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'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' 'Slave' lead a competitive Oscar field

'Gravity,' 'Hustle,' 'Slave' lead a competitive Oscar field

"Gravity" and "American Hustle" go into Sunday's Oscar race in Los Angeles with 10 nods apiece, while "12 Years a Slave" is close behind with nine nominations.
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Bette Midler set for first-ever Oscars performance

Bette Midler set for first-ever Oscars performance

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Bette Midler will take part in an "especially moving" part of the Oscars ceremony next month.
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Bette Midler to perform at the Oscars for the first time

Bette Midler to perform at the Oscars for the first time

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler is scheduled to perform at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles for the first time next month.

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Katey Sagal covers Jackson Browne, Tom Petty on new album

Katey Sagal covers Jackson Browne, Tom Petty on new album

(UPI) --The "Sons of Anarchy" star is currently promoting her new album, "Covered."
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Carole King named MusiCares 2014 Person of the Year

Carole King named MusiCares 2014 Person of the Year

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Carole King is to be honored as the 2014 MusiCares Person of the Year at a benefit gala dinner and concert in Los Angeles this winter.
Helen Hunt to direct self in big-screen drama 'Ride'

Helen Hunt to direct self in big-screen drama 'Ride'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- U.S. actress and filmmaker Helen Hunt is to direct herself in "Ride," a big-screen drama she also wrote and produced, Deadline.com reported.
Bette Midler's show recoups initial Broadway investment

Bette Midler's show recoups initial Broadway investment

NEW YORK, May 31 (UPI) -- Bette Midler's one-woman show, "I'll Eat You Last," has recouped its initial Broadway investment of $2.4 million in just over eight weeks, producers announced.
Beatles guitar sells for $408,000 at New York City auction

Beatles guitar sells for $408,000 at New York City auction

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) -- A rare VOX guitar played by Beatles bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison was sold for $408,000 in New York, Julien's Auctions said.

'Kinky Boots' leads Tony nominations with 13

NEW YORK, April 30 (UPI) -- Broadway's "Kinky Boots," with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, led New York's Tony Award nominations with 13, followed by "Matilda: The Musical" with 12.
Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

Gyllenhaal, Falco up for Drama League Awards

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- The Drama League nominated the New York musicals "Dogfight," "Here Lies Love" and "Kinky Boots" for its Best Musical Award Tuesday.
'Parental Guidance' tops movie-on-demand chart

'Parental Guidance' tops movie-on-demand chart

PORTLAND, Ore., April 23 (UPI) -- The Bette Midler-Billy Crystal family comedy "Parental Guidance" is the No. 1 movie-on-demand title in the United States, Rentrak announced.
Revival of musical 'Pippin' up for 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards

Revival of musical 'Pippin' up for 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards

NEW YORK, April 22 (UPI) -- The Broadway revival of the musical "Pippin" was nominated for a leading 11 Outer Critics Circle Awards in New York Monday.
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Bette Midler to play talent agent Sue Mengers in Broadway play

Bette Midler to play talent agent Sue Mengers in Broadway play

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Singer-actress Bette Midler is to star in John Logan's new play, "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers," the Broadway show's producers said Monday.
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Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedian, also known (by her informal stage name) as The Divine Miss M. She has starred in live-action films such as Ruthless People, Beaches and Hocus Pocus, as well as featuring in animated films such as Oliver & Company and Fantasia 2000.

During her more than forty-year career, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards; and won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has also sold over 30 million records as an artist.

Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii into a Jewish family. She is the daughter of seamstress/housewife Ruth (née Schindel) and house painter Fred Midler, who worked at a Navy base in Hawaii. Her parents were from Paterson, New Jersey and moved to Honolulu before Midler was born. She was named after the actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one, /ˈbɛt/. She was raised in Aiea and attended Radford High School in Honolulu. She was voted "Most Talkative" in the 1961 school Hoss Election, and in her Senior Year (Class of 1963) "Most Dramatic". She majored in drama at the University of Hawaii (though she only attended for three semesters) and earned money in the film Hawaii (released in 1966) as an extra, playing a seasick passenger named Mrs David Buff in the film.

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