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Friday, February 2, 2018

Kim K Is Celebrating Her New Fragrance By Sending One To All Of Her Haters, Including Bette Midler

Mister D: I can pretty much safely say that Bette Midler does not hate Kim K. Is she ripe fodder for jokes? Yes! Pedestrian Kim K Is Celebrating Her New Fragrance By Sending One To All Of Her Haters By Alex Bruce-Smith February 2, 2018 Kim Kardashian is celebrating her new Kimoji Heart KKW Fragrances by sending one to every person who’s ever crossed her. Taylor Swift, Piers Morgan, the lot. Her fragrances drop today, and come in three scents: Bae (with blue packaging), Ride or Die (purple) and BFF (pink). She’s sending out these incredibly extra gift boxes to certain people in her life, which a different fragrance inside an empty heart that the recipient has to smash.
Michelle Lee ? @heymichellelee I just broke open a giant chocolate candy with a Kim Kardashian fragrance in it. Any questions? 3:35 PM – Jan 31, 2018 39 39 Replies 493 493 Retweets 3,013 3,013 likes
And as well as some genuine friends and family – Kris Jenner, Paris Hilton, etc – a bunch of the ‘Bae’ scents are going out to her “haters”. “Alright guys. I am writing the list for my press boxes,” she said on her Instagram stories. “I’m going to send them to way more than this, but I decided this Valentine’s Day, everyone deserves a Valentine, so I’m going to send them to my lovers, to my haters, to everyone that I think of because it is Valentine’s Day after all.” It’s not, but that’s beside the point. As well as T-Swift and Piers Morgan, Kimmy’s sending Bae to: Blac Chyna, P!nk, Chelsea Handler, Bette Midler, Sharon Osbourne, Wendy Williams, Chloë Grace Moretz, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Janice Dickinson, and Naya Rivera. Some, like television host Wendy Williams, only crossed Kim in the last few days (she went on a tirade about Kim’s recent nude pics, saying that Kanye has “nothing for you except dribble and dribble and feeble conversation”), while others, like SMG, go back years. (She tweeted that she was “cancelling my Vogue subscription” after Kim and Kanye’s 2014 cover).

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Friday, December 30, 2016

7 Diva Performances Not to Miss in 2017

Playbill 7 Diva Performances Not to Miss in 2017 BY ANDREW GANS DEC 30, 2016 download If the first half of the 2016-2017 Broadway musical season focused the spotlight more on the men—Josh Groban’s soaring vocals in Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812; Christian Borle and Andrew Rannells’ heartfelt performances as Marvin and Whizzer in the revival of Falsettos;and the superbly gifted Ben Platt, whose performance in the title role of Dear Evan Hansen may have raised the bar even higher for male musical theatre actors—it is the women who seem poised to steal the limelight in the second half. In fact, following memorable fall performances by Rachel Bay Jones, Stephanie J. Block, and Denée Benton, there are seven major talents heading to The Great White Way in the New Year who, simply, should not be missed. These artists, arranged in chronological order by their show’s first preview dates, follow: =&0=&
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Glenn Close (Richard Hubert Smith)
=&1=& I spent a good deal of the mid-to-late ’90s (as well as several dates in the current century) catching the wonderful women who played deluded silent-screen star Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical version of the classic Billy Wilder film Sunset Boulevard. The many multi-talented actors who I feel privileged to have caught in the demanding role include Patti LuPone, Glenn Close, Betty Buckley, Elaine Paige, Karen Mason, Petula Clark, Florence Lacey, and Loni Ackerman. Although Close’s vocals couldn’t match the stellar work of many of the other musical Normas, there was a dramatic intensity to her performance that was riveting; in fact, it was hard to take one’s eyes off her any time she was onstage in the original production. More than 20 years after that Tony-winning performance, Close returned to the role on the other side of the Atlantic, earning a 2016 Evening Standard Award for her West End debut in the English National Opera production. That staging, including the transfers of Michael Xavier as Joe Gillis, Siobhan Dillon as Betty Schaefer, and Fred Johanson as Max von Mayerling, will now play a 16-week limited engagement on Broadway, and this Sunset fan can’t wait to enter Norma’s Hollywood mansion one more time. Let’s hope this semi-staged production, which will feature a 40-piece orchestra, will extend to allow many other greats the chance to don Norma’s turban.
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Eva Noblezada (Matthew Murphy)
=&2=& =&3=& When Miss Saigon opened on Broadway in 1991, following its debut in the West End, the musical made an international star out of Filipino actor Lea Salonga, who created the role of the ill-fated Kim, the young Vietnamese woman who desperately tries to secure a better life for her son, Tam, amidst the tragedies of war. Salonga’s beautiful voice and impassioned performance earned her Olivier and Tony Awards, subsequent roles in several animated Disney films, loyal fans all around the world, and, thankfully, several returns to Broadway. Now, 25 years later, another young actor, Eva Noblezada, has received a similar reception in the recent 2014 London revival of Saigon, which was preserved on film and recently screened in cinemas. I purposely avoided the screening, wanting to experience Noblezada’s performance in person when the Saigon revival transfers to Broadway later this season. The musical, for this writer, has always been the more moving of the two Alan Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg hits, and I’m eager to catch the Broadway debut of North Carolinian Noblezada, who was discovered three years ago by the Miss Saigon casting team at the National High School Musical Theater Awards. =&4=& =&5=&
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Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole (Joan Marcus)
It’s quite rare when a musical offers sizable roles to two of Broadway’s leading musical theatre stars, but that is exactly the case in War Paint, the new musical from the Grey Gardens team that played a sold-out, record-setting run this past summer at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. The women—Patti LuPone (Evita, Gypsy) and Christine Ebersole (42nd Street, Grey Gardens) as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, respectively—are both two-time Tony winners, and their combined theatrical powers promise one of the more exciting nights on Broadway this spring. LuPone and Ebersole are two stellar actors who also happen to boast two of the great voices that the musical theatre has produced: LuPone dazzles with her rich, soaring, and rangy alto, while Ebersole impresses with an equally rangy soprano that can be as delicate as it is powerful. Both, in fact, remain vocally, comedically, and dramatically in full command decades after their respective award-winning careers began. =&6=& =&7=&
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In her two major New York theatrical outings to date—the Off-Broadway debut of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and the Public Theater and Broadway premieres of Hamilton—Phillipa Soo was equally magnificent, charming audiences with her beautiful soprano as Natasha and creating the most moving moments of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda musical as Eliza, wife of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The young singing actor, it should be noted, earned her first Tony nomination for her work in the latter, and now she will return to Broadway in the title role of the new musical Amélie, based on the Academy Award-winning 2001 French film of the same name. The lonely French waitress who decides to act as a secret wish-fulfiller to the people who live around her seems a perfect match for Soo, who originated the role of Amélie in workshop productions of the musical and has an ethereal quality all her own.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BetteBack May 12, 1997: How do you have a happy marriage when you’re more famous than your partner?

