Midler showed an early interest in singing and acting. By
the '60s she had moved to New York and found a role in the
Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof. Bette developed a nightclub
act that included singing and comedy, including show tunes,
pop hits, and even a takeoff of The Andrews Sisters.
December 1, 1945 in Patterson, NJ, and raised in Hawaii
appeared with increasing frequency in New York with her
accompanist, Barry Manilow. She signed to Atlantic Records
and released 'The Divine Miss M' (1972), which went gold
and included the Top Ten single cover of The Andrews Sisters'
"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy."
1979 she starred in the film The Rose, a fictional account
of the life of Janis Joplin. The title track became a
Top Ten hit.
saw the release of Bette Midler's concert film, 'Divine
Madness', and her best-selling book, A View from a Broad.
Her next film, Jinxed (1982), however, was a flop, and
subsequent records didn't fare well.
Midler made a cinematic comeback with Down and Out in
Beverly Hills (1986), but it wasn't until 1989 that she
had another pop hit, when her version of "Wind Beneath
My Wings" from her film Beaches became a number one hit.
Her singing career was rejuvenated, and in 1990 "Some
People's Lives", became a Top Ten, million-selling album,
with the song "From a Distance" hitting number two. Bette's
soundtrack album to her 1991 film 'For the Boys' was also
a gold-selling hit. The album Bathhouse Betty followed
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