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Bette Midler

Bette Midler counts singing as only one of her talents. Still, she has managed to score a number of major hits in a roller-coaster career as a recording artist. Born in Paterson, NJ, and raised in Hawaii, Midler showed an interest in singing and acting early on, and by the '60s, she had moved to New York and gotten a role in the long-running Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof. Midler developed a nightclub act that included comedy and singing of a variety of kinds of material, including show tunes, pop hits, and even a takeoff on the Andrews Sisters, and appeared with increasing frequency in New York with her accompanist, Barry Manilow. She was signed to Atlantic Records and released The Divine Miss M (1972), which went gold and included a Top Ten single cover of the Andrews Sisters' "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." Bette Midler (1973) was similarly successful.

Midler's album sales fell off during the rest of the '70s, though her records always reached the Top 100 in the album chart. But in 1979 she starred in the film The Rose, a fictional account of the life of Janis Joplin, and the title track became a Top Ten hit. 1980 saw the release of Midler's concert film, Divine Madness, and her best-selling book, A View from a Broad. Her next film, Jinxed (1982), however, was a major flop, and subsequent records didn't fare well. Midler made a cinematic comeback with Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), but it wasn't until 1989 that she had another pop hit, when her version of "Wind Beneath My Wings" from her film Beaches became a number one hit. This rejuvenated her singing career, and 1990's Some People's Lives became a Top Ten, million-selling album, with the song "From a Distance" hitting number two. Midler's soundtrack album to her 1991 film For the Boys was also a gold-selling hit.

Midler appeared in a television production of the Broadway musical Gypsy that produced a charting soundtrack album in 1993 following the release of her million-selling hits collection Experience the Divine. The gold-selling Bette of Roses (1995) was her first regular album release in five years. Her 1996 film The First Wives Club was a major box office success. In 1998, she switched to Warner Bros. Records and released Bathhouse Betty, which went gold. With film opportunities drying up, the 54-year-old singer/actress turned to television, developing a half-hour network comedy series based on her own life. Though it didn't last long, Bette premiered on CBS on October 11, 2000; six days later, she released a second Warner Bros. album, also called Bette. During the next five years, Midler covered two seminal artists' songbooks, Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee, coming out with her first-ever Christmas record, which included a duet with Johnny Mathis, Cool Yule, in 2006. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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don.jorgense n
She is in all of our pasts......e n j o r a b l e . . .
auntroro81
I just love this song from the 90's from when I was in Third grade during the Gulf war! It is such a beautiful song! May God Bless all of our troops!
Forgot to IDENTIFY THE picture she starred in and sang this song. ROAD HOUSE with Cornel Wilde, and RICHARD WIDMARK. Not a great picture by IDA was beyond great.
Remembering the GREAT IDA LUPINO, singing this song really connected with me. LUPINO was so hot, she had smoke coming out of her ears.
Wind beneath my wings was amazing on the Oscars!!! Almost made me cry great job Bette
Bette is the best!! She is an amazing singer as well as actress. She is one of my idols and always will be. Love you Divine Miss M!!!!:)
She probably has so much to do (seriously:) ) but all my life (facing 50, sigh) I wanted to tell her she has a gift. No one!!! has a voice like that and I hope to someday watch her sing but - after all is said and done - YOU are my hero. much blessings to Bette
If you have not seen Bette in person you are missing an experience of a lifetime! I have been a fan since "Do You Want to Dance?" Loved her ever since! You ARE divine Bette!
Divine Miss M you're the tops. Melt every time I hear Wind Beneath my Wings.
leegdesign
Bette is the best, whether she ever sings another note or not - her legacy is wonderful.
burtgm59
Doing a Christmas album always signals a dying career. Maybe that's why I haven't heard anything about Midler lately. Personally, I think Ruthless People was the beginning of the end...
t_justice2
t_justice2 hali-says-rt r Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
I love her voice. One of my favorites is Somewhere Along the Way
The rose is my favorite.
bette your the best i love the movie the rose. the best ever
She's the greatest.... talented and funny ...great combination
loved her live albun
I love Bette Midler! especially the last song she sang for Johnny Carson.
The rose and all her songs! Bravo..
I love her Bette of Roses album, but I don't see it in the above selection.
Love her voice and her attitude!
Bette is a musical instrument
best female singer of all, forever; period
Yes, we love her indeed!
What's with the limited bio. There are SO MANY interesting things to say about Bette Midler, from her very roots at the Continental Baths in NYC with Barry Manilow, to her neumerous appearances on Broadway and in so many top rated films. Let's get with it and beef the bio up. Even Wikopedia has a much more informative bio. We love the Divine Miss M
ehclwry
Fever -- so seductive... .
ehclwry
Dearest Pandora...ca n ' t you do little better with Bette's bio...sure would appreciate it...take care -- hcl
i love bette midler!!!
She is absolutely a gem! A rare find indeed.
csmcmahon49
csmcmahon

I agree with the first blog below.....yo u have NOT done justice to her career....an d where and what is she doing now?????
Bette deserves a better biography! The one above is so short and includes grammatical errors. What about all her 1980's comedies (Ruthless People, Big Business, Outrageous Fortune)? First Wives Club? Hocus Pocus? Gypsy? No mention of her songbook albums in the 2000's? Her New York charity, New York Restoration Project? So much of her wonderful contribution to society is missing!
nixfix
remember she sang this for the great late Johnny Carson. She had such class while Johnny was tearing up in his eyes. It was just perfect! Touching:D
The first sentence in it this bio seems to have an extra word.
pcpepto
Thank You for making this song. It fits well for my mother that passed away. It helps me remember her. thank you Bette Midler
fraznoid64
Bette Midler sings songs the way songs were meant to be sung! Runs chills up my spine when I here her sing!
Howard Rodman.... I never was a worshipper or fan of singers or stars until I heard the recording .. The Divine Ms. M...the voice and lyrics have stayed in my musical memory forever and even today, 40 years later, when I play the old 78 I still get chills.
I am not a fan of many women singers...bu t I LOVE Bette!! She is so awesome, beautiful voice and absolutely fabulous in concert! What a great heart and glowing soul!
Beaches
My favorite Bette album...
nancy48767
Bette is talented, beautiful voice, funny...but I respect her most because she keeps it REAL...like she could be your personal BFF or next door neighbor. Im tired of all these stuck-up, talentless famous-for-n o - r e a s o n stars in today's headlines. Bette is SUBSTANCE and STYLE!
pavlina_dave
Fabulous singer, wonderful person! Love your vacant lot garden project in NYC! You truly give heart and soul..... Thankyou!
dianez_2
Please ... the words to THE ROSE
sassyjan
TO UNCLE.FLOSSY P A N T S
That was really MATURE of you. Now go stand in the corner until you can be a good boy.
I love Wind Beneath My Wings
it brings harmony to my hart. it make me feel like a human being.
george5560
I'll never forget when she sung "Wind Beneath My Wings" on the Jonny Carson show. It was his last show. It was the first time I ever saw him tear up on the air, really cool.
Perhaps the most harshly(unde s e r v e d l y so) critiqued artist in the history of American music. Her ability to bring tears to your eyes, either through a brilliantly heartwrenchi n g ballad, or through making you laugh so hard with a perfectly timed wisecrack, has been so undervalued by the "Critics", but not by her millions of fans.
Dedicated and danced to this song at my wedding with my then 8 yr. old daughter. Who is now 17 and it still makes me weep. Love you Bette.
donald8125
Was the person that wrote this bio on Bette Midler biased, uninformed, or just feeling lazy that day?
This song always remindes me the value of my (WIFE) to me.
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