Altoona Mirror May 12, 1997 2016-07-26_2-27-50 Q: How do you have a happy marriage when you’re more famous than your partner? Bette Midler, married for 12 years to Martin von Haselberg: Separate vacations! Welt I think we’re committed We should be committed! No, we’re committed to it. We’re in for the long haul And you don’t really get to know a person untH you’ve been with them a long time. And we don’t really know each other yet. I mean, even though it’s been 12 years, every day is another revelation. Every day, I’m telling you, ifs a struggle. It hasn’t been easy. We’ve had a lot of rough patches. But who hasn’t? The main thing is that we didn’t give up. We didn’t say, “Oh, this is too hard. I don’t need this.” You do need it. You have to keep going. So we did.
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Friday, October 14, 2016

Bette Midler To Attend Hillary Clinton’s Stronger Together Fundraiser Monday October 17, 2016

Extra Hillary Clinton‘s Stronger Together Fundraiser Unites the Stars October 13, 2016 bette-midler The stars will be out in full force this Monday for Hillary Clinton’s fundraiser event. Hosted by Billy Crystal, the event boasts a long list of Broadway and Hollywood celebrities, who will come together to raise funds for the Hillary Victory Fund. The evening will include exclusive duets, like Sarah Jessica Parker — fresh from promoting her new HBO show “Divorce” — and Andrea McArdle singing “Tomorrow” from the classic Broadway show “Annie”; McArdle originated the title role on Broadway, with Parker succeeding her. Among the other A-list names uniting for the Democratic presidential candidate are Bette Midler, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jon Hamm, Emily Blunt, Bernadette Peters, Julia Roberts, Angela Bassett, Helen Mirren, Anne Hathaway, Sienna Miller, Hugh Jackman, and Neil Patrick Harris. To find out more about the Stronger Together event and to get tickets, go to Hillary Clinton‘s website. Bette Midler Revives Hocus Pocus in Concert – And It’s Everything BetteBack December 27, 1996: Bette Midler Make Ladies Home Journals 1996 Females Of The Year Celebs react to debate: Katy Perry and Bette Midler might share a drink | BootLeg Betty Bette Midler On Endorsing Political Candidates: | BootLeg Betty

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

BetteBack May 9, 1996: Keep The Green Clean

Doylestown Intelligencer May 9, 1996 2016-07-24_7-47-02 Bette Midler: Grammy winner, Oscar nominee and now, Compost Queen. “My whole life had been spent waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, the kind of transcendent, magical experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had with my first compost heap,” Midler says in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times. Midler now smiles down from some 40 billboards around the city, urging residents to “Keep the Green Clean.” It reminds residents that green recycling containers are for yard trimmings only. No trash. The entertainer participated in the campaign free of charge. Midler declared during a 1994 comedy concert that she wanted to be Compost Queen because “all the good causes are taken.” In a magazine essay, Midler also called herself a composting “evangelist.” “I love compost and believe in it with every fiber (so to speak) of my being. I believe that composting can save, not the entire world, but a good portion of it,” Midler says.

