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Bette Midler

An American singer, actress and comedian, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M.

She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one.

During her career, she has won four Grammy Awards, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards.

In 1970, Midler began singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the city, where she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow.

In 1979 she played the title role of a 1960s drug-addicted rock star, modeled after Janis Joplin, in The Rose, for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

She has won four Grammy Awards including the 1973 Best New Artist and the prestigious Record of the Year in 1989 for the # 1 hit "Wind Beneath My Wings", the theme from Beaches.

Her back up singers were called The Harlettes that included
Melissa Manchester.

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