Bette Midler is an acclaimed actress, film producer, comedian, songwriter and singer, who has become one of the most recognisable entertainers in the United States over a career that has spanned over 5 decades. She first became famous as a singer and released a number of solo albums that made her a mainstream star. Some of her famous songs include ‘From a Distance’, ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’, ‘Do You Want to Dance’ and ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy’ among others. Midler has also been a highly successful actress and won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for Best Actress for her debut performance in ‘The Rose’. Some of her noted films include ‘For the Boys’, ‘The First Wives Club’, ‘Gypsy’, ‘Beaches’ and ‘Outrageous Fortune’. Her three ‘Emmy Awards’, three ‘Grammys’ and four ‘Golden Globe Awards’ is a testament to her versatility as an entertainer. As is the case with most comedians, Midler is an excellent speaker and is prone to drop outstanding one-liners about most topics that she has a passing interest in. Here is a collection of some of her most well-known quotes and thoughts which have been excerpted from her movies, dialogues, stand-ups, writings, lyrics, interviews, work and life.
As an actor, you're supposed to take jobs that will challenge you or force fans to see you in a different light. By the '90s, I wasn't really an actor anymore. I was someone who went on the road with these gigantic concerts.
I got so far away from what they told you in acting class: Do something different. Producers kept offering me the 'Sister Act' movie, but I said, 'My fans don't want to see me in a wimple.' I literally said, 'My fans don't want to see me in a wimple.'
I'd never done a straight play before, never, and it was very hard work - really, really hard work. It was dense, really wordy, and I was determined to learn every word of it - not just skip over bits and pieces.