In 1970, Midler began performing at a local gay bathhouse, and became quite close with her accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first album.
During her run of "Tommy" in 1971, she was asked to appear on "The Tonight Show" and from there her fame skyrocketed.
She is also an inspiration for women who believe that “slowing down” after 60 should be a choice, not an expectation.
“The Divine Miss M” is a shining example of a woman who knew what she wanted and wouldn’t stop until her dreams came true.
In the winter issue of Jupiter, Peter Coyote, Midler's co-star in "Outrageous Fortune," says: "I remember one day when we were rehearsing for the film, Bette walked in,..."Beaches" is a melodrama in the original sense of the term: a drama with music.
And as long as the melo is handled by Bette Midler, who performs half a dozen songs, "Beaches" can`t be all bad.
" and "The Leader of the Pack" in her own larger-than-life style.
She was named for the actress Bette Davis, though she pronounces her name with one syllable instead of two.The beginnings of the book were somewhat easy because there wasn't going to be a book.So I kinda journeyed back in my brain and in my heart and tried to remember what I remembered.But the drama, as transacted between Midler and Barbara Hershey, is pretty dreadful.Like the recent "Everybody's All-American," "Beaches" struggles to update a 1940s formula, that of the epic, trans-generational tearjerker.