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Bette Midler was born on the 1st December 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii USA of Jewish descent. She is a singer, songwriter, actress and film producer which are all sources of Bette Midler’s fame and net worth. As well as winning four Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Emmies and the Tony Award, she was nominated for two Academy Awards. Midler is known for having sold more than 30 million records all over the world. She has been active in show business since 1966.

How much money has Bette accumulated over her long-spanned career? It has been reported that the overall size of Bette Midler’s net worth currently stands at $220 million. It should be mentioned that Bette earned more than $5.5 million alone from the soundtrack album from the film “The Rose” (1979).

Bette Midler Net Worth $220 Million

Bette Midler grew up in Aiea, Hawai where she was educated at Radford High School. Later, she studied drama at the University of Hawaii but dropped out with a view to pursuing a career as an actress. Bette debuted in the film “Hawaii” (1966) with a small role, and using the money she earned moved to New York City. She landed roles in several off-Broadway plays and sang in the gay bathhouse to earn a living. In 1971, she landed the role in the rock opera “Tommy” (1971) and showed herself in “The Tonight Show”. Then, her fame has shot up with the release of her debut album “The Divine Miss M” (1972), which brought her the first Grammy Award as the Best New Artist. The singles “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (1972), “Friends” (1972) and “Do You Wanna Dance” (1972) topped the Billboard Top 100. More, the album became multi platinum according to sales in USA and Canada. This was her first step towards fame, success and fortune, since which Bette Midler has released 39 singles, 14 studio albums, 10 music videos, four live albums, six compilation albums, four video albums, four soundtracks and other releases. The most successful studio albums which were also certified according to sales were “Bette Midler” (1973), “Some People’s Lives” (1990), “Bette of Roses” (1995), “Bathhouse Betty” (1998), “Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook” (2003) and “It’s the Girls!” (2014). All of them added much financially to the net worth of Bette Midler.

Despite being an icon singer, Midler is also an outstanding actress. She won awards for her lead role in the drama film “The Rose” directed by Mark Rydell. In addition to the success of the film, critical acclaim and box office success, the soundtrack album released under the same name was certified multi-platinum and hit the charts, too. Other films that brought Midler awards and fame have included “Ruthless People” (1986), “Outrageous Fortune” (1987), “Big Business” (1988), “For the Boys” (1991), “Gypsy” (1993), “Get Shorty” (1995) and “The First Wives Club” (1996). It should be said that Bette has landed roles in more than 35 feature films and 27 television production items, which have increased the net worth of Bette Midler, too.

It looks like Bette was born with a silver spoon in her mouth as she has landed a successful multi-faceted career, and created a perfect family. In 1984, she married the artist Martin von Haselberg with whom she is apparently happy up to date. The family has one child, a daughter Sophie von Haselberg.


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Algernon ni Hanataba wo 2015 TV Mini-Series performer - 6 episodes
Todd's Pop Song Reviews 2015 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
12 Monkeys 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2008-2015 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Bette Midler: One Night Only 2014 TV Movie performer: "Friends", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "From a Distance", "Be My Baby", "Baby It's You", "Give Him a Great Big Kiss", "Tell Him", "Pretty Legs & Great Big Knockers/Sophie Tucker", "Waterfalls", "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Today 2014 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Live with Kelly and Michael 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The World's Greatest Movie Songs: Top 50 2014 TV Movie performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Retrats 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Pretty Little Liars 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Getting On 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! NOW! 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Vito 2011 Documentary performer: "Friends"
Atop the Fourth Wall 2011 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dancing on Ice 2009-2010 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The Royal Variety Performance 2009 2009 TV Movie performer: "In My Life", "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Strictly Come Dancing 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Paul O'Grady Show 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
So You Think You Can Dance 2008-2009 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Loose Women 2009 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Men in Trees 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
American Idol 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Martha 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live: The Best of David Spade 2005 TV Special performer: "From a Distance"
Filthy Gorgeous: The Trannyshack Story 2005 Documentary performer: "Stay With Me"
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary performer: "Martha"
Drawn Together 2004 TV Series 1 episode
Biography TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode, 2004 performer - 1 episode, 2004
Chocolate com Pimenta 2003 TV Series performer: "Hey There"
A Prayer for America: Yankee Stadium Memorial 2001 TV Special performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary performer: "The Rose"
Bette TV Series performer - 7 episodes, 2000 writer - 1 episode, 2000
Isn't She Great 2000 performer: "This Could Be the Start of Something Big"
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1995-1999 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Late Show with David Letterman 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The View 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wetten, dass..? 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
One True Thing 1998 performer: "My One True Friend", "Do You Want To Dance", "Friends"
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas 1997 TV Special documentary performer: "Friends", "I Look Good", "Miss Otis Regrets", "Spring Can Really Hung You Up the Most", "Bed of Roses", "You Don't Own Me", "The Rose", "Burlesque - Pretty Legs & Great Big Knockers", "Burlesque - Rose's Turn", "Drinking Again", "MacArthur Park", "Infomercial", "Call Me", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Bigotry", "Bridge Over Troubled Water", "In the Navy", "The Greatest Love of All", "New York, New York", "Ukelele Lady", "From a Distance", "Do Yoy Wanna Dance", "T
