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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Marc Jacobs’s Surprise Birthday Party Was Just as Chic as You’d Imagine

Vanity Fair Marc Jacobs’s Surprise Birthday Party Was Just as Chic as You’d Imagine APRIL 9, 2018 1:19 PM

Bette with Marc Jacobs

Bette and daughter, Sophie

Bette, and Marc Jacobs friend, I don’t know

After a week that saw him surprise now-fiancé Charly Defrancesco with a proposal at Chipotle, Marc Jacobs celebrated his birthday (it’s today) on Saturday night in grand fashion. The designer was the center of attention at a surprise party hosted by Defrancesco at haute city nightspot SubMercer, which was transformed into the iconic underground Mudd Club for the evening. Sprinkled on the dance floor were famous figures including Bette Midler, Debbie Harry, and Naomi Campbell. Also joining the festivities was RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10’s first ousted contestant, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, aka Miss Vanjie (Jacobs hired Drag Race season six contestant Milk, né Daniel Donigan, to appear in his Spring 2016 campaign), who donned a crown and jewels befitting the celebration of one of fashion’s most gregarious figures.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Bette Midler – The Lady Is A Tramp / Sophie Tucker (Live Divine Miss Millenium)

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bette Midler Hosts Broadway’s Best at Hulaween Party!

Just Jared Bette Midler Hosts Broadway’s Best at Hulaween Party! October 30, 2017

Bette With Sophie

Bette Midler walks the red carpet in costume at her annual Hulaween event to benefit the New York Restoration Project on Monday (October 30) at Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. The legendary actress hosts a Halloween party every year to benefit the great cause and she hosted some of Broadway’s best this year.

Bette with future Dolly, Bernadette Peters

Bette was joined at the event by future Hello, Dolly! stars Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber, as well as Tony winner Ben Platt. Her daughter Sophie von Haselberg was there too!

Bette with Michael Kors

“.@Mollyjgordon and I were cut from The Deuce on HBO. The wound is still fresh. Happy Halloween,” Ben tweeted about his costume. Also in attendance were fashionista Dita Von Teese and designer Michael Kors. And Jon Bon Jovi was the special musical guest.
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Monday, February 29, 2016

Bette Midler On Motherhood:

Bette Midler On Motherhood: “Every mother wants to be remembered and I want my daughter to remember me. I read to her and play with her every chance I get. She doesn’t like me to sing to her, but she loves it when I do pratfalls. She adores the ‘Hocus Pocus’ character, and I do it for her at least once a day. She is such a source of joy to me. Having a child is the best thing I ever did” (Beaver County Times – Apr 9, 1997) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Monday, December 28, 2015

On Why She Would Discourage Sophie Going Into Show Business:

On Why She Would Discourage Sophie Going Into Show Business: “I think it’s a very hard life, especially if you’re not in the big, big, big, big, big time. I don’t want her to have to suffer those things ‘Oh, you’re too tall, you’re too short, you’re too thin, you’re too fat. You don’t sing high enough, you don’t sing low enough.’ It wears away at your soul after a while.” (1993) Bette Midler: Bootleg Betty's photo.
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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sophie To Be In Woody Allen’s Next Movie

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Jewish Film Festival to feature Documentary On Sophie Tucker

