekend in December and then airs on CBS as a two-hour special after Christmas. Each year, the selection committee chooses five entertainment veterans from a variety of fields – film, television, popular music, theatre, and the fine arts (dance, opera, classical music). Selected artists are almost always over 50 and generally are 60 and beyond. The first recipients in 1978 were singer Marian Anderson, actor and dancer Fred Astaire, choreographer George Balanchine, composer Richard Rodgers and conductor Arthur Rubinstein. The most recent honorees in 2017 for the 40th anniversary program were dancer Carmen de Lavallade, singer Gloria Estefan, singer LL Cool J, producer and writer Norman Lear and singer Lionel Richie. But there are a number of notable performers missing from the honors roll. Our photo gallery features 50 entertainers who deserve to be selected soon. For our purposes a person must be at least 60 years old to be in our gallery. We are not going to include the retired Doris Day and Gene Hackman as well as the reclusive Woody Allen since attendance at the event is mandatory. Tour through our photos and sound off in the forums about who you think should be selected soon. 1. Dick Van Dyke Van Dyke is just an Oscar away from EGOT status. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner for “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Van Dyke and Company,” and “The Wrong Way Kid.” He won a Tony Award for “Bye Bye Birdie” (1961) and a Grammy Award for “Mary Poppins” (1964). Van Dyke is a member of the Television Academy Hall of Fame and received the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award in 2013. 2. Liza Minnelli Minnelli is very close to EGOT, having never won a Grammy Award before. She won a Tony Award for “Flora the Red Menace” (1965), an Oscar for “Cabaret” (1973), and an Emmy for “Liza with a Z” (1973). The daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland, other films have included “The Sterile Cuckoo” (1969, her first Oscar nomination), “New York, New York” (1977), and “Arthur” (1981). 3. Denzel Washington Washington is the only African-American with two Academy Awards for acting (“Glory,” 1989; “Training Day,” 2001). His other Oscar nominations were for “Cry Freedom” (1987), “Malcolm X” (1992), “The Hurricane” (1999), “Flight” (2012), “Fences” (2016, producing and acting), and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” (2017). He also won a Tony Award for the same role in “Fences” (2010). 4. Gladys Knight The “Empress of Soul” started her career in 1952 on Ted Mack’s “Original Amateur Hour” TV show. Her group Gladys Knight and the Pips joined Motown in 1966 and became one of the top recording artists of the 1960s and 1970s with such hits as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “If I Were Your Woman,” “Neither One of Us,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” The six-time Grammy winner was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. 5. Mick Jagger Whether he gets selected by himself (like Paul McCartney) or with his group The Rolling Stones (like The Who and Led Zeppelin), this honor is long overdue. The lead singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with his band in 1989. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003. Their lengthy list of hit singles has included “Satisfaction,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Ruby Tuesday,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Brown Sugar,” “Wild Horses,” “Angie,” and “Start Me Up.” 6. Jessica Lange Lange is just one notch away from EGOT. She is a two-time Academy Award winner (“Tootsie,” 1982; “Blue Sky,” 1994) among her six nominations. She is a three-time Emmy champ (“Grey Gardens,” 2009; “American Horror Story,” 2012; and “American Horror Story: Coven,” 2014). Lange won a Tony Award in 2016 for “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Other films in her career have included “Frances,” “Sweet Dreams,” “Crimes of the Heart,” “Cape Fear,” and “Big Fish.” 7. Alan Alda Alda has established himself as a triple threat on television, on stage, and in films. He won five Emmy Awards for the legendary comedy series “M*A*S*H” spread out over acting, directing, and writing (the only person to prevail in only three fields). He also took home a sixth Emmy for his role on “The West Wing” and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1994. He’s been nominated at the Oscars (“The Aviator,”), Grammys (“Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself,” 2008), and three times at the Tony Awards (“The Apple Tree,” 1967; “Jake’s Women,” 1992; “Glengarry Glen Ross,” 2005). 