Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following.
Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including her renditions of "The Rose", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "Do You Want to Dance", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", and "From a Distance". In 2008, she signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to perform a show titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in 2010.
Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress, as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She has since starred in a number of hit films, which include: Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Big Business (1988), Beaches (1988), Hocus Pocus (1993), The First Wives Club (1996), The Stepford Wives (2004), and Parental Guidance (2012). She also starred in For the Boys (1991) and Gypsy (1993), winning two additional Golden Globes for these films and receiving a second Academy Award nomination for the former.
In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. She has sold over 30 million records worldwide, and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA.
Midler's latest work included appearing on Broadway in a revival of Hello, Dolly!, which began preview performances on March 15, 2017 and premiered at the Shubert Theatre on April 20, 2017. It was her first leading role in a Broadway musical. On June 11, 2017, Midler received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the title role in Hello, Dolly!.
Midler backstage at the Grammy Awards in February 1990
|Born||December 1, 1945|
|Other names||The Divine Miss M|
Martin von Haselberg (m. 1984)
|Children||Sophie von Haselberg|
|Associated acts||Barry Manilow|
Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, where her family was one of the few Jewish families in a mostly Asian neighborhood. Her mother, Ruth (née Schindel), was a seamstress and housewife, and her father, Fred Midler, worked at a Navy base in Hawaii as a painter, and was also a housepainter. Both parents were born in New Jersey. She was named after actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. She was raised in Aiea and attended Radford High School, in Honolulu. She was voted "Most Talkative" in the 1961 school Hoss Election, and "Most Dramatic" in her senior year (class of 1963). Midler majored in drama at the University of Hawaii at Manoa but left after three semesters. She earned money in the 1966 film Hawaii as an extra, playing an uncredited seasick passenger named Miss David Buff.
Midler married artist Martin von Haselberg on December 16, 1984, about six weeks after their first meeting. Their daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, who is also an actress, was born on November 14, 1986.
Midler relocated to New York City in the summer of 1965, using money from her work in the film Hawaii. She studied theatre at HB Studio under Uta Hagen. She landed her first professional onstage role in Tom Eyen's Off-Off-Broadway plays in 1965, Miss Nefertiti Regrets and Cinderella Revisited, a children's play by day and an adult show by night. From 1966 to 1969, she played the role of Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway. After Fiddler, she joined the original cast of Salvation in 1969.
She began singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the Ansonia Hotel, in the summer of 1970. During this time, she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first album in 1972, The Divine Miss M. It was during her time at the Continental Baths that she built up a core following. In the late 1990s, during the release of her album Bathhouse Betty, Midler commented on her time performing there, "Despite the way things turned out [with the AIDS crisis], I'm still proud of those days. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of 'Bathhouse Betty' with pride."
Midler starred in the first professional production of the Who's rock opera Tommy in 1971, with director Richard Pearlman and the Seattle Opera. It was during the run of Tommy that Midler first appeared on The Tonight Show.
Midler released her debut album, The Divine Miss M, on Atlantic Records in December 1972. The album was co-produced by Barry Manilow, who was Bette's arranger and music conductor at the time. It reached Billboard's Top 10 and became a million-selling Platinum-certified album, earning Midler the 1973 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. It featured three hit singles—"Do You Wanna Dance?", "Friends", and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"—the third of which became Midler's first No. 1 Adult Contemporary hit. "Bugle Boy" became a successful rock cover of the classic swing tune originally introduced and popularized in 1941 by the Andrews Sisters, to whom Midler has repeatedly referred as her idols and inspiration, as far back as her first appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. Midler told Carson in an interview that she always wanted to move like the sisters, and Patty Andrews remembered: "When I first heard the introduction on the radio, I thought it was our old record. When Bette opened at the Amphitheater in Los Angeles, Maxene and I went backstage to see her. Her first words were, 'What else did you record?'" During another Midler concert, Maxene went on stage and presented her with an honorary bugle. Bette recorded other Andrews Sisters hits, including "In the Mood" and "Lullaby of Broadway".
Her self-titled follow-up album was released at the end of 1973. Again, the album was co-produced by Manilow. It reached Billboard's Top 10 and eventually sold close to a million copies in the United States alone. Midler returned to recording with the 1976 and 1977 albums, Songs for the New Depression and Broken Blossom. In 1974, she received a Special Tony Award for her contribution to Broadway, with Clams on the Half Shell Revue playing at the Minskoff Theater. From 1975–1978, she also provided the voice of Woody the Spoon on the PBS educational series Vegetable Soup. In 1977, Midler's first television special, whose title, Ol' Red Hair is Back, was a takeoff on Frank Sinatra's Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back, premiered, featuring guest stars Dustin Hoffman and Emmett Kelly. It went on to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special — Comedy-Variety or Music.
Midler made her first motion picture in 1979, starring in the 1960s-era rock and roll tragedy The Rose, as a drug-addicted rock star modeled after Janis Joplin. That year, she also released her fifth studio album, Thighs and Whispers. Midler's first foray into disco was a commercial and critical failure and went on to be her all-time lowest charting album, peaking at No. 65 on the Billboard album chart. Soon afterward, she began a world concert tour, with one of her shows in Pasadena being filmed and released as the concert film Divine Madness (1980).
