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Saturday, January 27, 2018

BetteBack April 6, 1975: What Did Bette Midler Start Taking?

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Pink Talks About Fighting Cristina Aguilera And Defending Bette Midler

People Pink Reveals Christina Aguilera Tried to Punch Her: ‘She Swung at Me in a Club’ BY ALEXIA FERNANDEZ OCTOBER 20, 2017 bettemidler-pink-588 Pink is not shy to admit that she and fellow singer Christina Aguilera have had their problems — so much so that they almost came to blows. The pop star, 38, told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that while the two have made amends since their feud in the early 2000s, their relationship was very rocky. “We were super young and super new at the whole thing, and I think I’m an alpha, and she’s an alpha,” Pink said of their feud during the “Plead the Fifth” segment. She continued, “I’m used to taking my altercations physical and she’s used to having them verbal. We’re just very different, we’re very different. And we were very young and new.”
“You have to learn — women have to learn how to support each other,” she added. “It’s not taught to each other in the playground.” When Cohen asked if Pink had attempted to make an argument into a physical fight, the pop star revealed, “Actually, she swung at me in a club. Hilarious!” “I was like, ‘What’s happening right now? What’s happening?’” she said.
The two signers allegedly clashed when they recorded the track “Lady Marmalade” — reportedly over who would sing the highest notes in the song. Although they didn’t get along in their youth, Pink insisted she and Aguilera are now fine. “She’s so talented and deep down I’ve had bad days, too,” she said. “She’s a really sweet person. We made up on The Voice. I mean, it was funny, I laughed. I hadn’t seen her in years and years and years.” As for how they managed to get over their differences, the “What About Us” singer simply said, “We became moms. We grew up. We hugged it out. It’s that simple. I feel so good about that.” While she may have made up with Aguilera, the singer is not backing down from comments made against Kim Kardashian West when the reality star posed a nude bathroom selfie last year. Pink shared a message on Twitter that seemingly took aim at Kardashian West for using her sexuality to get attention instead of her “brains,” “strength,” or “work ethic.” bettemidler-pink-588 She told Cohen on Thursday night that she didn’t regret throwing shade at the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star. “Honestly, she went in on Bette Midler,” Pink said, referring to Kardashians tweet slamming Midler for the Tony Award winner’s criticism over her NSFW selfie. “If you go in on Bette Midler, you’re probably gonna hear from me,” the pop star added. “You just don’t talk to Bette Midler… about anything.” Midler makes Social Media’s Winners List (bootlegbetty.com) Bette Midler criticised for tweet about Caitlyn Jenner – Transphobic, Social Commentary Or Just A Joke? (bootlegbetty.com)

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hugh Hefner: Why Lionize A Pig?

