Bette Midler (Actress/Singer) -The Rose
 
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Updated: 9/27/12

Name: Bette Midler

Born: December 1, 1945, Honolulu, Hawaii

Claim To Fame: Singer/songwriter, actress, known for roles in The Rose and Beaches

Family Life: She has been married to Martin von Haselberg since 1984. They have one daughter, Sophie von Haselberg (b. 1986).

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Info: Midler studied drama at the University of Hawaii and kicked off her musical career by performing in gay bathhouses with piano accompaniment from Barry Manilow. She released her first album, "The Divine Miss M" in 1972. She found success as an actress after a powerful performance in The Rose (1979) as a rock-and-roll singer.

In 1986, she appeared with Nick Nolte and Richard Dreyfuss in the comedy Down and Out in Beverly Hills, and this began a series of funny movies, including Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), and Big Business (1988). She starred in the 1988 tearjerker Beaches.

Other films include the WWII drama For the Boys (1991), The First Wives Club (1996), the comedy Drowning Mona (2000), and the remake of The Stepford Wives (2004).

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Trivia: Has an estimated net worth of $175 million.

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

Worked at a Dole pineapple processing plant in Hawaii in her early years.

Her first big album "The Divine Miss M" was produced by Barry Manilow.

Graduated from Radford High School, Honolulu, Hawaii in 1963

Majored in drama at the University of Hawaii at Manoa

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

Was the final guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962).

Ranked #51 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll.

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

She is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority.

The last syllable of her first name is unpronounced because her mother thought that was how Bette Davis pronounced her name.

Was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording.

Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

Became pregnant by her husband Martin von Haselberg in 1987 but suffered a miscarriage.

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Where Are They Now: Midler is one of the producers of the Broadway production of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert which opened in February 2011.

In June 2012, she 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".

Midler will be co-starring alongside Billy Crystal in the movie Parental Guidance due to be released on December 25, 2012.

She auctioned her outfits and achievements from her 40-year career in November 2011 in order to raise money for the New York Restoration Project.

She hosts an annual gala benefit on Halloween that raises funds for New York Restoration Project (NYRP).

Write To Bette Midler:
Bette Midler
1222 16th Ave S, #300
Nashville, TN 37212

Videos: Fact for Fact - Then She Found Me http://archive.evtv1.com/player.aspx?itemnum=12100

Official Website: http://bettemidler.com/





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