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Friday, February 8, 2019

Video: Bette Midler – Waterfalls – Jimmy Fallon – 2014

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Video: Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty: Waterfalls – Jimmy Fallon -2014

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Video: Bette Midler – Waterfalls – Jimmy Fallon – 2014

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Editor’s Choice: ‘Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies’

Gusto Editor’s Choice: ‘Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies’ By Jeff Simon August 11, 2017 2016-12-12_2-53-55 “Life Moves Pretty Fast: The Lessons We Learned From Eighties Movies” by Hadley Freeman, Simon and Schuster, 339 pages, $16 paperback original. Let’s start with “Steel Magnolias.” What is widely known now as as the Bechdel Movie Test for well-represented women in movies, came from cartoonist Allison Bechdel whose formulation was: A movie “has to have at least two women in it. 2) Who talk to each other. 3) About something besides a man.” U. K. Guardian columnist Freeman formulates the “Magnolia Test” to determine “whether or not a movie is a proper women’s movie: 1) The cast is largely, maybe even solely, female. 2) The female characters talk to each other about a million things other than men and genuinely like each other .3) And the relationship between the women is far more important than any they have with a man. 4) Bonus points if any of the following are in the film: Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Bette Midler, Olympia Dukakis. Triple for Sally Field.” Her point, among many about “Steel Magnolias,” is, no the ’80s weren’t a bad decade for women in movies, “Fatal Attraction” nothwithstanding. One of the critics blurbing this paperback original underrates it considerably by calling it “walking down memory lane for those of us who’ve worshipped at the Church of Molly Ringwald, and new initiates.” It’s better than that. It’s a smart and funny and insightful portrait of a decade’s movies and what they taught their audiences, “and why we don’t learn them from movies anymore.” The movies she focuses on are “Dirty Dancing” (Chapter Titled “Abortion Happens And That’s Just Fine”), “The Princess Bride” (subtitle “True Love Isn’t Just About The Kissing Parts”); “Pretty in Pink” (subtitled “ Awkward Girls Should Never Have Makeovers”),“When Harry Met Sally” (“RomComs Don’t Have To Make You Feel Like You’re Having a Lobotomy”), “Ghostbusters” and “Top Gun” (“How to Be a Man”), “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (“The Impact of Social Class”), “Baby Boom” (“Successful Women Are Sexy as Hell”), “Back to the Future” (“Parents are Important”), “Batman” (“Superheroes Don’t Have to Be Such a Drag”), Eddie Murphy movies (“Race Can Be Transcended.”) Obviously, long ago and far away.

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Kindle BetteBack February 8, 1990: Bette Nominated For A People’s Choice Award – Favorite All Around Entertainer (bootlegbetty.com) Miss M’s Cultural Corner: They’re Playing Our Song: A Memoir By Carole Bayer Sager (Oct. 18th) (bootlegbetty.com) Think You Know Everything About “Steel Magnolias”? Well, Think Again, Shelby (queerty.com)

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

BetteBack January 23, 1975: Does Bette Midler’s career appear to be going downhill?

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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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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bette Midler’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ crew got sick backstage

Page Six Bette Midler’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ crew got sick backstage By Ian Mohr March 16, 2017 2016_public_theater_gala At the first preview of “Hello, Dolly!” fans were kvelling and Bette Midler received four standing ovations — but backstage members of the production got a sickness bug, and rumors spread along the Great White Way that the cast had come down with food poisoning. “There was buzz that people in the cast were sickened by some cookies brought backstage by the show’s David Hyde Pierce,” said a theater source, who added, “Half the cast were throwing up offstage and running to the bathroom whenever they weren’t onstage.” But a show insider countered, “He did give the cast cookies, but they did not cause anyone to get sick. There was one person backstage with a tummy bug.” Either way, any nauseous stars in the show have time to recover: Opening night is April 20 at the Shubert Theatre, and the production already has a $40 million advance. In fact, that take is so big, Page Six has exclusively learned that Midler won’t be doing any press for the show. “She won’t be doing ‘The View,’ ‘The Tonight Show,’ nothing,” said a theater source. “If you want to see Bette perform, you have to pay to buy a ticket.” The production did release one still from the show on Tuesday. Another source said, “They have the luxury” of not doing press, and pointed to a similar policy with another Scott Rudin-produced hit, “The Book of Mormon.” Meanwhile, one superfan at the first preview commented online that he was “on the verge of tears” during the revival and it was all “too much for my poor little gay heart to handle.”
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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

