Bette Midler is a throwback. She’s one of the last entertainers that can do it all: sing, act, dance, and tell jokes. Her acting has earned her Academy Award nominations and Golden Globe awards, but her legendary career is built on her amazing voice and charismatic stage persona.
Divine Miss M
Also known as “The Divine Miss M,” Midler is a legitimate diva. She can be difficult to work with and has alienated some of co-stars, but she can blow the roof off of any venue in the world. Midler has endured professional and personal difficulties but like any good diva she was able to pick herself up and comeback better than ever. Her immense talents and indomitable spirit has made her a worldwide star and an inspiration for generations of singers.
Wind Beneath My Wings
Midler’s most famous single is “Wind Beneath My Wings.” She recorded it for the soundtrack to the movie Beaches. Besides going to number one on the Billboard Hot 100, “Wind Beneath My Wings” won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
Famous Bette Midler Songs
“The Wind Beneath My Wings”
“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
“From A Distance”
“Do You Wanna Dance?”
Midler’s other big single came ten years earlier in 1979 and was also used in a movie. The song in question is “The Rose” and it was the played under the ending credits in the film of the same name. The movie is loosely based on the life of rock singer Janis Joplin. The single peaked at number three on the Hot 100 but went all the way to number one on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart. For her efforts, Midler won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Midler began her professional career in the mid-1960s starring in off-off Broadway shows. She then landed the role of “Tzeitel” in a Great White Way production of Fiddler on the Roof. In the summer of 1970, she began a successful run a gay bathhouse in New York City. While there, she met pianist Barry Manilow. He would go on to produce her debut album, The Divine Miss M. The album dropped in early November of 1972.
Midler has an extensive film resume that includes starring roles in Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, and For the Boys. Her most famous roles however were “C.C. Bloom” in Beaches and “Mary Rose Foster” in The Rose. On the small screen, Midler appeared in an episode of Seinfeld and had her own sitcom in 2000.
Between films and albums, Bette Midler has entertained thousands with her live performances. In 2003 and 2004, Midler launched a successful tour of North America called “Kiss My Brass.” From 2008 to 2010, the show “Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On” ran at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It was a big hit. In 2015, Midler launched her first concert tour in more than five years. She hit the road to support her 25th album, It’s The Girls.
Bette Midler Fast Facts
>>Bette Midler was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii.
>>Bette Midler is named after actress Bette Davis.
>>Bette Midler was in the first professional production of Tommy (The Who’s famous rock opera).
>>Bette Midler was the last guest on the Tonight Show Starring Jonny Carson.
>>Bette Midler turned down the lead role in Sister Act.