Bette Midler Part One
Bette Midler (/ bɛt/; born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following. Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including her renditions of “The Rose“, “Wind Beneath My Wings“, “Do You Want to Dance“, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy“, and “From a Distance“.
Midler backstage at the Grammy Awards in February 1990
December 1, 1945( age 73).
Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii.
The Divine Miss M.
Martin von Haselberg( m. 1984).
Sophie von Haselberg.
Columbia. Warner Music Group.
Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She has since starred in a number of hit films, which include: Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986 ), Ruthless People (1986 ), Outrageous Fortune (1987 ), Big Business (1988 ), Beaches (1988 ), Hocus Pocus (1993 ), The First Wives Club (1996 ), The Stepford Wives (2004 ), and Parental Guidance (2012 ). She also starred in For the Boys (1991) and Gypsy (1993 ), winning two additional Golden Globes for these films and receiving a second Academy Award nomination for the former. In 2008, she signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas toperform a show titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in 2010.
In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. She has sold over 30million records worldwide, and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Midler‘s latest work included appearing on Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began preview performances on March 15, 2017 and premiered at the Shubert Theatre on April 20, 2017. It washer first leading role in a Broadway musical. On June 11, 2017, Midlerreceived the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role in Hello,Dolly!.
Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, where her family was one of the few Jewish families in a mostly Asian neighborhood. Her mother, Ruth (néeSchindel), was a seamstress and housewife, and her father, Fred Midler, worked at a Navy base in Hawaii as a painter, and was also a housepainter. Both parents were born in New Jersey. She was named after actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. She was raised in Aiea and attended Radford High School, in Honolulu. She was voted “Most Talkative“ in the 1961 school Hoss Election, and “Most Dramatic“ in her senior year (class of 1963). Midler majored in drama at the University ofHawaii at Manoa but left after three semesters. She earned money in the 1966 film Hawaii as an extra, playing an uncredited seasick passenger named Miss David Buff.
Midler married artist Martin von Haselberg on December 16, 1984, about six weeks after their first meeting. Their daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, who is also an actress, was born on November 14, 1986.
Midler relocated to New York City in the summer of 1965, using money from her workin the film Hawaii. She studied theatre at HB Studio under Uta Hagen. She landed her first professional onstage role in Tom Eyen‘s Off-Off-Broadway plays in 1965, Miss Nefertiti Regrets and Cinderella Revisited, a children‘s play by day and an adult show by night. From 1966 to 1969, she played the role of Tzeitelin Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. After Fiddler, she joined the original cast of Salvation in 1969.
She began singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the Ansonia Hotel, in the summer of 1970. During this time, she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first album in 1972, The Divine Miss M. It was during her time at the Continental Baths that she built up a core following. In the late 1990s, during the release of her album Bathhouse Betty, Midler commented on her time performing there, “Despite the way things turned out, with the AIDS crisis, I‘m still proud of those days. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of ‘Bathhouse Betty‘ with pride.“
Midler starred in the first professional production of the Who‘s rock opera Tommy in 1971, with director Richard Pearlman and the Seattle Opera. It was during the run of Tommy that Midler first appeared on The Tonight Show.