"Bette Davis Midler" (December 1, 1945) is a singer, actress, and comedian, also known to her fans and especially in gay culture, as "The Divine Miss M". She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her name in two syllables, and Midler uses one.
Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on December 1, 1945. She is of Jewish descent. Her aspirations were clearly defined from the outset, and she majored in drama at the University of Hawaii, and earned money in the film ''Hawaii'' (released in 1966) as an extra playing a seasick passenger.
After she relocated to New York City to pursue acting on stage, she landed her first professional onstage role in ''Miss Nefertiti Regrets''. From 1966 to 1969 she played the role of Tzeitel in ''Fiddler on the Roof'' on Broadway; during this period her sister Judith, visiting New York to see her perform, was killed by a taxi cab.
In 1970 Midler began singing at the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the city, where she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first major album, ''The Divine Miss M'' in 1973.
In 1974, she received a Special Tony Award for her cont...
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