Her performance in The Rose earned her a nomination for Academy Award for Best Actress, a role for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Comedy or Musical). The film's acclaimed soundtrack album sold over two million copies in the United States alone, earning a Double Platinum certification. The single version of the title song, which Amanda McBroom had written and composed, held the No. 1 position on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart for five consecutive weeks and reached No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100. It earned Midler her first Gold single and won the Grammy award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female.
Midler worked on the troubled comedy project Jinxed! in 1981. However, during production, there was friction with co-star Ken Wahl and the film's director, Don Siegel. Released in 1982, the film was a major flop. Midler did not appear in any other films until 1986, however, she was an early choice for Miss Hannigan in the 1982 film Annie. During those four years, she concentrated on her music career and in 1983, released the album No Frills, produced by Chuck Plotkin, who was best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. The album included three single releases: the ballad "All I Need to Know", a cover of Detroit native Marshall Crenshaw's "You're My Favorite Waste of Time"—which Midler fell in love with after flipping his 45 of "Someday Someway"—and Midler's take on the Rolling Stones cover "Beast of Burden". She also released an all-comedy album (with a few songs tied into the comedy) called "Mud Will Be Flung Tonight" in 1985.
Midler performed on USA for Africa's 1985 fund-raising single "We Are the World", and participated at the Live Aid event at JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. Also in 1985, she signed a multi-picture deal with the Walt Disney Studios, where she starred in a string of successful films produced by the studio's newly formed Touchstone Pictures division. She also produced them through her production banner, All Girl Productions with producing partner Bonnie Bruckheimer. She was subsequently cast by director Paul Mazursky in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, beginning a successful comedic acting career. She followed that role with several more Touchstone comedies, Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), and Big Business (1988). Later in 1988, Midler lent her voice to the animated character Georgette, a snobbish poodle, in Disney's Oliver & Company, and had a hit with the tearjerker Beaches, co-starring Barbara Hershey. The accompanying soundtrack remains Midler's all-time biggest selling disc, reaching No. 2 on Billboard's album chart and with U.S. sales of four million copies. It featured her biggest hit, "Wind Beneath My Wings", which went to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, achieved Platinum status, and won Midler her third Grammy Award – for Record of the Year – at the 1990 telecast.
Midler's 1990 cover of the Julie Gold song "From a Distance", the first offering from her seventh studio album Some People's Lives (1990), topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts and achieved platinum status in the US. The same year, she starred along with Trini Alvarado as the title character in John Erman's drama film Stella. The third feature film adaptation of the 1920 novel Stella Dallas by Olive Higgins Prouty, Midler portrayed a vulgar single mother living in Watertown, New York, who, determined to give her daughter all the opportunities she never had, ultimately makes a selfless sacrifice to ensure her happiness. The movie scored mediocre reviews, while Midler received her first Razzie Award nomination for Worst Actress.
She co-starred with Woody Allen in the 1991 film Scenes from a Mall, again for Paul Mazursky. In the film, Allen's character reveals to his author wife Deborah, played by Midler, after years of a happy marriage, that he has had an affair, resulting in her request for divorce. The movie performed poorly, and received a mixed reception by critics. Midler fared somewhat better with her other 1991 project For the Boys, on which she reteamed with The Rose director Mark Rydell. A historical musical drama, it tells the story of 1940s actress and singer Dixie Leonard, played by Midler, who teams up with Eddie Sparks, a famous performer to entertain American troops. While the film received a mixed reception from critics, Midler earned rave review for her portrayal. The following year she was awarded her second Golden Globe and received her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Midler turned down the lead role in the musical comedy Sister Act in 1992, which instead went to Whoopi Goldberg. Midler won an Emmy Award in 1992 for her performance on the penultimate episode of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in May 1992, during which she sang an emotion-laden "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" to Johnny Carson. That night, Midler began singing "Here's That Rainy Day", Carson's favorite song; Carson joined in a few lyrics later. In 1993, she starred with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in the Walt Disney comedy fantasy film, Hocus Pocus, as Winifred Sanderson, the head witch of the Sanderson Sisters. Released to initially mixed reviews, through various outlets such as strong DVD sales and annual record-breaking showings on 13 Nights of Halloween, the film has achieved cult status over the years. In relation to Hocus Pocus, every year Midler hosts her annual Hulaween costume party, which benefits the New York Restoration Project. Her television work includes an Emmy-nominated version of the stage musical Gypsy and a guest appearance as herself in Fran Drescher's The Nanny.
She appeared on Seinfeld in the 1995 episode "The Understudy", which was the season finale of that show's sixth season in 1995. That same year, Midler had a supporting role in Get Shorty. Her 1997 HBO special Diva Las Vegas earned her a third Emmy Award, for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program. Midler's other 1990s films include The First Wives Club (1996). In 1997, Midler, along with her co-stars from The First Wives Club, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton, was a recipient of the Women in Film Crystal Award, which honors "outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry."
