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BETTE MIDLER (Kitty Galore) grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she began singing at an early age. After playing an extra in the film "Hawaii,” she earned enough money to move to New York City where she starred on Broadway, playing Tzeitel, the oldest daughter in the hit musical "Fiddler on the Roof.”

Once she began singing in clubs around town, word reached the owner of the famed Continental Baths, who immediately offered her a job. Performing at the baths, Midler developed the trademark act that would soon make her one of the most renowned talents of a generation. Her performances of songs like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” "Delta Dawn” and "Superstar” were unforgettable and caused audiences to fall in love with the self-anointed Divine Miss M.

Discovered by Ahmet Ertugun, the legendary president of Atlantic Records, Midler recorded her first album, The Divine Miss M, which hit #9 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart and went platinum. In 1973, she won her first Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Throughout the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, Midler's chart-topping career continued to flourish as she released dozens of hit albums. After successfully touring the world and returning to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning show "Clams on the Halfshell,” Midler took her first starring role in the feature film, "The Rose,” which garnered two Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy for the film's title song and a best actress Oscar® nomination. Midler then went on to star in many successful films, including "Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” "Ruthless People,” "Outrageous Fortune,” "Big Business,” "Beaches,” "Stella,” "Scenes from a Mall,” "For the Boys,” "Hocus Pocus,” "The First Wives Club,” "Isn't She Great” and, most recently, Helen Hunt's directorial debut, "Then She Found Me.”

In addition to her work on stage and in films, Midler made her mark on television with the Emmy Award-winning CBS special "Ol' Red Hair is Back” and two HBO concerts: "Live at Last” and "Art or Bust.” She earned an Emmy for her performance in the HBO concert film "Diva Las Vegas” and, in 1992, won a Golden Globe Award and a National Board of Review Award for her performance in the television adaptation of the musical "Gypsy.”

After four Grammys, four Golden Globes, three Emmys, a Tony Award and numerous record-breaking performances, the Divine Miss M is still going strong. In February, 2008, she premiered her critically acclaimed headlining act "The Showgirl Must Go On” at The Coliseum at Caesars Palace, for a successful two-year run.

Outside the spotlight, Midler takes great pride as the founder of the New York Restoration Project (, which she established in 1995. The organization works to uncover, reclaim and clean up neglected public spaces while nurturing community empowerment and fostering civic pride in local New York communities. Midler lives in New York City with her husband, Martin von Haselberg.


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