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Bette Midler

(Bette Midler (born 1945) by Richard Amsel (1947–1985), color photolithographic poster with halftone, 1973. NPG.2007.168 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Jack Rennert, ©Richard Amsel)

Bette Midler was born in Hawaii. The singer and actress rose to prominence by performing at the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in New York. Her debut album, The Divine Miss M (1972), named after her stage persona, sold more than a million copies, making it platinum-certified. 

During her career she has released twenty-three albums and six compilations, which together sold more than thirty million copies. These releases include such hits as “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Friends,” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” The film The Rose (1979) launched her Hollywood career. She played the lead, a self-destructive 1960s rocker based upon Janis Joplin. Her other notable film roles include Beaches (1988), For the Boys (1991), and The First Wives Club (1996).

Midler has earned many accolades for her various musical, theatrical, film, and television performances, including three Grammy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, three Emmy Awards, a special Tony Award, and two Academy Award nominations.

Bette Midler said, “I’ve always said what other people were afraid to say, and always in the shortest, tightest skirt possible.”