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Bette [?middle?] Midler

December 1, 1945

Honolulu, Hawaii


  • Bette Midler was born on December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii to Fred and Ruth (Schindel) Midler. She has two older sisters, Judith and Susan.  Her mother was a big movie buff and named all of her daughters after movie stars: Bette Davis, Judy Garland and Susan Hayward.  She also has a younger brother, Daniel.

  • Her parents introduced her to the world of entertainment when she was a young child by bringing her to movies, plays and musicals.  This sparked her interest in becoming a star. She appeared in her school plays, and even competed in local talent shows (she once won a $2 prize).

  • After she graduated Radford High School, she attended the University of Hawaii (where she majored in drama), but began thinking about pursuing a career as a singer/actress.  Her movie debut came in 1966, when she got a small part in the movie Hawaii, which was filming locally.  However, she knew that Hawaii, although beautiful, was not the place for her to succeed, so she saved up all her money (working many jobs, including as a canner at a Pineapple factory) to buy a one-way ticket to New York.

  • In lat 1966, she began to take on many different acting jobs including a sales person and a go-go dancer. [Note: she made many friends in the business, including a life long friend, Barry Manillow) He was in the chorus of the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof, but got a break and eventually moved on to the role of Tizel.  However, three years later, her sister came to visit her in New York.  On her way to the play she was hit and killed by a speeding taxi while crossing the street.  This had an impact on her professionally, and decided that the constant grind of working every night was too much, and quit the lights of the Broadway stage in 1969.

  • In 1970, she began appearing at local clubs such as The Continental Baths (frequented by gay men and transvestites). She created an alter-ego, The Divine Miss M. and would sing various songs, intertwined with humor and whit.  Lady luck came into the picture in 1971, when she was appearing at The Bitter End (a club in New York City), Ahmet Ertugun, the president of Atlantic Records, happened to be in the audience.  He loved her show, came back stage afterwards, and offered her a record contract.

  • She released her first album in 1972 entitled The Divine Miss M, (produced by Barry Manillow) followed by a whirlwind North American tour. Anyone seeing Midler perform instantly became a fan.  Her album reached number 9 on the Billboard list. For her work on this album, she won her first Grammy Award for Best New Artist. During this time, she also appeared at the Sahara with Johnny Carson.

  • In 1974, she appeared in her second movie, The Thorn. She also leant her voice to the animated film as the Scarecrow in Scarecrow in the Garden of Cucumbers (1972).

  • Her second album, self-titled album, Bette Midler, was released in 1973.  Although it broke the top ten list in Billboard, it was trashed by critics. In fact, Jon Landau’s criticism in Rolling Stone caused her to go into a state of severe depression, eventually going into a nervous breakdown.

  • Bette bounced back in 1975, going back to Broadway, with her own show Clams On the Half Shell Revue. The show was a huge success.  She used the high spirits to record her third album, Songs For the New Depression, titled as such from her recent episode. However, the album did not due as well as expected, and only reached number 27 on the Billboard album list. To promote sales, she went out on tour, however, the album still did not reach the commercial success she had hoped for.  As a consolation prize, the tour spurned a cable television (HBO) special, O’l Red Hair is Back, which won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy or Variety Special. She also released a critically acclaimed live album. Live at Last, recorded from her tour.

  • Her next two albums, Broken Blossom (1977) and Thighs and Wispers (1979) were not big sellers, however, Bette received a big break in movies in 1979 when she was given the role as Mary Rose Foster in The Rose. For this role, she won Golden Globes for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy and Best Newcomer to Film. She was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.  In addition, she also won her second Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the soundtrack to The Rose.

  • The following year, she went back out on tour, aptly named the Divine Madness Tour.  The tour was a huge success, and so was a live film based on the tour, also called Divine Madness, in which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.

  • She starred in her next movie in 1982, entitled Jinxed.  However, the movie was not successful. So, she turned back to music once again and began another tour in 1983 while recording her next album, No Frills, released later that year, which was had some mild success.  This brought her into another state of depression and alcoholism.

  • Bette found happiness and love love in 1984 and married singer Martin von Hasselberg.  They began planning their marriage after only knowing each other for two year. She gave birth to their daughter Sophie Frederica Alohilani Von Haselberg in November 1986.

  • Now as a new mommy, she signed a movie contract with Disney and starred in fairly successful movies, such as Ruthless People (1986) [awarded American Comedy Award for Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture], Outrageous Fortune (1987) [won another American Comedy Award and nominated for a Golden Globe], Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) nominated for a Golden Globe], and Beaches (1988). The movie Beaches was a huge success and the soundtrack followed suit. In fact, the song, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” from the album won a Grammy Award for Best Record of the Year.

  • In 1987 she received American Comedy Awards for Lifetime Achievement in Comedy and Funniest Female Performer of the Year. That same year she also won the American Cinematheque Award.

