A self-confessed eternal showgirl, Bette Midler - or The Divine Miss M, as she is reverentially known - is the quintessential entertainer, uniting a love for singing, acting, comedy, and sequins. During her career, she has won four Grammys, an Emmy, and a Tony; been nominated for two Academy Awards; sold more than 14 million albums; and received 25 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum certifications for her albums and singles, including her most recent gold album Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook. In 2006, she released her first holiday album, Cool Yule, featuring a duet of "Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow" with Johnny Mathis.
Brimming with personality and exuding glamour, Midler recounts her performing heyday to audiences around the nation, from singing at the Continental Baths accompanied by Barry Manilow on the piano to recording one the 20th century's greatest hits, "Wind Beneath My Wings."
A champion of New York's green spaces, Midler also discusses her work with the New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit organization that revitalizes neglected parks in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of the city, which she founded in 1995.
In her new book, A View from a Broad, originally published in 1980, Midler relives her career through memories of endless rehearsals, her fear of flying and crazy schedules, with the trademark razor-blade wit that her fans have grown to know, love and expect. Whether discussing her career or her environmental activism, The Divine Miss M unfailingly delights audiences and transports them to a distant time and place where vaudeville reigned high and showgirls ruled the stage.
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