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
That Old Feeling 1997 performer: "Somewhere Along The Way"
The First Wives Club 1996 performer: "You Don't Own Me"
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1996 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Hunchback of Notre Dame 1996 performer: "God Help the Outcasts"
Ruby Wax Meets... 1996 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
1995 VH1 Honors 1995 TV Movie performer: "To Deserve You", "Let It Be Me"
Seinfeld 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special performer: "Rose's Turn"
Gypsy 1993 TV Movie performer: "Some People", "Small World", "Mr. Goldstone", "You'll Never Get Away from Me", "Everything's Coming Up Roses", "Together, Wherever We Go", "Rose's Turn"
Hocus Pocus 1993 performer: "I Put a Spell on You"
Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City 1993 TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode
The Simpsons 1993 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Shake Rattle & Roll IV 1992 performer: "The Rose"
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York 1992 performer: "Somewhere In My Memory"
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson TV Series performer - 11 episodes, 1970 - 1992 writer - 2 episodes, 1985 - 1991 lyrics - 1 episode, 1992
The Arsenio Hall Show 1991 TV Series performer - 1 episode
For the Boys 1991 performer: "Billy-A-Dick", "Dixie's Dream", "I Remember You", "For All We Know", "Every Road Leads Back to You", "P.S. I Love You", "In My Life", "Stuff Like That There", "Baby, It's Cold Outside"
Scenes from a Mall 1991 performer: "You Do Something to Me"
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1991 TV Special performer: "From a Distance"
Ganti ng api 1991 performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 TV Special performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Stella 1990 performer: "One More Cheer"
Abandonada 1989 performer: "Wind Beneath My Wings"
Beaches 1988 lyrics: "Otto Titsling", "Oh Industry" / music: "Otto Titsling", "Oh Industry" / performer: "Under The Boardwalk", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "I've Still Got My Health", "I Think It's Going To Rain Today", "Otto Titsling", "I Know You By Heart", "The Glory Of Love", "Baby Mine", "Oh Industry", "Ballin' the Jack"
Oliver & Company 1988 performer: "Perfect Isn't Easy"
Big Business 1988 performer: "Little Ole Lady"
In the Mood 1987 lyrics: "IN THE MOOD"
Women in Rock 1986 Video documentary performer: "Beast of Burden"
Seven Minutes in Heaven 1985 writer: "Inner Logic"
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary "We Are the World", uncredited
Bette Midler No Frills 1983 TV Movie performer: "Beast Of Burden", "All I Need To Know", "Is It Love", "Favorite Waste Of Time", "The Rose"
The Mondo Beyondo Show 1982 TV Movie performer: "Mondo's Theme" / writer: "Mondo's Theme"
Jinxed! 1982 performer: "No Jinx"
Divine Madness 1980 Documentary performer: "Big Noise from Winnetka", "Paradise", "Shiver Me Timbers", "Fire Down Below", "Stay with Me", "My Mother's Eyes", "Chapel of Love", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "E Street Shuffle", "Summer The First Time", "Leader of the Pack", "You Can't Always Get What You Want", "I Shall Be Released", "Rainbow Sleeves", "Ready to Begin Again" / "Do You Want to Dance", "The Rose"
The Rose 1979 performer: "The Rose", "Stay With Me", "Sold My Soul to Rock 'N' Roll", "Keep On Rockin'", "Fire Down Below", "When a Man Loves a Woman", "Midnight in Memphis", "Whose Side Are You On", "Love Me with A Feeling" uncredited, "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" uncredited
Chilly Scenes of Winter 1979 performer: "Skylark"
Saturday Night Live 1979 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary 1977 TV Movie performer: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On"
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series writer - 3 episodes
Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out 1976 TV Special performer: "Love Will Keep Us Together"
The Bette Midler Show 1976 TV Special performer: "Friends", "Oh My My", "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman", "Birds", "In the Mood", "Hurry on Down", "Shiver Me Timbers", "Around the World", "Istanbul", "Fiesta in Rio", "South Seas Scene", "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes", "Lullaby of Broadway", "You're Moving Out Today", "Delta Dawn", "Long John Blues", "Hello in There", "Up the Ladder to the Roof", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" - uncredited / writer: "Fiesta in Rio", "You're Moving Out Today" - uncredited
Cher 1975 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Last of Sheila 1973 performer: "Friends"
Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3 1973 TV Movie performer: "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers 1972 performer: "Get It On", "Nothing Goin' Down at All", "Love Theme", "Strawberry, Lilac and Lime"
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 TV Special performer: "Matchmaker, Matchmaker"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freak Show 2017/II post-production Muv
Parental Guidance 2012 Diane Decker
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore 2010 Kitty Galore (voice)
The Women 2008/I Leah Miller
Then She Found Me 2007 Bernice Graves
The Stepford Wives 2004 Bobbie Markowitz
Bette 2000-2001 TV Series Bette
What Women Want 2000 Dr. J.M. Perkins (uncredited)
Isn't She Great 2000 Jacqueline Susann
Drowning Mona 2000 Mona Dearly
Jackie's Back! 1999 TV Movie Bette Midler
Murphy Brown 1998 TV Series Caprice Feldman - Secretary #93
The Nanny 1997 TV Series Bette Midler
That Old Feeling 1997 Lilly Leonard
The First Wives Club 1996 Brenda Morelli Cushman
Get Shorty 1995 Doris Saphron (uncredited)
Gypsy 1993 TV Movie Mama Rose
Hocus Pocus 1993 Winifred Sanderson
The Simpsons 1993 TV Series Bette Midler
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1992 TV Series Narrator (segment "Weird Parents")
For the Boys 1991 Dixie Leonard
Scenes from a Mall 1991 Deborah
Stella 1990 Stella Claire
The Lottery 1989 Short
Beaches 1988 CC Bloom
Oliver & Company 1988 Georgette (voice)
Big Business 1988 Sadie Shelton Sadie Ratliff
Outrageous Fortune 1987 Sandy
Ruthless People 1986 Barbara Stone
Down and Out in Beverly Hills 1986 Barbara Whiteman
The Mondo Beyondo Show 1982 TV Movie Mondo Beyondo / Eudora P. Quickly
Jinxed! 1982 Bonita Friml
The Rose 1979 Mary Rose Foster
Vegetable Soup 1976 TV Series Woody The Spoon (voice)
Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers 1972 Lullabye Singer (voice)
The Thorn 1971 Virgin Mary
Goodbye, Columbus 1969 Wedding Guest (uncredited)
The Detective 1968 Girl at Party (unconfirmed, uncredited)
Hawaii 1966 Passenger (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On 2010 TV Movie executive producer / producer
