Bette Midler Part Two

Bette Midler Part Two

Bette Midler Part Two

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1972–1980: The Divine Miss M and success

Bette Midler Part Two

Midler with Dustin Hoffman on Bette Midler TV special (1977 )
Midler released her debut album, The Divine Miss M, on Atlantic Records inDecember 1972. The album was co-produced by Barry Manilow, who was Bette‘s arranger and music conductor at the time. It reached Billboard‘s Top 10 and became a million-selling Platinum-certified album, earning Midler the 1973 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. It featured three hit singlesDo You Wan na Dance?, Friends, and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy the third of which became Midler‘s first No. 1 Adult Contemporary hit. Bugle Boy became a successful rock cover of the classic swing tune originally introduced and popularized in 1941 by the Andrews Sisters, to whom Midler has repeatedly referred as her idols and inspiration, as far back as her first appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Midler told Carson in an interview that she always wanted to move like the sisters, and Patty Andrews remembered: When I first heard the introduction on the radio, I thought it was our old record. When Bette opened at the Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Maxene and I went backstage to see her. Her firstwords were, What else did you record? During another Midler concertMaxene went on stage and presented her with an honorary bugle. Bette recorded other Andrews Sisters hits, including In the Mood and Lullaby of Broadway.

Bette Midler Part Two

Midler at the premiere of her feature-film starring debut, The Rose, in 1979.
Her self-titled follow-up album was released at the end of 1973. Again, the album was co-produced by Manilow. It reached Billboard‘s Top 10 and eventually sold close to a million copies in the United States alone. Midler returned to recording with the 1976 and 1977 albums, Songs for the New Depression and Broken Blossom. In 1974, she received a Special Tony Award for her contribution to Broadway, with Clams on the Half Shell Revue playing at the Minskoff Theater.From 1975 1978, she also provided the voice of Woody the Spoon on the PBS educational series Vegetable Soup. In 1977, Midler‘s first television specialwhose title, Ol’ Red Hair is Back, was a takeoff on Frank Sinatra‘s Ol’ Blue Eyes Is Back, premiered, featuring guest stars Dustin Hoffman and Emmett Kelly. It went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Comedy-Variety or Music.

Bette Midler Part Two

1981, in Amsterdam promoting the film Divine Madness (1980 )
Midler made her first motion picture in 1979, starring in the 1960s-era rock and roll tragedy The Rose, as a drug-addicted rock star modeled after Janis Joplin. That year, she also released her fifth studio album, Thighs and WhispersMidler‘s first foray into disco was a commercial and critical failure and went onto be her all-time lowest charting album, peaking at No. 65 on the Billboard album chart. Soon afterward, she began a world concert tour, with one of her showsin Pasadena being filmed and released as the concert film Divine Madness (1980 ).

Her performance in The Rose earned her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress, a role for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Comedy or Musical). The film‘s acclaimed soundtrack album sold over two million copies in the United States alone, earning a Double Platinum certification. The single version of the title song, which Amanda McBroom had written and composedheld the No. 1 position on Billboard‘s Adult Contemporary chart for five consecutive weeks and reached No. 3 on Billboard‘s Hot 100. It earned Midler her first Gold single and won the Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance,Female.
1981 1989: Wind Beneath My Wings, Beaches, and chart comeback

Midler worked on the troubled comedy project Jinxed! in 1981. However, duringproduction, there was friction with co-star Ken Wahl and the film‘s director, Don Siegel. Released in 1982, the film was a major flop.  Midler did not appear in any other films until 1986, however, she was an early choice forMiss Hannigan in the 1982 film Annie. During those four years, she concentrated onher music career and in 1983, released the album No Frills, produced by Chuck Plotkin, who was best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Thealbum included three single releases: the ballad All I Need to Know, a cover ofDetroit native Marshall Crenshaw‘s You‘re My Favorite Waste of Time which Midler fell in love with after flipping his 45 of Someday Someway and Midler‘s take on the Rolling Stones cover Beast of Burden. Shealso released an all-comedy album (with a few songs tied into the comedy) calledMud Will Be Flung Tonight in 1985.

