Bette Davis Midler was born in 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii. After graduating high school, she moved to New York City and won roles in Miss Nefertiti Regrets, Fiddler on the Roof, and other shows. As a young woman, Bathhouse Betty began singing in the Continental Baths at the Ansonia Hotel while Barry Manilow played the piano. Midler released her first album, The Divine Miss M, in 1972. With songs like "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," the album won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Bette went on to create Some People's Lives, Thighs and Whispers, and other albums. She went on to grow in popularity with hits like "Mele Kalikimaka," "Miss Otis Regrets," and her cover of "Beast of Burden."
For her Hollywood debut, Midler starred as Mary Rose Foster in a 1978 film called The Rose. She won two Golden Globe Awards and an Oscar nomination for her performance, and the song "The Rose" reached #3 on the Billboard charts. In 1988, the actress played C.C. Bloom in Beaches, a movie about two best friends who meet "Under the Boardwalk" in Atlantic City. In addition to "Otto Titsling," the Beaches soundtrack included "Wind Beneath My Wings," one of Bette's most popular songs. Paramount Pictures released The First Wives Club in 1996, featuring the Divine Miss M, Diane Keaton, and Goldie Hawn as divorced women who plot revenge and sing "You Don't Own Me."
Along with singing and acting, the diva runs a charity called the New York Restoration Project, which plants gardens in New York City. But even at age 63, Bette Midler is the queen of show business, opening The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesar's Palace in 2008. The show received rave reviews and closed in early 2010.