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood 2002 executive producer
Some of My Best Friends 2001 TV Series executive producer
Bette 2000 TV Series executive producer - 2 episodes
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas 1997 TV Special documentary executive producer
For the Boys 1991 producer
Beaches 1988 producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bette Midler: Art or Bust 1984 Video documentary
Bette Midler No Frills 1983 TV Movie
The Mondo Beyondo Show 1982 TV Movie "Mondo Beyondo" sequence / character
Divine Madness 1980 Documentary
Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back 1977 TV Movie documentary

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special songs featuring
Bette 2000 TV Series composer - 2 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On 2010 TV Movie

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
MTV 1st Annual Video Music Awards 1984 TV Special creative consultant

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A French Guy Named Saba 2014 TV Mini-Series special thanks - 1 episode
Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey 2012 Documentary images courtesy of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Weekend Today 2016 TV Series Herself
The Voice 2016 TV Series Herself
Entertainment Tonight 1990-2016 TV Series Herself
Extra 2016 TV Series Herself
In Character With... 2015 TV Series Herself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2003-2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2015 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Insider 2014-2015 TV Series Herself
Bette Midler: One Night Only 2014 TV Movie Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 2014 2014 TV Movie Herself
Alan Carr: Chatty Man 2009-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Loose Women 2009-2014 TV Series Herself
The One Show 2008-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Imagine 2008-2014 TV Series documentary Herself
Today 1978-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 1997-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Musical Guest
Bette Midler's Kickstarter to the Moon 2014 Short Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Inside Edition 1990-2014 TV Series documentary Herself
The View 1998-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Colbert Report 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Rachael Ray 2009-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
E! Live from the Red Carpet 2014 TV Series Herself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Performer: In Memoriam
Inside Comedy 2014 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1995-2013 TV Series Herself - Guest
CBS News Sunday Morning 2013 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
Project Runway 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge
Twenty Feet from Stardom 2013 Documentary Herself
Made in Hollywood 2010-2012 TV Series Herself
Entertainers with Byron Allen 2012 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
Katie 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2012 TV Movie Herself
Oprah's Next Chapter 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
Casting By 2012 Documentary Herself
The 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2012 TV Movie Herself - Presenter
The 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 2011 TV Movie Herself
Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On 2010 TV Movie Herself
Paul O'Grady Live 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Daybreak 2010 TV Series Herself
ES.TV HD 2010 TV Series Herself
Mark at the Movies 2010 TV Series Herself
The Marriage Ref 2010 TV Series Herself - Panelist
Streisand: Live in Concert 2009 TV Special documentary Herself - Audience (uncredited)
The Magic 7 2009 TV Movie Herself
The Royal Variety Performance 2009 2009 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Strictly Come Dancing 2008-2009 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List 2009 TV Series Herself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Dancing on Ice 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Today 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest
American Idol 2007 TV Series Herself
American Masters 2006-2007 TV Series documentary Herself - Narrator / Herself
Happy Birthday Elton! From Madison Square Garden, New York 2007 TV Movie Herself
20/20 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Christmas in Rockefeller Center 2006 TV Special Herself
Conversations with Michael Eisner 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
Parkinson 1980-2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2006 TV Series Herself - Guest
From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans 2006 Video Herself
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Herself
Martha 2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook 2005 Video short Herself
Good Morning America 1980-2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
Rove Live 2005 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Divine Bette Midler 2005 Video documentary Herself
A Perfect World: The Making of 'The Stepford Wives' 2004 Video documentary short Herself
Stepford: A Definition 2004 Video documentary short Herself
The Stepford Husbands 2004 Video documentary short Herself
The Stepford Wives 2004 Video documentary short Herself
The Jane Pauley Show 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
Biography 2004 TV Series documentary Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1994-2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
Inside the Actors Studio 2004 TV Series Herself - Guest
A Barry Manilow Christmas: Live by Request 2003 TV Movie Herself
Larry King Live 2003 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Caroline Rhea Show 2003 TV Series Herself - Guest
Short Talks on the Universe Benefit Performance 2002 TV Movie Herself - Performer
Ground Force 2002 TV Series Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2002 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Crossover 2001 TV Special Herself
A Prayer for America: Yankee Stadium Memorial 2001 TV Special Herself
E! True Hollywood Story 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
The 58th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
Fantasia 2000 1999 Herself - Host (segment "Piano Concerto No. 2, Allegro, Opus 102")
The Oprah Winfrey Show 1995-1999 TV Series Herself - Guest
American Fashion Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
Charlie Rose 1999 TV Series Herself - Guest
Get Bruce 1999 Documentary Herself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
Hollywood Aids 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Wetten, dass..? 1990-1998 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Roseanne Show 1998 TV Series Herself - Guest
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Annual Museum of TV and Radio Honors. A Salute to Jerry Seinfeld and David E. Kelly 1998 TV Movie Herself
Intimate Portrait 1998 TV Series documentary Herself
Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas 1997 TV Special documentary Herself
The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program and Nominee: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special
The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Original Song
Mundo VIP 1997 TV Series Herself
The Most Fascinating Women of 1996 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
Wynonna: Revelations 1996 TV Movie documentary Herself
Ruby Wax Meets... 1996 TV Series documentary Herself - Guest
We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Tribute 1995 TV Special Herself
Golden Anniversary 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Laf lafi açiyor 1995 TV Series Herself
1995 VH1 Honors 1995 TV Movie Herself
Seinfeld 1995 TV Series Herself
How to Be Absolutely Fabulous 1995 TV Short documentary Herself
A Century of Cinema 1994 Documentary Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Jack Nicholson 1994 TV Special Herself - Audience Member
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Performer & Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
Hocus Pocus: Begin the Magic 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself
Movie Magic 1994 TV Series documentary Herself / Winifred
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1993 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Special Award
Earth and the American Dream 1992 Documentary Reader (voice)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1970-1992 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Días de cine 1992 TV Series Herself
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Primer plano 1991 TV Series Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1991 TV Series Herself - Guest
Walt Disney World's 20th Anniversary Celebration 1991 TV Special Herself
The 5th Commitment to Life Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Honoree and Performer
Top of the Pops 1991 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Wogan 1989-1991 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1991 TV Special Herself - Performer & Winner: Record of the Year
Yakety Yak, Take It Back 1991 Herself
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary Herself
Commitment to Life IV: Los Angeles AIDS Project Benefit 1990 TV Movie Herself
The Earth Day Special 1990 TV Special Mother Earth
The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 TV Special Herself - Performer & Winner: Record of the Year
CBS This Morning 1990 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Home Show 1990 TV Series Herself
An Evening with... 1990 TV Movie Herself
The 33th Annual Thalians Ball 1988 TV Movie Herself
Mickey's 60th Birthday 1988 TV Movie Herself
The 2nd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 TV Special Herself
The Making of 'Oliver & Company' 1988 Video documentary short Herself
The 59th Annual Academy Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Original Score
The Barbara Walters Summer Special 1980-1987 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 44th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1987 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Women in Rock 1986 Video documentary Herself
One Voice 1986 TV Special documentary Herself - Audience Member (uncredited)
David Letterman's Holiday Film Festival 1985 TV Movie Herself (segment "Angst on a Shoestring")
We Are The World: The Story Behind The Song 1985 TV Movie documentary Herself
MTV 1st Annual Video Music Awards 1984 TV Special Herself - Host
Bette Midler: Art or Bust 1984 Video documentary Herself
Superstars of Comedy Salute the Improv 1984 TV Movie Herself
A Celebration of Life: A Tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr. 1984 TV Special documentary Herself
Breakaway 1983 TV Series Herself
Bette Midler No Frills 1983 TV Movie Herself
The Morning Exchange 1983 TV Series Herself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Frank Capra 1982 TV Special documentary Herself
The 54th Annual Academy Awards 1982 TV Special documentary Herself - Presenter: Best Original Song
The 23rd Annual Grammy Awards 1981 TV Special Herself
The 38th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1981 TV Special Herself - Nominee
The Midnight Special 1980-1981 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Divine Madness 1980 Documentary Herself / The Divine Miss M
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1980 TV Series Herself - Guest
Donahue 1980 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 52nd Annual Academy Awards 1980 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1980 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical / Comedy & Best New Star
Numéro 1 1979 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live 1979 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Big Night 1978 TV Series Herself
Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back 1977 TV Movie documentary Herself - Host
Dinah! 1977 TV Series Herself - Guest
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary 1977 TV Movie Herself
The 19th Annual Grammy Awards 1977 TV Special Herself
Neil Sedaka Steppin' Out 1976 TV Special Herself
The Bette Midler Show 1976 TV Special Herself - Host
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards 1975 TV Special Herself
Cher 1975 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 28th Annual Tony Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Winner: Special Award
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards 1974 TV Special Herself - Winner: Best New Artist
Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3 1973 TV Movie Herself / Miss M / Conchita
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Vocalist / Herself - Guest
The Irv Kupcinet Show 1971 TV Series Herself
The Virginia Graham Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Guest
The David Frost Show 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Merv Griffin Show 1970 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 22nd Annual Tony Awards 1968 TV Special Herself - Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 1990-2017 TV Series Herself
The Insider 2016 TV Series Herself
Loose Women 2009-2016 TV Series Herself
Extra 2014-2016 TV Series Herself
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2014 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
The World's Greatest Movie Songs: Top 50 2014 TV Movie Herself
And the Oscar Goes To... 2014 TV Movie documentary Herself
Six by Sondheim 2013 TV Movie documentary Mama Rose
The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself
Continental 2013 Documentary Herself
Chelsea Lately 2012 TV Series Diane Decker in 'Parental Guidance'
American Masters 2012 TV Series documentary Herself
Vito 2011 Documentary Herself
The Graham Norton Show 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Night with the Loose Women 2009 Video Herself
Dancing on Ice 2009 TV Series Herself
Roxy: The Last Dance 2008 Documentary Herself