  • In the midst of her flourishing movie career, believe it or not, she had time to release another album, Some People’s Lives (1990), which went Platinum.

  • She followed these up with other movies, such as Stella (1990), Scenes From the Mall (1991), and For the Boys (1991). She won a Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comeny/Musical for her role in For the Boys. The soundtrack from the movie For the Boys went gold.

  • In 1993, she won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for her role in Gypsy.  She was also nominated for an Emmy Award for this role. This was also the same year that Johnny Carson said his final goodbye on the Tonight Show. Bette Midler was his final guest and won two Emmy Awards for her appearance: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Funniest Female in a Television Special.  In ’93 she also appeared at the Radio City Music Hall to the delight of critics and fans, and released a well selling greatest hits albums.

  • In 1995, she released her album Bette of Roses, which went Platinum. In 1996, she was back on screen in The First Wives Club, which did very well at the box office and followed that up with Get Shorty later that year. However, over the next few years, she has not had resounding success on the big screen, including the much anticipated Stepford Wives in 2004.

  • Her music career in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s was more successful than her screen career.  In 1998 she released Bathhouse Betty, and followed it up the following year with the Divine Miss Millenium Tour – both were successful.

  • She was given her own television show in 2000, called Bette, and an album of the same name. Although she won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series, the TV Guide Award for Actress of the Year in a New Series and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV series – Comedy/Musical, the show was cancelled in 2001. Bette was actually happy, since working on the series was too much work and did not allow her to do other things. The album Bette broke into the top 40 on Billboards album charts.

  • In 2003, she honored Rosemary Clooney, by recording her songs (with the help of Barry Manillow) in an album called Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook. The album sold many copies.

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Album Title

The Divine Miss M

Bette Midler

Songs for the New Depression

Live at Last (Live)

Broken Blossom


1. Do You Want to Dance?
2. Chapel of Love
3. Superstar
4. Daytime Hustler
5. Am I Blue
6. Friends
7. Hello in There
8. Leader of the Pack
9. Delta Dawn
10. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
11. Friends


1. Skylark
2. Drinking Again
3. Breaking Up Somebody's Home
4. Surabaya Johnny
5. I Shall Be Released
6. Optimistic Voices/Lullaby of Broadway
7. In the Mood
8. Uptown/Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)/Da Doo Run Run
9. Twisted
10. Higher and Higher (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me)

1. Strangers in the Night
2. I Don't Want the Night to End
3. Mr. Rockefeller
4. Old Cape Cod
5. Buckets of Rain
6. Love Says It's Waiting
7. Shiver Me Timbers/Samedi et Vendredi
8. No Jestering
9. Tragedy
10. Marahuana
11. Let Me Just Follow Behind


1. Backstage
2. Friends/Oh My My
3. Bang, You're Dead
4. Birds
5. Comic Relief
6. In the Mood
7. Hurry on Down
8. Shiver Me Timbers
9. The Vicki Eydie Show (a. Around the Word  b. Istanbul  c. Fiesta in Rio  d. South Seas Theme/Hawaiian War Chant  e. Lullaby of Broadway)
10. Intermission: You're Moving Out Today
11. Delta Dawn
12. Long John Blues
13. Those Wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes
14. The Story of Nanette (a. Nanette  b. Alabama Song/Drinking Again  c. Mr. Rockefeller  d. Ready to Begin Again/Do You Want to Dance?)
15. Fried Eggs
16. Hello in There
17. Finale (a. Up the Ladder to the Roof  b. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy  c. Friends)

1. Make Yourself Comfortable
2. You Don't Know Me
3. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
4. I Never Talk to Strangers
5. Storybook Children
6. Red
7. Empty Bed Blues
8. A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes
9. Paradise
10. Yellow Beach Umbrella
11. La Vie en Rose








Album Title

Thighs and Whispers

The Rose Soundtrack

Divine Madness! Soundtrack

No Frills

Mud Will Be Flung Tonight!


1. Big Noise from Winnetka
2. Millworker
3. Cradle Days
4. My Knight in Black Leader
5. Hang On in There, Baby
6. Hurricane
7. Rain
8. Married Men

1. Whose Side Are You On?
2. Midnight in Memphis
3. Concert Monologue
4. When a Man Loves a Woman
5. Sold My Soul to Rock 'n' Roll
6. Keep on Rockin'
7. Love Me with a Feeling
8. Camillia
9. Homecoming Monologue
10. Stay with Me
11. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
12. The Rose

1. Big Noise from Winnetka
2. Paradise
3. Shiver Me Timbers
4. Fire Down Below
5. Stay with Me
6. My Mother's Eyes
7. Chapel of Love/Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
8. E Street Shuffle/Summer (The First Time)/Leader of the Pack
9. You Can't Always Get What You Want/I Shall Be Released

