Bette Midler

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
No Score Yet The Addams Family Grandmama 2019
No Score Yet The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Actor 2019
50% 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
13% 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
44% 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
33% Hocus Pocus Winifred Sanderson 1993
40% 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
No Score Yet Stella Stella Claire 1990
38% Beaches CC Bloom 1988
50% Oliver & Company Georgette 1988
40% Big Business Sadie Shelton 1988
50% 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 Screenwriter The Divine Miss M 1980
75% 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
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
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

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