West Virginia Jewish Film Festival to feature U.S. film premiere, Q&A with producers Sophie Tucker found work performing vaudeville and burlesque in New York City in the early 1900’s. By SHAWNEE MORAN DAILY MAIL STAFF 6-18-2014 9-47-29 PM Documentary producers Susan and Lloyd Ecker wanted to tell the story of Sophie Tucker, a star who broke barriers and paved the way for women to perform as equals to men in show business. It all started when the couple saw a Bette Midler concert in 1973 where she told jokes about Sophie Tucker. Years later the couple found they still wondered about who exactly Tucker was and decided to act on their interest. “We found Sophie to be a most fascinating person,” Lloyd said. But the couple ran into trouble. There were only three books about Sophie Tucker. One was her autobiography, but it was incomplete and lacked some of the juicier details about her life. “We had a feeling that the editors censored the stuff she wanted to say,” Lloyd said. They read another biography but found it wasn’t very interesting. A third biography they found had some interesting stories but felt incomplete. But then the couple stumbled upon 400 of Tucker’s scrapbooks, personal memos, letters and diaries at the New York Public Library. That treasure trove was the link the Eckers needed to Tucker’s past. Their documentary “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” will make its United States premiere this Sunday, June 22 at the West Virginia Jewish Film Festival, held in the Clay Center’s Electric Sky Theater. After the Eckers started reading Tucker’s scrapbooks they began to track down people she knew. They interviewed over 70 people including family, friends, stars and soldiers who wrote to Tucker. “These weren’t typical scrapbooks — they had the typical newspapers, but indisposed in there were letters from every human being that 60 years. She made friends with a lot of people,” Lloyd said. It wasn’t an easy task. It took the Eckers four years of research and reading to go through every newspaper article, letter and diary entry. Lloyd said Tucker was an interesting character. In addition to breaking free from censorship restrictions of the time, she knew and spent a great deal of time with a wide variety of people including George VI, Queen Elizabeth, J. Edgar Hoover, John Kennedy, several other presidents and even played cards with Al Capone. She was involved in a union dispute in the 40s, was married three times and had multiple affairs with men and women. “The parts of Sophie that we found out the most about her were hidden in the letters from everyday people, and those everyday kind of letters were unbelievably enlightening. We had to read 100 letters to get to the good one, or the diamond in the rough,” Susan said. “The love these people had for Sophie was so apparent. We met with Barbara Walters, Tony Bennett and many others. There were so many stars starting their career when she started hers (and they were able to give their) perspective of Sophie.” In the end, the Eckers were left with much more material than needed for their documentary. They are using the rest to publish a fictional memoir of Tucker’s life. This three-part book series, “I am Sophie Tucker,” will be published sometime this summer. Lloyd says he hopes this isn’t the end of the line for Tucker. He hopes these books will be the basis of a Broadway play or a feature film musical. “If she were alive today we would think she would be thrilled that this is happening,” Lloyd said. “She tried for 25 years to get her life story done. We’re hoping now she’s out of the picture that we can present her with any star.” The film festival will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday with a meet-and-greet with the Eckers. “You Natzy Spy,” a short film featuring Moe Howard and the Three Stooges will begin at 7. “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” will play at 7:20 and the question and answer session will follow. The event will last until 9:30 p.m. “It will be historical and hysterical,” said festival director Fred Pollock. The West Virginia Jewish Film Festival, sponsored twice a year by the Federated Jewish Charities of Charleston is one of the oldest Jewish film festivals in the country. The event is free and open to the public, but seating in the Electric Sky Theater is limited to 175 people.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