The Nation Feminism, Not Hugh Hefner, Liberated Sex By Katha Pollitt October 5, 2017 2017-10-03_8-04-27 Even in death, Hugh Hefner—who died in late September at the age of 91—continues to be a creep. As he arranged way back in 1992, he’ll be buried next to Marilyn Monroe, whose nude photos he published without her consent or knowledge in the first issue of Playboy. The male-gazer in chief sleeps eternally next to the world’s most fetishized sex object. The ancient toad who bullied a harem of grossed-out would-be starlets rests beside the ill-used beauty who was smart, kind, well-read, didn’t have an orgasm until the end of her life, and described herself as a “sexless sex goddess.” If only Marilyn could get up and go lie down next to someone else. Looking back, it seems incredible that Playboy was ever taken for a liberatory text, even in the stodgy 1950s. “Can man be free if woman be a slave?” the poet Shelley asked in 1818. Hefner’s answer was: Absolutely—that’s the whole point! Instead of (or in addition to) a graying, aproned wife, three kids, a boring job, and a mortgage, you could, as Hefner described the Playboy life in the first issue, “enjoy mixing up cocktails and an hors d’oeuvre or two, putting a little mood music on the phonograph, and inviting in a female acquaintance for a quiet discussion on Picasso, Nietzsche, jazz, sex.” You might say that Hefner invented the toxic bachelor. Left unmentioned: You’ve still got that boring job, even if, like Hefner, you ditched the wife and kids. If you go by the ads—cars, stereos, liquor—being a playboy involved making a lot of upscale purchases. Also, poor Nietzsche. His fans are just the worst. Playboy published important fiction and reportage in its day, whether to give adults an excuse to buy the magazine, or to fill out the fantasy of “sophistication” as a (largely successful) bid for cultural respectability. Back in the day, its libertarianism extended to support for civil rights, abortion rights, and free-speech issues, which gained it many friends among the kind of people who read The Nation. Indeed, in 2015 our own Victor Navasky won a lifetime-achievement award from the Hugh M. -Hefner Foundation. The list of judges and awardees is like an honor roll of the progressive great and good. Zephyr Teachout! Who knew. The stumbling block, of course, was feminism. Gloria Steinem went undercover as a bunny at Hefner’s New York Playboy Club and exposed the many indignities of the job. “Hugh Hefner is my enemy,” said Susan Brownmiller when she appeared with Hefner on The Dick Cavett Show in 1970, and the feeling was definitely mutual. “These chicks are our natural enemy,” Hefner wrote in an internal memo. “They are unalterably opposed to the romantic boy-girl society that Playboy promotes.” How half-naked waitresses dressed in rabbit costumes and cartoons showing rape as lighthearted fun serve to promote a “romantic boy-girl society” is hard to explain. But then so are the many dark episodes of life in the Playboy Mansion: In 2014, Judy Huth filed a lawsuit claiming that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted her in the mansion in 1974, when she was 15 years old; a former valet is now telling the tabloids about late-’70s “pig nights,” in which Hefner’s male friends were serviced by prostitutes. The valet also recounted instances in which Hefner—more than once!—abandoned bunnies at the hospital when their breast implants burst. In her tell-all memoir Down the Rabbit Hole, Holly Madison—one of the very young Hefner “girlfriends” featured on the reality show The Girls Next Door—painted a harrowing picture of her time in the mansion. The women living there had a 9 pm curfew and were constantly degraded and belittled, and sex with Hefner was mandatory. Even fellow next-door girl Kendra Wilkinson, who presented a much more positive version of events in her own memoir, admitted that “I had to be very drunk or smoke lots of weed to survive those nights—there was no way around it.” You have to ignore a lot of human suffering to buy the notion that “Hef” was a fun-guy genius who brought us sexual liberation. “Why lionize Hugh Hefner, a pig, a pornographer & a predator too?” Bette Midler tweeted. “I once went to the ‘mansion’ in ’68 and got the clap walking thru the door.” What brought us whatever sexual liberation we now possess was reliable contraception, legal abortion, and, yes, feminism. It was feminism that encouraged women to consider their own pleasure, cut through the Freudian nonsense about vaginal orgasms and “frigidity,” mainstreamed female masturbation as a way to learn about one’s body, and pointed out, insistently, that women are not objects for male consumption. That last one seems a little quaint now that the most hard-core porn—stuff that makes Playboy centerfolds look like Victorian valentines—is just a click away, and important feminist thinkers and activists seem unable to say that this isn’t a good thing. It’s easier to wave away the critics of porn as Dworkinite killjoys and prudes and talk some more about freedom of speech. Actually, Andrea Dworkin had a point about pornography (a category in which she would have included Playboy) not being great for women’s equality or pleasure. Her big mistake—one of them, anyway—was to think that it could be outlawed. Even if there were no First Amendment, porn is simply too popular, too profitable, and, especially now thanks to the Internet, too pervasive for a democratic society to proscribe it—even if we could agree on what it was. We rightly use the First Amendment to defend expression, but “it’s legal” isn’t the last word on whether it has value. After we invoke the importance of free speech—and the courts, in their wisdom, have declared many things speech that don’t involve words, like stripping and flag burning and (we’ll see) baking cakes—we can still critique the actual content. Does it enlarge our perspective, does it make for wisdom, is it just or beautiful, does it help us to be better people, more interesting, or even just more amusing? Why is it so hard to ask what kind of a world we make when we hail as heroic a man who saw women as a pair of implanted breasts with a sell-by date of their 25th birthday? It’s a conversation that Hugh Hefner did a great deal to suppress. It’s too late for Marilyn, but not for us. Now that he’s dead, let’s talk.
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

