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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, New Jersey 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. 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 the songbooks of two seminal artists, Rosemary Clooney and Peggy Lee, and in 2006 came out with her first-ever Christmas record, Cool Yule, which included a duet with Johnny Mathis.

Fans had to wait another eight years for a new studio album from Midler, but in the interim she was far from inactive. She released two compilation albums, 2008's Jackpot: The Best Bette and 2010's rarities set Memories of You; had a two-year residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas with her stage show The Showgirl Must Go On; appeared in the feature films The Women, Parental Guidance, and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, and starred on Broadway for the first time in 30 years in the play I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers. Her 14th studio album, It's the Girls! -- a tribute to classic girl trios down the years, from the Andrews Sisters to TLC -- was released in November 2014. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Smile People
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My mother loved this song RIP mom
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This was sung at my mother in laws funeral rip mom
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altrn2
In this life makes you remember the people who are special to you
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mmlimberlost 6
DC tonight.... par excellence!!
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Saw Bette's concert in Philadelphia last night. Better than I could have ever imagined! She was magnificent. Funny and beautiful and a great entertainer. Her voice is as great as ever. One of the best nights of my life. She made us laugh and moved us to tears. You could feel the love in that arena. So glad I was there!! Love her!!!
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dclark385
Was that a good concert people have been asking, IT WAS AWESOME! My friend didn't know about her is now a goopy. Hasn't stopped playing the CD I bought her with the tickets as her gift too. No intermission a few minutes off stage which is a hard way to do it. Truly a great entertainer. Made me wonder about Tina Turner could she still do it as she is older ? Yesterday flipping channels, theirs Tina live from Holland at 75 shaken it like she was 55. Bette is 69 and danced less but still FAB
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college_gurl _ 0 1
Going to a BETTE MIDLER concert tonight!!! Front Row seats!!! Words cant describe how I feel!!! Love you BETTE!!!
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dclark385
I am so incredibly excited! After all these years I am finely going to see Bette Midler at the TD Garden in Boston next Friday, June 12th, and I'm taking my best friend from here for her birthday present. Because she is Guatemalan she only knows one or two songs and doesn't know the incrediblene s s of the Devine Bette Midler. WOW I CAN'T STAND IT! AAAAH!!!!!!
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The biggest wish on my bucket list has been to see Bette in concert. My sister and I love her and will see her in Philly soon! A dream about to come true. She is an amazing woman and she just shines with life. Remember her with the Harlettes and a record on her amazing curly head! She sings to your heart and soul and I can't wait to see her! A true inspiration to middle age women and to anyone of any age with a dream!
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dc40_878
A true amazing artist! Had the pleasure of experiencing her amazing talent last night at Staples Center in LA. WOW! Thank you Bette!!
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rsalinas77
I've been to many concerts and seen everyone from Madonna to Cher and Bette is by far the best performer I have seen live on her 'Kiss My Brass' tour! I love her..amazing . .
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I am so looking forward to going to her concert tonight, the last time I saw her in person was in 1975? here in Houston
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She was born in Hawaii
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The. Rose. Iplay. That. When. My. Sister. Last breath. Love. M. Miller
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dragonlady60 8 8
beaches..the rose!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
bette is a amazing artist..actr e s s and she is awesime!!!!
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amazinginm
talented...w o m a n ! ! ! b e s u t i f u l voice!!!
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dragonlady60 8 8
love this lady...!!!!! ! . x o x o x o
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rodeobob69
LOVE HER
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Best song is some people liver
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auntroro81
I love this song it is so very beautiful, it is Me, and my mom's song.Because I also have. a severe heart condition, she says that I'am her hero, because of all what I have been through!
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I think she is awesome; loved the rose, funny and talented and beautiful
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My one true friend
best soundtrack
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Hope. You bette come to Melb vic
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I can't wait to see you again
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Oh yes, she's still alive and just released a new album! It's the Girls was just released last month. :)
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mojorisinimr l
Whatever happened to Bette Midler?is she still alive?
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drh6187
Bette is the "Divine Miss M"
She will be back tv this fall.
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wendina2451
She's so cool. I love her songs and all her movies too!
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My wedding song....34 years ago today!!!
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I love Bette Midler she inspired me to perform like her and sing!!! And she also my role model. I'm a 16 year old Bette Midler fan with aspergers syndrome
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Bette Midler - :Legend!
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She is in all of our pasts......e n j o r a b l e . . .
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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!
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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.
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Remembering the GREAT IDA LUPINO, singing this song really connected with me. LUPINO was so hot, she had smoke coming out of her ears.
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Wind beneath my wings was amazing on the Oscars!!! Almost made me cry great job Bette
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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!!!!:)
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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
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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!
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Divine Miss M you're the tops. Melt every time I hear Wind Beneath my Wings.
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leegdesign
Bette is the best, whether she ever sings another note or not - her legacy is wonderful.
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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...
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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
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I love her voice. One of my favorites is Somewhere Along the Way
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The rose is my favorite.
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bette your the best i love the movie the rose. the best ever
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She's the greatest.... talented and funny ...great combination
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loved her live albun
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