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Friday, June 1, 2018

Read On Bootleg Betty: A View From A Broad By Bette Midler

Bette Midler, Book, A View From A Broad Bette Midler, also known as Divine Miss M—the indomitable and incomparable singer, actor, and musical theater extraordinaire, with a career spanning almost half a century—revisits her classic memoir, now with a new introduction. With her brassy voice and bold performances making the world finally pay attention, she needs no introduction. Grammy award–winning singer, Academy Award–nominee, Broadway star of her critically acclaimed one-woman show and beloved actress in The Rose, Beaches and Down and Out in Beverly Hills—Bette Midler is a household name whose career and fans span generations. In A View from a Broad, originally published in 1980, Bette relives her career through memories of endless rehearsals, her fear of flying, crazy schedules and wisdom she learned from Thai Gondoliers, with the trademark razor-blade wit that her fans have grown to know, love and expect. Filled with photographs, a new introduction and heartwarming stories that highlight only a portion of a brilliant career, A View from a Broad is the perfect gift for anyone who loves music, theater or just plain fun—and will be cherished by the fans of Divine Miss M for years to come.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Reminiscences on ‘A View from a Broad’

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Linda Ronstadt On Singing With Bette Midler

9-5-2012 6-58-53 PM MR: Let’s talk about a couple of the duets, “Sisters,” first of all, with Bette Midler. LR: I loved doing that. We had so much fun. I love Bette Midler, I’m a huge Bette Midler fan. I think she is just an incredibly brilliant, wonderful, intelligent talent and she’s so creative and she’s such a wonderful writer and she just does it all herself, you know? It’s hard to find a talent like that where she’s just making it all up herself. She knows when to delegate and add stuff, she invents all of these characters, I love her. MR: Yeah, and you not only sound like sisters, you sound like twins on that one. LR: [laughs] Oh, we’re both chameleons, so we’re both kind of reflecting each other. But she has a little delighted, delicious… It’s her sense of humor that comes out in the middle of that song; it’s the little gleam in her eyes, that wicked little sense of humor. She’s just absolutely naughty. When she sings, she has that undercurrent of a stripper’s “buh-boom, buh-boom, buh-boom” kind of thing. [laughs] The two sisters in business selling it out there, it’s so great. It’s such a conspiratorial little thing she was sharing with me.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

Bette Midler: New CD Information

Bette and Martin with songwriter Aillie Willis

Bette and Martin with songwriter Aillie Willis

Here’s a little update on Ms. M’s upcoming CD. First of all, it’s not finished yet. Bette is still recording with Marc Shaiman at the helm producing along with engineer Scott Riesett (Smash). The CD will be released by the Rhino/Warner group. While there is no specific release date set, expect it to drop either in the late fall or early winter.
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Interview: NPR Transcript Of “A View From A Broad”

10149406_10203489221174499_310253969_n   Before Bette Midler was in movies like Beaches and Down and Out in Beverly Hills, the actress and singer wore masks and costumes on stage, playing scantily clad, scandalous characters like a wheelchair-riding mermaid and, of course, the Divine Miss M — Midler’s early stage persona. Midler wrote about her early career in A View From a Broad, a memoir she published in 1980. A new edition of that book was recently released with a brand new introduction in which Midler writes:
“Long, long ago, around 1980, through a veil of hot, briny tears, I seem to recall that I toured the world with my show, for the first time, and lived to tell. The book you hold in your hands was the ‘confaction’ that came out of that tour. I was thirty-five years old, cute as a button and excited beyond belief. I was going to see the world, and the world was going to see me.”
Midler joins NPR’s David Greene to talk about her stage persona and her childhood in Hawaii.

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Interview: “I’m lucky I didn’t turn into Saddam Hussein…”

USA Today Bette Midler shows, again, why she’s simply Divine April 2, 2014 1948186_10152291288582324_1805338546_n When Bette Midler reflects on her younger self, she recalls a gal with “so much drive and will” that “I’m lucky I didn’t turn into Saddam Hussein. Fortunately, mine was channeled towards fun and joy, rather than anything negative.” So when Midler, now 68, decided to re-release A View From A Broad, the “heavily embroidered” memoir she first published back in 1980, she saw it as an opportunity to shine her light anew. “Two generations have grown up since I put it out,” she notes. “It’s a bit of a soufflé for this dreary world.” The book (Simon & Schuster) documents the world tour that “The Divine Miss M” started just before launching a successful film career with her Oscar-nominated performance in The Rose. The singer/actress/comedian recounts her adventures with the “motley crew” she describes, in a new introduction, as consisting of “a quarrelsome band that murdered the time; three libidinous girl singers; and many, many attractive soundmen, stagehands, road managers, drivers and fans.” We meet other colorful characters, from a dresser who serves as Midler’s confidante and moral lecturer to a snooty French salesman with a soft heart, while Midler offers her own often cheeky insights and admonitions. “The voice that seems to amuse me the most when I’m writing has this sort of hifalutin’, musn’t-damage-my-manicure type of personality,” Midler says. “That’s not what I’m like at all in real life. I’m actually so down-to-earth that it’s boring. But it’s a respite to be ridiculous. I have strongly held views, but I don’t like to shake my finger at anyone.” Though Midler didn’t make any adjustments in revisiting her work of “faction,” she found it “easy to transport myself back. Even though I’ve moved on, those memories are extremely vivid — more so than a lot of memories I have of things I worked on after that period. My memories of family life, of my marriage and bringing up my daughter, are extremely sharp and clear, but with work it’s different somehow.” One recent gig that Midler won’t soon forget is her appearance at the Academy Awards on March 2, when she sang Wind Beneath My Wings for the “In Memoriam” segment honoring artists and industry insiders who died over the past year. “It was the largest orchestra I’d ever faced,” she notes. “The sound was just so thrilling — one of the biggest thrills of my life. The (musicians) were actually in another location, so it was a little nerve-racking; but I had to jump in, to not let technology ruin my experience. So that was a personal triumph — though I really went out there to say my goodbyes, to the departed. I think it did what I meant it to do.” Midler plans to pay homage to another late Hollywood icon by playing Mae West in a film she’s developing for HBO. “I actually used to impersonate her when I was a kid. Then years later I did it on Johnny Carson‘s show, and her lawyer sent me a cease-and-desist order.” Midler laughs. “You know, now that I’ve reached the age that (West) was when I started doing her, I understand. Of course she would say that no one could play her like she could play herself — even if they had to pull her off a gurney to do it. She was a true force of nature.” Much as Midler’s own life has evolved since she first unveiled Broad, live performance remains her defining passion. Last year, she earned acclaim on Broadway in John Logan’s one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers; the production later transferred to Los Angeles. “I’ll be 80 in 12 years,” she points out. “I do hope that I don’t die on stage — that’s happened to other people. But this is what I do when you strip it all away: I show up and communicate with an audience, and try to give them color and spectacle, and to not bring in the hideous parts of existence. And I’d still like to see the world, to meet it in a bigger way.”
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Video: Bette Midler On The Insider This Morning

