Bette Midler is an American actress, comedian, singer, and novelist. Midler has received numerous honors over the course of her career, which has spanned more than five decades.
The Showgirl Must Go On was a residency Midler agreed to perform at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas beginning in 2008. The residency ran until the end of 2010.
She played the lead role in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, which had its Shubert Theatre debut in April 2017 after previews began in March 2017. Her first major role in a Broadway musical was in this production. For her work, Midler won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Bette Midler’s Early Life
Bette Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where her family was one of the few Jews in a neighborhood that was predominately Asian. Her father, Fred Midler, worked as a painter at a Navy post in Hawaii and was also a house painter.
Her mother, Ruth, was a seamstress and stay-at-home mom. New Jersey is where both parents were born. Although Midler pronounces her first name with one syllable rather than Davis’s two, she was given the name Bette Davis in honor of the actress.
She was reared in Aiea and went to Honolulu’s Radford High School. In the 1961 school host election, she received the “Most Talkative” and “Most Dramatic” votes, respectively class of 1963.
Midler attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a theatre major but dropped out after three semesters. She pledged Delta Phi Epsilon while attending the University of Hawaii in Manoa, and she is one of the many illustrious sorority alumni.
She made money as an extra in the 1966 movie Hawaii, portraying Miss David Buff, a seasick traveler who wasn’t given credit.
Bette Midler’s Personal Life
On December 16, 1984, Midler wed artist Martin von Haselberg. Actress Sophie von Haselberg was the couple’s only child, and she was born on November 14, 1986.
Midler is renowned for her philanthropy, and in 1995, she founded the New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit group. In 1991, she started funding Adopt-a-Highway, and in 2001, she established programs to aid injured service members.
Since the 1990 Gulf War, Bette has entertained the troops on USO tours. She is also renowned for visiting military bases to feed soldiers before deployment.
Bette Midler’s Career Uplifted
Midler, who was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, started her acting career in a number of Broadway productions before appearing in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s.
She first gained notoriety in 1970 when she started singing at the Continental Baths, a nearby gay bathhouse where she was able to develop a devoted fan base.
Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums under her own name. These albums have sold over 30 million copies worldwide, and the RIAA has awarded them four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums.
She recorded several songs that went to the top of the charts, including “The Rose,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “Do You Want to Dance,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “From a Distance.”
Bette Midler’s Featured Movies
Midler made her feature film debut as the lead in the musical drama The Rose (1979), which also earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.
She continued to act in movies like Beaches (1988), Hocus Pocus (1993), The First Wives Club (1996), The Stepford Wives (2004), Parental Guidance (2012), and The Addams Family.
She also appeared in movies like Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986), Ruthless People (1986), Outrageous Fortune (1987), Big Business (1988), and Outrageous Fortune (2019).
In addition, Midler starred in the 1991 film For the Boys and the 1993 picture Gypsy. For the latter, she was nominated for a second Academy Award and won two more Golden Globe Awards.
Bette Midler’s Awards
She received Grammy Awards for Record of the Year for “Wind Beneath My Wings,” Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for “The Rose,” and Best New Artist for “The Rose.”
These include four Golden Globe Awards, three Grammy Awards, three Primetime Emmy Awards, two Tony Awards, and a Kennedy Center Honor, in addition to two Academy Award nominations and a British Academy Film Award.
Bette Midler’s Charity Work
After 9/11, she created foundation-run initiatives in 2001 that support injured service men and their families by giving them resources, such as bespoke homes. One of these programs aids service personnel who have experienced loss, harm, or trauma.
Since the first Gulf War, she has also visited military installations and the USO to give thanks by feeding service troops immediately before deployment.
Pink promised to match Bette Midler’s donation of $500,000 for Australia’s wildfire relief in 2020.
Bette Midler’s Net Worth
A legendary American singer, actor, and writer, Bette Midler is worth $250 million.
Midler also referred to as “The Divine Miss M,” is well-known for her work in both theatre and film, for which she has won several honors such as two Tony Awards, three Primetime Emmys, and three Grammys.
Bette Midler’s Real Estate Assets
Bette and Martin have lived in a sizable triplex apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York City as their principal residence for many years. In 1996, they made the purchase of the 7,000-square-foot home. It has 3,000 square feet of outdoor space.
The top three stories of the building are taken up by the penthouse apartment, which consists of two separate flats. Soon after buying it, the couple spent two years refurbishing and connecting the flats.
Midler listed the 14-room condo for $50 million in September 2019, claiming, “It’s time for another family to enjoy it.”
Bette also has a variety of properties in Hawaii, including a 38+ acre Kauai property that she paid $1.5 million for in 1988. She also has an adjacent 58,000-square-foot property.
Bette has more than 50 acting credits to her record, including roles in movies including “The Rose” (1979), “Beaches” (1988), and “The First Wives Club.” Her 14 studio albums have sold more than 30 million copies (1996).
Aside from writing the books “A View from A Broad” (1980), “The Saga of Baby Divine” (1983), and “The Tale of the Mandarin Duck: A Modern Fable,” Midler also stars in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix series “The Politician” (2019-present), for which she was nominated for an Emmy (set to be released in 2021).
Bette won a Tony for the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, which she played on Broadway from 2017 to 2018.