04:20 PM EDT 03/05/2014
Originally posted 05/14/2009 09:00AM
While it may have been a good 40 years since Bette Midler last sang "Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a match" in Broadway's Fiddler on the Roof, the Divine Miss M is now ready to play matchmaker herself – to Jennifer Aniston.
"She needs an exciting guy, like a race-car driver," Midler, whose Las Vegas revue The Showgirl Must Go On marks its 100th show on June 7, told PEOPLE about Aniston. "I think she needs somebody who cherishes her, but also somebody who's going to give her a run for her money."
Still in full matchmaker mode, Midler, 63, said, "She should find somebody who is really hot, who's not in show business. Somebody with a lot of money, and she should live the large life and forget about these a--holes. She's a great girl. She's got everything going for her."
Originally posted 11/04/2008 09:00AM
Odd couple alert!
What could 50 Cent and Bette Midler possibly have in common? Plenty, it turns out.
The two joined forces Monday to celebrate the opening of "The Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson Community Garden" in Queens, New York.
"I called and nagged him," Midler said, describing how she got 50 Cent involved with the garden. "His G-Unity Foundation gives a million dollars away every year in grants to non profits all over the city ... They're just brilliant."
The garden (the most recent endeavor for Midler’s New York Restoration Project) is located in Jamaica, Queens, where the rapper grew up. It will mainly serve as a living classroom for neighborhood school children to learn about how food grows.
"I wish I had this to come to when I was growing up around here," he said. "The opportunity to create this garden for the youth and the community is a great one."
Originally posted 06/30/2008 08:05AM
Better late than never: When Bette Midler and artist Martin Rochus Sebastian von Haselberg tied the knot in 1984, it was at a quickie ceremony in Sin City.
"We were married in the Starlight Chapel in Las Vegas by an Elvis impersonator," recalls the Divine Miss M (who is still the divine Mrs. von Haselberg). "We never got any wedding pictures."
That is, until earlier this month, reports The Insider.
Originally posted 05/23/2008 11:30AM
Two children of the '60s – Bette Midler and Katie Couric – got down and dirty, and pretty groovy, for Midler's fundraiser for the New York Restoration Project, which the Divine Miss M established in 1995 to help green up the city. The goal: to plant one million trees in the five boroughs by 2017.
"To walk under the branches of a tree that you have planted connects you to the roots of our past and the aspirations of our future," Midler says of the project.
And speaking of roots, she and Couric – who introduces their appearance in this video – dug deep into their adolescent pasts for a song medley they delivered sing-along style at the gathering earlier this week: Petula Clark's "Downtown," the Beatles' "When I'm 64" and, from the American tribal rock musical Hair, "The Age of Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine." Peace.
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 05/13/2002 11:30AM
The Divine Miss M sings "I Wish You Love" to the departing TV host in a moment reminiscent of Midler's musical goodbye to Johnny Carson a decade ago.
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