Midler starred in her own sitcom in 2000, Bette, which featured Midler playing herself, a divine celebrity who is adored by her fans. Airing on CBS, initial ratings were high, marking the best sitcom debut for the network in more than five years, but viewers percentage soon declined, resulting in the show's cancellation in early 2001. Midler openly griped about the show's demanding shooting schedule, while the show itself was also reportedly rocked by backstage turmoil, involving the replacement of co-star Kevin Dunn whose departure was attributed to his behind-the scenes bickering with Midler by the media. However, Midler, critically praised, was awarded a People's Choice Award for her performance in the show and received a Golden Globe Award nomination the following year. Also in 2000, Midler made an uncredited cameo appearance in Nancy Meyers' fantasy rom–com What Women Want, starring Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. In the film, she portrayed a therapist who realizes that central character Nick, played by Gibson, is able to understand women's thoughts. Released to generally mixed reviews, it became the then-most successful film ever directed by a woman, taking in $183 million in the United States, and grossing upward of $370 million worldwide.
The same year Midler starred in Isn't She Great and Drowning Mona. In Andrew Bergman's Isn't She Great, a highly fictionalized account of the life and career of author Jacqueline Susann, she played alongside Nathan Lane and Stockard Channing, portraying Susann with her early struggles as an aspiring actress relentlessly hungry for fame, her relationship with press agent Irving Mansfield, her success as the author of Valley of the Dolls, and her battle with and subsequent death from breast cancer. The dramedy garnered largely negative reviews by critics, who dismissed it as "bland material [that] produces entirely forgettable comic performances." For her performance in the film, Midler received her second Golden Raspberry Award nomination for Worst Actress at the 21st ceremony. In Nick Gomez's dark comedy Drowning Mona, Midler appeared along with Danny DeVito and Jamie Lee Curtis, playing title character Mona Dearly, a spiteful, loud-mouthed, cruel and highly unpopular woman, whose mysterious death is investigated. Another critical fiasco, reviewers noted that the film "drowns itself in humor that never rises above sitcom level."
After nearly three decades of erratic record sales, Midler was dropped from the Warner Music Group in 2001. Following a reported long-standing feud with Barry Manilow, the two joined forces after many years in 2003 to record Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook. Now signed to Columbia Records, the album was an instant success, being certified gold by RIAA. One of the Clooney Songbook selections, "This Ole House", became Midler's first Christian radio single shipped by Rick Hendrix and his positive music movement. The album was nominated for a Grammy the following year.
Throughout 2003 and 2004, Midler toured the United States in her new show, Kiss My Brass, to sell-out audiences. Also in 2004, she appeared in a supporting role in Frank Oz' science fiction satire The Stepford Wives, a remake of the 1975 film of the same name also based on the Ira Levin novel. Also starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken and Glenn Close, Midler played Bobbie Markowitz, a writer and recovering alcoholic. The project underwent numerous production problems that occurred throughout its shooting schedule, with reports of problems on-set between director Oz and the actors being rampant in the press. Oz later blamed Midler — who was amid recording her next album and rehearsing for her tour — for being under a lot of stress by other projects and making "the mistake of bringing her stress on the set." While the original book and film had tremendous cultural impact, the remake was marked by poor reviews by many critics, and a financial loss of approximately $40 million at the box office.
Midler joined forces again with Manilow for another tribute album, Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook. Released in October 2005, the album sold 55,000 copies the first week of release, returned Midler to the top ten of US Billboard 200, and was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Midler released a new Christmas album titled Cool Yule in 2006, which featured a duet of Christmastime pop standards "Winter Wonderland"/"Let It Snow" with Johnny Mathis. Well-received, the album garnered a Grammy Award nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album in 2007. The same year, Midler returned to the big screen, appearing in Then She Found Me, Helen Hunt's feature film directorial debut. Also starring Hunt along with Matthew Broderick and Colin Firth, the comedy-drama film tells the story of a 39-year-old Brooklyn elementary school teacher, who after years is contacted by the flamboyant host of a local talk show, played by Midler, who introduces herself as her biological mother. Critical response to the film was mixed; whereas some critics praised the film for having strong performances, others felt the film was bogged down by a weak script and technical issues.
Midler debuted her Vegas show titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on February 20, 2008. It comprised The Staggering Harlettes, 20 female dancers called The Caesar Salad Girls and a 13-piece band. The show played its final performance on January 31, 2010, and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Special in 2011. Also in 2008, another compilation album by Midler, Jackpot: The Best Bette, was released. It reached number 66 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and number six in the United Kingdom, where it was certified platinum for sales of over 300,000 copies. As her only film appearance that year, Midler had a small role in Diane English's comedy film The Women, starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening and Eva Mendes among others. An updated version of the George Cukor-directed 1939 film of the same name based on a 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce, the film was widely panned by critics, who found it "...a toothless remake of the 1939 classic, lacking the charm, wit and compelling protagonists of the original."
