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Bette Midler comes with an estimated net worth of $175 million. She is 5’1 and weighs 125 lbs. Named after the celebrated actress Bette Davis, the vocalist was born on December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii. After studying drama in the University of Hawaii, she embarked on a lifetime career in amusement touchdown parts in 1960s Broadway productions of Salvation and Fiddler on the Roof.

Bette’s most celebrated movie performance arrived in 1988 starring and singing in the box office hit Beaches, opposite Barbara Hershey. Not only did the movie solidify Bette as an actress, but the soundtrack remains the vocalist’s bestselling record and garnered her most successful single “Wind Beneath My Wings.” An impressive playing resume followed over the following couple of years, using several notable performances in movies including For the Boys (1991), Hocus Pocus (1993) and The First Wives Club (1996).

Bette’s recent works incorporate a triumphal return to Broadway in the starring character in I will Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers and as the iconic Mae West in the coming HBO biopic of West’s life. The vocalist/performer has created Bette as of the most celebrated entertainers of her time having a legion of faithful fans and winning over two dozen awards including three Grammys and three Golden Globes. The singer has been married to Martin Von Haselberg since 1984 as well as the couple has one daughter, Sophie produced in 1986.

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Bette Midler Net Worth $175 Million

Quick Facts

Birth date: December 1, 1945
Birth place: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Height:5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)
Profession:Actor, Film Producer, Comedian, Writer, Singer-songwriter, Entrepreneur, Author, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Television producer
Education:Radford High School, HB Studio, Admiral Arthur W. Radford High School, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Martin von Haselberg (m. 1984)
Children:Sophie von Haselberg
Parents:Fred Midler, Ruth Schindel
Siblings:Daniel Midler, Susan Midler, Judith Midler
Awards:Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Grammy Award for Best New Artist, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Special Tony Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Individual Performance - Variety Or Music Program, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series, People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Actress, Grammy Award for Album of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, People's Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, MTV Video Music Award for Best Stage Performance, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy, Variety, or Music Special, Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical, People's Choice Award for Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance
Movies:Hocus Pocus, Beaches, The First Wives Club, Ruthless People, Big Business, Parental Guidance, The Stepford Wives, Outrageous Fortune, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Drowning Mona, That Old Feeling, For the Boys, Then She Found Me, Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, Isn't She Great, Jinxed!, Scenes from a Mall, The Women, Oliver & Company, The Rose, Fantasia 2000, Divine Madness, Stella, Gypsy, Jackie's Back, Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back, The Hawaiians, Freak Show, The Newton Boys, Casting By, The Bette Midler Show, The Thorn, The Lottery, Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz, Divanation, Hollywood Singing and Dancing: Movies that Rocked 'n' Rolled, 16. A Brand New Roy, 15. Polterguest, 14. The Invisible Mom
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1During one time, she rented an old house off Coldwater Canyon and Richard Chamberlain was her landlord.
2Was considered for the role of Zira in The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998).
3She is exactly ten years younger than her Scenes from a Mall (1991) co-star Woody Allen: Allen was born on December 1, 1935 while Midler was born on December 1, 1945.
4Bette's paternal grandparents, Ruben Midler and Minnie Friedman, were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Poland. Bette's maternal grandparents, Israel D. Schindel and Fannie Goldberger, were Jewish immigrants from Austria/Hungary and Poland.
5She launched her current show in Las Vegas, Nevada titled "The Showgirl Must Go On". The show took place at Caesers Palace, and she performed the show for two years. [February 2008]
6Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
7Is a huge fan of Susan Boyle.
8Became pregnant by her husband Martin von Haselberg in 1987 but suffered a miscarriage.
9Despite playing her daughter in Beaches (1988), Midler is just five years younger than Lainie Kazan in real life.
10She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
11Was in a relationship with Peter Riegert. They lived together in the 1970s.
12She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 6, 1985.
13Can be seen in the crowd as an extra in Hawaii (1966) (1966) as a seasick passenger aboard a ship listening to a preacher, played by Max von Sydow. Midler was also hired for a small speaking role in the film and went to Los Angeles to film these scenes in a studio. Her scenes were cut from the final film. However, she used the money she earned to move to New York, where her career took off and she became a star.
14Graduated as valedictorian of her high school.
15While Bette was on Broadway in "Fiddler on the Roof" (she played the character Tzeitel until 1969), her sister Judy visited New York City to see her perform and was tragically struck by a taxi and killed.
16The role of Delores Van Carter in Sister Act (1992) was originally written for her. However, she turned down the role which went to Whoopi Goldberg.
17Is a huge fan and longtime friend of the late singer Rosemary Clooney.
18The last syllable of her first name is unpronounced because her mother thought that was how Bette Davis pronounced her name.
19Her album "Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook" was originally titled "Rosemary for Remembrance". The name was changed just weeks before the album's September 30, 2003 release.
