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Sophie Von Haselberg’s Parents: Meet Bette Midler and Martin von Haselberg

Meet Bette Midler.

On December 1, 1945, in Honolulu, Hawaii, Bette Midler entered this world. Fiddler on the Roof marked her Broadway debut in the late 1960s.



Midler has released 14 solo studio albums since 1970, with total sales of over 30 million copies. Her recordings of “Wind Beneath My Wings,”

“Do You Want to Dance,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and “From a Distance” were all top ten hits. Honolulu, Hawaii is the place of Bette Midler’s birth.



Despite sharing a name with the famous actress, Bette Davis, Midler pronounces her first name with only one syllable. After three semesters, Midler dropped out of the University of Hawaii at Manoa,

where she was majoring in acting. She worked as an uncredited seasick traveller in the 1966 picture Hawaii and made some cash.

Bette Midler is credited as an early supporter of California’s Adopt-a-Highway program, which pays volunteers $2,000 per month to maintain a 2-mile (3.2-kilometre) section of highway.

She then took the concept to the East Coast, where she repurposed a stretch of the Long Island Expressway and the Bronx River Parkway.

The New York Restoration Project, her non-profit organization, renovated parks in economically depressed areas of New York City.


Martin von Haselberg.

The actor, performance artist and partner of legendary actress Bette Midler is Martin von Haselberg. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, Martin von Haselberg was born on January 20, 1949.

He was the youngest of his parents’ four kids. He is of German descent and was reared in both countries. At age twelve, he fled Germany.

On December 16, 1984, just six weeks after they first met, famous American singer, songwriter, actor, comedian, and film producer Von Haselberg wed Bette Midler.

On November 14, 1986, in Los Angeles, California, the couple’s daughter, Sophie von Haselberg, was born. Sophie later became an actor, continuing in the family business. 

In 1970, Brian Routh taught Von Haselberg acting in the British theatre school “East 15 Acting School.” For their British comedy group,

“The Kipper Kids,” the two improvised for months before coming up with the name “Harry Kipper.” The duo are on a tour and performance spree after being kicked out for being “too adventurous.”



Due to their inability to recall who Alf and “Harry” were, they began going by the names “Harry and Harry Kipper” in 1971. Von Haselberg, Robert Routh and Joe Spinell were in “The Kipper Kids.”

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