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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood

Insider 28 stars who are just one trophy away from the most coveted award in Hollywood Desiree O, Brit + Co Jul. 27, 2018, 4:46 PM ...  Read More

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Friday, January 26, 2018

Story Behind The Photo! By Ray Cooper – Search For A Rare Personal Photo Circa 1971

Story Behind The Photo! By Ray Cooper January 26, 2018 This photo means so much to me for many reasons and this is how it happened to be!!! I had met Bette a couple of times in NYC and when she came to Detroit (Windsor) for a two week engagement at the Top Hat Club in Windsor , Ont. Canada in l97l, I knew I had to go see her there. She came alone, no Barry and Aaron was not her manager at the time. She did have a booking agent, but no one came with her to Detroit. Many people knew her in NYC, from being in Fiddler and at the baths, plus at a club here or there, like The Bitter End, Up The Downstairs, but other than in NYC at the time her only claim to fame nationally was appearing on talk shows, Merv Griffin, David Frost and the biggest, The Tonight Show, but she did not have an album out even then. We knew she was coming so we all planned on going to see the show a few times in the two weeks she would be in Detroit. Ten of us went the second night (which was a week night) and the place was empty, just maybe 10-15 other people there. We got a large table and knew she had to do two shows a night and after the first show she was walking around and came up to our table and said,. “My people, thank God for my people” and then she remembered meeting me in NYC.\ We ended up going to see her show 6vtimes in those two weeks and still not to0 many people went to see her. The biggest crowds were on the weekends and still not that many people went to see the show. The best night was the last night we went to see the show. I was DJ – ing at a club, The Iron Hinge in Detroit and I asked the club owner if I could take a pack of bar towels to the show and knowing that he would not get them back, he said, yes. When Bette performed at the baths, most nights the crowd would throw their bath towels on the stage at the end of her show (which meant they were now naked), so I wanted to make her feel at home, even in Detroit. So, I think we had maybe 15 people that went that night and at the end of the second show we throw the bar towels on the stage (remember we were dressed) and I remember how Bette cried and said, Thank You, Thank You, for making me feel at home!!! She told us that the club had paid for her airfare and a room at a motel near the club in Windsor and that she was getting paid $1,000.00 a week, but had to pay the band and the MC and would end up with only S250.00 a week for herself. We knew that a friend (Peter) of ours was starting to film a movie during the time Bette was in Detroit and he had asked some of us to be in the movie and Patrick (he was a school teacher) and me to be in his movie (I had a very good job) so we did not want to be in the movie, but a lot of our friends were in the movie. Jack & Wade, Chi Chi and our best friend Richard and others. Only Jack & Wade were Bette fans (they went to NYC a lot back then) and also Patrick and myself, but Richard and Peter knew her name, but not much else about her then.\ It took all of us to talk Peter into asking Bette to be in the film and he finally did ask. She said, yes and asked to be paid 50.00 for her part in the movie and wanted him to write  up a contact for her (no one else got paid anything or had a contract) to be in his movie. He did what she wanted and you know the rest of the story about what happened three years later when he released the movie after she had become a star. (The Thorn) I have been bugging Richard since we re-connected a few years ago to send me a copy of this photo for a very, very long time, since it was lost in the house fire. Richard is not a Bette fan even though he was in the movie with her and had (he was an artist until a few years ago when he says his hand shakes now) painted a wonderful portrait of her back then, that hung in her place on Barrow ST, I really will! Well, the last time I asked a few weeks ago, he finally looked for it and said it took 3 days until he had it in his hand. He sent it to me without telling me that he had found it and had made a couple of copies for me. I got it a couple of Saturdays ago and when I opened it I cried, it’s been so long since I’ve seen it. I called Richard (he lives in FL) and we spoke for over an hour about things that happened back in 71 inDetroit and he reminded me of things I forgot happened in those two weeks with Bette. So, here are some of things we spoke about that happened then. One thing he said, at the time none of us thought to document her time in Detroit, being none of us knew how big a star she would become years later. He said, we just thought she was another performer from NYC, that might make it! I did take a few photos at The Top Hat, but they are all gone. When Bette was in Detroit for two weeks, we all hung around her and took her places. She did not have a car and very little money. Whoever was driving had to pick her up in Windsor and spend the day and then drive her back to Windsor in the early afternoon. We all took turns doing things with her during the day. Patrick was teaching school so he could not do as much as I could and when I did things with her and Richard I drove, being Richard had a car at the time.We went shopping and one of the places was a vintage clothing store called Buzzy’s and back then all of Bette stage outfits were from vintage clothing stores in NYC, but in Detroit she wanted to go to Buzzy’s and she bought 5 dresses and a couple of hats and in the photo the dress and hat (the hat had veil , you can kind of see it in the photo) she has on came from Buzzy’s and she also wore the outfit it in the movie. We all took turns buying her lunch, but Richard said, I paid more then anyone else. It took over a week to film Bette’s parts and I went out to where they were filming a couple of times. The day the photo was taken, they were filming in Palmer Park which was one of the big gay areas of Detroit, before that it was a Jewish area. Bette was in between takes and we told her that a Synagogue was not far from where we were, so she said, I would love to see the Synagogue and I drove her and Richard over there. Well, when we got there she loved how it looked and wanted to take a picture of it and Richard had a camera and we took a few photos of the Synagogue and finally I said to Bette, why don’t you pose at thefront doors ofthe Synagogue and we’ll take a photo for you to keep. The photo is how she posed (people say, it’s a very Mae West pose) that day in l971 in front of the Synagogue doors. We gave her a copy of it a few days later and not sure if she still has it or not. Richard told me a few stories (and again I forgot some of them) when Peter was filming. Some of the movie was done in Rjchard’s apartment (it was painted art deco nouveau) and a lot was filmed at Jack & Wade house. They had a very large home, which gave Peter a lot of rooms to film in. In the movie the kitchen scene was at their house and the part where Bette and Richard are in bed was also filmed there. Richard told a funny story about that scene. Jack & Wade had a very large antique bed and Peter thought this will be perfect for the scene. So, Bette and Richard are in the bed trying to make it squeak for the blacked out screen sex scene. He said, that Bette and him were moving up and down, but just could not get it to squeak for the scene, so they finally gave up and did the scene the way it is in the movie. He also, said, that Peter had to film the scene to get the sound off the black screen and that somewhere there is a film of them in bed together and can’t believe no one had found it and released it the way social media is today. (Mister D: I call it the stinginess factor!) All but Bette and Richard are gone that were in the film, even Peter, he passed away of  AIDS when he was 50. When I got my copy of the photo back in 71, Patrick and I had it enlarged and we hung on the Bette wall and we hung it on many Bette walls, depending on where we were living. The last wall it hung on in Michigan was  1974, before I moved to Texas lrlr.1975 and we lost that photo in the house fire in 1978. Patrick passed away of AIDS in 1987. I know that almost all of the things i lost then, I wiii never have again, but I knew that Richard had a copy of this photo and I have wanted it for so long, since it was lost n 1978, and now I finally have a copy of that wonderful time in Detroit in l971 with Bette!!
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Bette Midler with first manager, Bud Friedman, owner of The Improvs.