BetteBack February 13, 1975: Cher comes back – A TV Review

Appleton Post Crescent February 13, 1975 cher-320 Once upon a time there lived a couple named Sonny and Cher. Their names went together as well as salt and pepper, bacon and eggs or spareribs and sauerkraut. Sonny and Cher were not your average couple. They did things most couples never do, such as recording hit songs and naming their daughter Chastity. Later, they had a hit television show. More recently upon a time, Sonny ” and Cher decided “for better or worse” did not mean “till death us do part,” and they decided to divorce. This caused all sorts of problems with their TV series, which they quit despite high ratings. Now on their own, it appeared doubtful either could retain stardom, because their individual talents seemed less impressive than their collective efforts. In what struck me as a surprising move, ABC gave Sonny Bono his own comedy/music/variety series which, as almost every TV critic in the land predicted, bombed faster than a squadron of Zeroes at Pearl Harbor. Now it’s Cher’s turn. CBS has decided the sultry (?) singer might have more appeal than “Apple’s Way,” so Chastity’s mommy is back on the telly. Her series, which will be seen at 6:30 p.m. Sundays, actually debuted Wednesday night, but it was billed as a special. “Cher” (9-10 p.m.) was a racy hour, with sexy costumes, numerous sexual overtones and, in short, a markedly adult approach, which makes me wonder why CBS is planning it for early Sunday evenings. Whatever, Cher appears to have retained enough of the formula she and Sonny milked to considerable rewards to guarantee success. The impress:-? guest list helped. Flip Wilson, Bette Midler and Elton John were lively, although Flip was used less than I had expected. The comedy segments were hit and miss, but the music was outstanding, especially the duets with Cher and Bette and Cher and Elton and the combination of all three. The settings were spectacular and the costumes were, well, not all that modest. I would speculate that during the hour, we were exposed to almost all of Cher’s skin, save that portion a string bikini might cover. Perhaps the theory is that if the producers put her in pseudo-see through outfits, we won’t really notice the quality of Cher’s presentation. It’s a needless concern for CBS, because she has talent. A subtle comedy sense could be the key to this series making it. I would like to see some improvement in the comedy, would hope the music maintains the’level it had Wednesday and would like to have the pace continue sprightly. Whether the same level of raunchiness can be maintained remains to be seen

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    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    BetteBack February 8, 1975: What To Expect On The Cher Special

    Hillsdale Daily News February 8, 1975 2016-09-17_4-52-46 Music: Elton John sings hit version of the Beatle’s song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” ; Bette Midler sings “Higher And Higher”; Bette Midler playing Sleeping Beauty and Elton John playing the Lone Ranger; dressed in girdles, garter belts and boas, Cher and Bette Midler camp it up in a medley that includes”I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate” and “Put The Blame On Mame” ; and, in another medley, Cher, Bette, Elton and Flip Wilson highlight the hour with “Mockingbird” “Proud Mary “Ainâ’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Never – Can Say Goodbye” BetteBack Review December 25, 1971: Bette Midler At Upstairs At The Downstairs Review | BootLeg Betty This Day In Rock History: May 21 – Bette’s The Last Guest On Johnny Carson | BootLeg Betty

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    Monday, July 17, 2017

    BetteBack February 6, 1975: Critics Get A Preview Of The Cher Special

    San Mateo Times February 6, 1975 67a513857c68571b2c7aebd8978868f3 There is no question that when Sonny Bono started his “Sonny Comedy Hour” he missed Cher. The absence of Cher was one of the real reasons for the show failing to make it through the season. Not only did Sonny’s show lack writing, it lacked comedy. Next Wednesday night, Cher will try it on her own. This show, a special designed to kick off her new series, came off much better than did Sonny’s solo venture in television. It was the presence of Cher that made the old “Sonny and Cher Show” a success. The girl can wear clothes like a high fashion model. The opening segments of the show looked like a model’s resume and book of photos. It would be hard to say that Cher’s first effort is as good as the “Sonny and Cher Show,” but it is certainly much better in every respect than was the “Sonny” affair. We couldn’t help but think as we watched a preview of the show bow far television had come. The gown that Cher wears is an eye catcher. At one point she says “Let’s hear it for the dress” and also “Let’s hear it for the back of the dress too.” Neither had a great deal of material. Twenty years ago when Faye Emerson appeared on various television shows there was always the last minute bit of gauze placed to keep the cameras from getting too familiar with the gal. These days it isn’t a problem at all. In fact, a little less dress and it wouldn’t have made any difference. It is quite a cast of guests that showed up to help Cher launch her new show. Flip Wilson is on hand with some high humor and Elton John flew over from London to entertain with some of his tunes. Bette Midler also flew over to help out. One thing about the show  all of the guests did more than just appear with their particular talents. They took part in the fun and music. Bette Midler and Cher joined in a duet. Unfortunately there seems to be something missing, and it just may be Sonny. These two may not be as lucky as were Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis when they split; but one recalls that when they broke up all the “experts” were sure both would disappear completely from the scene. Actually, this show was to have been seen next Sunday night but was delayed until Wednesday to keep it from competing with “Airport” which is being seen on ABC television. Because “Airport” is a repeat, CBS and NBC might be unduly cautious. The record recently has been that high-rated movies don’t do that well the second time around. On Sunday night, Feb. 16, the new Cher Show will start its regular run, which CBS hopes will be a long one.

