Ten fun facts about Bette Midler
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Bette was the youngest child of Fred and Ruth. Her parents were staunch movie-lovers. Her full name was Better Davis Midler and she had been named after the famous Hollywood actress Bette Davis. Her two sisters also had actresses’ names.
Bette hailed from an extremely poor family that lived in Hawaii. She and her sister learned about ballet, theater and opera by reading books at the Public Library in Honolulu.
Though her mother did name her after the Hollywood actress, she always thought that the name Bette was one syllable and she always pronounced Bette’s name as “Bet”.
Bette started working in experimental theater in the male gay bathhouse scene. This role brought her acclaim and a vast gay following that lasted her right through her career.Fact 5
Midler’s biggest singing break came in Barry Manilow production, “The Divine Miss M”, her debut album in 1972. It earned her a Grammy.Fact 6
In 1979 she forged ahead into the film business with “The Rose” and her role of Mary Rose Foster. 2 Golden Globes, an academy nomination and a Grammy for its soundtrack is what she won.Fact 7
Within under a decade she was a singing sensation. By 2007 she has sold in excess of 14 million albums.Fact 8
In 1988, Bette starred opposite Barbara Hershey. The movie’s theme song, “Wind Beneath My Wings” became an instant international hit and in 1989 was nominated “The Song of The Year”.Fact 9
In 2004, both songs, "Wind Beneath My Wings" and "The Rose" were chosen for the compilation of "The 100 years of the Greatest Songs", by The American Film Institute.Fact 10
Never one to age, Bette did numerous long-running musical tours. Even at the age of 65 in 2010, she culminated the two-year-run of the musical “The Showgirl Must Go On” at Las Vegas’ famous Caesar’s Palace.
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