20When the American Film Institute announced "The 100 Years of the Greatest Songs" on June 22, 2004, two of her hits were selected: "Wind Beneath My Wings" from Beaches (1988) (#44), "The Rose" from The Rose (1979), (#83).
21Is named after Bette Davis and her sisters Susan and Judy are named after Susan Hayward and Judy Garland.
22In 1974, she received a special Tony Award "for adding lustre to the Broadway season".
23Won four Grammy Awards including the 1973 Best New Artist and the prestigious Record of the Year in 1989 for the soaring rendition of her # 1 hit "Wind Beneath My Wings" from the movie Beaches (1988).
24Ranked #51 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
25She performed a cover version of the song "Beast of Burden". She also appeared in a music video of the song with Mick Jagger that was choreographed and cast by Lori Eastside.
26Gave birth to her only child at age 40, a daughter Sophie Frederica Alohilani von Haselberg (aka Sophie von Haselberg) on November 14, 1986. Child's father is her husband, Martin von Haselberg.
27Was the final guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
28Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31.
29Majored in drama at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but dropped out after three semesters.
30Attended and graduated from Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1963.
31Her first big album "The Divine Miss M" was produced by Barry Manilow.
32Worked at a Dole pineapple processing plant in Hawaii in her early years.
33Performed her cabaret act at the famed gay men's club, The Continental Baths, in the 1970s with Barry Manilow as her accompanist.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Algernon ni Hanataba wo2015TV Mini-Series performer - 6 episodes
Todd's Pop Song Reviews2015TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
12 Monkeys2015TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2008-2015TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Bette Midler: One Night Only2014TV Movie performer: "Friends", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "From a Distance", "Be My Baby", "Baby It's You", "Give Him a Great Big Kiss", "Tell Him", "Pretty Legs & Great Big Knockers/Sophie Tucker", "Waterfalls", "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Today2014TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Live with Kelly and Michael2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The World's Greatest Movie Songs: Top 502014TV Movie performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Retrats2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pretty Little Liars2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV Special performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Getting On2013TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Masters2012TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW!2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vito2011Documentary performer: "Friends"
Atop the Fourth Wall2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing on Ice2009-2010TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Royal Variety Performance 20092009TV Movie performer: "In My Life", "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Strictly Come Dancing2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Paul O'Grady Show2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance2008-2009TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Loose Women2009TV Series performer - 1 episode
Men in Trees2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Idol2007TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Martha2005TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade2005TV Special performer: "From a Distance"
Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story2005Documentary performer: "Stay With Me"
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentary performer: "Martha"
Drawn Together2004TV Series 1 episode
BiographyTV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode, 2004 performer - 1 episode, 2004
Chocolate com Pimenta2003TV Series performer: "Hey There"
A Prayer for America: Yankee Stadium Memorial2001TV Special performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentary performer: "The Rose"
BetteTV Series performer - 7 episodes, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Isn't She Great2000performer: "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"
The Oprah Winfrey Show1995-1999TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Late Show with David Letterman1999TV Series performer - 1 episode
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The View1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wetten, dass..?1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Roseanne Show1998TV Series performer - 1 episode
One True Thing1998performer: "My One True Friend", "Do You Want To Dance", "Friends"
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas1997TV Special documentary performer: "Friends", "I Look Good", "Miss Otis Regrets", "Spring Can Really Hung You Up the Most", "Bed of Roses", "You Don't Own Me", "The Rose", "Burlesque - Pretty Legs & Great Big Knockers", "Burlesque - Rose's Turn", "Drinking Again", "MacArthur Park", "Infomercial", "Call Me", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Bigotry", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "In the Navy", "The Greatest Love of All", "New York, New York", "Ukelele Lady", "From a Distance", "Do Yoy Wanna Dance", "T
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
That Old Feeling1997performer: "Somewhere Along The Way"
The First Wives Club1996performer: "You Don't Own Me"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1996TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hunchback of Notre Dame1996performer: "God Help the Outcasts"
Ruby Wax Meets...1996TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
1995 VH1 Honors1995TV Movie performer: "To Deserve You", "Let It Be Me"
Seinfeld1995TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1994TV Special performer: "Rose's Turn"
Gypsy1993TV Movie performer: "Some People", "Small World", "Mr. Goldstone", "You'll Never Get Away from Me", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Together, Wherever We Go", "Rose's Turn"
Hocus Pocus1993performer: "I Put a Spell on You"
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City1993TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons1993TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shake Rattle & Roll IV1992performer: "The Rose"
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York1992performer: "Somewhere In My Memory"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny CarsonTV Series performer - 11 episodes, 1970 - 1992 writer - 2 episodes, 1985 - 1991 lyrics - 1 episode, 1992
The Arsenio Hall Show1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
For the Boys1991performer: "Billy-A-Dick", "Dixie's Dream", "I Remember You", "For All We Know", "Every Road Leads Back to You", "P.S. I Love You", "In My Life", "Stuff Like That There", "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Scenes from a Mall1991performer: "You Do Something to Me"
