Bette Midler

Bette Midler

  • Highest Rated: 99% 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)
  • Lowest Rated: 13% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
  • Birthday: Dec 1, 1945
  • Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
  • Gloriously flamboyant American entertainer Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, HI, to the only Jewish family in the neighborhood. After dropping out of a drama class at the University of Hawaii, she took a tiny role in the 1966 film Hawaii, playing a seasick boat passenger (though it's hard to see her when viewing the film). Training for a dancing career in New York, Midler made the casting rounds for several months before finally winning a chorus role, and then the featured part of Tzeitel, in the long-running Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof.It helps to do something well that no one else does, and Midler found her forte by singing at the Continental Baths, a gay hangout in New York. Most bath house performers were painfully bad, but Midler established herself by combining genuine talent with the tackiness expected of her. As the "Divine Miss M," Midler did an act consisting of campy (and dirty) specialty numbers; dead-on imitations of such earlier performers as the Andrews Sisters and Libby Holman; and the most outrageously revealing costumes this side of Bob Mackie. Soon she outgrew the bath houses and went on to nightclub and recording-artist fame, earning a Grammy Award in 1973. After several years of sell-out tours, Midler re-entered films as the star of The Rose, a 1979 film à clef loosely based upon the life and times of Janis Joplin. The film was a success, but it failed to establish Midler as a dramatic actress; audiences, particularly gay fans, still preferred the Divine Miss M. Jinxed (1982), Midler's next film, lived up to its name with well-publicized production squabbles between Midler, the director, producers, and a few of her co-stars. Following the film's failure, Midler wasn't seen onscreen until she signed a contract with Disney in 1986. Establishing a new film identity as a character comedienne, Midler sparkled in Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), and was even better as a loudmouthed kidnap victim in Ruthless People (1987). Using her restored film stature, Midler set up her own production company and produced Beaches (1988), a pals-through-the-years saga that proved to be a four-hankie audience favorite. Once again attempting to establish herself as a tragedian, Midler starred in Stella (1989), a poorly-received remake of 1937's Stella Dallas. For the Boys (1992), offered Midler in tons of old-age makeup as a Martha Raye-style USO star (Raye responded to this "tribute" by suing the studio). The subsequent Scenes From a Mall (1991), which paired Midler with Woody Allen, and witchcraft fantasy Hocus Pocus (1993) also failed to truly showcase her talents. She rebounded somewhat in 1995 with a role in the wildly acclaimed Get Shorty, and had even greater success the following year co-starring with Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn in The First Wives Club. In 1999, Midler played herself in two films: the TV mockumentary Jackie's Back and Get Bruce!, a big-screen documentary about legendary comic writer Bruce Vilanch. In addition to her film work, Midler still performs live concerts to sold-out crowds and continues to release albums, including Bathouse Bette, a tribute to her early singing days. In 1993, she scored an enormous success in a superb TV adaptation of the Broadway musical Gypsy. And, in 2000, Midler extended her talents to television, starring as herself in the aptly-named sitcom Bette. Though she would only appear in a handful of films over the next decade, Midler remained quite active on stage and television, even earning an Emmy nomination for Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On in 2011.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