Bette Midler took over a Manhattan Barnes & Noble store for a book signing for the re-release of her memoir, “A View From a Broad.” “The Insider With Yahoo” was there to chat with Bette. The singer opened up about comparing herself now to when she was younger. “I was quite brazen, but now I’m ultrarefined! I’m a lady now.” The diva continued, “When you hit 50, you gotta be a lady, or else.” Check out this video to see more with Bette, and tune in to “The Insider With Yahoo” for the latest news.
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Divine Ms. Bookworm

Bette Midler reveals her favorite books NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:30 AM bette1f-3-web You can add “voracious bookworm” to Bette Midler’s storied resume. “I have to live next to a bookstore,” Midler told the News. A longtime New Yorker, Midler is particularly fond of the shops on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “I will not buy a book online I can get in a bookstore,” Midler said. “You can talk about Amazon all you want, it is not the same. People should not take it for granted.” The Divine Miss M is gearing up to release a book of her own, a reissue of her 1980 memoir “A View from A Broad.” In the new introduction, Midler opens up about her love of all things literary. “I am a reader, and I have been my whole life. I love books and I love all the romance associated with them,” Midler writes. “I even adore editors: How marvelous to be squirrelled away in some dank corner spinning literary dross into gold.” So what volumes in particular grace the 68-year-old musical legend’s shelves? “I read P.G. Wodehouse, E.S. Benson, Nancy Mitford,” Midler told the News. “I read Mark Twain with all my heart. I love Melville. This year I read ‘White Fang’ and ‘The Call of the Wild,’ and I have to tell you that I cried. I hadn’t cried over a book in 40 years.” “I have a real weakness for books about Hollywood girls from the South who married well,” Midler added. “I’ll read any noir set in the far East. Any mystery book with the word ‘Shanghai’ in the title, I buy it.” “I have like seven or eight books going at any one time,” Midler added. “If we’re driving in a car and my husband sees a bookstore, he knows I’m going to want to go.” Midler’s reissued memoir hits shelves on April 1, when she’ll also be signing copies at the Barnes & Noble in Union Square.
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She’s still got it!

Daily Mail She’s still got it! Bette Midler, 68, bares her legs in a white skirt as she promotes her memoir A View From A Broad By ELIZABETH BEVERLY PUBLISHED: 00:02 EST, 2 April 2014 | UPDATED: 03:32 EST, 2 April 2014 article-0-1CC1441400000578-927_634x999 She promoted her book A View From A Broad on Tuesday. And Bette Midler was quite a view herself, showing off her thin legs in a flouncy white circle skirt as she held a book signing at Barnes & Noble in New York’s Union Square. Showing some sass, the 68-year-old actress smiled as she proudly displayed her bight pink memoir alongside Judy Gold. Sexy at 68! Bette Midler showed some skin in a white mini skirt as she promoted her memoir A View From A Broad at Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Union Square on Tuesday The blonde star looked lovely in her spring skirt that she paired with a black blouse and slingback sandal heels. The Beaches actress published A View From A Broad in 1980 but recently released a new edition. The updated copy includes a fresh introduction from the star, saying: ‘Long, long ago, around 1980, through a veil of hot, briny tears, I seem to recall that I toured the world with my show, for the first time, and lived to tell. You ain’t seen nothing yet! The memoir documents the world tour that The Divine Miss M singer started right before launching a successful film career ‘The book you hold in your hands was the “confaction” that came out of that tour. ‘I was thirty-five years old, cute as a button and excited beyond belief. I was going to see the world, and the world was going to see me.’ The memoir documents the world tour that The Divine Miss M singer started right before launching a successful film career, which took off in 1979 due to her Oscar-nominated performance as a rock singer in The Rose. Bette Midler is now a multiple Grammy, Golden Globe and Emmy Winner.

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    What Books And Authors Is Bette Midler Reading?

    Oregon Live Sen. Ted Cruz is writing a memoir; so is Flea; Jimmy Carter does Seattle; Bette Midler reads: book notes April 2, 2014 Legendary Bette Midler in conversation with Judy Gold "A View From a Broad" Book Signing Bette Midler‘s 1980 “A View From A Broad” has been reissued, and the singer tells The New York Daily News she loves to read the classics. “I read P.G. Wodehouse, E.S. Benson, Nancy Mitford. I read Mark Twain with all my heart I love Melville. This year I read ‘White Fang’ and ‘The Call of the Wild‘ and I have to tell you I cried. I hadn’t cried over a book in 40 years.”  

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