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards1991TV Special performer: "From a Distance"
Ganti ng api1991performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards1990TV Special performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Stella1990performer: "One More Cheer"
Abandonada1989performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Beaches1988lyrics: "Otto Titsling", "Oh Industry" / music: "Otto Titsling", "Oh Industry" / performer: "Under The Boardwalk", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "I've Still Got My Health", "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", "Otto Titsling", "I Know You By Heart", "The Glory Of Love", "Baby Mine", "Oh Industry", "Ballin' the Jack"
Oliver & Company1988performer: "Perfect Isn't Easy"
Big Business1988performer: "Little Ole Lady"
In the Mood1987lyrics: "IN THE MOOD"
Women in Rock1986Video documentary performer: "Beast of Burden"
Seven Minutes in Heaven1985writer: "Inner Logic"
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
Bette Midler No Frills1983TV Movie performer: "Beast Of Burden", "All I Need To Know", "Is It Love", "Favorite Waste Of Time", "The Rose"
The Mondo Beyondo Show1982TV Movie performer: "Mondo's Theme" / writer: "Mondo's Theme"
Jinxed!1982performer: "No Jinx"
Divine Madness1980Documentary performer: "Big Noise from Winnetka", "Paradise", "Shiver Me Timbers", "Fire Down Below", "Stay with Me", "My Mother's Eyes", "Chapel of Love", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "E Street Shuffle", "Summer The First Time", "Leader of the Pack", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "I Shall Be Released", "Rainbow Sleeves", "Ready to Begin Again" / "Do You Want to Dance", "The Rose"
The Rose1979performer: "The Rose", "Stay With Me", "Sold My Soul to Rock 'N' Roll", "Keep On Rockin'", "Fire Down Below", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "Midnight in Memphis", "Whose Side Are You On", "Love Me with A Feeling" uncredited, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" uncredited
Chilly Scenes of Winter1979performer: "Skylark"
Saturday Night Live1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary1977TV Movie performer: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On"
Top of the Pops1977TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out1976TV Special performer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
The Bette Midler Show1976TV Special performer: "Friends", "Oh My My", "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman", "Birds", "In the Mood", "Hurry on Down", "Shiver Me Timbers", "Around the World", "Istanbul", "Fiesta in Rio", "South Seas Scene", "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes", "Lullaby of Broadway", "You're Moving Out Today", "Delta Dawn", "Long John Blues", "Hello in There", "Up the Ladder to the Roof", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - uncredited / writer: "Fiesta in Rio", "You're Moving Out Today" - uncredited
Cher1975TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Last of Sheila1973performer: "Friends"
Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 31973TV Movie performer: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers1972performer: "Get It On", "Nothing Goin' Down at All", "Love Theme", "Strawberry, Lilac and Lime"
The Mike Douglas Show1971TV Series performer - 1 episode
The David Frost Show1970TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV Special performer: "Matchmaker, Matchmaker"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freak Show2017/IIpost-productionMuv
Parental Guidance2012Diane Decker
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore2010Kitty Galore (voice)
The Women2008/ILeah Miller
Then She Found Me2007Bernice Graves
The Stepford Wives2004Bobbie Markowitz
Bette2000-2001TV SeriesBette
What Women Want2000Dr. J.M. Perkins (uncredited)
Isn't She Great2000Jacqueline Susann
Drowning Mona2000Mona Dearly
Jackie's Back!1999TV MovieBette Midler
Murphy Brown1998TV SeriesCaprice Feldman - Secretary #93
The Nanny1997TV SeriesBette Midler
That Old Feeling1997Lilly Leonard
The First Wives Club1996Brenda Morelli Cushman
Get Shorty1995Doris Saphron (uncredited)
Gypsy1993TV MovieMama Rose
Hocus Pocus1993Winifred Sanderson
The Simpsons1993TV SeriesBette Midler
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories1992TV SeriesNarrator (segment "Weird Parents")
For the Boys1991Dixie Leonard
Scenes from a Mall1991Deborah
Stella1990Stella Claire
The Lottery1989Short
Beaches1988CC Bloom
Oliver & Company1988Georgette (voice)
Big Business1988Sadie Shelton Sadie Ratliff
Outrageous Fortune1987Sandy
Ruthless People1986Barbara Stone
Down and Out in Beverly Hills1986Barbara Whiteman
The Mondo Beyondo Show1982TV MovieMondo Beyondo / Eudora P. Quickly
Jinxed!1982Bonita Friml
The Rose1979Mary Rose Foster
Vegetable Soup1976TV SeriesWoody The Spoon (voice)
Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers1972Lullabye Singer (voice)
The Thorn1971Virgin Mary
Goodbye, Columbus1969Wedding Guest (uncredited)
The Detective1968Girl at Party (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Hawaii1966Passenger (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On2010TV Movie executive producer / producer
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood2002executive producer
Some of My Best Friends2001TV Series executive producer
Bette2000TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas1997TV Special documentary executive producer
For the Boys1991producer
Beaches1988producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bette Midler: Art or Bust1984Video documentary
Bette Midler No Frills1983TV Movie
The Mondo Beyondo Show1982TV Movie "Mondo Beyondo" sequence / character
Divine Madness1980Documentary
Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back1977TV Movie documentary

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV Special songs featuring
Bette2000TV Series composer - 2 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On2010TV Movie

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MTV 1st Annual Video Music Awards1984TV Special creative consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A French Guy Named Saba2014TV Mini-Series special thanks - 1 episode
Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey2012Documentary images courtesy of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Weekend Today2016TV SeriesHerself
The Voice2016TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight1990-2016TV SeriesHerself
Extra2016TV SeriesHerself
In Character With...2015TV SeriesHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2003-2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Insider2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
Bette Midler: One Night Only2014TV MovieHerself
The Royal Variety Performance 20142014TV MovieHerself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man2009-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Loose Women2009-2014TV SeriesHerself
The One Show2008-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Imagine2008-2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Today1978-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael1997-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
