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 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. Movie Credits
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.
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
Trivia Bette has won 2 People's Choice Awards (1989 & 2001).
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 graduated from Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1963.
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