Showing posts with label BETTE MIDLER. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BETTE MIDLER. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


Bette Midler

Lynda Carter


Lynda Carter along with Bette Midler, Iman and many other stars, attended the God's Love We Deliver 2018 Golden Heart Awards at Spring Studios in New York City tonight.

Thursday, September 07, 2017



Bette Midler

Our favorite star, Bette Midler knows how to get Donald Trump's attention with her tweets. Not only are they right on the money, she adds a comic touch to them, showing just how stupid Donald Trump really is.

For Trump tweets, “We're building our future w/American hands, US labor, US iron, aluminum & steel.” In a Chinese tie, no doubt.

I have a week off; I'm pooped. I don't want to do anything but sit & stare at a wall. Sadly, has totally ruined walls for me.

Look, Bette is a New York City Icon. I have photographed her many times over the years. Always so sweet, always has something to say. Being New Yorker's, we both have met Donald Trump many many times. He always was a asshole. Sorry, sad but true. His kids are great, but that is because they were raised by Ivana and his other wives. I think they have DADDY Issues because he did not seem to be around much. Trump was always at some event or doing some publicity stunt for his FAKE NEWS. Donald Trump was the creator of FAKE NEWS. He was always a master at it, I always said way before he ran for President that he should have been a publicist, because he was a master at FAKE NEWS. I know, I covered many of his FAKE NEWS events. But the reality is, Donald Trump is a fake. Always was, always will be.

Why is it we have a President from NYC that could give a crap about the immigrants that live and work here? Does this nut case of a President think decision to repeal DACA will not effect him? I am sure many of his Restaurant workers in his hotels are DACA. I am sure many of his workers in every single business is DACA. Some media outlet should look at who really works in Donald Trump's businesses. 

Fake Donald Trump

One more point, Donald Trump's taste is tacky. I have been in his Trump Tower apartment many times. (Guess I won't be invited back) It is just so tacky and cold. Everything has it's spot. Fixtures in bathroom all gold and almost every other fixture, all gold. White couches, White grand piano, Gigantic Lion as a centerpiece. Only room that feels cozy is the den. Books adorn the shelf's, cozy couch. The view is not what I would call a great view. But this is his taste.

Mar A Lago is a nice place, but that is because the former Owner had class. When I was Invited there before it was a golf club, I arrived a little early. I was invited by Ivana after her divorce. Security was busy taking down Donald and the kids photos and putting up Ivana and the kids. Everything so planned and everything so cold. 

Donald Trump Has to control everything. From FAKE NEWS to his tacky home tastes. He will not last. His base of KKK and Racist people will learn that he is not even for them. Donald Trump is for Donald Trump. Always been this way and always will. 

And now you know why Bette Midler is mad and millions of Americans. Guess you knew anyway!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Bette Midler

It may have been a few days ago, but I just had to comment on Bette Midler and her stunning outfit at the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This star is pure fashion and just a great New Yorker!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Bette Midler

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) today announced the second year of Trailblazing Women, a multi-year initiative in partnership with Women in Film Los Angeles (WIF) to raise awareness about the historical contributions of women in the film industry. This year’s programming event will feature acclaimed actresses Bette Midler, Jane Fonda, Rita Moreno and Dana Delany as co-hosts examining the remarkable impact of actresses on the movie industry. Hosted by actress, producer and director Illeana Douglas, Trailblazing Women premieres Oct. 4 and airs every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the October.

The theme of the 2016 programming slate -Trailblazing Women: Actresses Who Made a Difference - highlights actresses during the early days of cinema through modern times with more than 40 films being shown. Joining Douglas as co-hosts will be:

Bette Midler – the Grammy® and Emmy® winning actress will examine Controlling Their Own Destiny, discussing actresses who made strides to mange their own careers in the midst of the Studio System including Marilyn Monroe (The Prince and the Showgirl, 1957), Mae West (She Done Him Wrong, 1933), Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story, 1940) and Olivia de Havilland (Devotion, 1946), whose successful lawsuit against Warner Bros. ended the seven-year contract system.