Bette Midler's Kickstarter to the Moon2014ShortHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Inside Edition1990-2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The View1998-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Colbert Report2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rachael Ray2009-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHerself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Performer: In Memoriam
Inside Comedy2014TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1995-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning2013TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
Project Runway2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
Twenty Feet from Stardom2013DocumentaryHerself
Made in Hollywood2010-2012TV SeriesHerself
Entertainers with Byron Allen2012TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
Katie2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Christmas in Rockefeller Center2012TV MovieHerself
Oprah's Next Chapter2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Casting By2012DocumentaryHerself
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2012TV MovieHerself - Presenter
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony2011TV MovieHerself
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On2010TV MovieHerself
Paul O'Grady Live2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Daybreak2010TV SeriesHerself
ES.TV HD2010TV SeriesHerself
Mark at the Movies2010TV SeriesHerself
The Marriage Ref2010TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Streisand: Live in Concert2009TV Special documentaryHerself - Audience (uncredited)
The Magic 72009TV MovieHerself
The Royal Variety Performance 20092009TV MovieHerself - Performer
Strictly Come Dancing2008-2009TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List2009TV SeriesHerself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Dancing on Ice2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Today2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
American Idol2007TV SeriesHerself
American Masters2006-2007TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator / Herself
Happy Birthday Elton! From Madison Square Garden, New York2007TV MovieHerself
20/202007TV Series documentaryHerself
Christmas in Rockefeller Center2006TV SpecialHerself
Conversations with Michael Eisner2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Parkinson1980-2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans2006VideoHerself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHerself
Martha2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook2005Video shortHerself
Good Morning America1980-2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rove Live2005TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Divine Bette Midler2005Video documentaryHerself
A Perfect World: The Making of 'The Stepford Wives'2004Video documentary shortHerself
Stepford: A Definition2004Video documentary shortHerself
The Stepford Husbands2004Video documentary shortHerself
The Stepford Wives2004Video documentary shortHerself
The Jane Pauley Show2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Inside the Actors Studio2004TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Barry Manilow Christmas: Live by Request2003TV MovieHerself
Larry King Live2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Caroline Rhea Show2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Short Talks on the Universe Benefit Performance2002TV MovieHerself - Performer
Ground Force2002TV SeriesHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-2002TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Crossover2001TV SpecialHerself
A Prayer for America: Yankee Stadium Memorial2001TV SpecialHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2001TV Series documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards2001TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
Fantasia 20001999Herself - Host (segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102")
The Oprah Winfrey Show1995-1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
American Fashion Awards1999TV SpecialHerself
Charlie Rose1999TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Get Bruce1999DocumentaryHerself
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHerself
The 1998 Billboard Music Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
Hollywood Aids1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Wetten, dass..?1990-1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Roseanne Show1998TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
The Annual Museum of TV and Radio Honors. A Salute to Jerry Seinfeld and David E. Kelly1998TV MovieHerself
Intimate Portrait1998TV Series documentaryHerself
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas1997TV Special documentaryHerself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Nominee: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
The 69th Annual Academy Awards1997TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Original Song
Mundo VIP1997TV SeriesHerself
The Most Fascinating Women of 19961996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Wynonna: Revelations1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Ruby Wax Meets...1996TV Series documentaryHerself - Guest
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute1995TV SpecialHerself
Golden Anniversary1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Laf lafi açiyor1995TV SeriesHerself
1995 VH1 Honors1995TV MovieHerself
Seinfeld1995TV SeriesHerself
How to Be Absolutely Fabulous1995TV Short documentaryHerself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson1994TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Hocus Pocus: Begin the Magic1994TV Movie documentaryHerself
Movie Magic1994TV Series documentaryHerself / Winifred
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Special Award
Earth and the American Dream1992DocumentaryReader (voice)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1970-1992TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Días de cine1992TV SeriesHerself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Primer plano1991TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Walt Disney World's 20th Anniversary Celebration1991TV SpecialHerself
The 5th Commitment to Life Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Honoree and Performer
Top of the Pops1991TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Wogan1989-1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Winner: Record of the Year
Yakety Yak, Take It Back1991Herself
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come1990TV Special documentaryHerself
Commitment to Life IV: Los Angeles AIDS Project Benefit1990TV MovieHerself
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialMother Earth
The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Winner: Record of the Year
CBS This Morning1990TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Home Show1990TV SeriesHerself
An Evening with...1990TV MovieHerself
The 33th Annual Thalians Ball1988TV MovieHerself
Mickey's 60th Birthday1988TV MovieHerself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
The Making of 'Oliver & Company'1988Video documentary shortHerself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Original Score
