Bette Midler

Actor, Singer, Producer
Bette Midler built a successful stage, screen and recording career on the basis of her self-styled "Divine Miss M" character - a sassy, hip-wagging classic "broad" archetype. She was quick with the comebacks, took no ... Read more »
Born: 12/01/1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Filmography

Actor (87)

Bette Midler: One Night Only 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Performer

The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Performer

20 Feet From Stardom 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Parental Guidance 2012 (Movie)

Diane Decker (Actor)

Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Casting By 2011 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1996 - 1997, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 (Movie)

Voice of Kitty Galore (Actor)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Leah "The Countess" Miller (Actor)

Then She Found Me 2008 (Movie)

Bernice Graves (Actor)

Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepford Wives 2004 (Movie)

Bobbie Markowitz (Actor)

Crossover 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Holidays With the Stars 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Joan Rivers: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2001 TV Guide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 43rd Annual Grammy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Drowning Mona 2000 (Movie)

Mona Dearly (Actor)

Fantasia 2000 2000 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Isn't She Great 2000 (Movie)

Jacqueline Susann (Actor)

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 18th Annual American Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Entertainment Business 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Bette Midler -- Diva Las Vegas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Bette Midler 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

That Old Feeling 1997 (Movie)

Lilly Leonard (Actor)

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ruby Wax Show 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The First Wives Club 1996 (Movie)

Brenda Morelli Cushman (Actor)

Wynonna: revelations 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Shorty 1995 (Movie)

(uncredited) Doris (Actor)

Hollywood Stars: A Century of Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Be Absolutely Fabulous 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

Winifred Sanderson (Actor)

What Is This Thing Called Love? 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (11/05/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

Dixie Leonard (Actor)

Living in America 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

Deborah (Actor)

Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Stella 1990 (Movie)

Stella Claire (Actor)

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

People Magazine on TV (01/27/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

C C Bloom (Actor)

Bette Midler's Mondo Beyondo 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Business 1988 (Movie)

Sadie Shelton (Actor)

Oliver & Company 1988 (Movie)

of Georgette (Voice)

Outrageous Fortune 1987 (Movie)

Sandy (Actor)

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (02/25/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 (Movie)

Barbara Whiteman (Actor)

Late Night Film Festival 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Ruthless People 1986 (Movie)

Barbara Stone (Actor)

Bette Midler: Art or Bust! 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Jinxed! 1981 (Movie)

Bonita (Actor)

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

The Divine Miss M (Actor)

Bette Midler -- Ol' Red Hair Is Back 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

Bing!... A 50th Anniversary Gala 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Cher 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Gypsy (TV Show)

Actor

Jackie's Back! (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live (Tv Show)

Guest

United We Stand (TV Show)

Actor
Music (11)

Tara Lipinski: From This Moment 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Song Performer

One True Thing 1998 (Movie)

("My One True Friend" "Do You Want to Dance" "Friends") (Song Performer)

That Old Feeling 1997 (Movie)

("Somewhere Along the Way") (Song Performer)

"We Are the World": A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Hocus Pocus 1993 (Movie)

("I Put a Spell on You") (Song Performer)

Scenes From A Mall 1991 (Movie)

("You Do Something to Me") (Song Performer)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

("Ballin' the Jack" "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" "I've Still Got My Health" "The Glory of Love" "Baby Mine" "Wind Beneath My Wings" "You Are My Sunshine" "I Know You By Heart" "Under the Boardwalk" "Oh Industry" "Otto Titsling") (Song Performer)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

songs("Otto Titsling" "Oh Industry") (Song)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

lyrics("In the Mood") (Theme Lyrics)

Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979 (Movie)

("Skylark") (Song Performer)

Twas the Night (TV Show)