8. Bette Midler Midler was a big hit right out of the gates when she won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in 1974. It was the first of three Grammys along with three Emmys for her variety specials and a Tony Award in 2017 for “Hello, Dolly.” That just puts her an Oscar away from EGOT, and she has competed at those awards twice as a leading actress for “The Rose” and “For the Boys.” 9. Harrison Ford Ford is the biggest box office star in American history but still hasn’t had much of an awards career but did receive an Oscar nomination for “Witness” (1985). He was awarded the American Film Institute life achievement in 2000 and the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes in 2002. His film career has included “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Working Girl,” “Regarding Henry,” “Patriot Games,” “The Fugitive,” “Air Force One,” and “42.” 10. Reba McEntire McEntire is a Country Music Hall of Fame member who has been one of the most popular singers and performers in the 1980s and beyond. She has had the most CMA Award nominations (49) and ACM Awards nominations (45) of any female artist. She has won two Grammy Awards for “Whoever’s in New England” (1987) and “Does He Love You?” (1994) among her 12 career nominations. McEntire has had a successful TV show with “Reba” (2001-2007) and was widely acclaimed for her Broadway debut in “Annie Get Your Gun” (2001). 11. Tommy Tune Tune has been one of the top choreographers and dancers in Broadway history. He is a nine-time Tony Award winner for his performances in “Seesaw” and “My One and Only,” for his direction of “Nine,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies” and choreography of “A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine,” “My One and Only,” “Grand Hotel” and “The Will Rogers Follies.” 12. Betty White White is one of the favorite comedic performers in TV history and was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1995. She has won five prime-time Emmy Awards for “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Golden Girls,” “The John Larroquette Show” and “Saturday Night Live” plus a Daytime Emmy for “Just Men.” 13. Burt Bacharach Bacharach has composed hundreds of songs in his lengthy career, many of them popular hits. He is a three-time Oscar winner for his original song and score in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and original song in “Arthur.” He is a two-time Grammy champ for “Cassidy” and “I Still Have That Other Girl” plus an Emmy winner for his 1971 variety special. 14. Diane Keaton Keaton is an Oscar-winning actress (“Annie Hall,” 1977) who has been primarily working in films since the early 1970s. Her career has included “The Godfather,” “Reds,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Baby Boom,” “Father of the Bride,” “The First Wives Club” and “Something’s Gotta Give.” She was the 2017 recipient of the American Film Institute life achievement award. 15. Arturo Sandoval The Cuban-born Sandoval is one of the greatest trumpet players in music history. He defected to America in 1990 while performing with previous KCH recipient Dizzy Gillespie. He is a 10-time Grammy winner, Emmy winner and recipient of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom. 16. Cynthia Gregory Gregory is one of the most famous American prima ballerinas of recent decades. She first became well known in San Francisco as a teenager before joining the American Ballet Theatre in 1965. She has had roles in “Giselle,”” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Coppelia,” “Don Quixote,” “The Eternal Idol” and “At Midnight.” 17. Bob Newhart Newhart has proven to be one of the most beloved comedians in American history since the early 1960s. In fact he won at the 1961 Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and for Album of the Year. He was inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame in 1993 for his roles on “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Newhart.” He won his only Emmy Award in 2013 for a guest role on “The Big Bang Theory.” He was the 2002 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center. 18. Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg is one of the few people who have achieved EGOT in her entertainment career. She won an Oscar for “Ghost,” a Grammy for her comedy album “Direct From Broadway,” a Tony Award for producing “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and a Daytime Emmy for hosting “The View.” Other film roles have included “The Color Purple,” “Sister Act” and “The Lion King.” She was the 2001 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Story About Taylor Swift Refusing To “Get Involved” With Pink, Bette Midler,Kim Kardashian Feud Is Made-Up

