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Publication Order of Picture Books

The Saga of Baby Divine (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tale of the Mandarin Duck (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A View from A Broad (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon

Bette Midler
Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 1, 1945 where her family was one of the very few Jewish families in a primarily Asian neighborhood. Her mom, Ruth, was a housewife and a seamstress, while her dad, Fred Midler, worked as a painter at a Navy base in Hawaii and he was also a house painter. She is the third of four kids.

She started singing as a kid, and her mom encouraged an interest in theater. By the time she had graduated from high school, Midler had performed in many amateur shows.

She was named for Bette Davis, however Davis pronounced her name as two syllables, while Midler just uses one.

Bette grew up in Aiea and went to Radford High School in Honolulu. She was voted the “Most Talkative” in the 1961 school Hoss Election, and in 1963 was voted “Most Dramatic” in her senior year. She majored in drama at the University of Hawaii at Manoa however ended up leaving after just three semesters. She earned money by appearing as an extra in the film Hawaii, playing an uncredited seasick passenger named Miss David Buff.

Bette moved to New York City during the summer of 1965, and used the money from her work on Hawaii. She studied theater under Uta Hagen at HB Studio. She landed her very first professional onstage role in Miss Nefertiti Regrets and Cinderella Revisited, both of which were Tom Eyen’s Off-Off-Broadway plays.

She started singing in the Continental Baths, which is a gay bathhouse in the Ansonia Hotel, during the summer of 1970. At this same time, she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who later produced The Divine Miss M, her first album in 1972. It was also during her time at the Continental Baths that she was able to build up a core following.

During the release of “Bathhouse Betty” in the late nineties, she commented on her time performing there, saying that she is still proud of those days, despite the way things turned out. And she feels like she was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and she hopes she did her part to help move it forward. So she wears the label of “Bathhouse Betty” with pride.

Bette starred in the very first professional production of “Tommy”, The Who’s rock opera in the year 1971, with the Seattle Opera and director Richard Pearlman. It was during this run that she first appeared on The Tonight Show.

She has won a Golden Globe, four Grammys, an Emmy, and a Tony. Bette has also been nominated twice for Academy Awards and once for a British Academy Film Award. In 2012, she received a lifetime achievement award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Along with her career as a performer, she was active in various different social causes, working as a spokesperson for AIDS awareness and founded the New York Restoration Project to restore New York community gardens and parks.

Bette married an artist named Martin von Hasselberg on December 16, 1984, and their daughter, named Sophie von Hasselberg, was born November 14, 1986.

“The Saga of Baby Divine” is a non-fiction book that was released in the year 1984. This book is sublime, simply divine, as Baby Divine’s story is related in rhyme. Bette Midler inspires with these words filled with charm. While she tells us just how Baby Divine can escape from harm.

This happens when she is born with vivacious red hair and high heels and an attitude to match, but her parents live on a street where everybody is the exact same and are unable to see any of her uniqueness. She escapes out of her cradle and flies off to meet monsters both mysterious and dark. Luckily, Joyce, Lilly, and Tilly are there to keep her in check.

How can so much talent be found in just one girl? To fathom such things makes my poor mind begin to whirl. Not only does she sing, act, dance, and writes! But she is also the brightest of stars in a world filled with nights.

This is a fun story with fun artwork that is genuinely funny and filled with a lot of heart. This is an absolutely adorable book and is original and inspiring that helps encourages readers to use their imagination, dance, laugh, and just enjoy life. Bette Midler is adept with rhyming and has created a book not just for kids but people of all ages.

“A View From A Broad” is a non-fiction book that was re-released in the year 2014. Bette Midler, also known as Divine Miss M, the incomparable and indomitable actor, singer, and musical theater extraordinaire, with a career that spans close to half a century revisits her classic memoir that was originally released in 1980 and now includes a new introduction.

With her bold performances and brassy voice making the world pay attention at last, she does not need any introduction. Academy Award nominee, Grammy Award winning singer, Broadway star of her critically acclaimed one-woman show, and a beloved actress in Beaches, The Rose, Ruthless People, and Down and Out in Beverly Hills, she is a household name whose fans and career span generations.

She relives her career through memories of endless rehearsals, crazy schedules, her own fear of flying, and wisdom that she learned from Thai Gondoliers, with the trademark razor wit which her fans have grown to love, expect, and know.

Bette’s writing style and wit makes this a fun read and provides plenty of insight into the life of this performer as she does a world tour. She knows how to tell you a story and make you laugh. The stories are incredibly well written and she shows that she has one of the finest and wittier brains ever to work in show business. You get a good sense about who she is off the stage, which, as it turns out, is fairly similar to who she is while she is on stage. Bette writes like she talks, which helps make this a much more interesting read as a result.

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