American actress, comedian, singer, and author Bette Midler is also a talented musician. Before appearing in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s, she started her professional career in a number of off-off-Broadway productions. She first gained notoriety in 1970 when she started singing in the Continental Baths, a nearby gay bathhouse where she was able to develop a devoted fan base.
She has recorded 14 studio albums as a solo artist since 1970, selling over 30 million records worldwide, and has been awarded four Gold, three Platinum, and three Multiplatinum albums by the RIAA. After the September 11 attacks, she created initiatives through her foundation that support injured service members and their families by giving them resources, such as custom homes.
One of these programs aids service personnel who have experienced loss, harm, or trauma. She agreed to do a residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas under the name Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On in 2008; the residency ran until 2010. She played the lead role in the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly!, which had its Shubert Theatre debut in April 2017 after previews began in March 2017.
She won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance in the play, which was her first major role in a Broadway musical.
Bette Midler Parents: Meet Ruth Schindel and Fred Midler
Bette Midler was born to parents, Ruth Schindel and Fred Midler. Her father, Fred, worked as a painter at a Navy post in Hawaii and was also a house painter. Her mother, Ruth was a seamstress and stay-at-home mom.