The Barbara Walters Summer Special1980-1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Women in Rock1986Video documentaryHerself
One Voice1986TV Special documentaryHerself - Audience Member (uncredited)
David Letterman's Holiday Film Festival1985TV MovieHerself (segment "Angst on a Shoestring")
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song1985TV Movie documentaryHerself
MTV 1st Annual Video Music Awards1984TV SpecialHerself - Host
Bette Midler: Art or Bust1984Video documentaryHerself
Superstars of Comedy Salute the Improv1984TV MovieHerself
A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr.1984TV Special documentaryHerself
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHerself
Bette Midler No Frills1983TV MovieHerself
The Morning Exchange1983TV SeriesHerself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra1982TV Special documentaryHerself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards1982TV Special documentaryHerself - Presenter: Best Original Song
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
The Midnight Special1980-1981TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Divine Madness1980DocumentaryHerself / The Divine Miss M
Les rendez-vous du dimanche1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Donahue1980TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards1980TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical / Comedy & Best New Star
Numéro 11979TV SeriesHerself
Saturday Night Live1979TV SeriesHerself - Musical Guest
Big Night1978TV SeriesHerself
Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back1977TV Movie documentaryHerself - Host
Dinah!1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary1977TV MovieHerself
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards1977TV SpecialHerself
Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out1976TV SpecialHerself
The Bette Midler Show1976TV SpecialHerself - Host
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards1975TV SpecialHerself
Cher1975TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 28th Annual Tony Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Special Award
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards1974TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best New Artist
Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 31973TV MovieHerself / Miss M / Conchita
The Mike Douglas Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Vocalist / Herself - Guest
The Irv Kupcinet Show1971TV SeriesHerself
The Virginia Graham Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards1968TV SpecialHerself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight1990-2017TV SeriesHerself
The Insider2016TV SeriesHerself
Loose Women2009-2016TV SeriesHerself
Extra2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina2014TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The World's Greatest Movie Songs: Top 502014TV MovieHerself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
Six by Sondheim2013TV Movie documentaryMama Rose
The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall2013TV Movie documentaryHerself
Continental2013DocumentaryHerself
Chelsea Lately2012TV SeriesDiane Decker in 'Parental Guidance'
American Masters2012TV Series documentaryHerself
Vito2011DocumentaryHerself
The Graham Norton Show2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Night with the Loose Women2009VideoHerself
Dancing on Ice2009TV SeriesHerself
Roxy: The Last Dance2008DocumentaryHerself
Sex: The Revolution2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Scenes from the Roundtable2007Video documentary shortHerself
Talk to Me2007Herself (uncredited)
I Love the '70s: Volume 22006TV SeriesHerself
Showbiz Tonight2005TV SeriesHerself
Corazón de...2005TV SeriesHerself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2005TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
La tierra de las 1000 músicas2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Gay Sex in the 70s2005DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Bruce Forsyth's Comedy Heroes2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentaryHerself
Seinfeld: Inside Look2005TV Series documentary shortHerself
Sex 'n' Pop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
Siskel & Ebert2004TV SeriesBobbie Markowitz
50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs... Ever2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s2002TV Movie documentaryHerself / Rose (uncredited)
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryMary Rose Foster
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
50 Years of Funny Females1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHerself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1987TV SeriesSandy from OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE
Champs-Elysées1984TV SeriesHerself
Johnny Carson's 18th Anniversary Special1980TV MovieHerself
Numéro 11978TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1978TV SpecialHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsActress of the Year in a New SeriesBette (2000)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a New Comedy SeriesBette (2000)
2001People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Female Performer in a New Television SeriesBette (2000)
1998American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or SyndicationBette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997)
1997Crystal AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramBette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997)
1996American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureGet Shorty (1995)
1996NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleThe First Wives Club (1996)· Goldie Hawn
· Diane Keaton
· Maggie Smith
· Dan Hedaya
· Sarah Jessica Parker
· Stockard Channing
· Victor Garber
· Stephen Collins
· Elizabeth Berkley
· Marcia Gay Harden
· Bronson Pinchot
· Jennifer Dundas
· Eileen Heckart
· Philip Bosco
· Rob Reiner
· James Naughton
· Ari Greenberg
· Aida Linares
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionGypsy (1993)
1993American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or SyndicationThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalFor the Boys (1991)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music ProgramThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1990GrammyGrammy AwardsRecord of the Yearfor "Wind Beneath My Wings"
1989American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Big Business (1988)
1989People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Comedy Motion Picture Actress
1988ShoWest AwardShoWest Convention, USAFemale Star of the Year
1988American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Outrageous Fortune (1987)
1987American Cinematheque AwardAmerican Cinematheque Gala Tribute
1987American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Ruthless People (1986)
1987American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Female Performer of the Year
1987Lifetime Achievement Award in ComedyAmerican Comedy Awards, USA
1985Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameRecordingAwarded on February 6, 1985 at 6922 Hollywood Blvd.
