Fast Facts

  • Was the senior-class president in high school.
  • Appeared on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof for three years, playing the part of eldest daughter Tzeitel.
  • Her sister Judith was killed by a taxi while visiting New York to see Bette perform on Broadway.
  • Developed her stage persona, the Divine Miss M, while performing at the Continental Baths, a gay men's bathhouse in New York City, with Barry Manilow accompanying her on piano.
  • Started the New York Restoration Project in 1995, working to restore parks, community gardens and other public spaces in New York City.
  • In 2000-01, starred in a short-lived CBS sitcom based on her life.
  • Premiered her Las Vegas show, The Showgirl Must Go On, in February of 2008 at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace; it ran for two years.

Awards

  • 1980, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1980, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1981, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1989, Grammy — Record of the Year: Winner
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: Nominee
  • 1980, Grammy — Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female: Winner
  • 1997, Emmy — Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: Winner
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1974, Tony — Special Award: Winner
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1989, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Actress in a Comedy Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: Winner
  • 1973, Grammy — Best New Artist: Winner
  • 2001, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series: Winner

Relationships

  • Sophie Frederica Alohilani von Haselberg — Daughter
  • Daniel Midler — Brother
  • Fred Midler — Father
  • Ruth Midler — Mother
  • Susan Midler — Sister
  • Peter Riegert — Ex-significant Other
  • Judith Midler — Sister
  • Martin Von Haselberg — Husband

College

  • Attended University of Hawaii, Manoa, Hawaii, United States

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  • Birth Name: Bette Davis Midler
  • Birth Place: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
  • Birthday: December 1, 1945, Sagittarius
  • Profession: Singer, Actor
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