Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Dec. 1st, 1945
Born in
Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
5' 1

Bette Midler's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Bette TV Show
Conversations with Michael Eisner TV Show
Conversations with Michael Eisner
Vegetable Soup TV Show
Vegetable Soup

Main Movie Roles

2013 - Casting By
2008 - The Women
2007 - Then She Found Me
2007 - Talk to Me
2004 - The Stepford Wives
2000 - What Women Want
2000 - Drowning Mona
1999 - Fantasia/2000
1999 - Fantasia/2000
1999 - Fantasia/2000
1997 - That Old Feeling
1996 - The First Wives Club
1995 - Get Shorty
1993 - Hocus Pocus
1991 - Scenes from a Mall
1990 - Stella
1988 - Beaches
1988 - Big Business
1988 - Big Business
1987 - Outrageous Fortune
1986 - Down and Out in Beverly Hills
1986 - Ruthless People
1979 - The Rose
1969 - Goodbye, Columbus
1968 - The Detective
1966 - Hawaii

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author who has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles, Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She studied drama at the University of Hawaii and got her musical career started by performing in gay bathhouses with piano accompaniment from 'Barry Manilow'. Her first album was "The Divine Miss M" released in November 1972, followed by the self-titled "Bette Midler" released in November 1973, both of which took off up the music charts, and Bette's popularity swiftly escalated from there.

After minor roles in several film/TV productions, she surprised all with her knockout performance of a hard-living rock-and-roll singer (loosely based on the life of 'Janis Joplin') in The Rose (1979), for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 1986, director 'Paul Mazursky' cast Midler opposite 'Nick Nolte' and 'Richard Dreyfuss' in the hilarious Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), and so began a string of very funny comedic film roles. She played an obnoxious wife who was the victim of a kidnap plot by her scoundrel husband, played by 'Danny DeVito', in Ruthless People (1986)), was pursued by CIA and KGB spies in Outrageous Fortune (1987), played mismatched twins with 'Lily Tomlin' in Big Business (1988) and shone in the tear-jerker Beaches (1988).

Bette matched feisty 'James Caan' in the WWII drama For the Boys (1991), made a dynamic trio with 'Goldie Hawn' and 'Diane Keaton' in The First Wives Club (1996), was back on screen with DeVito for the tepid comedy Drowning Mona (2000) and turned up in the glossy remake of The Stepford Wives (2004). Apart from her four Grammy awards, Bette Midler has also won four Golden Globes, one Tony Award, and three Emmy Awards, plus she has sold in excess of 15 million albums worldwide. Most recently, she toured with her sassy "Kiss My Brass" show, and is promoting her album "Bette Midler Sings the 'Rosemary Clooney' Songbook".

  • The last syllable of her first name is unpronounced because her mother thought that was how 'Bette Davis' (qv) pronounced her name.
  • She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6922 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  • 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)_ (qv).
  • She is a huge fan and long time friend of the late singer 'Rosemary Clooney' (qv).
  • Worked at a Dole pineapple processing plant in Hawaii in her early years.
  • Ranked #51 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
  • Graduated as valedictorian of her high school.
  • Her first big album "The Divine Miss M" was produced by 'Barry Manilow' (qv).

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