Song Performer
Producer (3)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

Divine Madness 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Bette Midler built a successful stage, screen and recording career on the basis of her self-styled "Divine Miss M" character - a sassy, hip-wagging classic "broad" archetype. She was quick with the comebacks, took no guff and had a tendency to burst into tunes from the Great American Songbook. Her initial stage fame and string of nostalgia-tinged hit albums in the 1970s eventually led to big screen success, with dramas like the pseudo Janis Joplin biopic "The Rose" (1980) and three-hankie chick flick "Beaches" (1990). She also lent appropriately outrageous variations of Miss M to comedies including "Ruthless People" (1986), "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" (1986) and "The First Wives Club" (1996). In an era where stage, screen and recording crossover success was rare, only Liza Minnelli rivaled Midler when it came to endless concert tour schedules and triumph in all genres. More than 30 years into her career, the entertainer was still scoring hits with such albums as 1998's Bathhouse Betty and the televised special of her acclaimed Caesar's Palace act "Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On" (HBO, 2010). As a film star, live performer and winner of Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe awards, Midler was an entertainment icon of the highest order.

Relationships

Fred Midler

Father
Originally from Paterson, NJ and moved to Honolulu shortly before Bette was born; painted for the Navy while family was living in Hawaii Died in late 1980s

Ruth Midler

Mother
Originally from Paterson, NJ and moved to Honolulu shortly before Bette was born Died in late 1980s

Daniel Midler

Brother
Younger Born mentally impaired

Judith Midler

Sister
Older; named after Judy Garland Died 1968 when she was hit by a taxi cab, while visiting New York to see Bette perform on Broadway in "Fiddler on the Roof" Bette's debut album The Divine Miss M (1972) was dedicated to her

Susan Midler

Sister
Older; named after Susan Hayward

Peter Riegert Actor

Companion
No longer together

Aaron Russo Producer

Companion
He managed her early career No longer together

Sophie Von Haselberg Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 14, 1986; father, Martin Von Haselberg

Martin Von Haselberg Actor

Husband
Met 1981 at a Los Angeles club Married Dec. 16, 1984 in Las Vegas, NV

EDUCATION

Herbert Berghof Studio

New York , New York

Studied voice with Marge Rivingston for her role in the 1993 CBS adaptation of "Gypsy"; school now known as HB Studio

Radford High School

Honolulu , Hawaii 1963
Senior class president; performed with folk trio, "The Pieridine Three"

University of Hawaii

Honolulu , Hawaii 1965
Left after one year

Milestones

2013

Returned to Broadway after more than 30 years, portraying Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers in "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers"

2012

Co-starred with Billy Crystal in family comedy "Parental Guidance"

2010

Made directorial debut with HBO special based on her Vegas act "Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On"

2010

Voiced title character, a villainous Sphynx cat in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"

2008

Starred in "Then She Found Me," directed by Helen Hunt

2008

Performed "Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On" at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas

2007

Signed a two-year deal to headline at Las Vegas' Caesar Palace, replacing Celine Dion

2005

Received Grammy nomination for Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook, again produced by Manilow

2004

Starred in the Frank Oz remake of Bryan Forbes' 1975 cult classic "The Stepford Wives"

2003

Teamed with Barry Manilow after a long-standing feud to record Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook

2003

Toured her new show "Kiss My Brass" to sell-out crowds in the U.S.

2000

Co-starred in the comedy-mystery "Drowning Mona" opposite Danny De Vito

2000

Starred in her own short-lived CBS sitcom "Bette"

1998

Earned an Emmy nomination for her guest appearance on the final episode of "Murphy Brown" (CBS)

1997

With co-star Dennis Farina, played two middle-aged former spouses who rekindle their romance in "That Old Feeling"

1997

Headlined the Emmy winning HBO special "Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas"

1996

Teamed with Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton for the hit comedy "The First Wives Club"

1995

Made hilarious uncredited appearance in "Get Shorty"

1993

Performed her first concert tour in ten years "Experience the Divine"; set a record-breaking 30-night stand at NYC's Radio City Music Hall

1993

Portrayed Mama Rose in the CBS TV remake of the stage musical "Gypsy"

1992

Saluted a retiring Johnny Carson on the final episode of "The Tonight Show" (NBC), during which she sang "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)"; won an Emmy for the appearance