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    Wednesday, September 14, 2016

    BetteBack April 3, 1997: Being married and being Bette Midler not easy

    Alton Telegraph April 3, 1997 2016-07-12_8-44-51 You have to be careful what you say on the Internet. You never know who’s watching. One day there was a vicious debate going on about the movie The First Wives Club. The participants were mostly men who were sniping at the film, grousing they were getting a bad rap. They were responsible fathers, paying child support and fulfilling their duties, they insisted. In a final thrust, one of them scribbled, “ Yeah!! It must be a real chore being married to BETTE MIDLER.’’ Little did he know, Bette Midler was there in that chat room. And today she roars with laughter at the memory. While she may be a perfectionist, opinionated and headstrong, she’s good marriage material. And she and hubby, Martin von Haselberg, have 12 years to prove it. That’s no small accomplishment with someone as, er, visible as Midler. You visit the Internet today and there are 2,000 mentions of her on the web, mostly by adoring fans who’ve spent hours compiling reverent anecdotes, quotes and credits by her vaunted name. It’s hard to fathom such adulation as Midler crows, “ I’m boring myself!” after a day with the press. Though they didn’t know each other for long before they married, Midler says she and von Haselberg are not about to give up. “ We’re committed to it. We’re in it for the long haul. You don’t really get to know a person till you’ve been with them a long time and we don’t really know each other yet. Even though it’s been 12 years, each day is a revelation.” When they met, she says, she “just felt like it was the right thing to do.” Still, it’s not a day in the sandbox. “ It’s a struggle. It hasn’t been easy. We’ve had a lot of rough patches, but the main thing is that we didn’t give up. We didn’t say, ’This is too hard. I don’t need this.’ You do need it, you have to keep going.” Though she hints that she might quit show biz one of these days, Midler is still going. In her latest movie, That Old Feeling, she plays a woman who encounters her ex only to discover — after all these years — she still has feelings for him. The movie was produced by her production company and written by Leslie Dixon, her collaborator on Outrageous Fortune. If Midler tries to swing things her way — and through the years many of her colleagues have said she does — that power is always diluted with a bawdy sense of humor and a dollop of self-deprecation. Though she admits she has clout, she says she never uses it on a movie set. “When you do that it ruins the picture. You got a salty director? Forget about it. All hell breaks loose.” Still, even she intimates that it’s not so easy to convince a strong-minded director to join her team. “ When we produce pictures, to get a director to come on board is very hard. These guys want to do their own thing. They don’t want to do your thing. So they’re not going to come and work for you.” One director who did come in from the cold was master comic director Carl Reiner, who still has the stuff at 74 but is not in big demand in a town that worships youth. Midler conscripted him for That Old Feeling, a move that proves she hasn’t lost her intuition. As for Reiner, he’s like one of those ga-ga fans: “ She lights up the screen,” says Reiner of Bette. ‘The First Wives Club’: Vanessa Lachey Joins Alyson Hannigan & Megan Hilty In TV Land Remake Bette Midler On Her First Wive’s Club Co-Stars: “We had a good time, I can tell you! Diane, Goldie and I turned 50 within the same month. Piers Morgan Slams Kanye West’s ‘Famous’

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    Sunday, July 10, 2016

    Bette Midler On Being Brought Up Self Sufficient:

    Bette Midler On Being Brought Up Self Sufficient: “I was never taught that little girls should be soft and passive. It was only later, when I grew up, that I found out they were supposed to be, and by then I knew it was all bullshit anyway. See, my father always wanted a boy, and instead he got three daughters and a retarded son. So it sorta freaked him out and he decided to make his girls as self-sufficient and independent as boys. We were taught survival early. I mean, they never gave us a dime. Whatever money we ever had, we always worked for.” (Modern Hi-Fi & Stereo Guide, June 1973) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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    Thursday, July 7, 2016

    Bette Midler On Being Just A Fad: “I’m not a freaky fad,” she says angrily. “What I do may be, but I’m not. If this doesn’t go, I’ll just find something else. I have stories to tell, characters I have to be. I’m not afraid…

    Bette Midler On Being Just A Fad: “I’m not a freaky fad,” she says angrily. “What I do may be, but I’m not. If this doesn’t go, I’ll just find something else. I have stories to tell, characters I have to be. I’m not afraid. See, there was a time when I was so afraid cause I loved it so much–the music, the characters, the clothes – afraid that it wouldn’t turn out right. I was afraid, not that people would make fun of it, but that they just would not pay any attention – which is worse. Cause, see, I made it up. I put everything into it. It’s my whole life…” (The Toronto Star, February 24, 1973) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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    Monday, July 4, 2016

    Bette Midler On Alice Cooper: “Alice is so super keen. One of these days I’m gonna get him to twitch my knockers.”

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    Saturday, July 2, 2016