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Friday, February 8, 2019

BetteBack October 21, 1975: Bette Attends After Party For A Chorus Line

Bucks Country Courier October 21, 197 Bette Midler attends the after-party for the biggest musical opening in years, A Chorus Line. The party people spread out over three huge rooms and a disco dance floor where there were three men … Continue reading →

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

BetteBack January 3, 1978: Is Bette Really Playing Janis Joplin?

Salina Journal January 3, 1978 302487_222248681182110_2213 Q: Will Bette Midler wind up portraying the late Janis Joplin on the screen? – W. 0., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. A: Opinion seems divided on that point. Bette’s upcoming film is titled simply “The Rose.” First word was that it is indeed based on Janis’s short and rather unhappy life. Frankly, that doesn’t sound like a part best suited to the ever-vivacious Bette. But now we’re told the movie isn’t based on the late rock singer, who was known among friends as “Pearl.” The movie gets under way early this year, so we’ll have to wait and see.

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    Monday, February 11, 2013

    BetteBack November 9, 1977: Bette Books The Copa

    Salina Journal November 9, 1977 113246695 Bette Midler opens at the Copa Cabana in New York on Jan. 12 for 10 performances
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    Friday, February 8, 2013

    BetteBack October 9, 1977: 20th Century Offers Bette ‘Janis Joplin’ Type Role

    Gazette Mail October 9, 1977 Q. Is Bette Midler going to play the life of that weirdo, freaked-out Janis Joplin in the movies? — T.L., Marble Fallsjex. A. Twentieth Century-Fox plans to star Bette Midler in a film based somewhat on the life of the late Janis Joplin.
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    Monday, February 4, 2013

    BetteBack September 1, 1977: Bette Midler Turns Down ‘Seesaw’ Movie Musical

    Grand Prairie Daily News September 1, 1977 A SAFE BETTE: The news that Bette Midler has been signed to star in “Two on the Seesaw,” a film based on the Broadway musical “Seesaw,” came as a bit of a surprise to composer Cy Coleman. Coleman, who most recently composed the music for I Love My Wife,” did the music for “Seesaw” which will be heard again in the movie. It was Coleman’s hope to star Midler in the Broadway show, but the singer declined Coleman’s invitation. This time it was director Michael Bennett who persuaded Midler to take on the film project. Bets are that Bette will be a lady to watch.
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    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

    BetteBack July 16, 1977: Bette Mider Offered Role In “Happy End”

    Colorado Springs Gazette July 16, 1977 Bette Midler has been offered a ton of money to take over the female lead in “Happy End,” the Kurt Weill revival currently on Broadway. And her first major film will not be for Columbia Pictures, which was contracted for a year ago. Instead, she will star in the movie version of the musical “Seesaw,” which is also Michael Bennett‘s (“A chorus Line“) first directorial chore for Universal Pictures.
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    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

    BetteBack July 14, 1977: Bette Midler Terminates Columbia Pictures Contract

    Lima News July 14, 1977 After a year of getting nowhere, Columbia Pictures and Bette Midler have agreed to terminate her exclusive contract. Her film debut now will be in Michael Bennett‘s “Bus and Truck” for Universal
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