Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Highest Rated: 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

Lowest Rated: 13% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

Birthday: Dec 1, 1945

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Gloriously flamboyant American entertainer Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, HI, to the only Jewish family in the neighborhood. After dropping out of a drama class at the University of Hawaii, she took a tiny role in the 1966 film Hawaii, playing a seasick boat passenger (though it's hard to see her when viewing the film). Training for a dancing career in New York, Midler made the casting rounds for several months before finally winning a chorus role, and then the featured part of Tzeitel, in the long-running Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.It helps to do something well that no one else does, and Midler found her forte by singing at the Continental Baths, a gay hangout in New York. Most bath house performers were painfully bad, but Midler established herself by combining genuine talent with the tackiness expected of her. As the "Divine Miss M," Midler did an act consisting of campy (and dirty) specialty numbers; dead-on imitations of such earlier performers as the Andrews Sisters and Libby Holman; and the most outrageously revealing costumes this side of Bob Mackie. Soon she outgrew the bath houses and went on to nightclub and recording-artist fame, earning a Grammy Award in 1973. After several years of sell-out tours, Midler re-entered films as the star of The Rose, a 1979 film à clef loosely based upon the life and times of Janis Joplin. The film was a success, but it failed to establish Midler as a dramatic actress; audiences, particularly gay fans, still preferred the Divine Miss M. Jinxed (1982), Midler's next film, lived up to its name with well-publicized production squabbles between Midler, the director, producers, and a few of her co-stars. Following the film's failure, Midler wasn't seen onscreen until she signed a contract with Disney in 1986. Establishing a new film identity as a character comedienne, Midler sparkled in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), and was even better as a loudmouthed kidnap victim in Ruthless People (1987). Using her restored film stature, Midler set up her own production company and produced Beaches (1988), a pals-through-the-years saga that proved to be a four-hankie audience favorite. Once again attempting to establish herself as a tragedian, Midler starred in Stella (1989), a poorly-received remake of 1937's Stella Dallas. For the Boys (1992), offered Midler in tons of old-age makeup as a Martha Raye-style USO star (Raye responded to this "tribute" by suing the studio). The subsequent Scenes From a Mall (1991), which paired Midler with Woody Allen, and witchcraft fantasy Hocus Pocus (1993) also failed to truly showcase her talents. She rebounded somewhat in 1995 with a role in the wildly acclaimed Get Shorty, and had even greater success the following year co-starring with Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn in The First Wives Club. In 1999, Midler played herself in two films: the TV mockumentary Jackie's Back and Get Bruce!, a big-screen documentary about legendary comic writer Bruce Vilanch. In addition to her film work, Midler still performs live concerts to sold-out crowds and continues to release albums, including Bathouse Bette, a tribute to her early singing days. In 1993, she scored an enormous success in a superb TV adaptation of the Broadway musical Gypsy. And, in 2000, Midler extended her talents to television, starring as herself in the aptly-named sitcom Bette. Though she would only appear in a handful of films over the next decade, Midler remained quite active on stage and television, even earning an Emmy nomination for Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On in 2011.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
73% The Glorias Actor 2020
43% The Addams Family Grandmama 2019
No Score Yet The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Actor 2019
51% Freak Show Muv 2018
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom Actor 2013
No Score Yet Vito Actor 2013
17% Parental Guidance Artie Decker $77.3M 2012
13% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Kitty Galore $43.5M 2010
No Score Yet The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story Actor 2010
14% The Women Leah Miller $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Women Actor 2008
50% Then She Found Me Bernice Graves $3.8M 2007
No Score Yet The Magic 7 Actor 2007
No Score Yet Bette Midler: The Divine Bette Midler Actor 2005
No Score Yet From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans Actor 2005
26% The Stepford Wives Bobbie Markowitz $59.4M 2004
No Score Yet Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz Actor 2004
45% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Executive Producer $69.6M 2002
54% What Women Want Dr. J.M. Perkins $181.5M 2001
81% Fantasia 2000 Narrator 2000
29% Drowning Mona Mona Dearly 2000
25% Isn't She Great Jacqueline Susann 2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Actor 1999
71% Get Bruce Herself 1999
43% That Old Feeling Lilly Leonard 1997
49% The First Wives Club Brenda Morelli Cushman 1996
87% Get Shorty Doris 1995
71% When a Man Loves a Woman Actor 1994
34% Hocus Pocus Winifred Sanderson 1993
50% Gypsy Rose 1993
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
43% For the Boys Dixie Leonard Producer 1991
32% Scenes from a Mall Deborah Fifer 1991
20% Stella Stella Claire 1990
39% Beaches CC Bloom 1988
51% Oliver & Company Georgette 1988
44% Big Business Sadie Shelton 1988
52% Outrageous Fortune Sandy Brozinski 1987
94% Ruthless People Barbara Stone 1986
81% Down and Out in Beverly Hills Barbara Whiteman 1986
No Score Yet Jinxed Bonita Friml 1982
No Score Yet Divine Madness The Divine Miss M Screenwriter 1980
78% The Rose Rose 1979
67% Hawaii Passenger 1966
No Score Yet Turkey Shoot: Beaches Actor

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing 2017
2013
2012
No Score Yet The Voice
2011-2019
Appearing 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Performer 2015
2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2014
2012
2011
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004
Judge 2013
No Score Yet Project Runway
2005
Judge 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2013
2000
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2010
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
Panelist 2010
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Performer 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Narrator 2007
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
Performer 2005
75% Bette
2000-2001
Executive Producer Herself 2001
2000
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
1998
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Bette Midler 1995
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice 1993
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Musical Guest 1979

QUOTES FROM Bette Midler CHARACTERS

Artie Decker says: I don't feel welcome here.