BetteBack – February 2-4, 1990: Mommy Imperfect

USA WEEKEND Mommy Imperfect Story by Richard Price February 2-4, 1990 She’s been good at all of it. Hilarious comic, versatile actress, great singer. She put a song on top of the charts just last summer; she’s always a hit on stage. She’s been up for an Oscar, and she’s on a string of five ‘ straight box-office winners for Disney. Bette Midler doesn’t do things halfway. When the Divine Miss M sets a goal, she flies into it. That’s why she wound up in the parking lot bawling her eyes out. She sat in the car outside her daughter’s school, and the sobs tore through all 5-feet-l-inch of her. Tears flooded her cheeks. She wailed, she shook, she questioned her entire reason for living. Her heart had been broken, snapped by a 3-year-old girl who has been teaching Mom all the tough lessons- of parenthood. That day’s class: Don’t Try So Hard, Mom. The occasion was Sophie’s 3rd birthday, which has turned out to be an important day in Midler’s life as a mom, and not so distant from the theme of her newest role as an actress. In Stella, a movie that debuts this weekend, she plays a woman who would do whatever it takes to give her child a better life, even give her up. Midler’s that way. For Sophie, she’d do anything, sometimes too much. “I’m crazy about her,” she sighs. “I’m telling you, we (slie and her husband, actor Harry Kipper) come down for breakfast every morning, and we just look at her, the two of us, like where did she come from? What is she doing here? We’re absolutely mad, mad, mad about her, to the point that we almost don’t see each other, we’re looking at her so hard. Well, not all the time. On the moming of her 3rd birthday, Nov. 16, 1989, Sophie woke up, made a face, burst into tears and threw away the crown Midler had made her. At breakfast, when she found her booster seat wrapped in foil (it was to be a throne) she ripped it off and threw it on the floor. She announced she didn’t want to be 3. She hated the cupcakes Midler had baked for the kids at school. She didn’t like the drinks. She didn’t like anything. She was miserable. Midler crumbled. She had worked feverishly to pull off the ultimate birthday, and it had bombed. “Oh, I was so hurt, oh, it was so horrible, horrible, horrible,” she says, laughing at herself now. “Oh, I can’t tell you how horrible.” Midler made the standard p a i n f ul error. She had tried to be a Perfect Mom. For a b o ut two weeks, nothing else mattered, not even multimillion-dollar movie deals. While meeting with the heads of Walt Disney Studios, all she could think about was the birthday. “They’re talking to me about this script and that script, and I’m thinking, ‘Well, I could have a musician come, and I could have someone play the piano.’ And so they’re talking to me, and I’m going yes, yes, yes, but my mind is going a mile a minute, and I’m thinking, I’ll make the invitations myself.” So she cut and pasted and painted invitations, then she agonized over whom to invite from Sophie’s school. “First I was going to have the whole class, and my husband said, ‘You can’t have the whole class, because they won’t pay attention to her.’ And then someone called me up and said, ‘Oh, when she’s 1, she’s supposed to have one friend, and when she’s 2 she’s supposed to have two friends.’ And I thought, God, that’s a brilliant idea, but I can’t give her just three friends, so I’ll give her 10 friends.” Then she had to make ruffles and pompons for the clowns, because she had picked clowns for the party theme, so she went to the knitting store and realized that she didn’t know what to do there. “I’ve never been in a knitting store, I’ve never bought yam, I have no idea what’s going on. It’s the most expensive yam store in the world. It’s like S9 for two yards . .. all I know is I’ve got to get out and make those pompons.” Midler grew up poor and still thinks about price, but she finally bought just a little bit of what she needed — and was up half the night working on pompons. The week before the birthday, Midler and Sophie went to a party for Candice Bergen‘s 4-year-old daughter, Chloe, at Kiddieland, a child entertainment center complete with children’s rides and video games. “She was smart,” says Midler, sick of pompons by then. “I’m saying this is what I should have done, then I see there’s a K mart across the road and I say I’ve got to get out, I’ve got to leave this party and get to the K mart: Maybe they have yarn. So I go to K mart, and I’m in heaven. Everything is 90 cents, like two miles of yarn for 90 cents. I’m saying, this place is fantastic!” But when she returned to the Bergen party, there had been a setback. Sophie didn’t like the Kiddieland clowns. In fact, she’d decided she hates clowns altogether. “But Sophie’s party is going to be a clown party,” Midler said despairingly. When she rushed home, she called the woman who was going to play the clown. “I say, Grade, there’s a crisis. Do you do anything besides clowns? She starts telling me what she does. Oh, she does Mary Poppins, she does this and she does that. And then she says, ‘I do Dorothy.’ ” Magic words. Sophie loves everything about The Wizard ofOz. “We’ve been in Oz Land for over a year,” says Midler, who has dressed up and played every part a hundred times for her daughter. So wh en Gracie mentioned Dorothy, Midler yelled, “You do Dorothy? You do Dorothy? I’m saved! I’m saved!” Intense? Credit part of it to the natural comic in her, but it’s clear that Midler really does sweat the details of bringing up daughter. Everything has to be right. ^^â„¢ Food, for example. Midler has hooked Sophie on the healthies. Fish, tofu, vegetables. Sophie even likes broccoli; she calls it “the tree.” Her only steady vice is chocolate. “My husband is German, so he’s got German chocolate on the brain,” Midler says with disgust. And clothes. She and Sophie already are fighting about those. Sophie wants to wear skirts and to twirl and tap dance — in fact, she wore tap shoes to bed all last summer — and Midler wants something down to earth: “I want her to wear pants and get grubby and to run around.” When Sophie hits elementary-school age, Midler’s sending her someplace that requires uniforms. “I’ve had enough of these trendy clothes. These are years when they should be absorbing as much as they possibly can and not thinking about stupid things like, ‘What do I look like?’ and ‘I want that jacket because Bobby has that jacket.’ ” No television, either. Midler thinks the programming is too violent and the commercials too sexual. She’ll let Sophie watch a classic on the VCR now and then, but that’s it. “We just do stuff together. We do a lot of construction paper, a lot of drawing, a lot of chatting, a lot of dancing around and making up stories and games and stuff. I really enjoy that because when I’m with her, I’m really with her. “I’ve got to say we’re on the pompous side. At first, I thought, ‘Well, gee, everyone’s going to think I’m a jerk.’ And then I thought I don’t care what they think. I want her to have a foundation in things the world considers good and artful. I want her to have a certain innocence. I don’t want her to be jaded at 8, so I keep a lot of things away from her.” That includes material things. She rarely allows Sophie gifts that fans send, and she’s cautious about her own giving for fear she’ll spoil Sophie. She wrestles over whether to guide her daughter into show business. Sophie’s already come up with her own whirling dance routine that Mom and Dad call “The Sophie.” “My daughter sits in the makeup chair and yells mahkey-mahkey-mahkey (her word for makeup). She wants powder and paint, and she thinks that’s a fun life, and what can I do? She doesn’t see what I have to go through screaming at people on the telephone and all that stuff.” What Midler really wants is to raise a capable daughter who could survive rich or poor, so she’s constantly teaching. “I want her to be able to solve problems. I want her to know how to use a hammer and nail, how to sew and to cook. I don’t want her to slough off numbers like I did. I want her to understand math and physics and all that stuff, because I think that’s part of understanding the universe.” She tells Sophie stories, endless stories, all the great fables of history, drawing heavily from Greek and Indian mythology, and embellishing them with her own “half-baked theories of the world. And we’re always counting, ‘Oh, my goodness, I dropped FOUR peas,’ you know. And ABCs: ‘Happy, happy we shall be when we know our ABCs.’ ” She worries, as most moms worry. She’s nervous because Sophie doesn’t like reading. She frets when Sophie fights with friends. She wonders what will happen when Sophie reaches grade school and can’t come along on Midler’s trips. And she’s still sorting out how to handle religion. Midler’s Jewish, and she plans to teach those traditions, but her husband was raised by two atheists, and he wants Sophie exposed to a variety of thinking. Lately she’s been struggling with rebellion. Sophie has learned to say no, and she says it every night at 9:30, her bedtime. So Midler is learning the discipline business. But she’s doing OK. She knows the kind of relationship she wants with Sophie. “I don’t want to be my daughter’s buddy, I want to be her mom …someone she can look up to.” Sophie has completely changed Midler’s life, and most parents will recognize the symptoms. “When I work, I have to be quiet, to stare off into space and try to get some ideas. When I Like Bananas Because They’ve Got No Bones is playing in your ear, it’s real hard to sit and think about how you’re going to make this project that’s going to elevate the human race.” It’s affected her outside relationships — “I don’t have any,” she moans — and she’s tired all the time. She partly blames “Attila,” her workout trainer, but mostly it’s the old story of balancing job and family. She and Harry devote two hours each morning to Sophie and she spends the rest of the day dashing back and forth between meetings to be with her. She does the cleanup after dinner (Dad cooks), and parents swap bathtime duties, not a house favorite. “The baaaatthhh,” Midler calls it, rolling her eyes and collapsing on the floor in mock agony. “Every day is full. I get into bed and I read for five minutes, and my eyes get so heavy I just pass out.” Will there be more kids? Probably not. She and Harry are trying, but Midler thinks their chances are slim because of her age: She’s 44 and has gone through one miscarriage. She’s considered adoption, but Harry is cool to the idea. Meanwhile, Sophie’s umbilical cord is preserved and floating around somewhere in a virtual library of motherhood memorabilia. When it was time to cut a lock of hair, Midler cut two. There are hundreds of baby record books, piles of pictures. It’s no wonder Midler has no friends left, she says: “I’m too busy putting pictures in albums.” Then there are all those strangers in her house — an endless parade of nannies who leave as soon as they’ve become a part of the family. “There is c h a o s, j u st chaos.” Her husband k e e ps t e l l i ng her to r e l ax. “He gets on my case a lot. He is so convinced he is if in the fat h er d e p a r tment. Once in three years he’s said he did the wrong thing. The rest of the time I do the wrong t h i n g. He t h i n ks I overreact, I spoil her, I’m always trying to push food down her throat.” But she admits he was right about one thing. She overextended herself on the birthday. Obsessed is the word she uses. All she could think was, “I gotta, I gotta, I gotta.” She was in a frenzy right up until 2 a.m. on the last night, baking those cupcakes, hanging those decorations, putting on those last touches. Next morning came the disaster. And after dropping Sophie off at school with the hated cupcakes and drinks, she trudged out to the parking lot for her big cry. Still, there’s a happy ending. Two things finally turned it around. One was her husband’s idea: For the party at the house, he filled the dining room with a waist-high sea of wadded-up newspaper so the kids could j ump around. They loved it. The other triumph was Dorothy. “Thank God,” Midler says. “All of a sudden this disaster turned into a huge success. I have to say this was my fault, I went nuts. I just went nuts. I won’t do this again … I learned a lesson. No one cares as much as you do, and they’re usually happy with a little, so you don’t have to knock yourself out.” Someday Bette Midler may write down these lessons. She’s been invited to write a book on motherhood (somebody told her she could be the Bill Cosby of her generation) but Midler’s holding off. She doesn’t have time, she says, and besides, if she’s learned one thing about parenting, it’s what kids have known all along: Parents don’t understand much. “I’m just flying by the seat of my pants. I don’t even know what I’d say. All I have are experiences, but I won’t even have time to t h i nk about what happened before we’re on to the next birthday.”
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Saturday, January 28, 2012

BetteBack Thursday, February 16,1989: Just like regular folks

THE STARS AND STRIPES Just like regular folks Thursday, February 16,1989 Bette Midler says her 2-year-old daughter, Sophie, won’t grow up feeling like a movie star‘s daughter “because I’m not treated like a star in my own family.” “We lead a pretty circumspect life. We stick pretty much close to home,” Midler, 43, said in March’s Redbook magazine. “I’m not going to make her go to the movie theater and watch my pictures,” she said. “I don’t want her to lionize me. I don’t want her to hear people applauding me and wondering why they’re not applauding her.” Sophie, whose father is commodities broker Martin von Haselberg, doesn’t even watch television, “except something like the Olympics,” her mother said. “People ask me, ‘Why don’t you let her watch “Sesame Street?”‘ I’m happy to teach her numbers and letters myself, thank you very much.”
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