Midler appeared on the Bravo TV show My Life on the D-List with Kathy Griffin in an episode that aired in June 2009. In December of the same year, she appeared in the Royal Variety Performance, an annual British charity event attended by Queen Elizabeth II. Midler performed "In My Life" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" as the closing act. In 2010, Midler voiced the character Kitty Galore in the animated film Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore. The film was a success, grossing $112 million worldwide. In November 2010, Midler released Memories of You, another compilation of lesser known tracks from her catalog. Midler was one of the producers of the Broadway production of the musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which opened in February 2011.
In June 2012, Midler received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York in recognition of her having "captivated the world" with her "stylish presentation and unmistakable voice." The same year, she co-starred alongside Billy Crystal in the family movie Parental Guidance (2012), playing a couple of old school grandparents trying to adapt to their daughter's 21st-Century parenting style. Despite generally negative reviews by critics, who felt the film was "sweet but milquetoast", box office totals for the movie were higher than initially expected.
In 2013, Midler performed on Broadway for the first time in more than 30 years in a play about the Hollywood superagent Sue Mengers. The play, titled I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers and dramatized by John Logan, opened on April 24, 2013 at the Booth Theatre. After the show's success in New York, recouping its initial $2.4 million investment, it was decided to perform the play in Los Angeles at the Geffen Playhouse. In December, it was announced that Midler would portray actress Mae West in an HBO movie biopic, written by Harvey Fierstein and directed by William Friedkin.
In March 2014, she performed at the 86th Academy Awards telecast at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, singing "Wind Beneath My Wings" during the in memoriam section. In November 2014, Midler released her 25th overall album, It's the Girls!, through Warner Bros. Records. The album spans seven decades of famous girl groups, from 1930s trios The Boswell Sisters and The Andrews Sisters to 1990s R&B legends such as TLC and their single "Waterfalls".
In March 2017, she began playing the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, continuing through January 2018, in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! for which she won her second Tony Award. In 2017 she also appeared in the role of Muv in the 2017 film Freak Show. On April 20, 2018 it was announced that Midler will be returning to Hello, Dolly! on July 17 to close out the run of the successful revival.
In 1991, Midler was an early sponsor of the Adopt-a-Highway, paying $2,000 a month for a crew to clean up a 2-mile section of the Ventura Freeway in Burbank, California. Signs at both ends of the section read "Litter Removal Next 2 Miles, Bette Midler." The location was so prominent that it became fodder for her 1993 guest appearance on the Simpsons episode "Krusty Gets Kancelled", where she is seen picking up trash along a stretch of highway she has adopted, and causes car crashes for drivers who deliberately litter. In 1995, she carried the same idea to the east coast, adopting a section of the Long Island Expressway and Bronx River Parkway.
Midler founded the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) in 1995, a non-profit organization with the goal of revitalizing neglected neighborhood parks in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of New York City. These include Highbridge Park, Fort Washington Park, and Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan and Roberto Clemente State Park and Bridge Park in the Bronx.
When the city planned in 1991 to auction 114 community gardens for commercial development, Midler led a coalition of greening organizations to save them. NYRP took ownership of 60 of the most neglected plots. Today, Midler and her organization work with local volunteers and community groups to ensure that these gardens are kept safe, clean and vibrant. In 2003, Midler opened Swindler Cove Park, a new 5-acre (20,000 m2) public park on the Harlem River shore featuring specially designed educational facilities and the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse, the first community rowing facility to be built on the Harlem River in more than 100 years. The organization offers free in-school and after-school environmental education programming to students from high-poverty Title I schools.
In 2001 after 9/11, she established programs run by her foundation which helps wounded service members and their families by providing them resources, including custom homes. One of these programs helps service members recovering from trauma, injury and loss. Also, ever since the first Gulf War she goes to the USO and on bases to show her gratitude to military members by serving them meals just before deployment.
|1968||The Detective||Girl at Party||Uncredited|
|1969||Goodbye, Columbus||Wedding Guest||Uncredited, cut scene|
|1971||The Thorn||Virgin Mary||Also known as The Divine Mr. J; blocked distribution of film|
|1972||Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers||unknown||Voice|
|1979||The Rose||Mary Rose Foster|
Divine Miss M.
