Bette Midler is an American singer, actress and comedian, also known as The Divine Miss M. She has starred in live-action films such as Ruthless People and Hocus Pocus, as well as featuring in animated films such as Oliver & Company and Fantasia 2000.
During her more than forty-year career, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards; and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award.
Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is the daughter of seamstress/housewife Ruth and house painter Fred Midler, who worked at a Navy base in Hawaii. Her parents were from Paterson, New Jersey and moved to Honolulu before Midler was born. She was named after the actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one,. Midler’s family was one of the few Jewish families in a mostly Asian neighborhood. She was raised in Aiea and attended Radford High School in Honolulu. She was voted “Most Talkative” in the 1961 school Hoss Election and in her Senior Year “Most Dramatic”. She majored in drama at the University of Hawaii and earned money in the film Hawaii as an extra, playing a seasick passenger named Mrs David Buff in the film.
Midler married Martin Von Haselberg on December 16, 1984, roughly 6 weeks after meeting him for the first time. Their daughter Sophie was born on November 14, 1986.