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Bette Midler Explains Why She’s Still A Star

Bette-MidlerIt’s been a quarter of a century (!) since she starred in the tearjerker Beaches, yet Bette Midler is still an entertainer of the first order. While many stars flash and quickly burn, some like the Divine Ms. M are with us to stay. The indefatigable Midler, who is appearing as outrageous Hollywood agent Sue Mengers on Broadway in the solo comedy I’ll Eat You Last, thinks she knows the reason for her longevity.

“I think that the main thing that I have going for me that a lot of people never got the memo on, is that I did my own work,” Midler tells NPR. “I made my own work, I made my own shows, I put them together in a way that made people want to see them. And I wasn’t dependent on other people calling and saying, ‘We want you for this.’ And I mean, I think in the real world there, once you get to a certain age, it starts to shrink, you know. The number of roles starts to shrink.”

The entertainer, who became a favorite with gay audiences while performing an act in New York’s Continental Baths in the early 1970s, also credits taking control of her career and having often created her own projects.

“I think that that’s what saved me, because being in the public eye — love the public, but gotta say — you know it’s not these indelible events in their lives,” Midler offers. “They fade over time, and so if you don’t come back and refresh their memories … they move on, you know? And so I’ve always been able to go back to them to say, ‘Remember me? Hi! I’m back! Nice to see you! Gee, you got so tall!’ So that’s been my saving grace.”

By:           JEREMY KINSER
On:           Apr 24, 2013
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  • 9 Comments
    • Dionte
      Dionte

      She’s one of my favorite actresses of all time.

      Apr 24, 2013 at 10:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charli Girl
      Charli Girl

      I. STILL adore her,I KNEW I was gay when I first laid eyes on that baby doll!,, Hee Hee

      Apr 24, 2013 at 11:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      I was too young for the Continental Baths, but she won me from the beginning with “Do You Wanna Dance.” When I first heard it on the radio, but never heard of Midler, my thought was ‘where the hell did Columbia find tape of Joplin doing that…? Seven years later, going into the theater, I had no worry “The Rose” would disappoint me.
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      I might have more records on Atlantic by Aretha, but not by many. You’ve got us till our dying days, Bette.

      Apr 24, 2013 at 11:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • redcarpet
      redcarpet

      I grew up listening to her on the radio going to school. Why my mom was surprised when I came out to her, i do not know.

      Apr 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Merv
      Merv

      I still haven’t forgiven her for dissing same-sex marriage on Larry King.

      Apr 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • balehead
      balehead

      Maybe she has changed that?….don’t wish death on me..

      Apr 24, 2013 at 5:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dixie Rect
      Dixie Rect

      Saw her in Vegas and it was awesome, and will be seeing her on Broadway. Gotta go see the legends when they perform!

      Apr 24, 2013 at 6:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @Merv: Bette Midler has since said of same sex marriage “I think its fabulous”.

      Apr 25, 2013 at 7:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      @balehead: She has.

      Apr 25, 2013 at 7:37 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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