Sex: The Revolution 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Scenes from the Roundtable 2007 Video documentary short Herself
Talk to Me 2007 Herself (uncredited)
I Love the '70s: Volume 2 2006 TV Series Herself
Showbiz Tonight 2005 TV Series Herself
Corazón de... 2005 TV Series Herself
The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Herself
Gay Sex in the 70s 2005 Documentary Herself (uncredited)
Bruce Forsyth's Comedy Heroes 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary Herself
Seinfeld: Inside Look 2005 TV Series documentary short Herself
Sex 'n' Pop 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
Siskel & Ebert 2004 TV Series Bobbie Markowitz
50 Most Awesomely Bad Songs... Ever 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
E! 101 Most Starlicious Makeovers 2004 TV Movie documentary Herself
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The 1970s 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself / Rose (uncredited)
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years 2000 TV Movie documentary Mary Rose Foster
Motown 40: The Music Is Forever 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
50 Years of Funny Females 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself
Oscar's Greatest Moments 1992 Video documentary Herself
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1992 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1987 TV Series Sandy from OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE
Champs-Elysées 1984 TV Series Herself
Johnny Carson's 18th Anniversary Special 1980 TV Movie Herself
Numéro 1 1978 TV Series Herself
The 30th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1978 TV Special Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Actress of the Year in a New Series Bette (2000)
2001 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress in a New Comedy Series Bette (2000)
2001 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series Bette (2000)
1998 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997)
1997 Crystal Award Women in Film Crystal Awards
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997)
1996 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Get Shorty (1995)
1996 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Best Acting by an Ensemble The First Wives Club (1996) · Goldie Hawn
· Diane Keaton
· Maggie Smith
· Dan Hedaya
· Sarah Jessica Parker
· Stockard Channing
· Victor Garber
· Stephen Collins
· Elizabeth Berkley
· Marcia Gay Harden
· Bronson Pinchot
· Jennifer Dundas
· Eileen Heckart
· Philip Bosco
· Rob Reiner
· James Naughton
· Ari Greenberg
· Aida Linares
1994 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Gypsy (1993)
1993 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1992 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical For the Boys (1991)
1992 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1990 Grammy Grammy Awards Record of the Year for "Wind Beneath My Wings"
1989 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Big Business (1988)
1989 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actress
1988 ShoWest Award ShoWest Convention, USA Female Star of the Year
1988 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Outrageous Fortune (1987)
1987 American Cinematheque Award American Cinematheque Gala Tribute
1987 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Ruthless People (1986)
1987 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Female Performer of the Year
1987 Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy American Comedy Awards, USA
1985 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on February 6, 1985 at 6922 Hollywood Blvd.
1985 Jack Oakie Comedy Award Women in Film Crystal Awards
1981 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the Song "The Rose"
1980 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Rose (1979)
1980 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female The Rose (1979)
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back (1977) · Aaron Russo (executive producer)
· Gary Smith (producer)
· Dwight Hemion (producer)
1976 Woman of the Year Hasty Pudding Theatricals, USA
1974 Grammy Grammy Awards Best New Artist

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On (2010) · Seanne Farmer (produced by)
2009 Movies for Grownups Award AARP Movies for Grownups Awards Best Supporting Actress Then She Found Me (2007)
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album For the Album "Cool Yule"
2007 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album For the Album "Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook"
2004 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album For the Album "Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook"
2001 TV Guide Award TV Guide Awards Actress of the Year in a Comedy Series Bette (2000)
2001 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Comedy or Musical Bette (2000)
2001 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actress Isn't She Great (2000)
2000 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actress Isn't She Great (2000)
1998 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Murphy Brown (1988)
1997 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical The First Wives Club (1996)
1997 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Actress That Old Feeling (1997)
1997 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst On-Screen Couple That Old Feeling (1997) · Dennis Farina
1997 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997) · Bonnie Bruckheimer (executive producer)
· Marty Callner (producer)
· Bill Brigode (co-producer)
· Douglas C. Forbes (co-producer)
· Randall Gladstein (co-producer)
1997 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Adapted Song The First Wives Club (1996) · John Madara (music and lyrics by)
· Dave White (music and lyrics by)
· Goldie Hawn (performed by)
· Diane Keaton (performed by)
1996 Golden Apple Golden Apple Awards Female Star of the Year · Diane Keaton
· Goldie Hawn
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special Gypsy (1993)
1994 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Actress Hocus Pocus (1993)
1992 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role For the Boys (1991)
1992 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress For the Boys (1991)
1991 Grammy Grammy Awards Record of the Year for "From a Distance"
1991 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the Song "From a Distance"
1991 Razzie Award Razzie Awards Worst Actress Stella (1990)
1990 American Comedy Award American Comedy Awards, USA Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role) Beaches (1988)
1990 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Recording for Children Oliver & Company (1988) · J.A.C. Redford (composer - orchestral score)
· Barry Mann (music by - "Once Upon a Time in New York City")
· Howard Ashman (lyrics by - "Once Upon a Time in New York City")
· Dan Hartman (music by - "Why Should I Worry?")
