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Bette Midler Timeline

Dec. 1, 1945: Born as Bette Davis Midler in Honolulu, Hawaii to Ruth and Fred Midler. She is named after Bette Davis.

1963: Graduates from Radford High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.

1966: Moves to New York to become a Broadway star.

1966: Makes her film debut in Hawaii.

1968: Her sister Judith Midler dies in a traffic accident.

Aug. 12, 1970: Johnny Carson introduces her to a national audience on The Tonight Show.

Nov. 1972: Releases her first album, The Divine Miss M.

1973: Wins the Grammy for Best New Artist.

Nov. 1973: Releases the album, Bette Midler.

Mid 1970s: Lives with Peter Riegert.

1976: Releases the album, Songs for the New Depression.

1977: Releases the album, Live At Last.

1977: Releases the album, Broken Blossom.

1979: Releases the album, Thighs and Whispers.

Nov. 7, 1979: Plays Mary Rose Foster in The Rose in her breakout role.

1980: Releases the album, Divine Madness.

1982: Has a nervous breakdown.

1983: Releases the album, No Frills.

Dec. 16, 1984: Marries Martin von Haselberg. They are married by an Elvis impersonator at the Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

1985: Releases the album Mud Will Be Flung Tonight.

1986: Gives birth to daughter Sophie.

June 27, 1986: Plays Barbara Stone in Ruthless People with Danny DeVito.

Jan. 31, 1986: Plays Barbara Whiteman in Down and Out in Beverly Hills with Richard Dreyfuss, Nick Nolte, and Little Richard.

Jan. 30, 1987: Plays Sandy Brozinsky in Outrageous Fortune with George Carlin.

1987: Has a miscarriage.

1988: Stars in the film Beaches with Barbara Hershey.

1989: Wins Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards for the hit, "Wind Beneath My Wings."

Feb. 2, 1990: Plays Stella Claire in Stella with Ben Stiller and John Goodman.

Sept. 1, 1990: Releases the album Some People's Lives.

Jan. 16, 1991: Plays Dixie Leonard in For the Boys with James Caan and Billy Bob Thornton.

Feb. 22, 1991: Plays Deborah Fifer in Scenes From a Mall with Woody Allen and Fabio.

1993: Releases the album Experience the Divine.

July 16, 1993: Plays the witch Winifred Sanderson in Hocus Pocus with Thora Birch and Sarah Jessica Parker.

July 18, 1995: Releases the album, Bette of Roses.

Sept. 20, 1996: Plays Brenda Cushman in The First Wives Club with Elizabeth Berkeley, Kathie Lee Gifford, Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, Ivana Trump, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

1998: Releases the album Bathouse Bette.

Jan. 2, 2000: Plays Mona Dearly in Drowning Mona with Ben Affleck, Neve Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Danny DeVito, and Will Ferrell.

Oct. 10, 2000: Releases the album Bette.

Sept. 30, 2003: Releases the album Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook.

June 6, 2004: Plays Bobbie Markowitz in The Stepford Wives with Matthew Broderick, Faith Hill, Nicole Kidman, and Christopher Walken.

2005: During a concert in Brisbane, Australia, she says: "It's been 26 years since I was last here. Before my fans were all taking drugs and this time they're all taking medication!"

Oct. 25, 2005: Releases the album Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook.

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