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Friday, February 8, 2019

Photo: Bette Midler Gets Married To Martin Von Haselberg

Photo: Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg married on December 16, 1984

Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg got married on  December 16, 1984 in Las Vegas, almost 6 weeks after they first met. Yes, and they were married by an Elvis impersonator, too.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

‘Hocus Pocus’ Director Kenny Ortega on Film’s Remake Without Bette Midler & Sarah Jessica Parker

9 Mews ‘Hocus Pocus‘ Director Kenny Ortega on Film’s Remake Without Bette Midler & Sarah Jessica Parker By Leena Tailor? October 09, 2017 Hocus Pocus director Kenny Ortega says the Disney Channel’s upcoming remake of the 1993 Halloween flick would be “much more fun” with the film’s original cast. ET confirmed in September that a “new iteration” of the beloved movie was in the works, with a new cast taking over the roles of the three witch sisters originally played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. “More power to ’em!” Ortega told ET’s Deidre Behar at The L.A. Dance Project’s annual gala at their brand new space in downtown Los Angeles, Californiaon Saturday. “I would like to see a sequel, and I think that the fans would like to see a sequel.” “I think it would be much more fun to bring the ladies back,” the producer, director and choreographer added. “They’re all still vital and in their prime and capable of doing so much that it would be great to see Bette and Kathy and Sarah come back together to do another movie and I think they would like to.” Ortega, 67, believes that the success of the upcoming film hinges on making “new magic.” “I don’t think you have to recreate the magic,” he said. “I think you start all over and make new magic.” Someone lit the black flame candle and decided ‘Hocus Pocus’ needed to be remade (theberry.com) Hocus Pocus 2 Could Be TV Premiering Movie (gamerssphere.com) Bette Midler Hello, Dolly! Cast Recording Will Be Released On Vinyl November 17 (bootlegbetty.com)

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

[when asked by Parade magazine whether she will retire after her show in Las Vegas]

[when asked by Parade magazine whether she will retire after her show in Las Vegas] I think so. I must say, my high kick is just as high as it ever was, thanks to tai chi. But everything is a bit slower. The mind – things don’t stick the way they used to. I feel like I’m going out with a bang. It’s something my husband and I have talked about. I certainly don’t want to die in harness. I’m not one of those people. – Bette Midler Image may contain: one or more people and people on stage
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Sunday, July 2, 2017

BetteBack January 19, 1975: What Happened After The Cher Special Taping?

Lubbock Avalanche Journal January 19, 1975 6046f22b68639a49a3d796c589666235 When Cher Bono wrapped up taping her first CBS-TV special, she with her steady, David Geffen (and don’t let anyone tell you differently) took off with the likes of none other than her first show guests, Elton John (In kilts and ruffles and of course, with his famous white framed glasses), Bette Midler in drab, and Richard Chamberlain along with a party of “intimates” and entourage to such a port of entertainment as Studio One in West Hollywood. They all danced together and then caught impressionist Lynn Carter on stage in the Back Lot. What made it amazing was that many of the people crowding the big place didn’t recognize the stars. The put down was when a few did, they were rather sneered at by the Divine Miss M (whom they all apparently adored) and ignored by EJ (Mr. Music Super Star). Happily most were charmed by Chamberlain’s shyness and won over by Cher’s smiles and David’s congeniality. C The Cher-Elton-Bette Midler Performance You Need To See, Plus Darren Criss And Matthew Morrison Compare Beards Bette Midler Hosts Tonight’s Event Celebrating Opening of New Atrium at Jazz at Lincoln Center From Celine To Mariah – Caesars Palace’s Highest Wattage Pop-Star Residencies

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Bette Midler On Briefly Appearing Half Nude At One Performance:

Bette Midler On Briefly Appearing Half Nude At One Performance: “Many people objected but to me it seemed appropriate for New Year’s Eve. I certainly wouldn’t do it on April Fool’s Day.” (Richmond Times Dispatch, January 20, 1978) Image may contain: one or more people
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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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BetteBack September 21, 1974: How Come We Don’t Hear More About Bette Midler Lately?

