I have never really been a follower of celebrities or taken too much notice or trouble to find out anything about them Even when I have met up with any famous person I have not even asked for an autograph as I felt it was a bit beneath my dignity to do so. Because everybody else does I enjoy doing the opposite. Every now and then someone makes a big impact on me when I see a film they appear in. One of those certain persons was BETTE MIDLER. She completely fascinated me. she was funny a natural great actress and had a fabulous singing voice too. The fact that she first entertained in a gay mens’ bath house with a then unknown Barry Manilow accompanying her on the piano also sounds fascinating and offbeat. I have always been more inclined towards people who do something very different.
Her family were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia like my own and even have some of the same names. She wasn’t particularly encouraged to go into a showbiz career like I wasn’t with my arts and crafts and music or dancing. She was brought up in Hawaii and they lived in a predominantly Asian area her family were very poor. At least she had sunshine and wonderful nature around her that must have been a very good influence for her life. The fact that she is a great comedienne is also a tremendous plus as when you can make people laugh you have won the battle. Especially as she can laugh at herself and some of the quotes she has written remind me very much of my own life and tongue in cheek attitude.
“The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.”
“I’m incapable of doing anything other than entertaining I can barely add and I have never been able to do my own taxes. Its a good thing I have been blessed with this Fantastic will to go forward even when I hit the skids.”