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About Bette Midler
∙ Singer and performer Bette Midler got her start when she moved from her native Hawaii to New York City and began taking classes from renowned acting teacher Uta Hagen.
∙ Midler’s debut album, 1972’s The Divine Miss M, established her as a mainstream pop star and spawned three hits, including a cover of The Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
∙ Her first two albums were coproduced by pianist Barry Manilow, whom she met while performing at a New York City bath house.
∙ In 1974, Midler won the Best New Artist Grammy Award and took home Best Female Pop Vocal Performance honors for “The Rose,” from her 1979 movie of the same name.
∙ Recorded for her hit film Beaches, Midler’s version on the 1982 song “Wind Beneath My Wings” hit No. 1 and won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
∙ She costarred in the 1993 cult classic Hocus Pocus and resurrected her witch character, Winifred, on a 2015 tour, performing “I Put a Spell on You.”
∙ A decorated actress, Midler has won four Golden Globe Awards, three Emmys, and one Tony Award, the last one for her starring role in the 2017 Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!.
- Honolulu, HI
- Dec 1, 1945
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