1985Jack Oakie Comedy AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1981GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Female Pop Vocal Performancefor the Song "The Rose"
1980Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Rose (1979)
1980Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USANew Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - FemaleThe Rose (1979)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or MusicBette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back (1977)· Aaron Russo (executive producer)
· Gary Smith (producer)
· Dwight Hemion (producer)
1976Woman of the YearHasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1974GrammyGrammy AwardsBest New Artist

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialBette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (2010)· Seanne Farmer (produced by)
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Supporting ActressThen She Found Me (2007)
2008GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumFor the Album "Cool Yule"
2007GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumFor the Album "Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook"
2004GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Traditional Pop Vocal AlbumFor the Album "Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook"
2001TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsActress of the Year in a Comedy SeriesBette (2000)
2001Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalBette (2000)
2001Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressIsn't She Great (2000)
2000Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActressIsn't She Great (2000)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy Brown (1988)
1997Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or MusicalThe First Wives Club (1996)
1997Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst ActressThat Old Feeling (1997)
1997Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst On-Screen CoupleThat Old Feeling (1997)· Dennis Farina
1997Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Variety, Music or Comedy SpecialBette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997)· Bonnie Bruckheimer (executive producer)
· Marty Callner (producer)
· Bill Brigode (co-producer)
· Douglas C. Forbes (co-producer)
· Randall Gladstein (co-producer)
1997OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Adapted SongThe First Wives Club (1996)· John Madara (music and lyrics by)
· Dave White (music and lyrics by)
· Goldie Hawn (performed by)
· Diane Keaton (performed by)
1996Golden AppleGolden Apple AwardsFemale Star of the Year· Diane Keaton
· Goldie Hawn
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialGypsy (1993)
1994Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressHocus Pocus (1993)
1992OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleFor the Boys (1991)
1992CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressFor the Boys (1991)
1991GrammyGrammy AwardsRecord of the Yearfor "From a Distance"
1991GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Female Pop Vocal Performancefor the Song "From a Distance"
1991Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst ActressStella (1990)
1990American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Beaches (1988)
1990GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Recording for ChildrenOliver & Company (1988)· J.A.C. Redford (composer - orchestral score)
· Barry Mann (music by - "Once Upon a Time in New York City")
· Howard Ashman (lyrics by - "Once Upon a Time in New York City")
· Dan Hartman (music by - "Why Should I Worry?")
· Charlie Midnight (lyrics by - "Why Should I Worry?")
· Dean Pitchford (music and lyrics by - "Streets of Gold")
· Tom Snow (music and lyrics by - "Streets of Gold")
· Barry Manilow (music and lyrics by - "Perfect Isn't Easy")
· Jack Feldman (music and lyrics by - "Perfect Isn't Easy")
· Bruce Sussman (music and lyrics by - "Perfect Isn't Easy")
· Ron Rocha (music by - "Good Company")
· Rob Minkoff (lyrics by - "Good Company")
· Huey Lewis (performed by)
·
1989ACECableACE AwardsEntertainment HostThe Mondo Beyondo Show (1982)
1989Blimp AwardKids' Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie ActressBeaches (1988)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalOutrageous Fortune (1987)
1988People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Female Entertainer
1987Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalDown and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
1987GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Comedy RecordingFor the Album "Mud Will Be Flung Tonight"
1987People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite All-Around Female Entertainer
1985ACECableACE AwardsPerformance in a Music SpecialBette Midler: Art or Bust (1984)
1981Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalDivine Madness (1980)
1981BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressThe Rose (1979)
1981GrammyGrammy AwardsRecord of the Yearfor "The Rose"
1981People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actress
1980OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Rose (1979)
1980People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Motion Picture Actor
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music SpecialBette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back (1977)· Buz Kohan (writer)
· Rod Warren (writer)
· Pat McCormick (writer)
· Tom Eyen (writer)
· Jerry Blatt (writer)
· Bruce Vilanch (writer)
1974GrammyGrammy AwardsAlbum of the Yearfor the Album "The Divine Miss M"
1974GrammyGrammy AwardsBest Female Pop Vocal Performancefor the Song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Rose (1979)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressThe Rose (1979)

TitleSalary
Divine Madness (1980)$850,000
The Rose (1979)$600,000

#Quote
1[observation, 2015] Don't I look fabulous? I'm a triumph of science and fiction.