Diane Decker says: After your kids grow up, your husband is the one who stays.

Diane Decker says: *To Violin Teacher* If you EVER speak to my Granddaughter like that again..There will be nothing left of you but some red hair and an accent..Is that clear comrade?

Diane Decker says: [to Violin Teacher] If you EVER speak to my Granddaughter like that again..There will be nothing left of you but some red hair and an accent... Is that clear comrade?

Diane Decker says: You gotta shape up Artie! You know what Grandparenting is? A Second chance!

Diane Decker says: After your kids grow up..Your husband is the one who stays!

Diane Decker says: After your kids grow up... Your husband is the one who stays!

Alice Simmons says: That's not bad!

Diane Decker says: Not Bad? She looks like a 12 year old widow!

Artie Decker says: I'm not going!

Diane Decker says: You're going!

Artie Decker says: That's what I meant!

Diane Decker says: *looks at Artie when he doesn't know he has paint on his face* What's wrong with your face?

Diane Decker says: [looks at Artie when he doesn't know he has paint on his face] What's wrong with your face?

Artie Decker says: Oh and you're such a pleasure in the morning?!

Artie Decker says: Oh and you're such a pleasure in the morning?

Artie Decker says: I don't think these kids like me

Artie Decker says: I don't think these kids like me.

Diane Decker says: They have to know you better before they don't like you!

Sadie Shelton/ Sadie Ratliff says: "Isn't it exciting?" (Referring to New York City as they drive into Manhattan)

Sadie Shelton/ Sadie Ratliff says: Isn't it exciting? [referring to New York City as they drive into Manhattan]

Rose Shelton says: /Rose Ratliff "Oh yeah, the noise, the smog, the crowds, the muggers, sex fiends, white slavers, politicians, it's a pistol. I got about as much use for it as a toad has for spit curls!"

Rose Shelton says: Oh yeah, the noise, the smog, the crowds, the muggers, sex fiends, white slavers, politicians, it's a pistol. I got about as much use for it as a toad has for spit curls!

Georgette says: [Fagin, Jenny, Oliver and company are being chased by Sykes] SAVE ME! SAVE ME, ALONZO!

Tito says: HEY, GET OFF MY BACK WOMAN! I'M DRIVING!

Georgette says: I, um, hope you won't think me rude, but do you happen to know out of whose BOWL you're eating?

Oliver says: Yours?

Georgette says: [sarcastically] Ooh! Aren't you a clever kitty! And do you have any idea whose HOME this is?

Oliver says: I... thought it was Jenny's.

Georgette says: Well, it may be Jenny's *house*, but everything from the doorknobs down is MINE!

Diane Decker says: Our grandchildren are gonna love me!

Artie Decker says: What about me?

Diane Decker says: That's your problem.

CC Bloom says: Hilary you got so fat!

Hillary Whitney Essex says: I'm not fat I'm having a baby

Hillary Whitney Essex says: I'm not fat I'm having a baby.

CC Bloom says: You're not, You're having a baby?

CC Bloom says: You're not. You're having a baby?

Hillary Whitney Essex says: I'm Three Months Pregnant

Hillary Whitney Essex says: I'm three months pregnant.

CC Bloom says: That's great

CC Bloom says: That's great.

Hillary Whitney Essex says: Before I caught him with that woman we made love and that's when it ...

CC Bloom says: (interrupts) What woman?

Hillary Whitney Essex says: There was this woman I caught them together ...

CC Bloom says: (interrupts) Michael?

Hillary Whitney Essex says: Of course Michael and that's when it happened, and he doesn't want it because he's going to marry her. Can you believe it he's going to marry her?

CC Bloom says: (to bartender) Would you make this a double please?

CC Bloom says: (to Hillary) Let me get this straight. You caught Michael with another woman?

Hillary Whitney Essex says: Yes

Hillary Whitney Essex says: Yes.

CC Bloom says: And now you're going to have a baby all on your own

Hillary Whitney Essex says: Mmhmm (shakes head)

CC Bloom says: Oh Hillary I think that's wonderful

Hillary Whitney Essex says: You do?

CC Bloom says: I think it's the most exciting thing and if it's a girl will you name it after me? (hugs Hillary)

Hillary Whitney Essex says: (quietly) Yes

Hillary Whitney Essex says: (quietly) Yes.

Chief Wyatt Rash says: [talking to Mona] when life gives you potato's, make potato salad.

Chief Wyatt Rash says: [talking to Mona] When life gives you potato's, make potato salad.

Mona Dearly says: life gave me a handful of shit. what do I make with that Chief?

Mona Dearly says: Life gave me a handful of shit. what do I make with that Chief?

Phil Dearly says: shit salad?!

Phil Dearly says: Shit salad?

Kitty Galore says: Meow.

Kitty Galore says: You Fools!

Kitty Galore says: I will enslave all mankind [Cackling]

Chuck says: Kitty! I'm home.

Kitty Galore says: I will enslave all of mankind! [Cackles]

Kitty Galore says: I will enslave all of mankind! [cackles]

Kitty Galore says: [Repeated line] Mwahahahahahahaha!

Georgette says: [shouts while the others are sneaking] OW! I broke a nail!

Francis says: Oh, balderdash...

Tito says: [get right up in Francis's face] What'you call my woman?

Georgette says: [singing] Pretty is nice, but still, it's just pretty!

Georgette says: [singing] You pretty pups all over the city, I have your hearts and you have my pity!

Georgette says: What's the matter, Spot? Not good enough for you? Why, do you even know who I am?

Kitty Galore says: Meow!

Kitty Galore says: I will enslave all mankind! Mwahahahahahaha!

Kitty Galore says: I will enslave all mankind! Mwahahaha!

Kitty Galore says: Behold, my glorious device!