Midler performed on USA for Africa‘s 1985 fund-raising single We Are the World,and participated at the Live Aid event at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia.  Alsoin 1985, she signed a multi-picture deal with the Walt Disney Studios, where she starred in a string of successful films produced by the studio‘s newly formed Touchstone Pictures division. She also produced them through her production bannerAll Girl Productions with producing partner Bonnie Bruckheimer. She wassubsequently cast by director Paul Mazursky in Down and Out in Beverly Hills,beginning a successful comedic acting career. [1] She followed that role with several more Touchstone comedies, Ruthless People (1986 ), Outrageous Fortune (1987 ), and Big Business (1988 ). Later in 1988, Midler lent her voice to the animated character Georgette, a snobbish poodle, in Disney‘s Oliver & Company, and had a hit with the tearjerker Beaches, co-starring Barbara Hershey.  The accompanying soundtrack remains Midler‘s all-time biggest selling disc, reaching No. 2 on Billboard‘s album chart and with U.S. sales of four million copies. It featured her biggest hit, Wind Beneath My Wings, which went to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, achieved Platinum status, and won Midler her third Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 1990 telecast.
1990 1997: Some People‘s Lives, further acting career, and television appearances

Midler in Los Angeles, 1990.
Midler‘s 1990 cover of the Julie Gold song From a Distance, the first offering from her seventh studio album Some People‘s Lives (1990 ), topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and achieved platinum status in the US. The same yearshe starred along with Trini Alvarado as the title character in John Erman‘s drama film Stella. The third feature film adaptation of the 1920 novel Stella Dallas byOlive Higgins Prouty, Midler portrayed a vulgar single mother living in WatertownNew York, who, determined to give her daughter all the opportunities she never had, ultimately makes a selfless sacrifice to ensure her happiness. The movie scored mediocre reviews, while Midler received her first Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress.
She co-starred with Woody Allen in the 1991 film Scenes from a Mall, again for Paul Mazursky. In the film, Allen‘s character reveals to his author wife Deborahplayed by Midler, after years of a happy marriage, that he has had an affairresulting in her request for divorce. The movie performed poorly, and received a mixed reception by critics. Midler fared somewhat betterwith her other 1991 project For the Boys, on which she reteamed with The Rose director Mark Rydell. A historical musical drama, it tells the story of 1940s actress and singer Dixie Leonard, played by Midler, who teams up with EddieSparks, a famous performer to entertain American troops. While the film received amixed reception from critics, Midler earned rave review for her portrayal. The following year she was awarded her second Golden Globe and received her secondAcademy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Midler turned down the lead role in the musical comedy Sister Act in 1992, which instead went to Whoopi Goldberg. Midler won an Emmy Award in 1992 for her performance on the penultimate episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in May 1992, during which she sang an emotion-laden One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) to Johnny Carson. That night, Midler began singing Here‘s That Rainy Day, Carson‘s favorite song; Carson joined in a few lyrics later. In 1993, she starred with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in the Walt Disney comedy fantasy film, Hocus Pocus, as Winifred Sanderson, the head witch of the Sanderson Sisters. Released to initially mixed reviews, through various outlets such as strong DVD sales and annual record-breaking showings on 13 Nights of Halloween, the film has achieved cult status over the years. In relation to Hocus Pocus, every year Midler hosts her annual Hulaween costume party, which benefits the New York Restoration Project. Her television work includes an Emmy-nominated version of the stage musical Gypsy and a guest appearance as herself in Fran Drescher‘s The Nanny.
She appeared on Seinfeld in the 1995 episode The Understudy, which was the season finale of that show‘s sixth season in 1995. That same year, Midler had asupporting role in Get Shorty. Her 1997 HBO special Diva Las Vegas earned her third Emmy Award, for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Midler‘s other 1990s films include The First Wives Club (1996 ). In 1997, Midler, along with her co-stars from The First Wives Club, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, was a recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award, which honors outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.

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