Bette Midler Biography

Bette Midler is an acclaimed and award-winning American singer, actress and television personality. Read this biography to learn more about her childhood, life, works, achievements and timeline.

Bette Midler
Quick Facts

Birthday: December 1, 1945

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Bette Midler Jewish Singers

Age: 73 Years, 73 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Also Known As: The Divine Miss M

Born in: Honolulu, Hawaii

Height: 5'1" (155 cm), 5'1" Females

Family:

Spouse/Ex-: Martin von Haselberg

father: Fred Midler

mother: Ruth

siblings: Daniel Midler, Judith Midler, Susan Midler

children: Sophie von Haselberg

Ideology: Environmentalists

U.S. State: Hawaii

City: Honolulu, Hawaii

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education: Radford High School, University of Hawaii

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Winner of Grammy and Golden Globe Awards, Bette Midler is an American singer-songwriter, actress and entrepreneur. One of the bestselling female singers, her albums have sold over 30 million copies worldwide. She rose from very a humble beginning - from being a cabaret dancer at a gay bathhouse, she went on to become one of the most successful singers in the music industry. In a career spanning over a period of several decades, Midler, a multi-talented personality, has earned great appreciation in film and television industry. She has also appeared on several Broadway shows and is also a composer and songwriter. With an estimated net worth of $200 million, Midler has established herself as one of the most successful and highly paid personalities in the entertainment business. Some of her well-known albums include her debut album ‘The Divine Miss M’, ‘Bette Midler’, ‘Some People's Lives’, ‘Songs for the New Depression’ and ‘Thighs and Whispers’. She starred in the Golden Globe Award-winning film, ‘For the Boys’ and also in the acclaimed television series, ‘Gypsy’.