2017-10-23_0-56-59   Tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s sold-out Broadway debut are going for over $1,700 on StubHub. At the box office, a premium ticket to “Hello, Dolly!” with Bette Midler or “Hamilton” can go for as much as $998 at select performances. “The bad news of course is that fans of limited means are shut out of these shows unless they plan to re-mortgage their homes,” said Roma Torre, anchor and theater critic on NY1. “There are lotteries for cheaper same-day tickets, but the odds of winning a pair of those seats aren’t much better than a lightning strike outside the theater.” Twenty years ago, the standard top ticket price on Broadway hovered around $75. Around 2001, when “The Producers” premiered, it rose to about $100, and it has continued to inch higher and higher ever since The average ticket price hit a record high of $109.21 in the 2016-17 season. Even shows that opened years ago have increased their ticket prices. For instance, orchestra/front mezzanine tickets for the performance of “Wicked” this coming Saturday night are selling for $109-$149 on the show’s website. Depending on where and how a ticket is purchased, additional services fees and surcharges may be tacked on to the price. A full-price orchestra seat looks relatively affordable compared to premium tickets, which provide theatergoers with an opportunity to easily access the very best seats at hit shows in exchange for highly inflated prices. Merrit Baer, co-founder of TodayTix, an app that sells full-price and discounted theater tickets for shows in New York and other cities, pointed out that while premium ticket prices may still be a relatively new phenomenon for Broadway, those amounts are not unusual for the highest pricing tiers at concerts and sporting events. “Some of these shows are so phenomenal that people are willing to pay $800 a ticket,” he said. “… When producers put up the very best work that Broadway has to offer, people are willing to pay top dollar for that.” Baer and some other industry professionals said they don’t believe the skyrocketing ticket prices have made things more difficult for the average theatergoer or for other Broadway productions that are not necessarily grossing over $1 million every week, which is now generally seen as the mark of a hit by the industry. “Even though the numbers are big, Broadway is as affordable as ever,” said Baer. “There really is a lot for the average or median customer to see on Broadway without breaking the bank.” Heavily discounted theater tickets can be obtained for numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway shows at the TKTS booth in Times Square or from online offers. On Sunday, Maria Oliveri and Kathy Elder of New Jersey obtained half-price tickets for “Prince of Broadway” — a revue celebrating the musicals of director-producer Hal Prince — from the TKTS booth in Times Square. They were almost $85 a piece. “We try to get here at least a half a dozen times a year — or more, but the tickets can be astronomical.” said Oliveri, a seasoned theater-goer who searches for discount deals. “Back in the day, you could buy the worst seat in Broadway and it was 25% of a full-priced ticket,” said Laurence F. Maslon, a theater historian and arts professor at New York University. “Now the worst seat on Broadway is 85% of a full-priced ticket.” With Disney’s animated smash-hit “Frozen” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” both coming to Broadway in the spring, some worry that adaptations of pop culture icons will leave little room for smaller, original productions to flourish. Sue Frost, producer of the feel-good sleeper hit “Come From Away,” said she is hopeful that will not be the case. “For every branded title or big show that comes in with corporate support, there is always something that sneaks in and manages to land with an audience. I think ‘Come From Away’ is a great example of that,” Frost said. “If I allowed myself to be daunted, we wouldn’t be here. We believed in our show, we got it here, and it succeeded. I think that is encouraging for other producers who might look around and be daunted.” Ken Davenport, who has produced shows on Broadway and Off-Broadway, said the attention that megahits bring is positive for the entire theater industry. “I am a big believer that a rising tide floats all boats, and I think that is what we have witnessed in the post-‘Hamilton’ era,” said Davenport, who is producing the new Broadway revival of the musical “Once On This Island.” “Whenever a musical appears in newspaper sections other than the arts section, when it appears on the front page, gets CNN attention, when Lin-Manuel Miranda is talking about major political issues, that is all good for Broadway because it brings people’s focus to it and it gets people interested in what we have to offer,” Davenport sai
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

