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Bette Midler Biography

Birth Name:
Bette Davis Midler
Birth Place:
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Profession
Singer, actor

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

  • 2020Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2011Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 2001People's Choice Awards-Favorite Female Performer in a New TV Series: winner
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Music Program: winner
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: nominated
  • 1994Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: winner
  • 1992Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1991Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1987Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1981BAFTA Film Awards-Best Actress: nominated
  • 1981Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1980Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: winner
  • 1980Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1980Grammy-Best Pop Vocal Performance - Female: winner
  • 1979Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Writing for a Comedy-Variety or Music Special: nominated
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Special - Comedy-Variety or Music: winner

Relationships

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