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Bette Midler
Childhood & Early Life
  • Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Jewish parents—Fred Midler and Ruth Midler, a housewife and seamstress.
  • She grew up in the neighbourhood of Aiea, in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she studied at the Radford High School. After high school, she attended the University of Hawaii but dropped out after three semesters.
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Career
  • In 1965, she shifted to New York City and made her debut on stage with American playwright and theatre director Tom Eyen’s Off-Off-Broadway plays— ‘Miss Nefertiti Regrets’ and ‘Cinderella Revisited’.
  • She played the unaccredited role of a background actor, ‘Miss David Buff’ in the 1966 American film, ‘Hawaii’, a role which helped her earn money to relocate from Hawaii to New York.
  • From 1966 to 1969, she became acquainted with the Broadway style of acting and appeared on the Broadway show ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ and the Off-Broadway rock musical, ‘Salvation’.
  • In 1970, she gained attention while singing at ‘The Continental Baths’, a gay bathhouse located in New York City. It was here that she attracted numerous guests and gathered a huge fan following.
  • In 1972, her debut album ‘The Divine Miss M’ was released by Atlantic Records. The album featured the singles ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’, ‘Chapel of Love’, ‘Do You Want to Dance?’, ‘Hello In There’ and ‘Friends’.
  • In 1973, she came out with her second album, a self-titled compilation, ‘Bette Midler’, which was released by the Atlantic Records and was produced by Arif Mardin and Barry Manilow.
  • In 1976, she came out with her third album titled ‘Songs for the New Depression’, which peaked at the 27th position on the ‘Billboard 200’. With this album she made her first attempt at composing.
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  • In 1977, her fourth studio album named ‘Broken Blossom’ was released. The same year she was also seen on the Emmy Award winning television special, ‘Ol' Red Hair is Back’.
  • In 1979, her fifth studio album ‘Thighs and Whispers’ was released and the same year she played the role of ‘Mary Rose Foster’ in the Academy Award nominated musical drama film, ‘The Rose’.
  • In 1980, she starred in the concert film titled ‘Divine Madness’, which was based on her 1979 concert, held at the Pasadena's Civic Auditorium. The film also featured her attempt at stand-up comedy.
  • In 1983, her sixth album titled ‘No Frills’ was released. The album featured the singles ‘All I Need to Know’, ‘Favourite Waste of Time’ and ‘Beast of Burden’.
  • In 1986, she played the role of ‘Barbara Whiteman’ in the comedy film ‘Down and Out in Beverly Hills’, directed by Paul Mazursky. That year she was also seen in the comedy movie, ‘Ruthless People’.
  • In 1987, she played the role of ‘Sandy Brozinsky’ in the Golden Globe nominated movie ‘Outrageous Fortune’, directed by Arthur Hiller. The film was a commercial success.
  • In 1990, she came out with her seventh studio album ‘Some People's Lives’. The album was released under the Atlantic Records label and featured one of her most popular hit singles ‘From a Distance’.
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  • In 1991, she appeared in the Golden Globe winning film ‘For the Boys’ and played the role of ‘Deborah Fifer’ in the film ‘Scenes from a Mall’. The following year, she was seen on the ‘The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson’.
  • In 1993, she appeared in the Golden Globe Award winning film ‘Gypsy’, in which she played the role of ‘Mama Rose’. The same year she also appeared in the film ‘Hocus Pocus’.
  • In 1995, her eighth album ‘Bette of Roses’ was released. The album received mixed critical reviews but was an immense commercial success. That year, she was also seen in the film ‘Get Shorty’.
  • In 1997, she was seen on the TV special ‘Diva Las Vegas’ and played a part in the sitcom ‘The Nanny’. That year, she also acted in the romantic comedy film ‘That Old Feeling’.
  • In 1998, she came out with her ninth studio album titled ‘Bathhouse Betty’, which was a reasonably successful album. The album featured the singles ‘That's How Love Moves’, ‘My One True Friend’ and ‘I'm Beautiful’.
  • Released in the year 2000, her album ‘Bette’ was released under the label of Warner Bros. Records. The album featured the singles ‘Nobody Else But You’ and ‘In These Shoes’.
  • In 2003, her album ‘Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook’ was released. It was nominated for Grammy Award and album featured the hit single ‘White Christmas’ and was dedicated to singer Rosemary Clooney, who died the previous year.
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  • In 2005, her album titled ‘Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook’ was released. The following year, she came out with the holiday themed album ‘Cool Yule’, which featured many Christmas melodies.
  • In 2012, she acted in the family comedy film ‘Parental Guidance’, which was directed by Andy Fickman.
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Major Works, Awards & Achievements
  • Her debut album, ‘The Divine Miss M’ received the Grammy Award. The album peaked at the 10th position on the Billboard 200 and the song ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ peaked at the 1st position on the Billboard ‘Adult Contemporary’ chart.
  • The hit single, ‘From a Distance’ from the album ‘Some People's Lives’ became an international hit and received a Grammy Award.
  • In 1980, she received two Golden Globe Awards in the categories, ‘Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy’ and ‘New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture – Female’ for the film ‘The Rose’.
  • In 1981, she won the Grammy Award in the category, ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for ‘The Rose’.
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  • In 1990, she won the Grammy Award in the category, ‘Record of the Year’ for ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’.
  • In 1992, she received the Golden Globe Award in the category, ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical’ for the film, ‘For the Boys’.
  • In 1994, she received the Golden Globe award in the category, ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV’ for ‘Gypsy’.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • On December 16, 1984, she married Martin von Haselberg, an artist. The couple have a daughter together.
  • In 1995, she established the ‘New York Restoration Project’, which is a non-profit organisation with the objective to plant more trees and restore parks in neglected areas of the New York City.
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Trivia
  • This Golden Globe winning singer and actress was named after the celebrated 1940s actress, Bette Davis.
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Awards

Golden Globe Awards
1994 Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Gypsy (1993)
1992 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical For the Boys (1991)
1980 Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical The Rose (1979)
1980 New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female The Rose (1979)
Primetime Emmy Awards
1997 Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas (1997)
1992 Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)
1978 Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back (1977)
People's Choice Awards
2001 Favorite Female Performer in a New Television Series Bette (2000)
1989 Favorite Comedy Motion Picture Actress Winner
Grammy Awards
1990 Record of the Year Winner
1981 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Winner
1974 Best New Artist Winner

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