|1986||Down and Out in Beverly Hills||Barbara Whiteman|
|1986||Ruthless People||Barbara Stone|
|1987||Outrageous Fortune||Sandy Brozinsky|
|1988||Big Business||Sadie Shelton/Sadie Ratliff|
|1988||Oliver & Company||Georgette||Voice|
|1988||Beaches||C. C. Bloom|
|1989||The Lottery||Music Teacher||Short film|
|1991||Scenes from a Mall||Deborah Fifer|
|1991||For the Boys||Dixie Leonard|
|1993||Hocus Pocus||Winifred 'Winnie' Sanderson|
|1995||Get Shorty||Doris Saphron||Uncredited|
|1996||The First Wives Club||Brenda Cushman|
|1997||That Old Feeling||Lilly Leonard|
|1999||Fantasia 2000||Herself / Hostess||Segment: "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102"|
|2000||Drowning Mona||Mona Dearly|
|2000||Isn't She Great||Jacqueline Susann|
|2000||What Women Want||Dr. J.M. Perkins||Uncredited|
|2002||Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood||Executive producer|
|2004||The Stepford Wives||Bobbie Markowitz|
|2007||Then She Found Me||Bernice Graves|
|2008||The Women||Leah Miller|
|2010||Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore||Kitty Galore||Voice|
|2012||Parental Guidance||Diane Decker|
|2019||The Addams Family||Grandmama||Voice; Post-production|
|TBA||The Glorias: A Life on the Road||Bella Abzug||Post-production|
|1976||Vegetable Soup||Woody the Spoon||Voice role|
|1976||The Bette Midler Show||Herself||Television special|
|1977||Ol' Red Hair is Back||Herself||Television special|
|1988||The Mondo Beyondo Show||Mondo Beyondo||Television film|
|1984||Art or Bust||Herself/
Divine Miss M.
|1984||Video Music Awards||Herself/
|1990||The Earth Day Special||Mother Nature||Television special|
|1992||The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||Herself|
|1992||Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories||Narrator||"Weird Parents"|
|1993||Gypsy||Mama Rose||Television film|
|1993||The Simpsons||Herself||Voice role; "Krusty Gets Kancelled"|
|1997||Diva Las Vegas||Herself/
Divine Miss M.
|1997||The Nanny||Herself||"You Bette Your Life"|
|1998, 2018||Murphy Brown||Caprice Morton (née Feldman)||"Never Can Say Goodbye"|
|1999||Jackie's Back||Herself||Television film|
|2000–01||Bette||Bette||series regular (18 episodes)|
|2008||Strictly Come Dancing||Herself||Performed "Wind Beneath My Wings"|
|2009||Loose Women||Herself||Guest host|
|2009||Dancing on Ice||Herself||Performed|
|2009||Strictly Come Dancing||Herself||Performed "The Rose"|
|2009||The One Show||Herself||Guest|
|2009||The Royal Variety Performance||Herself||Performed|
|2009||The Marriage Ref||Herself||Guest|
|2009||Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List||Herself||Guest; toured Las Vegas nightlife with Kathy|
|2010||The Showgirl Must Go On||Herself||HBO TV special (December 31)|
|2010||Paul O'Grady's Christmas||Herself||Guest|
|2014||Bette Midler: One Night Only||Herself||ITV Special, UK|
|2016||The Voice||Herself / Adviser||Battle Round from Season 11 on Team Blake|
|1967||Fiddler on the Roof||Tzeitel||Broadway|
|1975||Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell Revue||Herself||Revue|
|1979||Bette! Divine Madness||Herself||Concerts|
|2002||Short Talks on the Universe||Nora||Special Event|
|2011||Priscilla, Queen of the Desert||Producer|
|2013||I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers||Sue Mengers||Broadway; limited engagement|
|2017–18||Hello, Dolly!||Dolly Gallagher Levi||Broadway|
|AARP Movies for Grownups Awards||2009||Best Supporting Actress||Then She Found Me||Nominated|
|Academy Awards||1980||Best Actress||The Rose||Nominated|
|1992||Best Actress||For the Boys||Nominated|
|American Comedy Awards||1987||Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture||Ruthless People||Won|
|1988||Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture||Outrageous Fortune||Won|
|1989||Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture||Big Business||Won|
|1990||Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture||Beaches||Nominated|
|1993||Funniest Female Performer in a Television Special||The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||Won|
|1996||Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture||Get Shorty||Won|
|1997||Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture||The First Wives Club||Nominated|
|1998||Funniest Female Performer in a Television Special||Bette Middler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas||Won|
|BAFTA Awards||1981||Best Actress in a Leading Role||The Rose||Nominated|
|CableACE Awards||1985||Performance in a Musical Special||Bette Midler: Art or Bust||Nominated|
|1989||Entertainment Host||The Mondo Beyondo Show||Nominated|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Awards||1992||Best Actress||For the Boys||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Awards||2011||Outstanding Musical (for producing)||Priscilla Queen of the Desert||Nominated|
|2013||Outstanding Solo Performance||I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers||Nominated|
|2017||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Hello, Dolly!||Won|
|Golden Globe Awards||1980||New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Female||The Rose||Won|
|1980||Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical||The Rose||Won|
|1981||Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical||Divine Madness||Nominated|
|1987||Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical||Down and Out in Beverly Hills||Nominated|
|1988||Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical||Outrageous Fortune||Nominated|
|1992||Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical||For the Boys||Won|
|1994||Best Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Gypsy||Won|
|2001||Best Actress in a Television Series — Comedy or Musical||Bette||Nominated|
|Golden Raspberry Awards||1991||Worst Actress||Stella||Nominated|
|2001||Worst Actress||Isn't She Great||Nominated|
|1974||Best Best New Artist||Herself||Won|
|1974||Album of the Year||The Divine Miss M||Nominated|
|1974||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance||"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"||Nominated|
|1981||Record of the Year||"The Rose"||Nominated|
|1981||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance||"The Rose"||Won|
|1987||Best Comedy Recording||Mud Will Be Flung Tonight||Nominated|
|1990||Best Recording for Children||Oliver and Company OST||Nominated|
|1990||Record of the Year||"Wind Beneath My Wings"||Won|
|1990||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance||"Wind Beneath My Wings"||Nominated|
