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Bette Midler sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" for the film Beaches and earned Oscar nods for her roles in The Rose and For the Boys.
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Hawaiian-born Bette Midler ("The Divine Miss M") first appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof (1966–1969), then created a popular nightclub act with an unknown Barry Manilow as her pianist. Greater stage and screen success followed,
with movie roles in The Rose and For the Boys earning her Oscar nominations. Her song "Wind Beneath My Wings" from the movie Beaches became a huge hit in 1988.
Comedienne, singer and actress Bette Midler was born on December 1, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bold and funny, Midler is the quintessential entertainer: a singer, a dancer, a comedienne and a dramatic actress. She developed an interest in the dramatic arts at a young age, having participated in several talent competitions, several of which she won. She attended Radford High School, where she graduated valedictorian before attending the University of Hawaii.
After studying drama at the University of Hawaii, she was hired as an extra on the film adaptation of James Michener's novel Hawaii (1965). Saving up her earnings, Midler moved to New York City where she made her stage debut in Fiddler on the Roof in 1966. She stayed with the show for three years and then developed a popular nightclub act as a chanteuse and purveyor of outrageously bawdy comic routines, going by the name The Divine Miss M. At one time, she was accompanied on the piano by the then-unknown Barry Manilow.
The president of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertugun, heard Midler sing and signed her to the label. Her debut album, aptly titled The Divine Miss M (1972), went platinum and won Midler a Grammy Award as Best New Artist in 1973. She went on to release the albums Bette Midler and Songs for the New Depression in 1973 and 1976, respectively. She also received a special Tony Award in 1974 after having toured the world in the play "Clams On the Halfshelf."
Midler's dramatic performance in the film The Rose (1979), in which she played a self-destructive rock star, earned her an Academy Award nomination, while the film itself won two Golden Globes and a Grammy for the title song. She has since enjoyed considerable commercial success in a string of films including Outrageous Fortune (1987), Big Business (1988), Scenes from a Mall (1991), The First Wives Club (1996) and Get Bruce (1999).
Later, Midler starred in her own television series, Bette, in 2000 that lasted for one season. She then starred in a remake of the 1975 comedic thriller The Stepford Wives (2004) with Nicole Kidman and Glenn Close. She also appeared in the film Then She Found Me (2007) with Helen Hunt and Colin Firth.
Midler's recorded an album of holiday songs, Cool Yule, in 2006. The album was nominated for a Grammy in 2007. The next year, she announced that she reached a deal with the entertainment promotion company AEG Live to become the resident artist at the famed Las Vegas hotel and casino Caesar's Palace.
Check out photos of Bette Midler and her daughter Sophie Von Haselberg at Lifetime Moms.
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