San Mateo Times September 21, 1974 download I just love Bette Midler. How come we don’t read more about her lately?-K. O., Alexandria, Va. Miss Midler, one of this country’s fastest rising and most talented singers, won’t cooperate with the press, who are anxious to include her in stories and articles. She says that unless the story is about.her, and her alone, she doesn t want to be in it, because she doesn’t like the idea of being lumped together with similar celebrities. Last year she won “After Dark” magazine’s Entertainer of the Year award, and this year she won a Grammy Award for the Best New Artist. Incidentally, another star who thinks the same way is Barbra Streisand.

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    Tuesday, February 14, 2017

    BetteBack April 14, 1974: Rock stars easily refuse big Las Vegas offers

    Salina Journal April 14, 1974 2016-08-15_3-06-36 Alice Cooper dropped in to see Liza Minnelli perform at the Riviera and while he was there he discussed the possibility of bringing his group and his snake to do a gig there. A few days earlier, Neil Diamond visited the glittering desert oasis to see Frank Sinatra do his dramatic comeback, and as long as he was there anyway, he,gave a polite ear to those who showered him with offers. The Tropicana Hotel, which recently adopted a big-name policy, reportedly offered Bette Midler $250,000 a week to play their theater-nightclub, and Miss M divinely rejected it. She would like ?1 million a week for her appearances and doesn’t seem embarrassed about asking for it. At that price, there are few takers. Las Vegas is perhaps the only entertainment area in the world that can afford to compete with the enormous arenas which normally bring rock acts together with their armies of otherwise faceless record buyers. Besides money, the other ingredient comprising the Las Vegas lure, is staging. While the Cow Palace, the Astrodome, and Madison Square Garden can accommodate city-sized crowds, they leave a lot to be desired acoustically. Says Tony Zoppi, vice president of the Riviera, which recently signed Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge for their Labor Day weekend run, “We have the best sound system money can buy. And our room is set up so that anyone can get a good view of the performer.” This is not the case at the sports palaces, where most of the audience gets a bird’s eye view of the act and sound of the crowd is hardly distinguishable from that of a boxing match. With a few exceptions, young performers have been reluctant to play before Las Vegas audiences. The exceptions have been Elvin Presley who is an entity unto himself, the Carpenters and Osmonds who have been consistently good draws, Bette Midler who was not an overwhelming success, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band which made no bones about dislikin g their audience of conventioneers, and Barbra Streisand who has not matched her inflated expectations. Streisand’s $250,000 a week salary to open the International Hilton seems like a mere pittance now, compared to the demands other contemporary superstars are making. To protect themselves from a bidding war. Las Vegas bookers are reluctant to say what some of their offers are. Somehow or other, however, word leaks out about the fabulous salaries promised and the higher fees requested. The Bette Midler situation is a case in point. The word is that she’s asking ?1 million. When and if she’s signed, the unpublished prices will be somewhere in between that and the reported $250,000 offer, and while everyone in town will know the exact amount, the specific salary will never be announced. I had lunch at the MGM Grand Hotel one day with Neil Diamond. During the hour or so we s,at together, at least 3 offers were served to him. “They offered me stock deals and enormous amounts of money,” Diamond revealed. But if he accepts any deal, he said, it would be because he would be able to put on the type of show that he can not do anywhere else. He had seen the “Best of Ann-Margret” show at the Tropicana and compared its presentation to a Broadway production. That impressed him as well as the prospect of doing a long-awaited television special from there. Alice Cooper was backstage following Liza’s opening when Tony Zoppi asked him if he would consider playing the Riviera. “Of course,” Alice said without committing himself. “I would do it so that parents could see me perform. I’d like that.” Whether or not Kristofferson, Cooper, or Diamond would draw big gamblers, to the gambling capital is not known, nor is it the decisive factor. The major pr6blem is that Las Vegas, despite the enormous salaries it pays, is running out of entertainers. They would give their eye teeth for, the Beatles or any part of them and already, have made overtures to Paul McCartney which were coolly received. “We were misled,” Zoppi said. “We were told that McCartney would welcome an opportunity to play the Rivibra. I don’t know how much we offered, but it doesn’t matter since he wasn’t serious. We of course would make another offer if he were interested. The same goes for the Rolling Stones. We’d love to Have them.”
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