|1991||Record of the Year||"From a Distance"||Nominated|
|1991||Best Female Pop Vocal Performance||"From a Distance"||Nominated|
|2004||Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album||Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook||Nominated|
|2007||Best Traditional Pop Vocal album||Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbok||Nominated|
|2008||Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album||Cool Yule||Nominated|
|2018||Best Musical Theatre Album||Hello, Dolly!||Nominated|
|Kid's Choice Awards||1989||Favorite Movie Actress||Beaches||Nominated|
|MTV Video Music Awards||1984||Best Stage Performance in a Video||Bette Midler: Beast of Burden||Nominated|
|1984||Best Female Video||Bette Midler: Beast of Burden||Nominated|
|National Board of Review Awards||1996||Best Acting by an Ensemble||The First Wives Club||Won|
|National Society of Film Critics Awards||1980||Best Actress||The Rose||Nominated|
|New York Film Critics Circle Awards||1979||Best Actress||The Rose||Nominated|
|OFTA Film Awards||1997||Best Adapted Song for "You Don't Own Me"||The First Wives Club||Nominated|
|OFTA Television Awards||2001||Best Actress in a New Comedy Series||Bette||Won|
|People's Choice Awards||1980||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||The Rose||Nominated|
|1981||Favorite Motion Picture Actor||Divine Madness!||Nominated|
|1989||Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actress||Beaches||Won|
|2001||Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series||Bette||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||1978||Outstanding Special – Comedy-Variety or Music||Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair is Back||Won|
|1978||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special||Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back||Nominated|
|1992||Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program||The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||Won|
|1994||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special||Gypsy||Nominated|
|1997||Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special||Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas||Nominated|
|1997||Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program||Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas||Won|
|1998||Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series||Murphy Brown||Nominated|
|2011||Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special||Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On||Nominated|
|Satellite Awards||1997||Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Comedy or Musical||The First Wives Club||Nominated|
|Saturn Awards||1994||Best Actress||Hocus Pocus||Nominated|
|The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards||1997||Worst Actress||That Old Feeling||Nominated|
|1997||Worst On-Screen Couple (shared with Dennis Farina)||That Old Feeling||Nominated|
|2000||Worst Actress||Isn't She Great||Nominated|
|Tony Awards||2017||Best Actress in a Musical||Hello, Dolly!||Won|
|TV Guide Awards||2001||Actress of the Year in a New Series||Bette||Won|
|2001||Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series||Bette||Nominated|
Despite Bette Midler's Honolulu birthplace, New York has always regarded her as homegrown and hometown.
A Gift of Love is a 2015 compilation album of ballads recorded by Bette Midler between 1976 and 2014. It was released in late 2015 and reached number 46 on the charts in Australia and number 25 in the UK.Beast of Burden (song)
"Beast of Burden" is a song by English rock band The Rolling Stones, featured on the 1978 album Some Girls. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #435 on their list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" and #433 on the 500 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time.Bette (album)
Bette is a self-titled album by Bette Midler, released in 2000 by Warner Bros. Records (see 2000 in music). This album only reached #69 on Billboard 200, and Warner Bros. dropped Bette from its roster in 2001 because of declining record sales. (As of October 2003, the album had sold 226,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan).Bette Midler (album)
Bette Midler is the eponymous second studio album by American female vocalist Bette Midler, released in 1973 on the Atlantic Records label.
The album, produced by Arif Mardin and Barry Manilow, includes Midler's interpretations of Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael's "Skylark", Berthold Brecht and Kurt Weill's "Surabaya Johnny", Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released" and Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" as well as a Phil Spector medley.Bette Midler reached #6 on the US albums chart and was later awarded a Gold Disc by the RIAA.
The album was released on CD for the first time in 1989. A remastered version of the album was released by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1995.Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook
Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook is an album by Bette Midler. The album was produced by Barry Manilow as a follow-up to their grammy-nominated album Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook. ...Peggy Lee Songbook was Bette's first album released in the DualDisc format. The DVD features are limited, offering just a few short clips that could be described as videos. This album is known to have been affected by Extended Copy Protection technology.Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook
Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook is an album by the American singer Bette Midler. It was produced by Barry Manilow and marked the first time that Midler had worked with Manilow in more than twenty years. It was also Midler's first album for Columbia Records after nearly 30 years recording for Warner Music Group (being signed at times to both Atlantic Records and Warner Bros. Records). Columbia Records is owned by Sony Music Entertainment.
After the death of singer Rosemary Clooney in the summer of 2002, Manilow claims to have had a dream that he would produce a tribute album and Midler would be the singer on the album. In the liner notes, Midler writes, "When Barry approached me ("I had this dream!") about recording an album of Rosemary's standards, I was excited, but apprehensive. I wanted to be respectful, but I felt we had to find something new to say as well, and in these (mostly) new arrangements...I believe we have."
Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook was Midler's first album with Columbia Records after being dropped by Warner Bros. in 2001 for declining record sales. The album peaked at #14 on The Billboard 200 with 71,000 copies sold in its initial week of release, and been certified Gold by the RIAA. (As of August 2005, the album had sold 721,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan). It was followed up with Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook, which was somewhat less successful.Bette Midler discography
American singer Bette Midler has released 13 studio albums, four soundtrack albums, five live albums, one spoken word album, seven greatest hits compilations, four video albums, 39 official singles, nine promotional singles, and 11 music videos.
As of 2010, Midler has sold over 30 million records worldwide.Divine Madness (Bette Midler album)
Divine Madness is an album by American singer Bette Midler and the Harlettes, released in 1980. It is a live recording taken from Midler's Divine Madness concert film, released the same year. The album, however, does not contain any of Midler's comedy routines and features only her musical performances from the show and it in fact only provides half of the songs that appear in the film. The original live recordings were also to a large extent edited and re-recorded in the studio for the soundtrack album.
Among the tracks included are "Big Noise From Winnetka", from Midler's disco album Thighs and Whispers, repertoire standards like "Shiver Me Timbers", "Chapel of Love", "Leader of The Pack" and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" along with two tracks from her movie The Rose, "Stay With Me" and "Fire Down Below" (not originally included on the soundtrack) released earlier in 1980 and the Divine Madness album closes with renditions of rock classics like Bruce Springsteen's "E Street Shuffle", The Rolling Stones' "You Can't Always Get What You Want" and Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released".
The final film excluded "My Mother's Eyes," despite it being released as a single, and "Shiver Me Timbers" was not featured in the home video release (VHS or DVD). Footage of these songs have not been restored.
The soundtrack does not include "Do You Want to Dance?," "Ready to Begin Again," "My Way," "To the South Seas/Hawaiian War Chant," "Ebb Tide," "The Rose," or any monologues.
The Divine Madness album like the movie itself was a moderate commercial success, peaking at #34 on Billboard's album chart.
The album was released on CD for the first time in 1989. A remastered version of the album was released by Atlantic Records/Warner Music in 1995.Friends (Bette Midler song)
"Friends" (also titled "(You Got to Have) Friends") is a 1973 hit single by Bette Midler. It was written by Buzzy Linhart and Mark "Moogy" Klingman. In the United States, the song reached #9 on the Adult Contemporary chart and reached #40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.From a Distance
"From a Distance" is a song written in 1985 by American singer-songwriter Julie Gold. Gold was working as a secretary at the time for HBO and writing songs in her free time. Gold's friend, Christine Lavin, introduced the song to Nanci Griffith, who first recorded it for her 1987 album, Lone Star State of Mind.
The song was covered a number of times, with the most successful being a version by Bette Midler which became a major hit in 1990.It's the Girls!
It's the Girls! is the fourteenth studio album, and twenty-fifth album overall, by Bette Midler, released on November 4, 2014. It is a collection representing the music of the great girl groups of the past.The album sold 40,000 copies in its first week of release in the United States thus allowing it to reach number three on the Billboard 200. This made Midler only the second female singer after Barbra Streisand to have top 10 albums in five consecutive decades. It's the Girls! also marked Midler's highest debut week sales ever, and her second-highest position in the US after the Beaches soundtrack. Another 27,000 copies of the album were sold in its second week.
The album is the first Midler release from Warner Music Group since Bette.Live at Last (Bette Midler album)
Live at Last is the first live album by American singer Bette Midler, a two-disc set released in 1977, Midler's fourth album release on the Atlantic Records label. The album spawned from her live, recorded performance, "The Depression Tour" in Cleveland, entitled "The Bette Midler Show".
Live at Last documents a full-length live performance at the Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, Ohio on the 1976 Depression Tour, and sees Midler, her backing group The Staggering Harlettes and her band Betsy and the Blowboys covering material from her three first albums as well as The Supremes' "Up the Ladder to the Roof", Neil Young's "Birds", Ringo Starr's "Oh My My", the mock lounge act The Vicky Eydie Show doing a "global revue" and the song cycle The Story of Nanette. The album also captures Midler's rapport with - or loving heckling of - the Cleveland audience, a monologue about fried eggs and a part that since has become a staple of her live performances: the raunchy Sophie Tucker jokes.
Live at Last features two new studio recordings. "You're Moving Out Today", co-written by Midler and Carole Bayer Sager and produced by Tom Dowd was the only single release from the album (#42 Billboard's Single Chart, #11 Adult Contemporary). "Bang, You're Dead", which was also not performed during the Cleveland show, replaced "I Sold My Heart To The Junkman" on the album because writers Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson - who wrote the song for Bette - laid down an ultimatum that if she didn't release the song on her next album they would give it to another singer. Therefore, the song was recorded in a studio and squeezed onto the album.