· Charlie Midnight (lyrics by - "Why Should I Worry?")
· Dean Pitchford (music and lyrics by - "Streets of Gold")
· Tom Snow (music and lyrics by - "Streets of Gold")
· Barry Manilow (music and lyrics by - "Perfect Isn't Easy")
· Jack Feldman (music and lyrics by - "Perfect Isn't Easy")
· Bruce Sussman (music and lyrics by - "Perfect Isn't Easy")
· Ron Rocha (music by - "Good Company")
· Rob Minkoff (lyrics by - "Good Company")
· Huey Lewis (performed by)
·
1989 ACE CableACE Awards Entertainment Host The Mondo Beyondo Show (1982)
1989 Blimp Award Kids' Choice Awards, USA Favorite Movie Actress Beaches (1988)
1988 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Outrageous Fortune (1987)
1988 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer
1987 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)
1987 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Comedy Recording For the Album "Mud Will Be Flung Tonight"
1987 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer
1985 ACE CableACE Awards Performance in a Music Special Bette Midler: Art or Bust (1984)
1981 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Divine Madness (1980)
1981 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Actress The Rose (1979)
1981 Grammy Grammy Awards Record of the Year for "The Rose"
1981 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actress
1980 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actress in a Leading Role The Rose (1979)
1980 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Motion Picture Actor
1978 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Special Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back (1977) · Buz Kohan (writer)
· Rod Warren (writer)
· Pat McCormick (writer)
· Tom Eyen (writer)
· Jerry Blatt (writer)
· Bruce Vilanch (writer)
1974 Grammy Grammy Awards Album of the Year for the Album "The Divine Miss M"
1974 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for the Song "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1979 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress The Rose (1979)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1980 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Actress The Rose (1979)

TitleSalary
Divine Madness (1980) $850,000
The Rose (1979) $600,000

#Fact
1 During one time, she rented an old house off Coldwater Canyon and Richard Chamberlain was her landlord.
2 Was considered for the role of Zira in The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998).
3 She is exactly ten years younger than her Scenes from a Mall (1991) co-star Woody Allen: Allen was born on December 1, 1935 while Midler was born on December 1, 1945.
4 Bette's paternal grandparents, Ruben Midler and Minnie Friedman, were Jewish immigrants from Russia and Poland. Bette's maternal grandparents, Israel D. Schindel and Fannie Goldberger, were Jewish immigrants from Austria/Hungary and Poland.
5 She launched her current show in Las Vegas, Nevada titled "The Showgirl Must Go On". The show took place at Caesers Palace, and she performed the show for two years. [February 2008]
6 Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
7 Is a huge fan of Susan Boyle.
8 Became pregnant by her husband Martin von Haselberg in 1987 but suffered a miscarriage.
9 Despite playing her daughter in Beaches (1988), Midler is just five years younger than Lainie Kazan in real life.
10 She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.
11 Was in a relationship with Peter Riegert. They lived together in the 1970s.
12 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 6, 1985.
13 Can be seen in the crowd as an extra in Hawaii (1966) (1966) as a seasick passenger aboard a ship listening to a preacher, played by Max von Sydow. Midler was also hired for a small speaking role in the film and went to Los Angeles to film these scenes in a studio. Her scenes were cut from the final film. However, she used the money she earned to move to New York, where her career took off and she became a star.
14 Graduated as valedictorian of her high school.
15 While Bette was on Broadway in "Fiddler on the Roof" (she played the character Tzeitel until 1969), her sister Judy visited New York City to see her perform and was tragically struck by a taxi and killed.
16 The role of Delores Van Carter in Sister Act (1992) was originally written for her. However, she turned down the role which went to Whoopi Goldberg.
17 Is a huge fan and longtime friend of the late singer Rosemary Clooney.
18 The last syllable of her first name is unpronounced because her mother thought that was how Bette Davis pronounced her name.
19 Her album "Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook" was originally titled "Rosemary for Remembrance". The name was changed just weeks before the album's September 30, 2003 release.
20 When the American Film Institute announced "The 100 Years of the Greatest Songs" on June 22, 2004, two of her hits were selected: "Wind Beneath My Wings" from Beaches (1988) (#44), "The Rose" from The Rose (1979), (#83).
21 Is named after Bette Davis and her sisters Susan and Judy are named after Susan Hayward and Judy Garland.
22 In 1974, she received a special Tony Award "for adding lustre to the Broadway season".
23 Won four Grammy Awards including the 1973 Best New Artist and the prestigious Record of the Year in 1989 for the soaring rendition of her # 1 hit "Wind Beneath My Wings" from the movie Beaches (1988).
