The Divine Miss M Turns 70 — Watch “Jinxed” On Bette Midler’s Birthday


December 1, 2015 — She has won four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has also been nominated for two Academy awards. Her recordings have  four Gold, three Platinum and three Multi-platinum albums by RIAA. She has sold more than 30 million records and won three Grammy Awards.

The eternally young Bette Midler has worked as a singer, actress, comedian, songwriter and film producer for almost 50 years, having played the role of Tzeitel in the Broadway production of  Fiddler on the Roof from 1966-1968 (she worked Off-Off Broadway in 1965 and used earnings as an extra on the film Hawaii to move to New York City).

Her very first album, The Divine Miss M, went Platinum (it was produced by her accompanist at the time, Barry Manilow, who would later become a recording star himself), won Midler a Grammy for Best New Artist, and had three songs (Do You Want to Dance, Friends and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy) that were Top 40 singles. Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy would reach the Billboard Hot 100, eventually hitting the #8 spot; it would hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

She would win an Academy Award-nomination for her performance as the Janis Joplin-like singer  Mary Rose Foster in the film The Rose. The soundtrack for the film, which featured Midler’s performance of the title track, would earn a Double Platinum certification, selling more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone. She would win the Golden Globe award for Best Actress (Comedy or Musical) for her performance.

She would later win another Golden Globe Award — and another Academy Award nomination — for her performance in For the Boys.

She has had hit albums, movies, stage shows and television shows throughout the 5 decades of her illustrious career, which includes 35 movies, 26 television shows and appearances, 3 original stage shows (plus appearances in other plays). 

Watch Jinxed at FilmRise, and celebrate the 70th birthday of a true original — Bette Midler, the Divine Miss M.
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