Jane Fonda – the two-time Academy Award® winner will discuss Activism and actresses who became passionate advocates for a variety of causes, including Fonda’s own work as well Barbra Streisand (The Way We Were, 1973), an active philanthropist in political and social causes with her Streisand Foundation; Myrna Loy (The Thin Man, 1934), who served in the Red Cross during World War II; and Susan Sarandon (Joe, 1970), a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Rita Moreno – one of the few actors to have ever achieved the “EGOT” (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award), Moreno will share her insights on Breaking Barriers, including Anna May Wong (Piccadilly, 1929), considered to be Hollywood’s first Chinese-American movie star; Hattie McDaniel who became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for her performance in Gone With the Wind (1939); and Dorothy Dandridge (Bright Road, 1953) who was the first African American woman to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar.

Dana Delany - the actress and philanthropist will explore the Philanthropic work of actresses from Audrey Hepburn’s (Wait Until Dark, 1957) work with UNICEF to Elizabeth Taylor’s (Giant, 1956) AIDS Foundation, to Doris Day’s (Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, 1960) Animal Foundation and Debbie Reynolds’ (The Tender Trap, 1955) work as president of The Thalians.

Jane Alexander – the actress and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts will explore Politics and Government Service, looking at actresses who had secondary careers away from the silver screen, including Shirley Temple Black (Bright Eyes, 1934), best remembered for her work as a child star who then began serving as a US Diplomat in the 1960s and eventually becoming the US Ambassador to Ghana; Glenda Jackson (Women in Love, 1969), who won two Best Actress Oscars and also served as a Member of Parliament in the British House of Commons; and Gina Lollobrigida (Hotel Pardiso, 1966) who became a a UN goodwill ambassador.

Lee Grant – the actress will explore Fighting the Blacklist including discussing her own story and introducing her performance in Shampoo (1975) along with examining the careers of Gale Sondergaard (The Letter, 1940), Marsha Hunt (Raw Deal, 1948), Dorothy Comingore (Citizen Kane, 1941) and Rosaura Revueltas (Salt of the Earth, 1954).

Dr. Emily Carman - an assistant professor of film studies at Chapman University, Carman will focus on the Wartime Contributions of several actresses during World War II, including Bette Davis (Hollywood Canteen, 1944) and Marlene Dietrich’s (A Foreign Affair, 1948) efforts to sell war bonds; and Hedy Lamarr (The Conspirators, 1944) who not only sold war bonds but developed a Spread Spectrum Radio technology to help with Allied communication.

Cari Beauchamp – the award-winning author and film documentarian will look at The Business of Film and Television and those actresses whose careers existed as much behind the camera as in front of it including Mary Pickford (Little Annie Rooney, 1925), Dorothy Davenport Reid (Mothers of Men, 1917), and Mary Tyler Moore (Ordinary People, 1980).

“Coming off the last year’s successful Trailblazing Women programming event highlighting the work of female directors, we are excited to continue to showcase the incredible influence of women in our industry,” said Jennifer Dorian, general manager of TCM. “We’re thrilled to offer fans this comprehensive programming event featuring some of the great icons of our time as they explore the formidable effect actresses have had in movie history.”

“This years Trailblazing Women initiative allows us to feature a variety of actresses and showcase their work both on screen and off, driving home the incredible impact these actresses had throughout history and how they paved the way for the future of the industry and culture,” said Charles Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM.

“We are proud to once again join TCM on this series, not only to celebrate the historic achievements of these great actresses and trailblazers, but also to emphasize the need for gender parity in front of the camera in contemporary cinema, said Kirsten Schaffer, WIF executive director. “These programs make it clear that there has been and continues to be a wealth of talent available. In 2015, 32 percent of leads or co-leads in the top 100 films were women, we’d like to see that number get to 50 percent.”

For a complete a programming schedule and talent bios please visit:

Monday, June 06, 2016


Bette Midler

Sandra Burnhard

Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart along with Bette Midler, Sandra Burnhard and others, attended The New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic at Morris-Jumel Mansion in New York City recently.We just live Bette Midler. Years ago I had a few conversations with her, she is just wonderful, a pure New York City icon!