Bette Midler with first manager, Bud Friedman, owner of The Improvs. (Bette Midler) who contrary to popular belief was never a waitress at The Improv. She regularly performed on stage, and Budd became her manager, helping to book her first appearance on “The Tonight Show.” Image may contain: 3 people, people smiling, night
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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Budd Friedman

TV Over Mind Five Things You Didn’t Know About Budd Friedman Dana Hanson-Firestone December 5, 2017 Budd Friedman is the founder of the “Improvisation Comedy Club,” in 1963. He’s a well-known name in Manhattan and is regarded for the contributions that he has made to the world of comedy and entertainment. The 85 year old is himself an actor and producer who has had a great deal of influence in shaping the careers of some well known veteran actors. Most people are not aware of the work that he’s done behind the scenes, so to honor him, here are five things that you didn’t know about Budd Friedman. He’s a native of Los Angeles, California Budd is famous for starting the “Improvisation Comedy Club” in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan New York, but he’s not from the area. While he’s gotten around in his long and illustrious career, he was actually born in LA in June of 1932. He was born at the right time and in the right place with Hollywood a stones throw from his birthplace. He took full advantage of his surroundings and got involved in the business. He’s an author Most people know Friedman for the work that he’s done in Hollywood and with the Improv club, but he is also a talented writer. He authored the book “The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club That Revolutionized Stand-Up. The title of the book is an accurate representation of what Friedman has done. Truly, Friedman’s book is a well-regarded learning tool for those studying the art of professional stand-up comedy. Friedman influenced the flavor of 1970s comedy

He has been instrumental in shaping the lives of several comedians who have gone of to become mega-stars in their careers. He opened another Imprpv club in Temecula, California and a third in Indo, CA. He helped to launch the careers of Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Rodney Dangerfield, Andy Kaufman, Freddie Prinze, Jay Leno, Jimmie Walker and Steve Landesberg. These are comedians that brought fresh blood to the comedy scene and themselves, went on to make contributions that would forever change the face of comedy in a domino effect. Friedman also manages the great Bette Midler, arranging for her initial appearance on the Tonight Show. He served as her manager when she was just getting her career started. ...  Read More

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

BetteBack January 23, 1975: Does Bette Midler’s career appear to be going downhill?