1991

Re-teamed with director Mark Rydell to play a USO entertainer in "For the Boys"; also produced; received second Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1989

First No. 1 hit on the pop charts, "The Wind Beneath My Wings" (from "Beaches" soundtrack)

1988

Formed production company All Girl Productions with Bonnie Bruckheimer-Martell and Margaret Jennings South

1988

Produced first feature "Beaches"; also co-starred as singer CC Bloom and performed theme song "Wind Beneath My Wings"

1986

Continued her comeback with comic leads in "Ruthless People" (1986), "Outrageous Fortune" (1987), and "Big Business" (1988)

1986

Returned to films after a four-year absence to star in the popular comedy "Down and Out in Beverly Hills"

1984

TV producing debut, the HBO concert "Bette Midler: Art or Bust"

1983

Reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown

1982

Played Rip Torn's lounge-singer wife in "Jinxed!"; reportedly clashed with co-star Ken Wahl and director Don Siegal

1980

Made concert film of her Broadway show "Divine Madness"

1979

Played the title role of a 1960s drug-addicted rock star, modeled after Janis Joplin, in Mark Rydell's "The Rose"; received first Best Actress Academy Award nomination

1979

Appeared on Broadway in "Bette! Divine Madness"

1975

Provided the voice of Woody the Spoon on the PBS educational series "Vegetable Soup"

1973

Released first major album The Divine Miss M, produced by Barry Manilow

1970

Signed contract with Atlantic Records

1970

Performed in the Who's rock opera "Tommy" with the Seattle Opera Company

1969

Appeared in off-Broadway musical "Salvation"

1969

Began appearing at NYC's Continental Bathhouse with accompanist Barry Manilow

1966

Moved to New York City; worked as a go-go dancer in a Union City, NJ club

1966

Made film debut in a bit part as a missionary's wife in "Hawaii"

1966

Made New York stage debut in "Miss Nefertiti Regrets"

1966

Answered open call for a national company of "Fiddler on the Roof"; hired for the chorus of the Broadway production; took over the role of Tzeitel in February 1967 and remained in role for three years

1965

Moved to Hollywood for final shooting on "Hawaii"

Worked in a pineapple cannery in Hawaii after leaving college

Fired her entire musical entourage, including her backup group the Harlettes after the close of "Divine Madness"; was successfully sued for $2 million

As a teenager, was member of folksinging trio that toured Hawaiian army bases

Performed at the Improvisation, a New York club that showcased new talent

Bonus Trivia

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Midler was named after Bette Davis.

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She was named the 1976 Woman of the Year by Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

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In addition to her musical albums, Midler also recorded a comedy album Mud Will be Flung Tonight in 1985.

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She received the AIDS Project's Commitment for Life Award in 1991.

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In 1991, Midler won a landmark $400,000 lawsuit against an ad agency for appropriating her musical style without her consent.

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In 1994, Midler founded the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization with the goal of revitalizing neglected neighborhood parks in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of New York City.

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About her role in the Gay Liberation Movement: "Parts of it I'm proud of. And parts of it I'm deeply mortified by. The idea that what came of it turned out to be so grim – one of the saddest parts of my life. The idea that so many people got sick and died. It's one of the most awful things I have to live with."I don't think it was divine retribution. It was insane behavior. It was completely out-to-lunch behavior. There was so much drug use and promiscuity. I mean, you weren't there. I was there. Nobody said, 'Hey, wait a second. Hold on here. Hold it! Hold it! Hold it!' It was terrible. I haven't got anybody left. I haven't got a single soul left from those days. All gone. I'll tell you something. If I could take it back, I would. If I could change it, if I could go back and reverse everything, I would. It wasn't worth it." – Midler to BuzzWeekly, April 4-10, 1997

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I went on Johnny Carson. He asked me what I was doing, and I said, I work in a bathhouse. I sing in a bathhouse. And I think people were stunned, and I think gay people were – they sat up and said, 'Oh, my God.'" – Midler talking about working in a gay bathhouse early in her career on CNN's "Larry King Live," Nov. 26, 2003

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