Bette Midler

Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following. Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including her renditions of "The Rose", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "Do You Want to Dance", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", and "From a Distance". In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award. She has sold over 30 million records worldwide, and has received four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by RIAA. Description above from the Wikipedia article Bette Midler, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Beaches (1988)

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Barbara Hershey  •  John Heard  •  Spalding Gray

A privileged rich debutante and a cynical struggling entertainer share a turbulent, but strong childhood friendship over the years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Barbara Hershey  •  John Heard  •  Spalding Gray

Big Business (1988)

In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Abrahams
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Lily Tomlin  •  Fred Ward  •  Edward Herrmann

In the 1940s in the small town of Jupiter Hollow, two sets of identical twins are born in the same hospital on the same night. One set to a poor local family and the other to a rich family just passing through. The dizzy nurse on duty accidentally mixes the twins ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jim Abrahams
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Lily Tomlin  •  Fred Ward  •  Edward Herrmann

Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Bette Midler  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Little Richard

Beverly Hills couple Barbara and Dave Whiteman find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Nick Nolte  •  Bette Midler  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Little Richard

Drowning Mona (2000)

The recently deceased Mona Dearly was many things: an abusive wife, a domineering mother, a loud-mouthed neighbor and a violent malcontent. So when her car and corpse are discovered in the Hudson River, police Chief Wyatt Rash immediately suspects murder rather ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Gomez
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Bette Midler  •  Neve Campbell  •  Jamie Lee Curtis

The recently deceased Mona Dearly was many things: an abusive wife, a domineering mother, a loud-mouthed neighbor and a violent malcontent. So when her car and corpse are discovered in the Hudson River, police Chief Wyatt Rash immediately suspects murder rather ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Gomez
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Bette Midler  •  Neve Campbell  •  Jamie Lee Curtis

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

Blending lively music and brilliant animation, this sequel to the original 'Fantasia' restores 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and adds seven new shorts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Hahn  •  Francis Glebas  •  James Algar  •  Gaëtan Brizzi  •  Eric Goldberg  •  Pixote Hunt  •  Hendel Butoy  •  Paul Brizzi
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Quincy Jones  •  Bette Midler  •  James Earl Jones

Blending lively music and brilliant animation, this sequel to the original 'Fantasia' restores 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' and adds seven new shorts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Hahn  •  Francis Glebas  •  James Algar  •  Gaëtan Brizzi  •  Eric Goldberg  •  Pixote Hunt  •  Hendel Butoy  •  Paul Brizzi
CAST:  Steve Martin  •  Quincy Jones  •  Bette Midler  •  James Earl Jones

Hawaii (1966)

Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Max von Sydow  •  Richard Harris  •  Gene Hackman

Abner Hale, a rigid and humorless New England missionary, marries the beautiful Jerusha Bromley and takes her to the exotic island kingdom of Hawaii, intent on converting the natives. But the clash between the two cultures is too great and instead of understanding ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Roy Hill
CAST:  Julie Andrews  •  Max von Sydow  •  Richard Harris  •  Gene Hackman

Hocus Pocus (1993)

After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenny Ortega
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Kathy Najimy  •  Omri Katz

After 300 years of slumber, three sister witches are accidentally resurrected in Salem on Halloween night, and it is up to three kids and their newfound feline friend to put an end to the witches' reign of terror once and for all.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kenny Ortega
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Sarah Jessica Parker  •  Kathy Najimy  •  Omri Katz

Oliver & Company (1988)

This animated take on Oliver Twist re-imagines Oliver as an adorable orphaned kitten who struggles to survive in New York City and falls in with a band of canine criminals led by an evil human. First, Oliver meets Dodger, a carefree mutt with street savoir faire. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Scribner
CAST:  Joey Lawrence  •  Billy Joel  •  Cheech Marin  •  Richard Mulligan

This animated take on Oliver Twist re-imagines Oliver as an adorable orphaned kitten who struggles to survive in New York City and falls in with a band of canine criminals led by an evil human. First, Oliver meets Dodger, a carefree mutt with street savoir faire. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Scribner
CAST:  Joey Lawrence  •  Billy Joel  •  Cheech Marin  •  Richard Mulligan

Ruthless People (1986)

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A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation—without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Bette Midler  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Helen Slater

A couple, cheated by a vile businessman, kidnap his wife in retaliation—without knowing that their enemy is delighted they did.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Danny DeVito  •  Bette Midler  •  Judge Reinhold  •  Helen Slater

The First Wives Club (1996)

After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three mid-life Manhattanites have been dumped for a newer, curvier model. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hugh Wilson
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Diane Keaton  •  Maggie Smith

After years of helping their hubbies climb the ladder of success, three mid-life Manhattanites have been dumped for a newer, curvier model. But the trio is determined to turn their pain into gain. They come up with a cleverly devious plan to hit their exes where it ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hugh Wilson
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Diane Keaton  •  Maggie Smith