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Bette Midler’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ crew got sick backstage

Page Six Bette Midler’s ‘Hello, Dolly!’ crew got sick backstage By Ian Mohr March 16, 2017 2016_public_theater_gala At the first preview of “Hello, Dolly!” fans were kvelling and Bette Midler received four standing ovations — but backstage members of the production got a sickness bug, and rumors spread along the Great White Way that the cast had come down with food poisoning. “There was buzz that people in the cast were sickened by some cookies brought backstage by the show’s David Hyde Pierce,” said a theater source, who added, “Half the cast were throwing up offstage and running to the bathroom whenever they weren’t onstage.” But a show insider countered, “He did give the cast cookies, but they did not cause anyone to get sick. There was one person backstage with a tummy bug.” Either way, any nauseous stars in the show have time to recover: Opening night is April 20 at the Shubert Theatre, and the production already has a $40 million advance. In fact, that take is so big, Page Six has exclusively learned that Midler won’t be doing any press for the show. “She won’t be doing ‘The View,’ ‘The Tonight Show,’ nothing,” said a theater source. “If you want to see Bette perform, you have to pay to buy a ticket.” The production did release one still from the show on Tuesday. Another source said, “They have the luxury” of not doing press, and pointed to a similar policy with another Scott Rudin-produced hit, “The Book of Mormon.” Meanwhile, one superfan at the first preview commented online that he was “on the verge of tears” during the revival and it was all “too much for my poor little gay heart to handle.”
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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

BetteBack October 1, 1973: Flashy, Trashy and Infectious Miss M.

San Mateo Times October 1, 1973 2016-08-26_6-36-55 In this crazy rock ‘n roll world where superstars streak into prominence with the alacrity of unnatural phenomena and instantly develop a cult following that worships with unquestioning fervor, Bette Midler is being acclaimed the High Priestess of Camp. She makes the kookiness of early career Barbra Streisand look pristine, the grossness and vulgarity of Belle Earth and Sophie Tucker seem tame and the frenzied on-stage antics of Janis Joplin and Jerry Lewis appear understated. It was only her third appearance in the Bay Area and her four night stint at Berkeley Community Theater was a solid sellout. I can’t remember when I’ve seen such a charged up performance. It’s almost too much to bear. Words like dynamic and electric don’t adequately describe the possessed emotional pitch with which this pint sized redhead from Hawaii (she looks a little like Harpo Marx with carrot colored fuzzed up mop of hair) screams and rants through a two-hour show. It’s not as bizarre as some pop star acts but funky, blue, low down and marvelously campy. She’s singer, actress, impersonator and personality plus, not giving a damn whether she finishes a story or a song, shouting out the most outrageous things to turn on her well stoned audience and lavishing the adulation she gets with every one of the dozen or more standing ovations throughout the evening. The more they respond, the wilder she gets. Her repartee is as bawdy as her repertoire which ranges from songs of the thirties, forties, fifties and sixties. She describes her act as “gaar-baghe” and introduces her female trio. The Harlettes as “three trashy waitresses from Encino” … and plays it up to the hilt. They’re a motley looking crew, Bette first in black slacks, striped blouse, pink rose at the waist and later in pink sequin forties formal, sweetheart neckline, puff sleeves, slit up to the belly button with a ratty looking silver fox and green, orange, yellow and blue feather boa draped around her short frame. Her trio poses and postures in the style of the Andrew Sisters, hands on hips, heads turned snobbishly in an upward tilt, bumping and grinding in unison, sometimes shoving each other away from the microphone. They change into pink sequin gingham maid’s uniforms (complete with sequin caps) that first jerk open to form a dazzling red, white and blue sequin American flag and later rip off to reveal them in sexy satin underslips edged in black lace and bearing a sequin playing card emblem. You’ll have to admit, that’s going some to create a surprise effect, which is what happens every five minutes of the raucous, madhouse of a show. Nothing is sacred on The Divine Miss M‘s lips. Her description of what “Hubba Hubba” means can’t be printed here, she titles one segment her Philadelphia medley because “it reeks,” and claims to be on an exhausting 272 days tour, “Martha Raye would give her eye teeth and a box of poppers for a tour like ours.” She caters mainly to the gay crowd with “in references” only they seem to get like “I just love those sleezy bars where they play Wayne Newton on the juke box” and after announcing she’ll sing one of Karen Carpenter’s “greatest hits” says something a teensy bit filthy about her drum playing. By the time the show has ended, she’s involved the audi«hce in a sing-a-long, insulted almost everyone, forgotten the words to a song, joked with the musicians with her back to the audience, flung herself across the stage in leaps and bounds, shaking every moveable part of her body, blown your ear drums out in Janis Joplin-like flamboyance with a vocal of the Glenn Miller hit, “In the Mood.” the rock ‘n roll orgy “Leader of the Pack,” dropping into deep knee bends in simulation of a motorcycle rider, raised the roof of the theater on “Higher and Higher,” and flattened her over-wrought audience with a stunning and poignant rendition of “Am I Blue.” BetteBack October 1, 1973: Flashy, Trashy and Infectious Miss M Midler’s Almost-Forgotten Debut Album Still Remains A Classic Of The ’70s Nostalgia/Camp Boom 10 Pop Divas Who Rocked It On Film (Or Tried) BetteBack June 30, 1972: Singer From The Tubs’ Hits Nightclub Circuit (Interview) | BootLeg Betty

