Three cheers for The Divine Miss M, on her birthday today...... probably my first gay icon I truly ever loved, when I was a younger gayling, her music and adored her in movies. She began singing in the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse in the Ansonia Hotel, in the summer of 1970. During this time, she became close to her piano accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first album in 1972, The Divine Miss M. It was during her time at the Continental Baths that she built up a core following. In the late 1990s, during the release of her album Bathhouse Betty, Midler commented on her time performing there, "Despite the way things turned out with the AIDS crisis, I'm still proud of those days. I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of 'Bathhouse Betty' with pride. And she has been much loved since.
"Cherish forever what makes you unique, 'cuz you're really a yawn if it goes."
"They found water on Mars?Big whoop. Call me when they find gin."
"After thirty, a body has a mind of its own"
"I'd make a wonderful Lady Macbeth. I'll wear a pair of platform shoes or something."
"I wouldn't say I invented tacky, but I definitely brought it to its present high popularity"
"My idea of superwoman is someone who scrubs her own floors."
Many more happy returns to the Divine Miss M!!!!!!!!!