25 Things You Never Knew About the Golden Globes

Moviefone 25 Things You Never Knew About the Golden Globes Posted January 3, 2017 by Moviefone Staff 1980_gg37_bette_midler_chevy_chase_fotor For a night known as Hollywood’s most notorious open-bar gala, the Golden Globes ceremony remains (somewhat) shrouded in mystery. Most viewers probably don’t even know who presents it (the Hollywood Foreign Press Association), how many voting members it has (only about 90), or what qualifies them to pass judgment on movies and television. Yet movie fans and awards mavens continue to take the Golden Globes seriously as a precursor to the Academy Awards, since some of the Globe honorees will indeed go on to win Oscars. With Jimmy Fallon set to make his hosting debut this weekend, here are 25 things you never knew about the Golden Globes. 1. Founded in October 1943 by eight foreign-market journalists, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (then called the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association) held its first awards ceremony the following spring, as a luncheon at 20th Century Fox. Instead of trophies, the winners took home scrolls. 2. The next year, the foreign press group held the ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but the young group had so little money to stage the event that it solicited actress Joan Bennett‘s gardener to supply the flowers for the centerpieces. 3.Bette Midler raised eyebrows with her speech in 1980, when she won a pair of trophies for her film debut in “The Rose” (Best Actress and Best New Female Star). Purporting to quote Joan Crawford, she mimed cupping her breasts and said, “I’ll show you a pair of Golden Globes!” 4. For the first 14 years, the Globes were presented by HFPA journalists, but, in 1958, Rat Packers Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. stormed the stage, wielding whiskey glasses and cigarettes, and began riffing. They were a hit, and the next year, they were asked back as presenters. Now all the awards are presented by celebrities, just like at the Oscars. 5. The Globes first handed out a career achievement prize in 1952, to legendary director and Hollywood founding father Cecil B. DeMille. The award has been named for him ever since. (Meryl Streep will receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s ceremony.) 6. Since 1961, the Golden Globe ceremony has been held at the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton. 7. The Miss Golden Globe tradition, in which a starlet helps the presenters usher the winners on and off the stage, began in 1963. Originally, there were two Miss Golden Globes, one for TV and one for film. Today, there’s just one, and she’s traditionally the daughter of a star. 8. The Golden Globes were first televised nationally in 1964, as a segment on “The Andy Williams Show.” Shirley MacLaine won Best Actress for “Irma La Douce,” but her speech was abruptly cut off by a commercial break. 9. NBC stopped airing the show in 1968, after the FCC complained that the HFPA “misled the public as to how the winners were determined.” According to the FCC, the judges would choose winners based on attendance; if the chosen star didn’t show, they’d pick someone who did. The HFPA revised its voting procedures and handed over the responsibility of tallying the votes to an outside accounting firm, as the Oscars do. NBC lifted its ban and resumed broadcasting the Golden Globes in 1975. 10.One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” one of only three films in Oscar history to win the top five awards (Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director, and Screenplay), was the first (and only) movie to pull off the same feat at the Golden Globes, in 1976. 11. The most nominated movie ever was 1975’s “Nashville,” with nine nods, but it won only one, for the original song “I’m Easy.” 12. Before he was famous as a conspiracy theorist, Oliver Stone was a Golden Globe winner for his screenplay for “Midnight Express.” His 1979 speech turned into a tirade against U.S. drug policy (a theme relevant to his movie) that soon had the audience booing and presenter Chevy Chase urging him to just say thank you and exit. Finally, security guards approached, and Stone left the dais. 13. Group president Marina Cisternas designed the trophy in 1946, envisioning a golden globe encircled by a strip of film. The strip is delicate and flimsy, and more than one honoree (including Laurence Olivier) has accidentally broken it even before leaving the podium. 14. The Golden Globes took the biggest hit to their credibility in 1982, when Pia Zadora won the Best New Female Star prize for her campy turn in the exploitation melodrama “Butterfly,” a movie that hadn’t even opened theatrically at the time of the nominations. (Among the actresses she beat: Elizabeth McGovern in “Ragtime” and Kathleen Turner in “Body Heat.”) The award was widely assumed to be payback to Zadora’s husband, casino mogul Meshulam Riklis, who had treated some HFPA members to a lavish junket at his Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas (where Zadora had a nightclub act) and to an extravagant luncheon at his house. A couple years later, the group stopped giving out the New Star awards altogether. 15. Everyone remembers that Christine Lahti was in the bathroom when she was announced as a winner for TV’s “Chicago Hope” in 1998. Not many remember, however, that the same humiliating moment befell

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