About Bette Davis Midler
Bette Midler is an American singer, actress and comedian, also known (by her informal stage name) as The Divine Miss M. She has starred in films such as The Stepford Wives, The First Wives Club. During her more than forty-year career, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards; and won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. Wikipedia Cont.
Bette Midler was born and raised in Honolulu, where the Midlers were the only Jewish family in a mostly-Samoan neighborhood. In the mid-60s, Midler moved to New York, with hopes of becoming a Broadway star. She was the second actress to play Zero Mostel's daughter Tzeitel in the first Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof.
Midler sang in the gay bathhouses of New York, with her pianist and pal Barry Manilow, long before he was famous. These campy shows became the basis for her Divine Madness revue on Broadway.
As a singer, one of her biggest hits was "The Wind Beneath My Wings
Midler's film debut came as the Virgin Mary in The Greatest Story Ever Overtold, a satire of Christianity made in 1971, and renamed The Divine Mr. J a few years later, to capitalize on Midler's growing fame. She also lent her voice to a very low-budget musical comedy called Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers, starring legendary female impersonator Holly Woodlawn.
She has said that her persona as "the Divine Miss M" is basically "a character that has always had a place in show business, and that's the Broad. People always love a broad -- someone with a sense of humor, someone with a fairly wicked tongue, someone who can belt out a song, someone who takes no guff. When I came up, there wasn't anyone like that".
She was introduced to a national audience on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show in 1970, and she made dozens of appearances on Tonight over the next twenty-odd years. She sang Carson a teary farewell on his second-to-last show, in 1992. Her first major album, The Divine Miss M, was produced by Manilow, and won her the Grammy as Best New Artist of 1974.
Her other films include
- Down and Out in Beverly Hills,
- Ruthless People,
- Outrageous Fortune,
- The First Wives Club, and
- The Stepford Wives.
On TV, she won accolades as Gypsy.