43% The Addams Family Grandmama 2019
No Score Yet The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Actor 2019
51% Freak Show Muv 2018
94% Casting By Actor $14.5K 2013
99% 20 Feet From Stardom Actor 2013
No Score Yet Vito Actor 2013
17% Parental Guidance Artie Decker $77.3M 2012
13% Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore Kitty Galore $43.5M 2010
No Score Yet The Greatest Ears in Town: The Arif Mardin Story Actor 2010
14% The Women Leah Miller $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Women Actor 2008
50% Then She Found Me Bernice Graves $3.8M 2007
No Score Yet The Magic 7 Actor 2007
No Score Yet Bette Midler: The Divine Bette Midler Actor 2005
No Score Yet From the Big Apple to the Big Easy: The Concert for New Orleans Actor 2005
26% The Stepford Wives Bobbie Markowitz $59.4M 2004
No Score Yet Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz Actor 2004
45% Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Executive Producer $69.6M 2002
54% What Women Want Dr. J.M. Perkins $181.5M 2001
81% Fantasia 2000 Narrator 2000
29% Drowning Mona Mona Dearly 2000
25% Isn't She Great Jacqueline Susann 2000
No Score Yet Jackie's Back Actor 1999
71% Get Bruce Herself 1999
43% That Old Feeling Lilly Leonard 1997
49% The First Wives Club Brenda Morelli Cushman 1996
87% Get Shorty Doris 1995
34% Hocus Pocus Winifred Sanderson 1993
40% Gypsy Rose 1993
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Actor 1992
43% For the Boys Producer Dixie Leonard 1991
32% Scenes from a Mall Deborah Fifer 1991
20% Stella Stella Claire 1990
39% Beaches CC Bloom 1988
50% Oliver & Company Georgette 1988
44% Big Business Sadie Shelton 1988
52% Outrageous Fortune Sandy Brozinski 1987
94% Ruthless People Barbara Stone 1986
81% Down and Out in Beverly Hills Barbara Whiteman 1986
No Score Yet Jinxed Bonita Friml 1982
No Score Yet Divine Madness The Divine Miss M Screenwriter 1980
76% The Rose Rose 1979
67% Hawaii Passenger 1966
No Score Yet Turkey Shoot: Beaches Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Voice
2011
Appearing
  • 2016
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Performer
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Inside Comedy
2012-2015
Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Project Runway
2004
Judge
  • 2013
No Score Yet Project Runway
2005
Judge
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2000
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Marriage Ref
2010-2011
Panelist
  • 2010
72% American Idol
2002-2016
Performer
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Narrator
  • 2007
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
Performer
  • 2005
75% Bette
2000-2001
Executive Producer Herself
  • 2001
  • 2000
No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
  • 1998
88% Seinfeld
1989-1998
Bette Midler
  • 1995
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1993
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Performer Musical Guest
  • 1979