BetteBack June 23, 1999: Bette Midler Wins Ladies Home Journal Award

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

BetteBack December 5, 1996: We Are Giddy hostage to Her Divineness

Santa Ana Orange County Register December 5, 1996 13248886_1017290055054560_631918784_n Those expecting a sedate evening of inspirational Top 40 ballads must have been shocked to their shorts. But devoted fans who know and love the real Bette Midler had to be wildly happy. The diva of stage, screen, TV and radio presented an uncompromising, uncensored two-hour performance Tuesday night at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The two-night engagement that marked the beginning of her U.S. tour sold out in hours, and ticketless fans were at the mercy of scalpers reportedly charging up to $300 per ticket. For the lucky concert-goers it was a night that rocked our temple of fine arts to its foundations —not unlike hearing Jerry Lewis launch into some politically incorrect one-liners in the middle of “Damn Yankees.” An evening with Midler is hilarious, heartfelt, hectic and at times completely inappropriate, but always a hoot. That’s because Midler is so much more than a singer — she’s a full-service entertainer who, despite a hiatus from touring, craves the stage. We’ve all seen Midler’s movies and heard her hits, but to experience her live is to marvel at the depths of her talent and outrageous persona. The production values of the show match its star, complete with eight-piece band, fancy lighting, showgirls and backup singers. It’s a big, shiny vehicle that Midler drives like Santa on a late-night sleigh hellbent for FAO Schwarz. Midler’s mission, should you decide to accept it, is to win you over completely. Some divas such as Gloria Estefan do it with graciousness; others, like Diana Ross or Barbra Streisand, do it with mystique. But this actor singer-comedian does it with a frantic drive to give you all she’s got at once. Midler doesn’t perform for you as much as take you hostage. In the end you wind up falling for your captor’s alternately self-deprecating, self-promoting humor and her worldweary, Mae West-style sexiness. Make no mistake, this is a freewheeling show peppered with four-letter words and ribald jokes, but with Bette Midler it’s all part of the package. At the beginning of the show she played it straight with uptempo tunes, a little dancing and some of the funniest standup ever heard in Segerstrom Hall. She looked around at the asymmetrical tiers and quipped, “Did the earthquake do that?” Then she proceeded to writhe on the floor in an interpretive dance inspired by the architecture. Midler’s unpredictability — and a knockout band that could turn on a dime from disco to swing to klezmer — made the evening fly. In one set a curtain opens to reveal Bette in an evening gown lounging on a bar singing a torch song. Suddenly she swings her legs around to reveal a sequined mermaid costume. She’s Delores, a kind of a motivational girl/fish in a wheelchair, who leads us through an absurd infomercial. There were more surprises. A burlesque set, complete with showgirls and backup singers wearing pasties, harkened to Midler’s days playing New York’s Continental Baths and her starring role as Mama Rose in a TV adaptation of “Gypsy.” Along with the curveballs came the golden oldies. Those who wanted to hear Midler’s hits could not have been disappointed. She sprinkled them throughout the show, drawing on a range of favorites from her first album, “The Divine Miss M,” and her 1979 movie, “The Rose,” and including “You Don’t Own Me,” the doo-wop song from her latest film, “The First Wives Club.” But Midler saved her biggest show-stoppers for a final set, appearing in black evening gown and gold heels to sing “Do You Want to Dance?” “From a Distance” and a twitchy, hard-rocking “Stay With Me Baby.” Finally, in her encore, Midler turned down the volume for a quiet “thank you” to the audience with “Wind Beneath My Wings” from Beaches.” “I never meant this song more than I mean it now,” she cooed to her audience. They lapped up every word.

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    Sunday, May 29, 2016

    BetteBack February 28, 1996: Bette Midler Would Be The Perfect Host For The Grammys

