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Bette Midler

Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian, also known by her informal stage name, The Divine Miss M. She became famous as a cabaret and concert headliner, and went on to star in successful and acclaimed films such as The Rose, Ruthless People, Beaches, and For The Boys. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Her voice type is categorized as deep mezzo soprano. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents moved from Paterson, New Jersey to Honolulu before she was born, and hers was one of the few Jewish families in a mostly Asian neighborhood. Her mother, Ruth (née Schindel), was a seamstress and housewife, and her father, Fred Midler, worked at a Navy base in Hawaii as a painter. She was named after actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one, /ˈbɛt/. She was raised in Aiea and attended Radford High School, in Honolulu. She was voted "Most Talkative" in the 1961 school Hoss

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Bette Midler --  I Got Nailed In Texas ... and It Hurt Like Hell

Bette Midler
I Got Nailed In Texas ... and It Hurt Like Hell

Everything's bigger in Texas ... including Bette Midler's big toe, which is now sporting a huge green bandage thanks to a pedicure gone horribly, horribly wrong.Bette tweeted a pic of her aching… READ MORE >

Billy Crystal -- Slummin' It for Wife's Birthday

Billy Crystal
Slummin' It for Wife's Birthday

Billy Crystal didn't need to shower his wife with fancy jewels on her birthday this weekend -- he took her on a scavenger hunt in Santa Monica instead ... along with Bette Midler and Rob Reiner… READ MORE >

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TMZ Staffer Shares His Famous Photos

TMZ Staffer
Shares His Famous Photos

When you live in Hollywood ... you never know who you're gonna bump into. Check out some of the celebrity photos TMZ's Matt Weiss has collected through the years. READ MORE >

- 1342 days ago
'Idol' Reject -- Bette Midler?

'Idol' Reject
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Here's booted "American Idol" contestant Chris Golightly at his news conference in L.A. on Tuesday (left) -- and the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, back in the day (right).One of them started their… READ MORE >

- 1667 days ago
Vegas Mayor Rips 'Fat and Short Bette Midler'

Vegas Mayor
Rips 'Fat and Short Bette Midler'

One sign Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman might be a bad auctioneer: He turned down the highest bidder ... and then called her a "fat and short Bette Midler."The Mayor let the unbelievable diss loose… READ MORE >

- 1757 days ago
Bunch of Celebs on Burglar Bunch Computer

Bunch of Celebs
on Burglar Bunch Computer

TMZ has put together a gallery of photos we found on the computer seized from alleged Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch member Nick Prugo ... photos which may show other big stars the Bunch had their… READ MORE >

- 1787 days ago
Guy in 'Bon Jovi' -- Divine!

Guy in 'Bon Jovi'
Divine!

Here's the fourth guy in Bon Jovi at a Broadway opening on Monday (left) -- and the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler, back in 1979 around the time "The Rose" was in theaters (right).Only one of them… READ MORE >

- 1795 days ago
50 Cent Shoots Down Bette Midler Talk

50 Cent
Shoots Down Bette Midler Talk

The only thing that hurts more than being shot nine times -- taking one shot with Bette Midler.50 Cent and his cronies got a little testy when we brought up Fiddy's photo-op with the Divine Miss… READ MORE >

- 1942 days ago
50 Cent Is Divine

50 Cent
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In what is sure to be the seventh sign of the apocalypse, former gangsta rapper 50 Cent hung out with a new shawty ... the Divine Miss M, Bette Midler.She is the wind beneath his bullet-ridden… READ MORE >

- 1948 days ago
Fiddy Calls Truce with Bette Midler

Fiddy
Calls Truce with Bette Midler

Either Bette Midler just gained all sorts of street cred ... or 50 Cent just kissed his goodbye.We kid -- actually, the two hooked up for a good cause. Fiddy just forked over a ton of cash to… READ MORE >

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