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Vogue’s Carpool Karaoke celebrity wish list

Vogue Vogue’s Carpool Karaoke celebrity wish list The Vogue team on who they’d like to see join James Corden in his hit segment Carpool Karaoke. August 25, 2016 13129166_1725028967714399_1955142721_n 1. Beyoncé and Jay Z – “They would simply slay.” – Danielle Gay, assistant editor Vogue.com.au 2. Spice Girls – “Just because a reunion may never officially happen, doesn’t mean they can’t join Mr Corden.” – Lilith Hardie Lupica, associate editor Vogue.com.au 3. Romy and Michele – “Romy and Michele from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion with their rendition of Time After Time.” – Monique Santos, market editor 4. Diane Keaton, Bette Midler, and Goldie Hawn – “Diane Keaton, along with Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, because 20 years later You Don’t Own Me still holds up as my favourite power anthem and I’d love to see the 2016 version.” – Petta Chua, junior fashion editor 5. Drake – Mandy Alex, art director 6. Alicia Vikander – Danica Osland, bookings editor 7. Miley Cyrus – “Miley Cyrus would be an interesting one for Carpool Karaoke. Plus we might get some further insight into that wedding!” – Remy Rippon, beauty editor 8. Kanye West – “Please do it.” – Alice Birrell, fashion features and news editor 9. Victoria Beckham – “I would love to see Victoria Beckham in the car with James Corden. Not only would we get to hear her sing (something she hasn’t done publicly for a while) but her Vogue 73 questions is one of my favourites. She’s hilariously sassy and sarcastic in it, showing a side of her we should see more often!” – Rebecca Shalala, editorial coordinator 10. Robert Smith – “Robert Smith from The Cure. I would love to see James get his inner-goth on. They would need to pick from the more up-beat tracks like High and Friday I’m in Love otherwise it might be a little down.” – Rikki Keene, photography and casting director 11. Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie – “Cara Delevingne and Margot Robbie, together. I mostly just want to be friends with them, but I also think they’d do a killer ballad together. Are squad duets a thing?” – Francesca Wallace, online producer 12. Dolly Parton – “My favourite karaoke songs are Jolene and 9 to 5, so to see Dolly belting these out with the fabulous James Corden, plus the classic duet Islands in the Stream, would be as golden as her wig (if it fits in the car)!” – Sophie Tedmanson, deputy editor 13. Justin Trudeau – “My absolute dream Carpool Karaoke scenario would be Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau singing Hall & Oates You Make My Dreams Come True so I could pretend if only for 60 seconds that my favorite politician was serenading me with my favorite song.” – Erin Weinger, digital commercial editor 14. Emma Stone – “The coolest, the funniest, the best. Please be my best friend.” – Zara Wong, fashion features and content strategy director 15. Guns N’ Roses – Heidi Boardman, digital art director 16. Ariana Grande – Alexandra Brown, online editor and features writer Vogue Living Fifteen Movies for People Who Hate Valentine’s Day | BootLeg Betty BetteBack April 12, 1992: A Dolly Parton/Bette Midler Movie Collaboration? | BootLeg Betty The funniest female-fronted comedy films ever (Bette make the list twice!) | BootLeg Betty Bette Midler Passes On Movie, ‘Straight Talk’ | BootLeg Betty

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Fat As I Am – Bette Midler – Johnny Carson – 1985

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Video: Under The Boardwalk – Johnny Carson – 1988

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