    Elyria Chronicle Telegram February 28, 1996 12934892_500294156828087_2018146111_n The night may belong to those in the music world, but a comedy star will be presiding over it again. Ellen DeGeneres will serve as host of the 38th annual Grammy Awards, as CBS televises the ceremony tonight from Los Angeles’ Shnne Auditorium. Among the scheduled performers are Mariah Carey and Boyz n Men (rendering their Grammynominated collaboration “One Sweet Day”), as well as fellow nominees Mariah Carey, Hootie & the Blowfish, Alanis Morissette and TLC. Presenters are slated to include Tim Alien, Gloria Estefan, Chris Isaak, “Friends” regular Lisa Kudrow and Vanessa Williams. Michael Greene, president and chief executive officer of the Grammy-presenting Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, continues to deem it very worthwhile to have a comedian steering the audience through the show. ”Because ifs live, anything can happen,” he reasons. “Last year, Bonnie Raitf s amp blew up, and we asked (1995 host) Paul Reiser basically to vamp for four minutes. It would be very difficult for anyone other than a stand-up comedian to make that kind of sense out of a potential hunk of ‘dead’ air time, and that”s served us – well ever since we maae winy crystal our nost eigm years ago.” Greene doesn’t rule out putting a musician back in that spot again -— Andy Williams, John Denver and Kenny Rogers being examples of artists who have done it — and he thinks of Bette Midler as being “perfect, because she has that comedic sense as well as a great performance element. We just have to find multimedia artists who have a broader perspective on how to be a traffic cop for this kind of show for three hours.” Music critics often have taken the Recording Academy to task for the Grammy nominees selected, accusing the choices of being out of step with the musical times … but such protests have been considerably fewer this year. Greene attributes that to the Academy’s development of a national nominating committee, “one of the better moves we’ve made in the last few years. That set up some interesting procedures . The categories of Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist are the only ones that all 8000 voting members vote on. “We took the top 20 vote-getters in each of those four categories,” Greene explains, “then the 25 members of the national nominating committee pared those 20 down to five. As a result, I think the elements of popularity and sentimentality were weeded out, combined with the strong showing of female singer-songwriters. If there is a (Grammy) theme this year, I think that has to be it” Greene claims he instituted that new procedure because he himself was “tired of seeing popularity rule the day from time to time” in regard to Grammy nominees and winners. “It really does my heart good not only to have a Joan Osborne or an Alanis Morissette (in competition), but also to see a Coolio show up for Record of the Year and a Shania Twain for Best New Artist. That didn’t really throw a lot of the veterans out of the running.”
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    Monday, July 28, 2014

    Help Bette Reach Her Goal!

      Whew! We’ve passed the  $30,000.00 mark on our Stages For Success fundraiser and I’m absolutely thrilled with the response we have gotten so far! Matthew McConaughey, Gwenyth Paltrow, Blythe Danner, Gloria Estefan, and so many others from the entertainment community have remembered how important their own arts education was to their careers and stepped up to help our kids. I’m ferklempt! A diva’s work, however, is never done: we’re in the final week of our CrowdRise campaign, and we have to raise a total of  $50,000.00 order to complete our Far Rockaway, Queens project in time for the 2014-2015 school year. I’m just itching to give away these ukeleles! Please, help our kids to sing out and pass this on to your friends: I’m counting – and matching – every dollar raised! Love, Bette Midler Our mailing address is: The Jeckyl Foundation 700 12th Avenue South suite 201 Nashville, TN 37203.
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    Wednesday, October 17, 2012

    Thank You Zap2It ~ Re: Glee…Somebody Gets It Right!

    Mister D: As I stated earlier Bette has not said “yes” or “no” and there has been no firm deal put on the table…. Zap2It Bette Midler agrees to be on ‘Glee,’ but don’t hold your breath By Jean Bentley October 17, 2012 Pardon us for not being more excited about this, Gleeks, but we can’t get too pumped that Bette Midler has publicly agreed to be on “Glee” after Ryan Murphy asked her to appear during a speech at a charity event. Murphy live-blogged the encounter on his Twitter, writing, “I just asked the incredible Bette Midler to be on Glee in front of 1,000 people. I hope she says yes!” Later, he updated his 275,000-plus followers that Midler had agreed. “Bette said yes! Amazing. I am plotting…who should she play?” Feeling a little deja vu? Us too. There have been a few high-profile supposed “Glee” guest appearances that never happened. Remember when Anne Hathaway was going to show up? What about when Gloria Estefan was cast as Santana’s mom and she didn’t even sing? Or when Charice was supposed to have a major arc, but sang like two songs and went away? Yeah, exactly. We’ll welcome Midler to Lima with open arms, we’re just not holding our breath. “Glee” returns in November with all new episodes on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. on FOX.
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