24 Ranked #51 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
25 She performed a cover version of the song "Beast of Burden". She also appeared in a music video of the song with Mick Jagger that was choreographed and cast by Lori Eastside.
26 Gave birth to her only child at age 40, a daughter Sophie Frederica Alohilani von Haselberg (aka Sophie von Haselberg) on November 14, 1986. Child's father is her husband, Martin von Haselberg.
27 Was the final guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962).
28 Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1979" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 31.
29 Majored in drama at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but dropped out after three semesters.
30 Attended and graduated from Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1963.
31 Her first big album "The Divine Miss M" was produced by Barry Manilow.
32 Worked at a Dole pineapple processing plant in Hawaii in her early years.
33 Performed her cabaret act at the famed gay men's club, The Continental Baths, in the 1970s with Barry Manilow as her accompanist.

#Quote
1 [observation, 2015] Don't I look fabulous? I'm a triumph of science and fiction.
2 If you wants something done, you'd better do it yourself - or ask another woman to do it.
3 [on the 'girl bands' of her youth] The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Marvelettes, The Crystals.. they were completely and utterly wholesome and whimsical. And optimistic. The music was very optimistic and upbeat. The ballads were sometimes sad, but you knew things were going to turn out in the end. The music wasn't bleak. This was before Bob Dylan, you know.
4 [on what she perceives as the 'pornification' of pop music] Well, whatever strictures there were have fallen apart. And now it's whatever you feel like doing you can do. I mean, apparently people really like to pretend they're having sex. They really like to slap each other's butts. [My advice?] Trust your talent. You don't have to make a whore of yourself to get ahead. You really don't.
5 I think I've been really lucky because my gay crowd had followed me to the limit and the fact that they are so vocal and so full of joy each time they see me, I think that's a very infectious energy in the audience at my shows. I think they're the ones who brought the straight people around and it's because of them that people get me to such a wonderful degree now.
6 The glass ceiling still exists. It's getting a little better for women, but past a certain age, certainly not.
7 [on Beaches (1988)] No one was more surprised than me at how it took off and has such a place in the hearts of so many generations.
8 Fame and money was partly what drove me to leave Hawaii for New York to become a singer when I was 19. When you are poor - and we were really poor - it's human nature to want to better yourself.
9 My father loved me, but until the day he died he thought it was a total waste of time and that I should have been a teacher or a nurse.
10 Charm is something a lot of today's young artists could do with. Maybe I'll start a charm school, like they had at Motown. They don't see it takes more than looking cute and not falling over in high heels.
11 When I first heard "Wind Beneath My Wings", I thought: "I'm not singing that." [Longtime friend and producer] Marc Shaiman insisted and it was the biggest hit of my career.
12 I'm incapable of doing anything other than entertaining. I can barely add and I've never been able to do my own taxes. It's a good thing I've been blessed with this fantastic will to go forward, even when I hit the skids.
13 [on smoking for Sue Mengers role] The cigarettes nearly killed me. I answer the phone now and people calling think it's my husband. And my allergies in that theater - it's a very old theater. And the hairspray! I never used hairspray. And the wigs! Let's not talk about the fricking wigs, that was such a saga. But the cigarettes were the hardest. When I made The Rose (1979), I did smoke, I smoked for six months, and years later I tried a cigarette again and it made me sick for two weeks. These are herbal cigarettes, but smoke is smoke. I was thrilled, though, when I finally got the timing down to smoke two at once - a cigarette in one hand and a joint in the other. That was Sue.
14 [her reaction of Broadway audiences] I learned to accept the audience's happiness for me, which is one of the hardest things for me to learn. I had a hard-scrabble childhood with my parents. I have a lot of baggage. To come down to the footlights and accept the audience's affection inside a Broadway theater - that didn't come easily to me. Sue Mengers was way tougher than I am. You go through your life, you're a certain age, a lot of things have happened to me, but I needed to put those aside and let the audience affect me in a simple way.
15 [on her Broadway debut in one-woman show "I'll Eat You Last"] I'd never done a straight play before, never, and it was very hard work - really, really hard work. It was dense, really wordy, and I was determined to learn every word of it - not just skip over bits and pieces. It took me a long time to actually know what the play was about - that it was a long aria with slow-moving parts, and parts with laughs and tears, and that my job was to switch gears pretty radically and seamlessly in ways that I had never done before. And this wasn't like just one day of shooting for a movie - you had to stay healthy, your brain had to stay sharp, and you needed enough wind so when a sentence went on like a paragraph, I could still breathe. There were moments I had to eat candy, and I would have a mouth full of saliva, but no time to swallow it - so I had to learn to perform through moments like that.
16 [on Misery (1990)] I turned that down because I didn't want to saw off someone's foot, even though the role won an Oscar [for Kathy Bates]. It was stupid to say no to those pictures. And while I was unsure about doing this play [on Broadway as Sue Mengers], I felt it was time for me to say yes.
17 [on Sue Mengers who she played on Broadway] Sue even had a friend blowing marijuana smoke into her face as she passed away. She was high until the bitter end.