The Rose (1979)

Rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster's romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperilled by the demands of life on the road.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Alan Bates  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  David Keith

Rock-and-roll singer Mary Rose Foster's romantic relationships and mental health are continuously imperilled by the demands of life on the road.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Alan Bates  •  Harry Dean Stanton  •  David Keith

The Stepford Wives (2004)

What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech, terrifying little town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Bette Midler  •  Glenn Close

What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who've created this high-tech, terrifying little town.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Oz
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Matthew Broderick  •  Bette Midler  •  Glenn Close

What Women Want (2000)

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Advertising executive Nick Marshall is as cocky as they come, but what happens to a chauvinistic guy when he can suddenly hear what women are thinking? Nick gets passed over for a promotion, but after an accident enables him to hear women's thoughts, he puts his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Helen Hunt  •  Mel Gibson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Lauren Holly

Advertising executive Nick Marshall is as cocky as they come, but what happens to a chauvinistic guy when he can suddenly hear what women are thinking? Nick gets passed over for a promotion, but after an accident enables him to hear women's thoughts, he puts his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nancy Meyers
CAST:  Helen Hunt  •  Mel Gibson  •  Marisa Tomei  •  Lauren Holly

For the Boys (1991)

On a USO tour during World War II, entertainer Eddie Sparks needs a partner to round out his act. Soon after hiring performer Dixie Leonard, Eddie decides he wants her out of the show — mostly because she upstages him. Dixie is close to leaving of her own accord, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  James Caan  •  George Segal  •  Bud Yorkin

On a USO tour during World War II, entertainer Eddie Sparks needs a partner to round out his act. Soon after hiring performer Dixie Leonard, Eddie decides he wants her out of the show — mostly because she upstages him. Dixie is close to leaving of her own accord, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rydell
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  James Caan  •  George Segal  •  Bud Yorkin

Outrageous Fortune (1987)

Refined actress Lauren Ames finally has a chance to study with the great theatre professor Stanislav Korzenowski. Sandy Brozinsky, a brash, loud actress, decides through happenstance to also study with Korzenowski. The two women end up dating the same man (who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Shelley Long  •  Bette Midler  •  Peter Coyote  •  Robert Prosky

Refined actress Lauren Ames finally has a chance to study with the great theatre professor Stanislav Korzenowski. Sandy Brozinsky, a brash, loud actress, decides through happenstance to also study with Korzenowski. The two women end up dating the same man (who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Arthur Hiller
CAST:  Shelley Long  •  Bette Midler  •  Peter Coyote  •  Robert Prosky

Goodbye, Columbus (1969)

A Jewish man and a jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other find that their worlds are very different. She is the archetypical Jewish-American-Princess, very emotionally involved with her parents world and the world they have created for her while he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Richard Benjamin  •  Ali MacGraw  •  Jack Klugman  •  Nan Martin

A Jewish man and a jewish woman meet and while attracted to each other find that their worlds are very different. She is the archetypical Jewish-American-Princess, very emotionally involved with her parents world and the world they have created for her while he is ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Peerce
CAST:  Richard Benjamin  •  Ali MacGraw  •  Jack Klugman  •  Nan Martin

Scenes from a Mall (1991)

A comedy about a married couple -- he's a sports lawyer, she's a psychologist -- which takes place on their 16th wedding anniversary, when they make some startling confessions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Bette Midler  •  Bill Irwin  •  Paul Mazursky

A comedy about a married couple -- he's a sports lawyer, she's a psychologist -- which takes place on their 16th wedding anniversary, when they make some startling confessions.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Mazursky
CAST:  Woody Allen  •  Bette Midler  •  Bill Irwin  •  Paul Mazursky

The Lottery (1989)

A music teacher realizes that she's won the lottery, but then promptly loses the ticket out the window. The short film then follows her exploits to recover the ticket as it is grabbed by a pigeon, blown down the street and into the subway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Bette Midler

A music teacher realizes that she's won the lottery, but then promptly loses the ticket out the window. The short film then follows her exploits to recover the ticket as it is grabbed by a pigeon, blown down the street and into the subway.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Garry Marshall
CAST:  Bette Midler

20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morgan Neville
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Mick Jagger  •  Sting  •  Sheryl Crow

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morgan Neville
CAST:  Bette Midler  •  Mick Jagger  •  Sting  •  Sheryl Crow

Live Aid (1985)

Live Aid was held on 13 July 1985, held simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London, England, and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, United States. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Scarza
CAST:  Bob Dylan  •  David Bowie  •  Mick Jagger  •  Paul McCartney

Live Aid was held on 13 July 1985, held simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in London, England, and the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, United States. It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vincent Scarza
CAST:  Bob Dylan  •  David Bowie  •  Mick Jagger  •  Paul McCartney
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