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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

BetteBack July 31, 1975: Bette Midler – “I hate it when they call me ugly…”

Van Nuys Valley News July 31, 1975 2016-06-12_9-06-13 Inside Bette Midler, who made her reputation as the brash, tough, bigger-than-life Divine Miss M, is “a vulnerable little person,” who is hurt by derogatory references to her appearance, the star revealed. “I hate it when they call me ugly when they say I’m homely,” the orange-haired entertainer told a reporter for the current issue of Redbook magazine, confiding that she has considered having a nose job. “But what’s the diff?” Ms. Midler observed. “It’s only the shell. I can’t have plastic surgery on my heart.” Ms. Midler, who established her “tacky” image by wearing bizarre clothing to attract attention, said she would now “just as soon fade right into the woodwork” when she’s not performing. “I wouldn’t be caught dead with a sequin on my body when I’m not working” she exclaimed. “How tasteless!” After gaining national prominence in 1973, Ms. Midler startled the industry by dropping out for a year. Her self-imposed silence was necessary, she, told Redbook because “I was afraid all the things that make me a human being would be lost.” “I was tired and I was scared to death, afraid of having to puff myself up into something I’m not. I can pretend to be a star. I can be as grand as the next lady. Listen, I’ve been grand since sixth grade. But to have to do it every day — that isolates you.” Describing the Divine Miss M as “an exaggeration of all the things I never thought I wanted to be,” Ms. Midler said that after she started “doing her,” she became much more like her than she ever thought possible. So she called a timeout to try’to learn how to have a good time, how to relax and to grow up. Part of the year was spent in Paris. “It’s cutthroat there,” Ms. Midler told Redbook. “If you don’t look just so, they don’t want you on their streets. One of the things I learned is, never go to France unescorted. And try to learn the language, at least the essentials. ‘How much?’ ‘Where’s the John?’ ‘Please don’t touch me.'” Ms. Midler, who says she is most at “.home” on stage, reported that her year’s “vacation” helped her “come to grips” with her life. “Last year I was screaming inside but now I’m not really that unhappy. I mean, I laugh at least twice a day.”
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Monday, November 6, 2017

Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer

ET Now Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer 20th October 2017

Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer

Timing is Everything Says Hello, Dolly! Sound Designer Scott Lehrer

USA – Broadway’s latest revival of the ever-popular Jerry Herman comedy musical, Hello, Dolly! put Bette Midler centre stage as Dolly, the enterprising widow finding her way in an 1890s’ New York City. Directed by Jerry Zaks, with an expansively spatialised sound design by Scott Lehrer, enabled via TiMax SoundHub, the role saw Midler claim her first acting Tony award: Best Leading Actress in a Musical.

Scott Lehrer’s sound designs are recognisably different, distinguished specifically by their provision of highly articulate and intelligible spatial reinforcement to fully engage the audience. “I want the audience to actually hear sound coming from a close approximation of where it is being sung or spoken. I want the band to be rich in sound and coming from different apparent locations in the sound system, so that it is not just a flat mono system. I want the sound to come alive for the audience.” ...  Read More

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The New ‘Hocus Pocus’ Merchandise from Spencer’s Will Put a Spell on You Just in Time for Halloween!

FanFest The New ‘Hocus Pocus’ Merchandise from Spencer’s Will Put a Spell on You Just in Time for Halloween! BY DENISE CAPUTO AUGUST 25, 2017 Summer, sadly, is almost over but that does mean one super exciting thing – Halloween is right around the corner!  What better way to prepare for our favorite time of year than by shopping for some awesome new items from one of our favorite seasonal movies, Hocus Pocus! Thanks to Nerdist, we have a sneak peek at a new line of merchandise from the film which will be sold at spencersonline.com starting today, Friday, August 25th.  The collection will also be sold in actual stores starting on September 25th. The new collection includes all kinds of fun stuff including clothing, costumes, jewelry, collectibles, and even home decor items like pillows, wine glasses, mugs and more!  The designs are adorable and feature the three Sanderson sisters and, yes, the adorable fuzzy feline Thackery Binx!  Check out some photos from the collection in the gallery below: next Hocus Pocus was released by Disney in 1993 and has become a beloved Halloween classic.  The film told the story of three witch sisters, Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary (Kathy Najimy) Sanderson who were resurrected after 300 years.  The witches seek to take over Salem, Massachusetts using their dark magic and specifically to capture the souls of children.  When Max (Ormi Katz), his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and Allison (Vinessa Shaw) challenge the truth of an urban legend, the three kids must do everything they can to stop the Sanderson sisters. We are loving this collection at spencersonline.com!  What do you think?  Are you going to buy any Hocus Pocus merchandise? To see more items: Click Here
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Friday, March 3, 2017

1991 – From A Distance ~ Bette Midler ~ The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards (1991)