Monday, November 02, 2015


Bette Midler

Bette Midler was snapped at her annual Bette Midler's Hulaween Party Celebrating New York Restoration Project's 20th anniversary in New York City over the weekend.

Sunday, November 16, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Boy George

CLUB CANCELED --- Culture Club have canceled their upcoming U. S. and U .K. tour dates after a polyp was discovered in Boy George's throat. A doctor has ordered the frontman to refrain from singing as he may need to undergo an operation.

Ticket refunds will be available at the point of purchase, but the group hopes to reschedule the concerts for next year. In a statement on their web site, the band wished George a speedy recovery and said, "To our fans, we wish to thank you for your loyalty and know that we love you all."

Culture Club was scheduled to spend much of November and December on the road as they prepped for the release of their new album, Tribes, which arrives in early 2015 via the band's own Different Man Music label.

Last week, Culture Club released the album's first single, "More Than Silence," which they also performed recently on The View. The LP is available for pre-order on the band's PledgeMusic page.

In an interview in March, Boy George — who just released his first solo LP, This is What I Do, since 1995 — said the band had tried writing together a few years ago, but admitted that at the time, "my mojo wasn't quite in rhythm."

But the band regrouped and Culture Club announced their first album of new material in 15 years this May, saying they were working with producer Youth, the bassist and co-founder of Killing Joke and producer for acts like the Verve, the Cult and Primal Scream.

They were set for NYC’s Beacon Theatre later this month.

David Bowie

BOWIE SUES --- David Bowie's "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" has been given a glaring nourish new video directed by Tom Hingston and Jimmy King. Filmed in London and New York, the clip features the song's bizarre lyrics, as well as footage of Bowie and the Maria Schneider Orchestra recording the track in the studio, superimposed atop shots of a dark, smoke-filled city. When I first saw it, it immediately reminded me of the labyrinth passages of the late-great NYC dance club mecca, The Tunnel.

Over a jazzy, jumpy track cut with bustling percussion and horns that warble and wail, Bowie bellows the tale of a husband and wife whose mundane life deteriorates amidst distrust.

As the song builds, the video grows even more chaotic and creepy, with numerous shots featuring the silhouette of a figure simply standing in this fallen world.

After a succession of lights pierce through a window, Bowie hits the song's climax and conjures a scene that would make even Raymond Chandler proud: "Sue, I've pushed you down beneath the weeds / Hopeless fate in hopeless deeds."

"Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)" is one of two new tracks Bowie will release both as a digital single and a 10-inch vinyl, first in the U .K. on November 17th, then as a "Black Friday" Record Store Day release in the U. S. on November 28th.

The other song, "'Tis a Pity She Was a Whore" premiered on BBC Radio 6 earlier this week and was inspired by Vorticism, an art and poetry movement that took place in the U. K. around the First World War.

Style-wise, I can't really say that either of these tracks were expected from the artist. But, considering who the artist is, anything’s possible.

One of my all-time favorite Bowie tracks, is the drama-imbued “Wild Is The Wind” - a song written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington, which was originally recorded by Johnny Mathis for the 1957 film Wild Is the Wind. So, go figure!

"Sue" will also appear on Nothing Has Changed, a new box set that presents songs from throughout Bowie's career in reverse chronological order. Nothing Has Changed arrives on November 18th, and also contains two songs from Bowie's unreleased 2001 album, Toy.

Face it: the only thing you can expect from Bowie … is the unexpected.

Julie Taymor

LION'S ROAR --- Disney's The Lion King, the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, celebrated its 17th anniversary on last night at the Minskoff Theatre.

The hit musical is the first show in Broadway history to pass $1 billion in cumulative gross, a threshold also crossed by the North American tour and, most recently, the Hamburg Lion King production.

Since its Broadway premiere on Nov. 13, 1997, 22 global productions have been seen by more than 75 million people. Having played 19 countries on every continent except Antarctica, The Lion King's worldwide gross exceeds that of any entertainment title in box-office history.

The New York cast is currently led by Gareth Saxe as Scar; Alton Fitzgerald White as Mufasa; Nteliseng Nkhela as Rafiki; Jeffrey Kuhn as Zazu; Ben Jeffrey as Pumbaa; Fred Berman as Timon; Aaron Nelson as Simba; and, Chantel Riley as Nala.