The album was released on CD for the first time in 1993. A limited edition remastered version of the album was released by Friday Music in 2012.
Live at Last reached #49 on Billboard's album chart in the autumn of 1977.Mud Will Be Flung Tonight
Mud Will Be Flung Tonight is an album by the American singer and comedian Bette Midler. It is a live recording of one of Midler's stand-up comedy shows performed in 1985. Although primarily a spoken word album, Midler is accompanied onstage by her long-time musical collaborator Marc Shaiman on piano. The album captures Midler "throwing mud into the faces of some of your favorites", among them Madonna ("Like a virgin.....? Touched for the very first time....? For the very first time today!") Meryl Streep, Bruce Springsteen and Olivia Newton-John ("Let's get physical... let me hear your body talk..... My body said "Fuck you!!!") and it also includes the original version of the song "Otto Titsling", three years later re-recorded in the studio and prominently featured in the movie Beaches.
The album was released on CD for the first time in 1989. Unlike the rest of Midler's discography up to this point, this album was never reissued on CD and is currently out of print.Night and Day (Bette Midler song)
"Night and Day" is a song written by Roxanne Seeman and Billie Hughes. Seeman and Hughes recorded a demo of the song performed by Billie Hughes. Seeman took the song demo to New York and dropped it off with a letter for Tunc Erim, A&R at Atlantic Records. A week later, Tunc Erim invited Seeman to lunch where he told her that Ahmet Ertegun and Doug Morris liked the song and wanted to show it to Mike Rutherford of Mike + The Mechanics. After the lunch, Seeman went to see Vicky Germaise in Arif Mardin's office at the Atlantic Recording Studios. Germaise asked Seeman if she had another copy and overnighted the demo to Arif Mardin who was in Los Angeles, producing Bette Midler's upcoming album."Night and Day" was recorded by Bette Midler for her Some People's Lives album. It was produced by Arif Mardin, with Marc Shaiman serving as associate producer, and Joseph Jack Puig as the recording and mix engineer. It was arranged by Arif Mardin, Billie Hughes, and Joe Mardin.
"Night and Day" is the second single from Some People's Lives. It was released to adult contemporary radio and stayed on the chart for 15 weeks, peaking at #15. The release to mainstream radio came later. As "Night and Day" was ascending the Billboard Hot 100, the Gulf War broke out, focusing attention back on the first single, "From A Distance". "Night and Day" remained on the Hot 100 for 7 weeks, peaking at 62."Night and Day" by Bette Midler was also released as a single in Japan. It is included on the Bette Midler collection "3 for One" released in Australia.
"Night and Day" is included in A Gift of Love, the 2015 compilation album by Bette Midler focusing on her ballads.It is one of ten songs on the list of LA Times journalist James Reed in his story "On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her", printed December 1, 2016.No Frills (Bette Midler album)
No Frills is the sixth studio album by American singer Bette Midler, released on Atlantic Records in 1983. No Frills was Midler's first studio album in four years, following the movies The Rose, Divine Madness! and the ill-fated Jinxed!. The rock and new wave influenced album was produced by Chuck Plotkin, best known for his work with Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and included three single releases; the ballad "All I Need to Know", a cover of Marshall Crenshaw's "My Favourite Waste of Time" and Midler's take on the Rolling Stones classic "Beast of Burden".The Bette Midler Show
The Bette Midler Show is an HBO video special of one of Bette Midler's tours entitled "The Depression Tour," shot at the Cleveland Music Hall during February 1976 and also issued on Midler's album Live at Last.
The show features many of Bette's popular songs, such as "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Friends", "In The Mood", "Hello In There", and "Lullaby of Broadway" As well as dazzling the audience with her spontaneous wit with her 'Wonderful Sophie Tucker Jokes' and her special 'The Vicki Eydie Show'.
The original HBO broadcast ran 134 minutes, including material from both of her Cleveland performances and a 5-minute intermission. When it was released on VHS, Betamax and CED Videodisc in 1984 by Embassy Home Video, it was severely shortened to 84-minutes. Performances of "Birds," "Shiver Me Timbers," the entire "Story of Nanette," a Harlettes-only musical number and countless jokes were removed.
The special has never officially been issued on DVD, but bootlegs are rampant and clips from both versions have surfaced on YouTube.The Rose (song)
"The Rose" is a classic pop song written by Amanda McBroom and made famous by Bette Midler who recorded it for the soundtrack of the 1979 film The Rose in which it plays during the closing credits.The Rose (soundtrack)
The Rose is the soundtrack to the feature film of the same name starring Bette Midler which was released in 1979.Wind Beneath My Wings
"Wind Beneath My Wings" (sometimes titled "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Hero") is a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley.The song was originally recorded by Roger Whittaker in 1982, as well as by Sheena Easton and Lee Greenwood. The song appeared very shortly thereafter in charted versions by Colleen Hewett (1982), Lou Rawls (1983), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1983), and Gary Morris (1983). The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler's single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler's version finished at No. 44 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
In a 2002 UK poll, "Wind Beneath My Wings" was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.
Awards for Bette Midler