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Bette Midler Sings Kim Kardashian's Tweets: VIDEO

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The Divine Ms. M stopped by Jimmy Kimmel last night and lent her musical skills to one of Kimmel's Twitter sketches where famous vocalists sing tweets of celebrities known for what we might call amusing social commentary. Middler was the obvious choice to sing the tweets of Kim Kardashian because, after all, she has a chicken named Kim Kardashian.

Watch Bette bust out a tune to Kim's deep tweets, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bette Midler and Jimmy Fallon Do a Lip Flip Cover of 'Baby It's You' - VIDEO

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Jimmy Fallon's fan favorite segment is back, with the late night host joining Bette Midler in a duet of The Shirelles' "Baby It's You" like you've never seen before. 

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

And to catch Bette Midler's actual cover of this song and other great girl group hits from the past, be sure and check out her new album It's The Girls! 

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Bette Midler Covers TLC's 'Waterfalls' - AUDIO

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From her upcoming 14th studio album It's the Girls! featuring covers of popular gal group hits.

Give it a listen (you know you want to), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bette Midler to Drop First Album Since 2006: 'It's The Girls!'

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From the people who brought you "Beaches" and "Hairspray: The Musical" comes something gayer than you ever could've imagined. It's the triumphant return of Bette Midler, of course!

"It's The Girls!" was produced by Mark Shaiman ("Hairspray"), and it's dropping November 4 on Warner Bros. Records. The album is sure to push the boundaries of "campy" — from the title's exclamation point to the album's entire premise — covers, but only of girl group hits; it's everything from 30s trios like the Andrews Sisters to TLC.

Midler's enthusiasm for the project is palpable. Talking with Billboard, she says:

I have loved the sound of females harmonizing since I was a kid; I always sang along. Didn't we all? [...] I think the idea that you could become part of the group was the thing that endeared me to the girl groups. You weren't just singing along, you were THERE!

Is she still the wind beneath your wings? Buy the album and find out.

Check out the tracklist (also via Billboard) AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gay Iconography: Bette's Divine Legacy

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Summer is camp season, and there are few people campier than the Divine Miss M herself, Bette Midler. (Seriously, who else could possibly do Mae West justice?)

Nearly a half-century since she arrived in New York City, Midler is still entertaining audiences on stages and screens, large and small. Her big voice and bawdy humor have made her a legendary performer, but her larger-than-life persona and roots in the gay community have endeared her to LGBT audiences for years. With Bette, it’s not all just attributed to her show-stopping numbers and over-the-top costumes. She got her start playing in a gay New York City bathhouse.

That doesn’t mean she’s always been in the gay community’s good graces. She ran afoul of LGBT advocates when she gave a less-than-supportive response to Larry King over the issue of same-sex marriage in an interview in 2003:

“I don't think it really hurts anybody. I think … gay men, they like to -- you know, they like to move around. … That's part of the fun of being a gay man. So if they're married, does that mean they're not going to cheat, they're only going to be with one…”

Like other public figures, her views seemed to evolve over time when in 2009 she told the Associated Press “I'm all in favor of gay marriage. I think it's fabulous.” 

From the bathhouse to the big screen, treat yourself to a few beloved Bette numbers, AFTER THE JUMP

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Bette Midler Opens On Broadway In ‘I’ll Eat You Last:’ REVIEW

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 BY NAVEEN KUMAR

One Hollywood legend is playing another on Broadway, and there’s a good chance you’ve only heard of one of them. But by the end of I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers, which opened on Wednesday at the Booth Theatre, everyone walks away feeling like old friends.

Bette1That includes Bette Midler, and every guest welcomed into the Beverly Hills mansion of Hollywood super agent Sue Mengers for this aptly titled and utterly delightful ‘chat.’ Written by John Logan, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter (Hugo, The Aviator) and Tony-winning playwright (Red), the show offers a delicious insider glimpse into the seedy yet glamorous world of the Hollywood talent business.

Sue Mengers, whose career spanned nearly thirty years beginning in the 1960s, wasn’t just any agent. She discovered Barbra Streisand singing in a gay bar, landed Gene Hackman in The French Connection, represented Sidney Lumet, Mike Nichols and Bob Fosse. But loyalty is not a well-known virtue in this business—as the show begins, Sue is expecting a call from Barbra to fire her.

Bette2In the meantime, she spends the evening doing what she loves best: dishing, smoking (tobacco and otherwise), and picking up the occasional phone call from an A-list star. Ms. Midler proves her rightful place in the latter category with her gleefully engaging performance, delivered entirely from the comfort of her plush sofa. Why stand? We’re all friends here.

Under Joe Mantello’s fine direction, Sue’s stories take on a happy rhythm, punctuated with often-riotous punch lines. An opening example: regarding a certain legendary guest expected at her dinner party later in the evening, “Elton’s the easiest dinner guest ever: he’ll eat anything but pussy.”

Bette3Through the course of a tight 85 minutes, Sue delivers everything from behind-the-scenes gossip, straight-shot industry wisdom, and enough of the soft side beneath her brassy surface to bring us firmly on her side. Like any animated conversation (one-sided though this one may be), Logan’s script is built on non-sequiturs that nevertheless flow together naturally. Good agents can talk to anyone, and Sue’s certainly no exception.

From gathering courage to approach the most popular girl on the playground to a profession in schmoozing, through-lines from Sue’s formative experiences are simply drawn. But Logan’s economy with storytelling serves the play and its star well, who keeps her captive audience rapt with interest.

If we find Sue in the twilight of her career (Logan’s play is set in the early 80s, Sue died in 2011), her years have made her wise, though she’s no less passionate about show business. She loves the game with every fiber of her being (including her diaphanous kaftan), even as the game keeps changing and she loses her footing.

When she finally does stand to conclude our chat (spoiler alert), the feeling is pretty near momentous.  

(Bottom image: Sue Mengers, 1976, by Ron Galella)

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Follow Naveen Kumar on Twitter: @Mr_NaveenKumar (photos: richard termine; getty images)


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