The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice's music from The Lion King animated film along with three new songs by John and Rice; additional musical material by South African Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin, Julie Taymor and Hans Zimmer; and music from Rhythm of the Pride Lands, an album inspired by the original music in the film, written by Lebo M, Mancina and Zimmer.

Directed by Taymor — who became the first woman to ever receive a Tony Award for Best Director of a Musical — The Lion King has become an international hit with productions playing all around the globe. In fact, the Elton John-Tim Rice musical has won over 30 major awards.

Those include six Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical; eight Drama Desk Awards; six Outer Critics Circle Awards; two Sir Laurence Oliviers; the Evening Standard Award for Best Theatrical Event; and three Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards.

I was there at opening night; second row, center, and I've never forgotten that moment. I had never seen anything like that ... and, may never again. Quite a ride for sure. Congrats!

Bette Midler

CLOSING NOTES - In a recent interview award-winning actress and entertainer Bette Midler responded to questions about a sequel to the Disney Halloween comedy Hocus Pocus, which has amassed a strong fan base since its premiere 20 years ago, telling fans to petition Disney for a second film.

Midler told fans that the fate of a sequel was in the hands of the Walt Disney Company, adding that her co-stars, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi, were willing to return to the roles of the mischievous Sanderson sisters.

"You have to go to send in your cards to the Walt Disney company. The ball's in their court," said Midler, who portrayed Winnifred Sanderson.

"Inundate the Disney company," she added, "because I have canvassed the girls and they are wiling to do it, but we have no say in it, so if you want a Hocus Pocus 2, ask the Walt Disney company. You have been SO adorable. This has been most enlightening. SISTAHS!"...

Author Kelly Crigger sums up his hit book Curmudgeonism by explaining the brilliant Curmudgeon Zone, which Crigger also describes as the “WTF zone - when you realize everyone is full of crap and you question everything you thought you knew about life. Ginsu knives get dull, a Dyson loses suction, and no pill in the world can keep your erection up for more than a few minutes," he says. “As you start to realize that there are very few genuine people out there and you begin to act accordingly, you're becoming a curmudgeon.” Curmudgeonism: The Surly Man’s Guide to Midlife (Graybeard Publishing) is available on Amazon.

All of the status speculation on guitarist Richie Sambora and Bon Jovi has finally been put to rest:

Bon Jovi said Wednesday night, "He quit. He’s gone. No hard feelings. Being in a band isn’t a life sentence."

Friday, October 31, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Bette Midler Hullaween

BACK TO THE GENESIS --- On November 4, 2014, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Three Sides Live by Genesis.

Three Sides Live includes the hits “Turn It On Again,” “Misunderstanding,” “No Reply At All,” “Abacab,” “Man On The Corner,” and more.

Three Sides Live was filmed in November 1981 on the Abacab tour in North America and was originally released on VHS to coincide with the live album of the same name. It has only been released on DVD in the limited edition box set The Movie Box 1981-2007. Originally filmed in 16mm, the footage has now been fully restored and is being reissued as a standalone DVD and Blu-ray for the first time. The show focuses on tracks from the group’s Duke and Abacab albums and the tracks are inter cut with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band members.

As always with Genesis, the show is visually stunning and it captures the band in their transition from their progressive days in the seventies through to the hugely successful pop/rock act they became from the mid-eighties onwards.

The line-up on Three Sides Live features Tony Banks (keyboards, backing vocals); Phil Collins (drums, lead vocals); Mike Rutherford (guitar, bass, backing vocals) with Daryl Stuermer (guitar, bass) and Chester Thompson (drums).

I also caught this week the terrific BBC Genesis-documentary on Showtime, called Together and Apart. Which begins with the great quote, "It's not country, it's not rock, it's not jazz... it's Genesis."

In 2007, the classic Genesis line-up re-united to play for the first time in 15 years. Throughout the docu, which is uniformly excellent, the band talks about … well, almost everything. From their humble beginnings at the Charterhouse School, to their start with original members Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips.

