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Bette Midler on stage for the opening night of her new show at The Colosseum in Las Vegas.
She put a spell on us in Hocus Pocus, taught us the true meaning of friendship in Beaches, and dazzled with Lily Tomlin in Big Business.* She's The Divine Miss M, and totally fabulous.
I first discovered Bette Midler at a sleepover in elementary school. We put on a makeshift karaoke show, with hairbrushes as mics, and the kitchen table as our stage. We belted out "Wind Beneath My Wings," "The Rose," and "From a Distance," like our lives depended on it — as if, as third graders, we understood what that kind of love and pain and loss really felt like.
From The Stepford Wives to The First Wives Club, Bette seems to gravitate toward strong, complicated, and fiesty characters, which I take to be a reflection of her own personality. And now, she's set to perform 100 nights/year at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Her new show is called, "The Showgirl Must Go On," and go on she does.
Today, Bette Midler joins us to take a look back on her career, and talk about her current and forthcoming projects. So, tell us — when were you first introduced to the Grammy Award-winning singer-actress-comedian? What's your favorite performance of hers to date? And what would you like to ask her about her work?
* Deep Cut, Trivia Question: Bette did the voice for which character in what doggy Disney musical?**
** Ans: Bette was the voice of Georgette in Disney's Oliver & Company.