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    Saturday, July 1, 2017

    BetteBack December 25, 1974: Is the Bette Midler movie, “The Divine Mr. J,” going to play on TV?

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    Sunday, June 25, 2017

    BetteBack December 21, 1974: What is happening with Bette Midler these days? When can we see her in person again?

    Dunkirk Evening Observer December 21, 1974 97223835 Q: What is happening with Bette Midler these days? When can we see her in person again?— B.P., Prove, Utah. A: “The Divine Miss M.” who hasn’t done any concerts since her smash engagement at the Palace Theatre in New York City, is preparing a new concert tour for the first of the year. She has created a new show and character called “Delores Holopena and the Clams on the Halfshell Revue” and hopes to repeat her sellout nationwide tour of 1973. BetteBack July 3, 1993: Prince Writes Song For Bette Midler Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar – Bette Midler Moves Up To Number 6 For The Year BetteBack June 6, 1993: For Concert Tour Atlantic Records To Release 20 Song Greatest Hit Compilation Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar – Friday, August 7, 2015

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    Friday, March 10, 2017

    BetteBack May 25, 1974: Bette Midler Sues Over ‘The Greatest Story Ever Overtold’

    Independent Press Telegram May 25, 1974 9442083455_f683be0230_b Singer Bette Midler asked a New York state court Friday to keep a film company from titling a film “The Divine Mr. J.” and from advertising it as her cinema debut. State Supreme ..Court Justice Samuel Silverman ordered National Entertainment Corp. and the Festival Theater of Manhattan to show cause Tuesday why he should not so direct them. Miss Midler said she was paid $250 in 1971 for a 10-minute performance of a film intended “to be utilized for private entertainment.” The title -of the 16-mm film, described as a religious satire, was originally “The Greatest Story Ever Overtold,” the singer said. She termed the film “a third-rate motion picture” and said her film debut was in “Hawaii” a decade ago.

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    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    BetteBack May 23, 1974: Buzzy Linhart (‘Friends’ Writer) Puts Out First Album

    Santa Ana Register May 23, 1974 Buzzy_and_Bette Pussycats Can Go Far, Buzzy Linliart: Atco SD 7044 Buzzy Linhart. Name ring a bell? Probaby not. It could have. Buzzy is the guy who almost became the lead singer of Blood, Sweat and Tears. But it didn’t work out. He was asked three times to join Crosby, Stills and Nash. But things didn’t work out. He was supposed to be in the Lovin’ Spoonful. But it didn’t work out. But, Buzzy has kept himself busy. He was in New York’s Greenwich Village at the height of the folk music scene. Besides writing songs, he has been sideman on several albums, Including those of John Sebastian, Carly Simon and Buffy St. Marie. Buzzy’s many talents are showcased in this album. It’s a good album, a happy sounding album. Buzzy’s music is kind of a grab bag of sounds. There’s something to please just about every musical taste, from rock, jazz and blues to the folk ballad. For example, there’s Buzzy sounding like a rock ‘n roller f the ’50s on “You Don’t Have To Tell Me Goodbye.” Or, making like a ’40s band singer on the ricky-ticky, honky-tonk sounding “See You Again.” Listening to the song makes you think of one of those old movies with college kids gathered around a bandstand, swinging and swaying while their idol belts out the latest hit. Buzzy is talented, since he has written or co-authored all 11 songs on the album. But, his voice isn’t the greatest. This is especially evident on some of the ballads, such as “There It Goes Again.” Despite all, Buzzy comes through quite nicely on the album. One of the best songs on the album is the title tune, “Pussycats Can Go Far.” It’s a nice ballad with a fine arrangement. The lyrics aren’t anything to write home about, but the melody does linger on. Perhap s the best-known song on the album is “Friends,” which has been recorded by several artists including Bette Midler, who uses it as her theme song. It’s a good, happy sounding song. Here’s hoping “Pussycats Can Go Far” does go far. Buzzy Linhart has paid his dues and deserves some recognition. BetteBack February 24, 1973: A New Singing Rage – The Divine Miss M | BootLeg Betty A purr-fect collection of favorite movie cats | BootLeg Betty We Got Bruce! ” Blog Archive ” American classic theater, bawdy faves & B’way stars light up the ‘off-Commercial Street’ season in Provincetown

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