Today on December 1, 1945 Bette Midler was born. She is an American singer-songwriter, comedian, film producer, as well as an actress, and is known by her stage name, “The Divine Miss M.”
She began her career in several Off-Off Broadway plays in the 1960s, while gaining fame and a core following during the 1970s by performing at local gay bathhouses in New York City. Since then, she has released over 13 studio albums, with some of her hits reaching pop culture status, such as “Wind Beneath By Wings” from her 1988 film “Beaches.”
“Wind Beneath My Wings” from the 1988 film “Beaches”:
She made her acting debut in the 1979 film, “The Rose,” for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and earned a Golden Globe, while appearing in such hit films such as “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “Beaches,” “For the Boys,” “Gypsy,” “Hocus Pocus (which has achieved a cult following and shown on various television channels during Halloween),” “The First Wives Club,” and “The Stepford Wives.”
During her almost 50 year career she’s been nominated for two Academy Awards, has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, as well as sold over 30 million albums worldwide.