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Bette Midler

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Status: Single
Partner: Martin von Haselberg (1984-)

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Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. During her career, she has won four Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. She is currently scheduled to succeed Celine Dion as the headliner at Caesars Palace, beginning February 20, 2008.

Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised in nearby Aiea. She attended Radford High School in Honolulu. She is of Jewish descent. Her aspirations were clearly defined from the outset, and she majored in drama at the University of Hawaii, and earned money in the film Hawaii (released in 1966) as an extra, playing a seasick passenger.

In 1970, Midler began singing the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the city, where she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first major album, The Divine Miss M in 1973.

She has won four Grammy Awards including the 1973 Best New Artist and the prestigious Record of the Year in 1989 for the # 1 hit "Wind Beneath My Wings", the theme from Beaches. Her rendition of the 1990 "From a Distance" also earned her a Grammy and is another of her most popular songs.

When the American Film Institute announced "The 100 years of the Greatest Songs" on June 22, 2004, two of her hits were selected by the board: "Wind Beneath My Wings" (#44) and "The Rose" (#83).

Other films include Scenes from a Mall, For the Boys (for which she was again nominated for an Academy Award), Hocus Pocus, The First Wives Club, and The Stepford Wives. Her television work includes an Emmy-nominated version of the stage musical Gypsy.

In 2003–2004 Midler toured her new show Kiss My Brass to sell-out crowds around the United States. In early 2005, Kiss My Brass was equally successful in Australia. After the success of her last album, Columbia Records considered releasing a live album, but it never came to pass. Instead, Bette joined forces again with Barry Manilow for another tribute album, Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook. Released in October 2005, the album sold 55,000 copies the first week of release and debuted at #10.

Midler has guest-starred on The Simpsons in the episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled". Midler is first seen traversing a highway picking up trash when she is approached by Bart and Lisa with a request for Midler to appear on a show to revive Krusty's dying career. She appeared on Seinfeld, in the episode "The Understudy" which was the season finale of that show's sixth season. She also appeared on The Nanny in the aptly titled episode "You Bette Your Life".

In 2007, she appeared on the American Idol Season 6 finale, singing "The Wind Beneath My Wings" live at the Kodak Theatre.

from Songs for the New Depression
- 1976 "Strangers in the Night" US AC: 45
- 1976 "Old Cape Cod" US AC: 36

from The Rose soundtrack
- 1980 "When a Man Loves a Woman" US Pop: 35
- 1980 "The Rose" US Pop: 3, US AC: 1 (gold)

from No Frills
- 1983 "All I Need to Know" US Pop: 77; US AC: 39
- 1983 "Favourite Waste of Time" US Pop: 78
- 1984 "Beast of Burden" US Pop: 71

from For the Boys soundtrack
- 1991 "Every Road Leads Back to You" US Pop: 78; US AC: 15
- 1992 "In My Life" US AC: 20

from Bathhouse Betty
- 1998 "My One True Friend" US AC: 16, UK 58
- 1999 "I'm Beautiful" Dance Club Play: 1; US Pop: 60



 


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