1 December 1945, Aiea, Hawaii, USA. As a singer, comedienne and actress, Midler rose to fame with an outrageous, raunchy stage act, and became known as The Divine Miss M, Trash With Flash and Sleaze With Ease. Her mother, a fan of the movies, named her after Bette Davis. Raised in Hawaii, as one of the few white students in her school, and the only Jew, she toughened up fast, and won an award in the first grade for singing Silent Night. Encouraged by her mother, she studied theatre at the University of Hawaii, and worked in a pineapple factory and as a secretary in a radio station before gaining her first professional acting job in 1966 in the movie Hawaii, playing the minor role of a missionary wife who is constantly sick. Moving to New York, she held jobs as a glove saleswoman in Sterns Department Store, a hat-check girl, and a go-go dancer, before joining the chorus of the hit Broadway musical...
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