1. Is It Love
2. Favorite Waste of Time
3. All I Need to Know
4. Only in Miami
5. Heart Over Head
6. Let Me Drive
7. My Eye on You
8. Beast of Burden
9. Soda and a Souvenir
10. Come Back Jimmy Dean

1. Taking Aim
2. Fit or Fat: "Fat As I Am"
3. Marriage, Movies, Madonna, and Mick
4. Vicki Eydie: "I'm Singing Broadway"
5. Coping
6. The Unfettered Boob
7. "Otto Titsling"
8. Why Bother?
9. Soph









Album Title

Beaches Soundtrack

Some People's Lives

For the Boys Soundtrack

Greatest Hits - Experience the Divine

Gypsy Soundtrack


1. Under the Boardwalk
2. Wind Beneath My Wings
3. I've Still Got My Health
4. I Think It's Going to Rain Today
5. Otto Titsling
6. I Know You By Heart
7. The Glory of Love
8. Baby Mine
9. Oh Industry
10. Friendship Theme

1. One More Round
2. Some People's Lives
3. Miss Otis Regrets
4. Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
5. Night and Day
6. The Girl Is on to You
7. From a Distance
8. Moonlight Dancing
9. He Was Too Good to Me/Since You Stayed Here
10. All of a Sudden
11. The Gift of Love

1. Billy-A-Dick
2. Stuff Like That There
3. P.S. I Love You
4. The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish
5. I Remember You/Dixie's Dream
6. Baby, It's Cold Outside
7. Dreamland
8. Vickie and Mr. Valves
9. For All We Know
10. Come Rain or Come Shine
11. In My Life
12. I Remember You
13. Every Road Leads Back to You

1. Hello in There
2. Do You Want to Dance?
3. From a Distance
4. Chapel of Love
5. Only in Miami
6. When a Man Loves a Woman
7. The Rose
8. Miss Otis Regrets
9. Shiver Me Timbers
10. Wind Beneath My Wings
11. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
13. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
14. Friends
15. In My Life

1. Overture
2. Some People
3. Small World
4. Baby June and Her Newsboys
5. Mr. Goldstone
6. Little Lamb
7. You'll Never Get Away from Me
8. Dainty June and Her Farmboys
9. If Momma Was Married
10. All I Need is the Girl
11. Everything's Coming Up Roses
12. Together, Wherever We Go
13. You Gotta Get a Gimmick
14. Let Me Entertain You
15. Rose's Turn
16. End Credits








Album Title

Bette of Roses

Bathhouse Betty


Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook



1. I Know This Town
2. In This Life
3. Bottomless
4. To Comfort You
5. To Deserve You
6. The Last Time
7. Bed of Roses
8. The Perfect Kiss
9. As Dreams Go By
10. It's Too Late
11. I Believe in You

1. Song of Bernadette
2. I'm Beautiful
3. Lullaby in Blue
4. Ukulele Lady
5. I'm Hip
6. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
7. One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
8. Boxing
9. Big Socks
10. That's How Love Moves
11. My One True Friend
12. Laughing Matters

1. That's How Heartaches Are Made
2. In These Shoes
3. God Give Me Strength
4. Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)
5. Love TKO
6. Moses
7. Nobody Else But You
8. Color of Roses
9. Bless You Child
10. When Your Life Was Low
11. Shining Star

1. You'll Never Know
2. This Ole House
3. On a Slow Boat to China (duet with Barry Manilow
4. Hey There
5. Tenderly
6. Come On-A My House
7. Mambo Italiano
8. Sisters (duet with Linda Ronstadt)
9. Memories of You
10. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
11. Bonus Track: White Christmas



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Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers

The Thorn

Vegetable Soup (TV)

The Rose



Scarecrow (voice)

Virgin Mary

Woody The Spoon (voice)

Mary Rose Foster








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Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Ruthless People

The Lottery

Outrageous Fortune


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Big Business

Oliver & Company


For the Boys


Cecilia Carol Bloom

Sadie Ratliff & Sadie Shelton

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Stella Claire

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Scenes from a Mall


Hocus Pocus 

Get Shorty

The First Wives Club


Deborah Fifer

Mama Rose

Winifred Sanderson

Doris Saphron

Brenda Cushman








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That Old Feeling

Bette (TV)

Drowning Mona

Isn't She Great

What Women Want


Lilly Leonard


Mona Dearly

Jacqueline Susann

Dr. J.M. Perkins






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In the Pink

The Meddlers



Bobbie Markowitz




First Wives Club Poster




Bette Midler: Still Devine

The Bette Midler Scrapbook

Contemporary Authors: Bette Midler




Divine Madness DVD

First Wives Club Cap

The Wind Beneath My Wings Tapestry




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