Bette Midler









Bette Midler

was a member of a Jewish family and was born in December, 1945. She had a very difficult childhood because there were not any other Jewish families in Honolulu, Hawaii. There were not many white women in Hawaii at that time either so that added to the problem. Bette was named by her mother after the movie star Bette Davis because she was very interested in movies. Bette started young with her talent and won an award in the first grade for singing Silent Night. Bette worked her way through school and when she worked at a pineapple cannery, she said she came home smelling like compote. She attended one year at the University of Hawaii. Her mother supported her all the way and would not let her settle for anything less than Broadway. She studied acting and when she was twenty years old, she decided to follow her namesake and join the acting world. She got her first acting job in the movie, Hawaii, in 1965.She played a missionaryís wife with a reputation of always being sick. After that she traveled to New York where she got a job as a hat check girl in Sternís department Store and also as a go-go dancer. She got a job in the chorus of the hit Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof in 1966. Then in February of 1967 she got one of the leading roles as, Tzeitel, the eldest daughter. She kept that job for three years. She was singing late nights after the show and that is where she got her big opportunity. An executive from the David Frost show noticed her and she appeared with David on the Merv Griffin show. Bette worked a variety of jobs after that. She performed in Salvation and also took on another job as a go-go dancer again, this time in a Broadway bar. She also got a job making $50 each night at the Continental Baths, singing to male homosexuals.

Bette sang songs from the 40's, 50's, and 60's and even a song from 1929 called, Am I Blue. Word got around about her singing and she began getting job offers from other places. One of those offers was to appear on the Johnny Carson Show. She played in the Seattle Opera as the Acid Queen and also as Mrs. Walker This was a dual role. Later that same year she appeared at the nightclub Downstairs at the Upstairs in New York. Instead of the job lasting the intended 2 weeks, it went on for ten weeks.

She continued starring in different locations and in November, 1972, her first album was released. It was recorded by Atlantic Records and it was called. The Divine Mrs. M. The album sold over 100,000 copies. Bette has made her mark in the music and acting industry.