2If you wants something done, you'd better do it yourself - or ask another woman to do it.
3[on the 'girl bands' of her youth] The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, The Crystals.. they were completely and utterly wholesome and whimsical. And optimistic. The music was very optimistic and upbeat. The ballads were sometimes sad, but you knew things were going to turn out in the end. The music wasn't bleak. This was before Bob Dylan, you know.
4[on what she perceives as the 'pornification' of pop music] Well, whatever strictures there were have fallen apart. And now it's whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they're having sex. They really like to slap each other's butts. [My advice?] Trust your talent. You don't have to make a whore of yourself to get ahead. You really don't.
5I think I've been really lucky because my gay crowd had followed me to the limit and the fact that they are so vocal and so full of joy each time they see me, I think that's a very infectious energy in the audience at my shows. I think they're the ones who brought the straight people around and it's because of them that people get me to such a wonderful degree now.
6The glass ceiling still exists. It's getting a little better for women, but past a certain age, certainly not.
7[on Beaches (1988)] No one was more surprised than me at how it took off and has such a place in the hearts of so many generations.
8Fame and money was partly what drove me to leave Hawaii for New York to become a singer when I was 19. When you are poor - and we were really poor - it's human nature to want to better yourself.
9My father loved me, but until the day he died he thought it was a total waste of time and that I should have been a teacher or a nurse.
10Charm is something a lot of today's young artists could do with. Maybe I'll start a charm school, like they had at Motown. They don't see it takes more than looking cute and not falling over in high heels.
11When I first heard "Wind Beneath My Wings", I thought: "I'm not singing that." [Longtime friend and producer] Marc Shaiman insisted and it was the biggest hit of my career.
12I'm incapable of doing anything other than entertaining. I can barely add and I've never been able to do my own taxes. It's a good thing I've been blessed with this fantastic will to go forward, even when I hit the skids.
13[on smoking for Sue Mengers role] The cigarettes nearly killed me. I answer the phone now and people calling think it's my husband. And my allergies in that theater - it's a very old theater. And the hairspray! I never used hairspray. And the wigs! Let's not talk about the fricking wigs, that was such a saga. But the cigarettes were the hardest. When I made The Rose (1979), I did smoke, I smoked for six months, and years later I tried a cigarette again and it made me sick for two weeks. These are herbal cigarettes, but smoke is smoke. I was thrilled, though, when I finally got the timing down to smoke two at once - a cigarette in one hand and a joint in the other. That was Sue.
14[her reaction of Broadway audiences] I learned to accept the audience's happiness for me, which is one of the hardest things for me to learn. I had a hard-scrabble childhood with my parents. I have a lot of baggage. To come down to the footlights and accept the audience's affection inside a Broadway theater - that didn't come easily to me. Sue Mengers was way tougher than I am. You go through your life, you're a certain age, a lot of things have happened to me, but I needed to put those aside and let the audience affect me in a simple way.
15[on her Broadway debut in one-woman show "I'll Eat You Last"] I'd never done a straight play before, never, and it was very hard work - really, really hard work. It was dense, really wordy, and I was determined to learn every word of it - not just skip over bits and pieces. It took me a long time to actually know what the play was about - that it was a long aria with slow-moving parts, and parts with laughs and tears, and that my job was to switch gears pretty radically and seamlessly in ways that I had never done before. And this wasn't like just one day of shooting for a movie - you had to stay healthy, your brain had to stay sharp, and you needed enough wind so when a sentence went on like a paragraph, I could still breathe. There were moments I had to eat candy, and I would have a mouth full of saliva, but no time to swallow it - so I had to learn to perform through moments like that.
16[on Misery (1990)] I turned that down because I didn't want to saw off someone's foot, even though the role won an Oscar [for Kathy Bates]. It was stupid to say no to those pictures. And while I was unsure about doing this play [on Broadway as Sue Mengers], I felt it was time for me to say yes.
17[on Sue Mengers who she played on Broadway] Sue even had a friend blowing marijuana smoke into her face as she passed away. She was high until the bitter end.
18As an actor you're supposed to take jobs that will challenge you or force fans to see you in a different light. By the '90s, I wasn't really an actor anymore. I was someone who went on the road with these gigantic concerts. I got so far away from what they told you in acting class: Do something different. Producers kept offering me the Sister Act (1992) movie, but I said, "My fans don't want to see me in a wimple." I literally said, "My fans don't want to see me in a wimple.".
