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With "Hocus Pocus 2" on the Way, Bette Midler Is Still Bewitching Audiences


Dec. 22 2021, Published 7:03 a.m. ET

The Kennedy Center often bestows its honors on performers at the ends of their careers, but Bette Midler, one of this year’s recipients, is still very active in Hollywood. In fact, the Divine Miss M is teaming up with old costars for two upcoming movies.

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Bette Midler

Stage and screen actress, singer, songwriter, comedian

Net worth: $250 million (reported)

Bette Midler is an actress known for her performances in The Rose, Beaches, Hocus Pocus, and The First Wives Club and the singer of hits like “The Rose” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Birthdate: Dec. 1, 1945

Spouse: Martin von Haselberg ​(m. 1984)

Children: Sophie von Haselberg (b. 1986)

Midler is also active on Twitter—perhaps too active for her PR reps’ tastes. The actress apologized on Monday, Dec. 20, after calling West Virginia “poor, illiterate, and strung out” in a tweet criticizing Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W. Va.) for his opposition to the Build Back Better bill. In any event, here’s more information on Midler’s career so far—which has earned her a net worth of $250 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth—as well as her in-development projects.

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Midler has "Hocus Pocus 2" and "Family Jewels" in the pipeline

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The actress is reprising her role of Winifred Sanderson in Hocus Pocus 2, a Disney+ sequel to the 1993 fantasy comedy Hocus Pocus, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy returning as the other two witches in the trio of Sanderson sisters. “In Hocus Pocus 2, three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson sisters back to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world,” Disney says in a press release.

Additionally, Midler is gearing up to shoot the comedy film Family Jewels with Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton, with whom she starred in the 1996 comedy The First Wives Club. In that movie, Midler, Hawn, and Keaton’s characters are “forced to spend the Christmas holidays together, along with their kids and grandkids, after the man they were all once married to drops dead in a New York City department store,” according to Deadline.

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Aside from her Kennedy Center Honors, Midler is one Oscar shy of EGOT status

The 76-year-old is just one Academy Award away from the coveted EGOT status, a designation for luminaries who have won at least one award at the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards, the Oscars, and the Tony Awards. Midler has won three Emmys: for the 1977 special Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair is Back, her 1992 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, and her 1977 special Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas.

She’s the winner of three Grammys, having won Best New Artist in 1974, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1981 (for “The Rose”), and Record of the Year in 1990 (for “Wind Beneath My Wings”). Midler won Best Actress in a Musical at the 2017 Tony Awards for her performance in Hello, Dolly!, after previously earning a special Tony in 1974. She also won Golden Globes for her performances in the 1979 drama The Rose, the 1991 musical comedy-drama For the Boys, and the 1993 made-for-TV musical Gypsy.


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