The band actually started out as a true progressive rock entity; as their songs often lasted more than 15-minutes. Bit by bit, the band tweaked their sound and soon developed their signature moody, introspective sound. Early hits like “Watcher Of The Skies” and “The Carpet Crawlers” are personal favorites, yet they really didn't hit their stride –and, worldwide success- until original singer Peter Gabriel left the band … to be replaced as vocalist by drummer Phil Collins. The rest is history.

The film is terrific as it doesn't shy away from the fact, that despite being a worldwide success, there was a point where it wasn't cool to admit you were a fan.

Keyboardist Tony Banks comes across as a bit of a stickler in everything; actually, something he even finally admits. Collins comes off as totally amiable and one who wants to please everyone. I worked with Collins and his version of the band back then and can attest he’s delightful. Funny, smart, you couldn't ask for a better collaborator. Rutherford is great too; realizing that when he started his splinter group Mike & The Mechanics, he would not and could not be the singer. Film maker Jim Yukich, who did dozens of video for the group and Collins is interviewed. Great to see him.

Gabriel, who I've always admired, is terrific and casually says that his whole thing of dressing up (be it as a flower or an old man) in the band, really started when the band did their long instrumental thing … “It gave me something to do.”

Always a great band, this film was very, very well done. Take a look at a preview here:

NO VIEW FROM HERE --- ABC announced yesterday that The View would be moved from the network’s entertainment division to the news division.

The long-running chat fest underwent a drastic makeover this season, adding new hosts Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace for Season 18 in an effort to boost their free-fall ratings.

The new hosts didn't exactly mix and things reached a tipping point when Goldberg and O’Donnell came to verbal blows on a recent episode. There was even a rumor floated that there was a cooling off booth installed near the stage for whoever wanted to use it … or, needed it.

Personally, when O’Donnell was first announced as coming back, I knew she and Goldberg would not get along. I like both, but their mix wasn't in the cards.

Sad to say, but we predicted it before it even began this season. I'll say the show will be wound down by March.

SWIFT GIBSON --- I've seen Taylor Swift all over the media this week and especially in a terrific interview with David Letterman. She’s very well spoken and does make sense; much more so than many of the female singers of the day, but, in watching her, I could not stop thinking and reminiscing about Debbie Gibson, who was in many ways was the Taylor Swift of her day.

Debbie was inducted into the Long Island Rock & Roll Hall of Fame last week in Long Island (along with Ron Delsener and Mr. Golden Ears Clive Davis) and, hasn't really disappeared, but her career trajectory has sure undergone a shift of late.

She still holds the record as the youngest performer ever to have written, produced and performed a #1 record … so, her credibility is intact, but why does she not have a record out and why is that record not topping the charts?

According to a source who asked to remain anonymous, “She’s been the victim of bad management. Her original manager was let go about two years into the project. It was a move she'd never recover from.”

According to her biographer Mark Bego who released the bio Between The Lines on her in 1990, "Debbie Gibson, in her first 16 years, was able to achieve what most rock stars spend a lifetime trying to attain: Number One hits, million selling albums, and worldwide recognition."

Honestly, I'd love to see her teamed up with a great producer (hello Pharrell?); have her write some great new songs and back on the charts where she belongs.

CLOSING NOTES --- Next Thursday is the encore performance of Vincent Amelio’s How Alfo Learned To Love Women, directed by Robert Funaro, from The Sopranos. Charmingly written and directed; a must-see for sure …

Fred Schruers’ Bill Joel bio (Crown Books) seems terrifically fascinating. He sat with Joel for hours of interviews, then Joel decided to cancel the memoir. Apparently, he gave the writer the go-ahead to release what he had. Can we called this the memoir that never happened? …

Happy Halloween ... tonight: Bette Midler's 19th annual Hulaween-Gala ... should be fun with Earth, Wind and Fire performing ...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Bette Midler With Katie Couric

On tomorrow’s episode of the nationally syndicated daytime talk show "Katie," Bette Midler stops by to talk about her love for Halloween and legendary costumes. Hear her thoughts on Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga pushing the envelope and “Hocus Pocus.” Tune-in, to see The Divine Miss M get a big Surprise! In the show, there is a creative competition with “Face Off” contestants and a spooktacular performance by the Broadway cast of “Wicked” in-studio. Plus, Sesame Street’s The Count and Katie “Just Say Boo!” with the kids!

