In her entire career span of over 5 decades, Bette Midler has won many accolades. The singer cum songwriter has also acted and produced movies. She is best known for her songs like “The Wind Beneath My Wings”, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”, “From a Distance” and “The Rose”. She was also seen in numerous hits like For the Boys, Down and Out in Beverly Hills, The First Wives Club, and Gypsy. Bette Midler’s first album, “The Divine Miss M” became a platinum album. The net worth of Bette Midler is an estimated $250 million US dollars. She has accumulated her wealth through singing, acting, song writing and producing.
Bette Midler Biography
Bette Midler was born on December 1, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii. She resided in a Jewish family and shared a neighborhood with the Asian community. Her father, Fred Midler used to work as a painter in the Navy base; he was also a house painter. Her mother, Ruth was a seamstress and a housewife. Midler was named after actress Bette Davis.
She attended Radford High School in Honolulu and was raised in Aiea. In 1961, she was voted as the ‘Most Talkative’ in the school Hoss Election. Again in 1963, she was voted as the ‘Most Dramatic’.
Bette Midler majored in drama at the University of Hawaii. She left Delta Phi Epsilon after three semesters. She appeared in the movie Hawaii in 1966 by playing the role of Miss David Buff. In 1965, she relocated to New York City by using the money she got from the movie Hawaii. Her first professional stage role came in 1965 when she appeared in Tom Eyen’s Off-Off-Broadway play. From the period of 1966 to 1969, she was seen as Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof on Broadway.
Bette Midler married Martin von Haselberg in December 1984. He is an artist by profession, and they have a daughter born on November 14, 1986. Her daughter Sophie von Haselberg is also an actress. Midler is known for various community programs and charities.
Midler’s debut album The Divine Miss M was released in 1972. It reached the top charts of Billboard and became a million-selling Platinum album. She starred in the first professional production of the Who’s rock opera Tommy in 1971. Again she released an album in 1973 which was co-produced by Barry Manilow. She started recording songs in 1976 and 1977 through her albums Songs for the New Depression and Broken Blossom. Her first TV special was Ol’ Red Hair is Back, and it won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Special — Comedy-Variety or Music.
Then she was seen in the movie Rose. She produced several movies under her production banner, All Girl Productions. Her biggest selling all-time disc came from the Disney’s movie Oliver & Company. Her album Some People’s Lives in 1990 topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. Midler appeared in the TV serial Seinfeld in 1995. The year 2000 saw Midler starred in her own sitcom Bette. Her 2008 album Jackpot: The Best Bette was also a success. In 2012, she co-starred with Billy Crystal in the movie Parental Guidance. In 2017, she started playing the character of Dolly Gallagher Levi in the Broadway Hello, Dolly.
Bette Midler is an Academy Award nominated actress. She has won 4 Golden Globe Awards, and for music, she has received three Grammy Awards out of 12 nominations. She has also won three Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards.
Net Worth of Bette Midler in 2017
Bette Midler has found success both in acting and in singing. The 71-year-old actress has made a fortune by appearing in various movies and also by producing them. However, it is through the sales of her album that she has accumulated her wealth. The estimated net worth of Bette Midler is $250 million US dollars as of 2017. Her album ‘It’s The Girls’ which was released in 2014 sold more than 35 million albums worldwide. She has given many hits like the comedies Ruthless People and Down and Out in Beverly Hills. Her 2017 Broadway, Hello, Dolly! Grossed $1.4 million in just five performances and was a crowd sold-out.
Bette Midler is one of the most versatile actresses and performer of all time. She loves doing charity and was also awarded the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She founded the New York Restoration Project to help the disadvantaged neighborhood.