More Bette Midler Bios & Profiles
Biography #2Bette Midler first captivated audiences in the early 1970's as the outrageous chanteuse The Divine Miss M, and has since evolved into one of the entertainment world's most adored, respected and versatile performers. Midler has been honored with two Academy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards, four Grammy Awards, a Tony Award, and four Golden Globe Awards.
Midler's Oscar® -nominated motion picture debut as the self-destructive rock singer in the hit 1979 musical drama The Rose also earned her two Golden Globe Awards. Thus began Midler's film career, which includes starring roles in such successful films as Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Ruthless People, Outrageous Fortune, Beaches, Big Business, and For the Boys, which earned Midler her second Oscar® nomination in 1991 and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. Her other film credits include Divine Madness, Stella, Scenes From a Mall, Hocus Pocus, Get Shorty and the comedy smash The First Wives Club.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Midler studied drama at the University of Hawaii and was later cast as an extra in the epic 1966 movie drama Hawaii, playing a missionary's seasick wife.
Soon after, she moved to Manhattan and made her New York stage debut in Miss Nefertiti Regrets and later took over the role of Tzeitel in the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on The Roof. Following singing engagements at several popular cabarets, she enjoyed a sensational - and now-legendary - run performing at Manhattan's Continental Baths. A National tour followed along with an Atlantic Records recording contract.
In 1973, Midler won her first Grammy Award as Best New Artist for her debut album, The Divine Miss M. That same year she received a special Tony Award for her electrifying performance at Broadway's Palace Theater. Midler's meteoric rise continued with her Clams on the Halfshell concert revue, HBO's The Fabulous Bette Midler Show, the Emmy-winning TV special, Ol' Red Hair Is Back, the Broadway production of Divine Madness and five hit record albums: Bette Midler, Songs For the Depression, Live At Last, Broken Blossom and Thighs and Whispers. In 1992, Midler received an Emmy Award for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program for her appearance on The Tonight Show's farewell to Carson.
In 1985, Midler and partner Bonnie Bruckheimer formed All Girl Productions. Midler starred in their first film, the successful Beaches, which also spawned a top-selling soundtrack album and a number one single, The Wind Beneath My Wings. More recently, All Girl produced the acclaimed CBS television presentation of Gypsy, starring Midler as Mama Rose, for which she received a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a musical or comedy, as well as That Old Feeling. The company currently has a string of comedy features in development, several to also star Midler.
In 1993, Midler embarked on her first national concert tour in 10 years, Experience the Divine. The record-breaking tour included an unprecedented, sold out, six-week stint at Radio City Music Hall that broke all existing box office records for a concert by an individual. Recently, Midler garnered critical acclaim for her concert Bette Midler: Diva Las Vegas, which she performed live at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, which later aired on HBO. The special received 10 Emmy nominations, the most for any television special in 1997, and Midler won an Emmy for her performance. She received an American Comedy Award for her appearance in Get Shorty, and earned a Gold Record for her 16th album of original songs, Bette of Roses.
Midler's 17th album Bathhouse Betty was released in 1998. She recently completed her The Divine Miss Millennium Tour. The 31-city tour, which began in Boston October 6th and ended at Leas Vegas' Mandalay Bay Hotel on January 1, 2000, was a critical and commercial success.
Bio courtesy Universal Pictures (01-Jan-2000)