For fans of Bette Midler, this role was not far from some of his most famous film characters. Ryan Murphy even wrote the role of Midler, noting that he had designed the character thinking of some of the old Divine Miss M film shoots. So if you like Bette Midler in The politician, and are not familiar with his body of work, be sure to check out the three movies below.
1. ‘Ruthless People’ (1986)
Ruthless people created in 1986 with Danny DeVito and Bette Midler in mind. Could you think of a funnier duo to play a husband and a wife who need a divorce? Sam Stone (DeVito) hates his wife Barbara (Midler) so much that he plans to murder her. However, he does not have the opportunity.
When Barbara is kidnapped for a ransom of $ 500,000, Stone is delighted; he doesn’t want her to come back, so why pay the ransom? When the kidnappers find out they’ve taken the wrong girl, they have to find a way to get their money while managing a domineering and unpredictable but authentic Barbara. Unexpected twists create comic splendor as Barbara designs a way to team up with the so-called “bad guys” to pick up on her deceptive, money-hungry husband.
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2. “Big Business” (1988)
Big deal stars Bette Midler and Lily Tomlin, each playing two roles. The film follows two sets of twins born in the small town of Jupiter Hollow. One group of twins belongs to wealthy socialites passing by, while the rest belong to local farmers. The twins are mixed by a nurse and the parents go home with the wrong children. Years later, you have a wealthy pair in New York looking to shut down a factory in Jupiter Hollow, bringing the other two directly to Manhattan to end the deal. Chaos ensues.
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3. “The First Wives Club” (1996)
Nothing better than watching Bette Midler play a woman full of spite. It’s just too juicy! In The First Wives Club, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn play three old friends together when their college mate jumps out of his apartment and dies; she was discouraged by her ex-husband’s marriage to a much younger woman. In conversation, the three women realize that all their husbands have been ugly – they have taken everything they take for granted – and the trio has embarked on a small mission of revenge!
The film is funny, but sincere. While there are nasty and uncontrollable scenes, there is deep empathy and compassion in the subtext (and such qualities eventually come to the surface). Comedy surrounding a sincere heart is something that several Midler films have in common.