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June 4, 2004
- "Extra" interview, surrounding the upcoming release of
April 30, 2004
- When Bette Midler found out her sister, Susan, needed a kidney last year, she
- sprang into action. "She was not a match, so she went on a nationwide hunt for
- a donor," an inside source said. Trying to make light of the issue, Bette told pals:
- "I'd give her mine, but then there goes the cash cow of the family!" Thankfully,
- their brother Daniel turned out to be a perfect match. "The surgery was
- successful," Midler's representative replied.
April 23, 2004
- Bette Midler, Liz Smith, Candice Bergen, and Elton John with his
- partner David Furnish, dining at "Michael's."
April 21, 2004
"Singing in the Rainforest"
- For the 12th annual benefit concert for their Rainforest Foundation, Sting and wife Trudie Styler asked performers to help them raise money to save the wilds of Brazil.
- But it was "Bette Midler" who decisively ratcheted up the energy level, delivering abundant charisma and humor on commanding renditions of "Lullaby of Broadway" and "Singing in the Rain."
- Although much of the programs' appeal was in the one-shot match ups of singers and songs, the evening's most ecstatic ovations arrived when the artists performed tunes with which they're closely associated. Elton John's flamboyant version of the Who's "Pinball Wizard" - which he performed in the movie Tommy - and Bette Midler's smashes, "The Rose" and "Wind beneath my wings" were the night's show stoppers.
"Bette" dancing the night away!
- A young scarlet takes a friend under its wing. If human efforts to
- protect them and their rain forest home are successful, they may yet
- live out their years free and safe.
April 16, 2004
Diva "Bette Midler" as she entered the gala event.
- Usually when Bette Midler spends time in a park, you can find her
- elbow deep in garbage and debris. But there wasn't a smudge of
- dirt to be found on the singer during her Friday night visit to
- Bethpage State Park's Carlyle on the Green, where she received
- the Foundation for Long Island State Park's Master Builder Award.
- The often bawdy, self-proclaimed "Queen of Trash" was honored
- for her efforts to clean the trash out of hundreds of acres of
- "I'm thrilled to death," said Midler, who arrived at the event
- greeted by an ice sculpture that spelled out her name.
- The seventh annual award was presented to Midler by Bernadette
- Castro, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Parks,
- Recreation and Historic Preservation.
- "She is this great American icon," said Castro. "And at the same
- time she loves parks and that's a rare combination."
- Midler's passion for cleaning up New York's parks was ignited
- when she returned to live in Manhattan in the early 1990's. Upon
- seeing once-thriving public spaces littered with abandoned cars,
- shredded tires and plastic bags entangled in tree limbs, she decided
- to take action. In 1995 she established the New York Restoration
- Project, a public - private partnership that aims to protect public
- resources and preserve open spaces.
- "Every person deserves a place where they can catch their breath,"
- said Midler. "And you find that in nature and parks provide that."
- The award was originally named after Robert Moses, the controversial
- figure who was behind many of the area's bridges and thoroughfares
- and is also blamed for displacing hundreds of thousands of residents
- in his quest to build. Castro said the foundation decided to remove
- Moses' name from the award this year, after Midler brought to their
- attention that Moses has many detractors.
- "Robert Moses did a lot of wonderful things, but he did make a few
- mistakes and we want to keep the award positive," said Castro.
- Midler offered her own views on Moses. "He did a lot of good," she
- said, "but he killed one of my parks." Midler was referring to the
- building of the Cross Bronx Expressway, which cuts through