Bette Midler

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Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945), also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, comedian, film producer and entrepreneur. 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 records worldwide and along with that has also received 4 Gold, 3 Platinum and 3 Multiplatinum albums by RIAA.

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 then, she has released 13 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including "The Rose" and "Wind Beneath My Wings" as well as her renditions of "Do You Wanna Dance?", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", and "From a Distance". In 2008, she signed a contract with Caesars Palace in Las Vegas to perform a series of shows titled Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On, which ended in January 2010.

Midler made her motion picture debut in 1979 with The Rose, which earned her a Golden Globe and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress of 1980. In the following years she starred in a string of hit films that includes Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Outrageous Fortune, Beaches, The First Wives Club, and The Stepford Wives, as well as For the Boys and Gypsy, the latter two of which she won two further Golden Globe Awards for in 1992 and 1994.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1972 The Divine Miss M 5 5
1973 Bette Midler 3 3
1976 Songs for the New Depression 2
1977 Broken Blossom 3 2
1979 Thighs and Whispers 1
1983 No Frills 3
1990 Some People's Lives 4 2
1995 Bette of Roses 2
1998 Bathhouse Betty 4 2
2000 Bette 1
2003 Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook 3.5 1
2005 Bette Midler Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook 3 1
2006 Cool Yule 4 1
2014 It's the Girls 2
2014 It's the Girls 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1978 The Best of Bette 1
1993 Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits 3
2008 The Best Bette 5 4
2010 Memories of You 1
I'm Beautiful 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1980 Divine Madness 4 3
1985 Mud Will Be Flung Tonight 5 1
Live at Last 1

Album + Remix

Year Title RatingReleases
'The Divine Miss M' Remixes Vol.01 1
In These Shoes 1
To Deserve You 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
1979 The Rose 6
1988 Beaches 3 1
1991 For the Boys 5 2
1993 Gypsy (television cast) 4 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1979 The Rose 5 1
1983 Beast of Burden 1
1990 From a Distance 1
1992 From A Distance 1

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