QUOTES FROM Bette Midler CHARACTERS

Artie Decker
I don't feel welcome here.
Diane Decker
After your kids grow up, your husband is the one who stays.
Diane Decker
*To Violin Teacher* If you EVER speak to my Granddaughter like that again..There will be nothing left of you but some red hair and an accent..Is that clear comrade?
Diane Decker
[to Violin Teacher] If you EVER speak to my Granddaughter like that again..There will be nothing left of you but some red hair and an accent... Is that clear comrade?
Diane Decker
You gotta shape up Artie! You know what Grandparenting is? A Second chance!
Diane Decker
After your kids grow up..Your husband is the one who stays!
Diane Decker
After your kids grow up... Your husband is the one who stays!
Alice Simmons
That's not bad!
Diane Decker
Not Bad? She looks like a 12 year old widow!
Artie Decker
I'm not going!
Diane Decker
You're going!
Artie Decker
That's what I meant!
Diane Decker
*looks at Artie when he doesn't know he has paint on his face* What's wrong with your face?
Diane Decker
[looks at Artie when he doesn't know he has paint on his face] What's wrong with your face?
Artie Decker
Oh and you're such a pleasure in the morning?!
Artie Decker
Oh and you're such a pleasure in the morning?
Artie Decker
I don't think these kids like me
Artie Decker
I don't think these kids like me.
Diane Decker
They have to know you better before they don't like you!
Sadie Shelton/ Sadie Ratliff
"Isn't it exciting?" (Referring to New York City as they drive into Manhattan)
Sadie Shelton/ Sadie Ratliff
Isn't it exciting? [referring to New York City as they drive into Manhattan]
Rose Shelton
/Rose Ratliff "Oh yeah, the noise, the smog, the crowds, the muggers, sex fiends, white slavers, politicians, it's a pistol. I got about as much use for it as a toad has for spit curls!"
Rose Shelton
Oh yeah, the noise, the smog, the crowds, the muggers, sex fiends, white slavers, politicians, it's a pistol. I got about as much use for it as a toad has for spit curls!
Georgette
[Fagin, Jenny, Oliver and company are being chased by Sykes] SAVE ME! SAVE ME, ALONZO!
Tito
HEY, GET OFF MY BACK WOMAN! I'M DRIVING!
Georgette
I, um, hope you won't think me rude, but do you happen to know out of whose BOWL you're eating?
Oliver
Yours?
Georgette
[sarcastically] Ooh! Aren't you a clever kitty! And do you have any idea whose HOME this is?
Oliver
I... thought it was Jenny's.
Georgette
Well, it may be Jenny's *house*, but everything from the doorknobs down is MINE!
Diane Decker
Our grandchildren are gonna love me!
Artie Decker
What about me?
Diane Decker
That's your problem.
CC Bloom
Hilary you got so fat!
Hillary Whitney Essex
I'm not fat I'm having a baby
Hillary Whitney Essex
I'm not fat I'm having a baby.
CC Bloom
You're not, You're having a baby?
CC Bloom
You're not. You're having a baby?
Hillary Whitney Essex
I'm Three Months Pregnant
Hillary Whitney Essex
I'm three months pregnant.
CC Bloom
That's great
CC Bloom
That's great.
Hillary Whitney Essex
Before I caught him with that woman we made love and that's when it ...
CC Bloom
(interrupts) What woman?
Hillary Whitney Essex
There was this woman I caught them together ...
CC Bloom
(interrupts) Michael?
Hillary Whitney Essex
Of course Michael and that's when it happened, and he doesn't want it because he's going to marry her. Can you believe it he's going to marry her?
CC Bloom
(to bartender) Would you make this a double please?
CC Bloom
(to Hillary) Let me get this straight. You caught Michael with another woman?
Hillary Whitney Essex
Yes
Hillary Whitney Essex
Yes.
CC Bloom
And now you're going to have a baby all on your own
Hillary Whitney Essex
Mmhmm (shakes head)
CC Bloom
Oh Hillary I think that's wonderful
Hillary Whitney Essex
You do?
CC Bloom
I think it's the most exciting thing and if it's a girl will you name it after me? (hugs Hillary)
Hillary Whitney Essex
(quietly) Yes
Hillary Whitney Essex
(quietly) Yes.
Chief Wyatt Rash
[talking to Mona] when life gives you potato's, make potato salad.
Chief Wyatt Rash
[talking to Mona] When life gives you potato's, make potato salad.
Mona Dearly
life gave me a handful of shit. what do I make with that Chief?
Mona Dearly
Life gave me a handful of shit. what do I make with that Chief?
Phil Dearly
shit salad?!
Phil Dearly
Shit salad?
Kitty Galore
Meow.
Kitty Galore
You Fools!
Kitty Galore
I will enslave all mankind [Cackling]
Chuck
Kitty! I'm home.
Kitty Galore
I will enslave all of mankind! [Cackles]
Kitty Galore
I will enslave all of mankind! [cackles]
Kitty Galore
[Repeated line] Mwahahahahahahaha!
Georgette
[shouts while the others are sneaking] OW! I broke a nail!
Francis
Oh, balderdash...
Tito
[get right up in Francis's face] What'you call my woman?
Georgette
[singing] Pretty is nice, but still, it's just pretty!
Georgette
[singing] You pretty pups all over the city, I have your hearts and you have my pity!
Georgette
What's the matter, Spot? Not good enough for you? Why, do you even know who I am?
Kitty Galore
Meow!
Kitty Galore
I will enslave all mankind! Mwahahahahahaha!
Kitty Galore
I will enslave all mankind! Mwahahaha!
Kitty Galore
Behold, my glorious device!