19[on Susan Boyle] She is an act whose time has come. People love that voice. She sings straight. She doesn't do a lot of riffing. There are no trills, no thrills. Its straight singing and it comes from the heart.
20As Joan Crawford once said, "I'll show ya a pair of Golden Globes!".
21[Accusing Lady Gaga of stealing her Dolores DeLago routine] I've been doing singing mermaid since 1980. You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker boobs. Mermaid's mine.
22I celebrate everyone's religious holidays. if it's good enough for the righteous, it's good enough for the self-righteous, I always say.
23I'm not just vain, I'm ignorant. I'm vignorant!
24On desire: If somebody makes me laugh, I'm his slave for life.
25I thought I would be an actorrrr. I thought I'd be Ethel Barrymore. I didn't know who she was, but she was my idea of an actorrrr. It seemed it would be more fun to be someone else rather than myself.
26[on growing up in Hawaii]: We were very poor, it was a hard-scrabble childhood, not particularly happy. The best part was nature, which is so intense there. The sky is bright blue, the clouds are puffy, the grass is lush, it feels like you can touch the stars. But the people were not very nice. I was a white kid in a mostly Asian neighbourhood. You heard Hawaii was a great melting pot? Hooey. I had a very strong fantasy life. Sorry, what was the question? I'm bonkers. Where am I? Who am I? I love your socks.
27My parents (mother Ruth a seamstress, father Fred a painter) were not encouraging. My father put everybody down. Yeah, it was a real drag but he had his moments. His saving grace was a wicked sense of humour. He was a good provider. They were a team. They were at Pearl Harbour, they knew hardship. My mum was supportive, she had a tinge of showbiz fever and named me and my sisters after Hollywood icons. My dad was like "Get a job". But that gave me something to fight against.
28I'm an open-space person. I'm not a believer in sprawl. I don't particularly care for postmodern architecture. I believe in solid fare and building fair. I'm green to the core. This group I run in New York bought 60 community gardens and helped another group to buy 55 in congested neighbourhoods. I'm doing a similar thing in Hawaii, but it's harder there, the tracts are so big and there are these things about road zoning, dams, reservoirs...
29I'm glad my daughter has been [university educated]. I sometimes think I should go back to school to learn French and music, but who would have me?
30I've never been to a sex orgy in my entire life. Studio 54 was way worse than the baths.
31I was riveting. Yes, it was a place where gay men met and had sex. I didn't see that. Someone sent me a picture showing me in a 1930s costume with my hair pulled back and all these cute young men in bathrobes watching me. It seemed very innocent. I would stand at the top of a little staircase with a towel round my head and act out whacked-out movie heroines. Patti LaBelle played there, too. I wasn't there long, but I was there long enough to make a splash, ha-ha.
32Thank God for the gays. I don't know what would have happened but I know what did happen. Good for them and good for me.
33I love Barbara Hershey and Lainie Kazan. I had no idea Beaches (1988) was an 'uberweepie'! The nerve! It wasn't so bad. I co-produced it. It was a pretty damned good screenplay. I thought it was just another movie. I didn't think of it as a women's picture. I was so excited to be able to sing again and have a soundtrack.
34I'm kind of healthy but has a little bit of arthritis, my eyes are a little shaky. I drank a little, I didn't do drugs to any great extent. I do get depressed but not like you do if you drink or do drugs. I have pretty bad melancholia, but I've found you can get rid of that by exercising. [I have therapy.] A lot of people don't love what they do and I do. I still love music and I love, love, love to dance. For most women - I can't speak for men - I'd say dancing is the key to happiness.
35I want world peace. Please. Just for my sake, before I go. I also hope that Meryl Streep has the good taste to step aside and let the rest of us have a crack... but I know she won't. She has a really good agent. She's great, but I know there are some ladies behind her saying, "Meryl, for God's sake, do you have to say yes to everything?".
36[when asked by Parade magazine whether she will retire after her show in Las Vegas] I think so. I must say, my high kick is just as high as it ever was, thanks to tai chi. But everything is a bit slower. The mind - things don't stick the way they used to. I feel like I'm going out with a bang. It's something my husband and I have talked about. I certainly don't want to die in harness. I'm not one of those people.
37I wouldn't say I invented tack, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.
38Underneath all this drag, I'm really a librarian, you know.
39In Hawaii, I was the chief chunker in a pineapple canning factory. I used to come home smelling like a compote.
40Get the trash off the street and back on the stage where it belongs.
41I bear no grudges. I have a mind that retains nothing.
42I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes.
43The worst part of success is to try finding someone who is happy for you.
44[2005, during a concert in Brisbane, Australia] It's been 26 years since I was last here. Before my fans were all taking drugs; this time they're all taking medication!
45[on acting] You have to think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread, but know you're not.
46I try not to drink too much, because when I'm drunk, I bite.


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