Bette Midler

Mostly Credited As: Bette Midler
Sometimes Credited As: The Divine Mr. J.
The Divine Miss M

Birth Name: Bette Davis Midler
Date Of Birth: December 01, 1945 (Age 70)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii
Height: 5' 1" (1.54 m)

Bette Midler

Bette Midler is one of the most revered multi-talented performers in entertainment. Raised in Hawaii without TV until the age of 13, the kid from the sticks landed a small part as a missionary's wife in George Roy Hill's Hawaii (1966), which required her to move to Los Angeles for final shooting. She relocated to NYC where she eventually answered an open call for the national tour of Fiddler on the Roof and ended up in the Broadway cast instead, taking over the part of "Tzeitel" in February 1967 and staying with the role for three years. She next made a name for herself electrifying the towel-clad gay clientele of the Continental Baths, with Barry Manilow backing her on piano. Midler constructed the larger-than-life persona of 'The Divine Miss M' (also the title of her 1972 debut album for Atlantic Records) and built her career on outrageousness, but the bawdy, red-haired performer with the wide, toothsome smile also balanced the camp by interspersing a few tears for the human spirit amidst the sequins and fringes.
In 1979, after appearing mostly in bit parts Bette took the movie world by storm with her breakthrough role of the tormented hard living rock-n-roll star in the hit film The Rose. A role which also garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Since then, Bette has dealt with many ups and downs in her career. A hit there, a bomb there - but through it all she still shined.

Movie Credits

In the Pink (2007) - Linda Ashford
The Stepford Wives (2004) - Bobbie Markowitz
What Women Want (2000) - Dr. J.M. Perkins
Isn't She Great (2000) - Jacqueline Susann
Drowning Mona (2000) - Mona Dearly
That Old Feeling (1997) - Lilly Leonard
The First Wives Club (1996) .... Brenda Cushman
Get Shorty (1995) - Doris Saphron
Gypsy (1993) (TV) - Mama Rose
Hocus Pocus (1993) - Winifred 'Winnie' Sanderson
For the Boys (1991) - Dixie Leonard
Scenes from a Mall (1991) - Deborah Fifer
Stella (1990) - Stella Claire
Beaches (1988) - Cecilia 'CC' Carol Bloom
Oliver & Company (1988) (voice) - Georgette
Big Business (1988) - Sadie Ratliff/Sadie Shelton
Outrageous Fortune (1987) - Sandy Brozinsky
Ruthless People (1986) - Barbara Stone
Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986) - Barbara Whiteman
Jinxed! (1982) - Bonita Friml
The Rose (1979) - Mary Rose Foster
The Thorn (1974) - Virgin Mary

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Bette Midler: One Night Only (2014)As: Herself (Presenter)
Bette (2000)As: Bette
Episode Cast Credits 

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  December 8, 2014 01x161: (Dec/08/2014) As Herself 

Alan Carr: Chatty Man (2009) 
  Bette Midler, Keith Lemon, James Blunt, Sam Smith 13x10: (Nov/21/2014) As Herself 

Loose Women (1999) 
  Bette Midler, guest presenter Shappi Khorsandi 19x53: (Nov/19/2014) As Herself 
  Series 13, Show 233 13x233: (Aug/07/2009) As Herself (Archive Footage), [Featuring]
  Series 13, Show 127 13x127: (Mar/10/2009) As Herself (Archive Footage), [Featuring]
  Series 13, Show 107 13x107: (Feb/10/2009) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The One Show (2006) 
  November 18, 2014 09x69: (Nov/18/2014) As Herself 
  December 8, 2009 04x110: (Dec/08/2009) As Herself 
  December 15, 2008 03x104: (Dec/15/2008) As Herself 
  September 22, 2008 03x45: (Sep/22/2008) As Herself 

Royal Variety Performance (1927) 
  Royal Variety Performance 2014 01x85: (Nov/13/2014) As Herself 

Imagine (UK) (2003) 
  Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M 26x04: (Nov/11/2014) As Herself 

Live with Kelly (1983) 
  Bette Midler, Beth Behrs 33x50: (Nov/07/2014) As Herself 
  Guest Co-Host Bette Midler; Adam Sandler 27x240: (Jul/31/2009) As Guest Star (Co-Host), [Guest Hosts]
  Bette Midler, the "Queer Eye For The Straight Guy" Fab Five, "Modern Bride" editor Antonia Van Der Meer 24x109: (Feb/02/2006) As Herself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 214 63x214: (Nov/06/2014) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  Toys 57x118: (Feb/20/2008) As Herself 
  Bette Midler, Danny Glover, Leonardo DiCaprio, Today's Kitchen 56x68: (Dec/06/2006) As Herself 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Bette Midler, Jim Gaffigan 01x156: (Nov/05/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Rachael Ray (2006) 
  A Show Business Legend Is in the House: Bette Midler! And, Olympic Gold Medalist Brian Boitano Is Cooking Up a Recipe From His Cookbook! 08x129: (Apr/03/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The Insider (2004) 
  Season 10, Episode 183 10x183: (Apr/02/2014) As Herself 