Photo Courtesy of: ABC/Disney

Sunday, June 02, 2013



Mayor Michael Bloomberg With Bette Midler

Liz Smith With Bette Midler

Katie Couric With  Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Bette Midler attended the 12th Annual Spring Picnic, Celebrating the Bette Midler New York Restoration Project's 18th Anniversary at Gracie Mansion in New York City.

Thursday, September 27, 2012



Bette Midler

Legendary stage and film actress and star of the upcoming “Parental Guidance,” Bette Midler, shares her biggest life lessons in the newest October/November issue of AARP The Magazine, giving readers a look into what the inspirational Divine Miss M believes above all else!

“Life Is Not Your Personal Express Lane”

“You've got to figure, "Well, there are 7 billion other people in the world. It doesn't all have to be about me!" It took me about 66 years to come to this conclusion.”

“Songs Tell Untold Truths”

“Twenty-seven people sang "Wind Beneath My Wings" before I got around to it. A lot of people saw the movie that I sang it in, Beaches, and what they came away with was that song. They turned to their loved ones and said, "You know, you are the wind beneath my wings!" The song expressed how they felt in a way a simple "I love you" would not have.”

“Beauty Ain't Pretty”

“You should be very careful about who does your mani-pedi, because you can really screw your toes up. You should stop beating your hair into submission, even if you don't like it. Everyone should exfoliate, every day, even guys.”

“More than two drinks a day will ruin your skin. And if you don't have a full-length mirror, you're going to get fat. Period.”

Monday, September 10, 2012



Ryan Reynolds

Blake Lively and super sexy Ryan Reynolds have tied the knot, at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., just outside of Charleston tonight.

Sources have been quoted, that the guests included only close friends.

The reception was held underneath a large white tent with music from Lively's friend Florence Welch, of Florence + the Machine. They also hired a top DJ.

According to a report from People, the actress's mother and sister were spotted grabbing lunch in town earlier this weekend with superstar Bette Midler, who also sang at the ceremony. According to sources, 60 guests witnessed the marriage. 

Photo By: RD/Kirkland/Retna

Saturday, October 29, 2011


John McEnroe And Patty Smyth

Stevie Wonder With Bette Midler

Renee Fleming

Narciso Rodriguez

Carmelo Anthony

Debra Messing And Daniel Zelman

Alan Cumming

Bette Midler

Sam Champion

Judy Gold

Michael Kors

Nick Adams With Tony Sheldon And Will Swenson

Rick Bayless

Tony Sheldon

Will Swenson

Will Swenson along with Rick Bayless, Judy Gold as Chaz Bono, Debra Messing, Daniel Zelman, Sandra Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Tony Sheldon and others, attended Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project Annual Hulaween Gala at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.

Photos By: Walter McBride / WM Photography / Retna Ltd.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project (NYRP)

Celebrates 15th Birthday At Annual Hulaween
Benefit Gala At Waldorf-Astoria

Photos And Story By: Ann Watt/Society Photos


The Legend Bette Midler

Nancy Armstrong With Marlo Thomas, Bette Midler And Gloria Steinem

Elaine May

Marlo Thomas With Phil Donahue

Bette Midler And Daughter Sophie Frederica Von Haselberg

Michael Kors With Lance Le Pere

Ellen Levine With Liz Smith And Dick Levine

Judy Gold With Elysa Halpern

Bette Midler With Tommy Matola

Joy Behar

John McEnroe With Patty Smyth And Bette Midler

US Senator John Kerry

Bette Midler With Gilles Marini

New York City Stars and local luminaries donned costumes on Halloween night for Bette Midler's 15th Annual Hulaween Gala at the Waldorf Astoria, a benefit that raises millions for the New York Restoration Project. U.S. Senator John Kerry Honored, Michael Kors Judges Costume Contest; Judy Gold Mc-ed, and Paul Simon performed.