18 As an actor you're supposed to take jobs that will challenge you or force fans to see you in a different light. By the '90s, I wasn't really an actor anymore. I was someone who went on the road with these gigantic concerts. I got so far away from what they told you in acting class: Do something different. Producers kept offering me the Sister Act (1992) movie, but I said, "My fans don't want to see me in a wimple." I literally said, "My fans don't want to see me in a wimple.".
19 [on Susan Boyle] She is an act whose time has come. People love that voice. She sings straight. She doesn't do a lot of riffing. There are no trills, no thrills. Its straight singing and it comes from the heart.
20 As Joan Crawford once said, "I'll show ya a pair of Golden Globes!".
21 [Accusing Lady Gaga of stealing her Dolores DeLago routine] I've been doing singing mermaid since 1980. You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker boobs. Mermaid's mine.
22 I celebrate everyone's religious holidays. if it's good enough for the righteous, it's good enough for the self-righteous, I always say.
23 I'm not just vain, I'm ignorant. I'm vignorant!
24 On desire: If somebody makes me laugh, I'm his slave for life.
25 I thought I would be an actorrrr. I thought I'd be Ethel Barrymore. I didn't know who she was, but she was my idea of an actorrrr. It seemed it would be more fun to be someone else rather than myself.
26 [on growing up in Hawaii]: We were very poor, it was a hard-scrabble childhood, not particularly happy. The best part was nature, which is so intense there. The sky is bright blue, the clouds are puffy, the grass is lush, it feels like you can touch the stars. But the people were not very nice. I was a white kid in a mostly Asian neighbourhood. You heard Hawaii was a great melting pot? Hooey. I had a very strong fantasy life. Sorry, what was the question? I'm bonkers. Where am I? Who am I? I love your socks.
27 My parents (mother Ruth a seamstress, father Fred a painter) were not encouraging. My father put everybody down. Yeah, it was a real drag but he had his moments. His saving grace was a wicked sense of humour. He was a good provider. They were a team. They were at Pearl Harbour, they knew hardship. My mum was supportive, she had a tinge of showbiz fever and named me and my sisters after Hollywood icons. My dad was like "Get a job". But that gave me something to fight against.
28 I'm an open-space person. I'm not a believer in sprawl. I don't particularly care for postmodern architecture. I believe in solid fare and building fair. I'm green to the core. This group I run in New York bought 60 community gardens and helped another group to buy 55 in congested neighbourhoods. I'm doing a similar thing in Hawaii, but it's harder there, the tracts are so big and there are these things about road zoning, dams, reservoirs...
29 I'm glad my daughter has been [university educated]. I sometimes think I should go back to school to learn French and music, but who would have me?
30 I've never been to a sex orgy in my entire life. Studio 54 was way worse than the baths.
31 I was riveting. Yes, it was a place where gay men met and had sex. I didn't see that. Someone sent me a picture showing me in a 1930s costume with my hair pulled back and all these cute young men in bathrobes watching me. It seemed very innocent. I would stand at the top of a little staircase with a towel round my head and act out whacked-out movie heroines. Patti LaBelle played there, too. I wasn't there long, but I was there long enough to make a splash, ha-ha.
32 Thank God for the gays. I don't know what would have happened but I know what did happen. Good for them and good for me.
33 I love Barbara Hershey and Lainie Kazan. I had no idea Beaches (1988) was an 'uberweepie'! The nerve! It wasn't so bad. I co-produced it. It was a pretty damned good screenplay. I thought it was just another movie. I didn't think of it as a women's picture. I was so excited to be able to sing again and have a soundtrack.
34 I'm kind of healthy but has a little bit of arthritis, my eyes are a little shaky. I drank a little, I didn't do drugs to any great extent. I do get depressed but not like you do if you drink or do drugs. I have pretty bad melancholia, but I've found you can get rid of that by exercising. [I have therapy.] A lot of people don't love what they do and I do. I still love music and I love, love, love to dance. For most women - I can't speak for men - I'd say dancing is the key to happiness.
35 I want world peace. Please. Just for my sake, before I go. I also hope that Meryl Streep has the good taste to step aside and let the rest of us have a crack... but I know she won't. She has a really good agent. She's great, but I know there are some ladies behind her saying, "Meryl, for God's sake, do you have to say yes to everything?".
36 [when asked by Parade magazine whether she will retire after her show in Las Vegas] I think so. I must say, my high kick is just as high as it ever was, thanks to tai chi. But everything is a bit slower. The mind - things don't stick the way they used to. I feel like I'm going out with a bang. It's something my husband and I have talked about. I certainly don't want to die in harness. I'm not one of those people.
37 I wouldn't say I invented tack, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity.
38 Underneath all this drag, I'm really a librarian, you know.
39 In Hawaii, I was the chief chunker in a pineapple canning factory. I used to come home smelling like a compote.
40 Get the trash off the street and back on the stage where it belongs.
41 I bear no grudges. I have a mind that retains nothing.
42 I always try to balance the light with the heavy - a few tears of human spirit in with the sequins and the fringes.
43 The worst part of success is to try finding someone who is happy for you.
44 [2005, during a concert in Brisbane, Australia] It's been 26 years since I was last here. Before my fans were all taking drugs; this time they're all taking medication!
45 [on acting] You have to think you're the greatest thing since sliced bread, but know you're not.
46 I try not to drink too much, because when I'm drunk, I bite.


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