CBS This Morning (1987) 
  Season 15, Episode 65 15x65: (Apr/01/2014) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 86th Annual Academy Awards 62x01: (Mar/02/2014) As Herself, [Musical Guests]
  The 69th Annual Academy Awards 45x01: (Mar/24/1997) As Presenter, [Featuring]

Six by Sondheim (2013) 
  SPECIAL! 01x01: (Dec/09/2013) As Mama Rose (Archive Footage) 

The View (1997) 
  Season 16, Episode 76 16x76: (Dec/20/2012) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Bette Midler, Frank Rich 10x71: (Dec/13/2006) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Season 7, Episode 201 07x201: (Jun/10/2004) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Season 7, Episode 36 07x36: (Oct/21/2003) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Bette Midler, Judd Apatow, Pentatonix 21x05: (Dec/14/2012) As Herself, [Interviewees]
  Bette Midler, Al Roker 16x143: (Jun/20/2008) As Herself 
  960916 05x01: (Sep/16/1996) As Herself 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Herself 

Oprah Prime (2012) 
  Bette Midler & Valerie Simpson 02x10: (Nov/11/2012) As Herself 

This Morning (1988) 
  December 1, 2010 23x63: (Dec/01/2010) As Herself 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Bette Midler, Stephen Fry, David Haye 08x05: (Nov/26/2010) As Herself 

Daybreak (2010) 
  November 23, 2010 01x57: (Nov/23/2010) As Herself 

Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (2005) 
  Place Your Bette 05x01: (Jun/08/2009) As Herself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  February 10, 2009 10x41: (Feb/10/2009) As Herself 

Dancing on Ice (2006) 
  Series 4, Show 5 04x09: (Feb/08/2009) As Herself 

Strictly Come Dancing (2004) 
  Series 6, Show 1 (Result) 06x03: (Sep/21/2008) As Herself 

American Idol (2002) 
  Season 6 Finale 06x40: (May/23/2007) As Herself (Guest Performer) 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Bette Midler, David Gregory 13x78: (Feb/02/2006) As Herself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Bette Midler, Reggie Miller 13x38: (Oct/26/2005) As Herself 
  Bette Midler, David Tidmarsh 11x151: (Jun/08/2004) As Herself 
  Bette Midler, Howie Day 11x75: (Jan/14/2004) As Herself 
  Bette Midler, Traffic 01x160: (May/13/1994) As Herself 

Good Day Live (2001) 
  Bette Midler 04x36: (Oct/25/2004) As Herself 

Inside the Actors Studio (1994) 
  Bette Midler 10x15: (Jun/06/2004) As Herself 

Behind The Music (1997) 
  Bette Midler 02x15: (Jan/03/1999) As Herself 

The Nanny (US) (1993) 
  You Bette Your Life 04x23: (Apr/30/1997) As Herself 

Intimate Portrait (1993) 
  Bette Midler 03x03: (Mar/30/1997) As Herself 

Seinfeld (1989) 
  The Understudy 06x24: (May/18/1995) As Herself 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 51x01: (Jan/22/1994) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (for 'Gypsy') 
  The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 49x01: (Jan/18/1992) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (for 'For the Boys') 
  The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards 37x01: (Jan/26/1980) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical / New Star Of The Year - Actress (for 'The Rose') 

The Simpsons (1989) 
  Krusty Gets Kancelled 04x22: (May/13/1993) Voiced  Herself, [Special Guest Stars]

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) 
  Show #4531 30x120: (May/22/1992) As Herself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Buck Henry/Bette Midler 04x20: (May/26/1979) As Herself, [Musical Guests]

The Grammys (1959) 
  The 19th Annual Grammy Awards 19x01: (Feb/19/1977) As Herself 

Cher (1975) 
  Show 1 - Special Premiere 01x01: (Feb/12/1975) As Herself 

The Colbert Report (2005) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Herself, [Interviewees]

Parkinson (2004) (2004) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Herself, [Interviewees]

The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007) 
  ??x??: (Unknown/Unaired) As Herself 
Crew Credits

Show Crew

Bette (2000)• Executive Producer

Episode Crew

Featured Songs

Miami Vice Songs:
Brother's Keeper (Pilot) + Only In Miami 
Veronica Mars Songs:
The Wrath of Con + Wind Beneath My Wings 
American Idol Songs:
Season 6 Finale + Wind Beneath My Wings 

Bette's alter-ego is "The Divine Miss M."

Bette has been married, since December 1984, to Martin von Hasselberg, aka "Harry Kipper" They have one daughter, Sophie, who was born in 1986.

Bette has been married since December 1984 to Martin von Hasselberg and has one daughter, Sophie who was born in 1986.

Bette won a TV Guide award for Bette in 2001 along with Debra Messing.

Bette is named after Bette Davis and her sisters Susan and Judy are named after Susan Hayward and Judy Garland.

Bette practices the Jewish faith.

Bette performed her cabaret act at the famed gay men's club, The Continental Baths, in the 70s with Barry Manilow as her accompanist.

Bette's first big album The Divine Miss M was produced by Barry Manilow.

Bette was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31.

Bette sang with Tom Waits on "I Never Talk to Strangers" on his album Foreign Affairs.

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