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2013 – I’ll Eat You Last – Sue talks about Faye Dunaway

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Bette Midler On Growing Up In Hawaii:

Bette Midler On Growing Up In Hawaii: “Here I was, white, in this Samoan neighborhood, always different, terrified of physical violence, made to feel afraid, unattractive. But I used to wander the old red light district. The tacky part of town. And it looked very romantic and passionate to me, so alive. See even then I was always fascinated by the bad girls. It seemed like the bad girls always had the most fun.” (The Toronto Star, February 24, 1973) Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, indoor
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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

How Tracey Cunningham Went From Bette Midler’s Nanny to Hollywood’s Hair Guru

CBS8 EXCLUSIVE: How Tracey Cunningham Went From Bette Midler‘s Nanny to Hollywood’s Hair Guru Updated: Dec 27, 2016 5:55 PM 2016-12-28_4-27-18 ET’s Carly Steel went to Meche in Beverly Hills to collect secrets from Hollywood’s premiere hairstylist, Tracey Cunningham. Before developing a client list that includes Charlize Theron, Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore, Cunningham stumbled on the job opportunity of a lifetime. “Bette Midler’s nanny had quit, so they needed a nanny very quickly,” Cunningham explained to Steel. With one foot already in the door, Cunningham learned styling by studying Midler’s hairdresser and even offered to step in for him when he wasn’t available. “I said to Bette, ‘I can do your hair. I’ll do it.’ And she said, ‘Are you sure?'” she recalled. “I said, ‘Oh Bette! I can blow dry.'” Cunningham did so well with Midler’s hair that the Golden Globe winner later paid her way through beauty school. “Isn’t that amazing?” said Cunningham. “She’s very proud.” Today, Cunningham is so busy at her Meche salon in Beverly Hills that she can only take new clients by referral. Luckily for Steel, Cunningham had time to give her a taste of what stars like Chrissy Teigen and Khloe Kardashian go to her for. “To quote John Legend, all of me loves all of this hair,” Steel joked.
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Monday, December 26, 2016

2015 – Bette Midler on The Rose – Criterion Collection

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

BetteBack September 24, 1998: Bathhouse Betty Review (Hartford Courant)

Hartfort Courant September 24, 1998|By GREG MORAGO MI0001317174 When America sees Bette Midler perform, it’s usually in stage and TV spectaculars that capitalize on her big, bawdy, naughty audaciousness — or should we say bodaciousness. Flash, trash and slash (the claws always seem just a tad too eagerly positioned), the Divine Miss M often comes off as a jeweled confection, albeit Pop Rocks. What gets lost in these Vegasy endeavors is Midler’s keen musicality — her deep appreciation of the lyric, her actorly sense of timing, her emotive ways with the ballad and the sublime tenderness she confers on the love song. “Bathhouse Betty,” Midler’s first album since 1995’s winning “Bette of Roses,” offers a telling glimpse into the softer side of what she calls her “cosmic fabulosity.” “Bathhouse” finds Midler leaning toward the wistful, melancholy, even fragile with the pretty “Song of Bernadette,” “That’s How Love Moves,” “Laughing Matters” and a slowed down “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman.” In these numbers Midler inhabits the material with seductive grace and pop knowingness. Still, the album is curiously packaged with each song coming off as a solo production number. There is no fluidity between the tracks, nothing to take you from the disco-tinged rap for white girls (“I’m Beautiful, Dammit!”) to the summer camp revue (“Ukelele Lady”) to the big band session (“I’m Hip”) to the oddly likable story song (Ben Fold’s “Boxing”). In the end one wonders if the material, some of which she’s performed live, exists to prop up the beautiful ballad called “My One True Friend,” groomed to championship finish for the score of the movie “One True Thing.” Whatever, it’s always a pleasure to discover the depths of The Divine One, however fabulously scattered they may be.

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Monday, November 21, 2016

BetteBack March 8, 1973: Bette Midler To Receive The Ruby Award

Cedar Rapids Gazette March 8, 1973 7-1-2012 6-27-15 PM Bette Midler will receive the “After Dark” Ruby Award for Performer of the Year at the Casino Russe; April 23. The Ruby Award was established in 1971 and was named after Ruby Keeler,  a Canadian-born American actress, dancer and singer most famous for her on-screen coupling with Dick Powell in a string of successful early musicals at Warner Brothers, particularly 42nd Street (1933). From 1928 to 1940, she was married to actor and singer Al Jolson. She retired from show business in the 1940s, but made a widely publicized comeback on Broadway in 1971 in No, No Nanette!. BetteBack February 15, 1992: Bette Midler Closes On Deal To Make ‘That Old Feeling’ | BootLeg Betty Bette Midler Passes On Movie, ‘Straight Talk’ | BootLeg Betty BetteBack January 15, 1993: Rehearsals And Casting Start For ‘Gypsy’ | BootLeg Betty

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