ISN'T SHE GREAT
BETTE MIDLER (Jacqueline Susann) first captivated audiences in the early
1970's as the outrageous chanteuse "The Divine Miss M," and has since
evolved into one of the entertainment world's most adored, respected and
versatile performers. Midler has been honored with two Academy Award
nominations, two Emmy Awards, four Grammy Awards, a Tony Award, and four Golden
Midler's Oscar nominated motion picture debut as the self-destructive rock
singer in the hit 1979 musical drama The Rose also earned her two Golden
Globe Awards. Thus began Midler's film career, which includes starring roles in
such successful films as Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless
People, Outrageous Fortune, Beaches, Big Business, and For
the Boys, which earned Midler her second Oscar nomination in 1991 and a
Golden Globe for Best Actress. Her other film credits include Divine Madness,
Stella, Scenes From a Mall, Hocus Pocus, Get Shorty
and the comedy smash The First Wives Club.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Midler studied drama at the University of Hawaii
and was later cast as an extra in the epic 1966 movie drama Hawaii,
playing a missionary's seasick wife.
Soon after, she moved to Manhattan and made her New York stage debut in
Nefertiti Regrets and later took over the role of Tzeitel in the classic
Broadway musical Fiddler on The Roof. Following singing engagements at
several popular cabarets, she enjoyed a sensational -and now-legendary- run
performing at Manhattan's Continental Baths. A National tour followed along with
an Atlantic Records recording contract.
In 1973, Midler won her first Grammy Award as Best New Artist for her debut
album, "The Divine Miss M." That same year she received a special Tony
Award for her electrifying performance at Broadway's Palace Theater. Midler's
meteoric rise continued with her "Clams on the Halfshell" concert
revue, HBO's The Fabulous Bette Midler Show, the Emmy-winning TV special, Ol' Red Hair Is Back, the Broadway production of Divine Madness and five
hit record albums: "Bette Midler," "Songs For the
Depression," "Live At Last," "Broken Blossom" and
"Thighs and Whispers." In 1992, Midler received an Emmy Award for
outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program for her
appearance on The Tonight Show's farewell to Carson.
In 1985, Midler and partner Bonnie Bruckheimer formed All Girl Productions.
Midler starred in their first film, the successful Beaches, which also spawned a
top-selling soundtrack album and a number one single, "The Wind Beneath My
Wings." More recently, All Girl produced the acclaimed CBS television
presentation of Gypsy, starring Midler as Mama Rose, for which she
received a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a musical or comedy, as well as That
Old Feeling. The company currently has a string of comedy features in
development, several to also star Midler.
In 1993, Midler embarked on her first national concert tour in 10 years,
"Experience the Divine." The record-breaking tour included an
unprecedented, sold out, six-week stint at Radio City Music Hall that broke all
existing box office records for a concert by an individual. Recently, Midler
garnered critical acclaim for her concert Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas,
which she performed live at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which later aired
on HBO. The special received 10 Emmy nominations, the most for any television
special in 1997, and Midler won an Emmy for her performance. She received an
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