Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Back in March, my mother, sister, and I went to Las Vegas to see Bette Midler in concert. It was an incrediable show, something I have never seen before. After seeing her, it made me want to learn a little bit more of who she was. One day when I was at the library and was looking around, I found this book about her, and decided to give it a try. It was pretty interesting to learn about her childhood (she grew up in Hawaii), and her first taste of fame was when she had a small movie role where some of the filming took place in Hawaii, and others in L.A., and from L.A. she moved to NYC to go on Broadway. From there she started singing in clubs and bathhouses, teamed up with Barry Manilow, and soon became famous, putting out records and going on tour. In the public eye she's a wild crazy person who wanted to put joints under all the seats at 2 of her concerts and when they wouldn't let her, she sang a song topless-she's quite fond of her 'tits'. But behind closed doors, she's pretty mellow, likes to garden, and read, and cook. There's nothing really juicy or shocking in her life, so that kind of made this book a bit boring. I skimmed the last few chapters, but once she got older, the boob flashing stopped and she became a mother and started making films for the Disney company. I decided that I don't want to read a book about a person unless that actual person wrote that book, because that would mean that you get all facts, and not just fluff, which I'm sure there is some in this book. Plus that means that the person actually wants to tell their story. Sure, there are quotes from Bette in here, but I kind of felt like a person's life should be kept to themselves unless they want people to know it. If you ever get the chance to see her perform, do it. It was a wonderful show.