awards & nominations

Gypsy (1993)

Bette Midler as "Mama Rose"

Ambitious stage mother Rose Hovick (Bette Midler) wants desperately for her daughter, June (Jennifer Beck), to become the vaudeville star she never was. With the help of savvy but kind-hearted agent Herbie Sommers (Peter Riegert), Rose realizes her aspirations for June, but when her new star rebelliously elopes, June's shy sister, Louise (Cynthia Gibb), reluctantly steps into the spotlight, transforming herself into the legendary burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee.

Emmy (Primetime) (1994)NominatedOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Golden Globe (1993)WonBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

For the Boys (1991)

Bette Midler as "Dixie Leonard"

On a USO tour during World War II, entertainer Eddie Sparks (James Caan) needs a partner to round out his act. Soon after hiring performer Dixie Leonard (Bette Midler), Eddie decides he wants her out of the show -- mostly because she upstages him. Dixie is close to leaving of her own accord, but her uncle, Art Silver (George Segal), convinces her to stay. As the years and wars go by, Eddie and Dixie experience a tumultuous relationship onstage and off while they continue the act for the troops.

Academy Award (1991)NominatedActress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1991)WonBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Outrageous Fortune (1987)

Bette Midler as "Sandy Brozinsky"

Bombastic wannabe actress Sandy Borzinsky (Bette Midler) and persnickety Hollywood hopeful Lauren Ames (Shelley Long) land in the same popular acting class and immediately find they can't stand one another. Worse still, the natural adversaries realize they share the same boyfriend, Michael Sanders (Peter Coyote), who then dies suddenly in an explosion. Believing he's still alive, they set out to find him, only to discover they're being chased by spies, and that Michael is not who they thought.

Golden Globe (1987)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Down and Out in Beverly Hills (1986)

Bette Midler as "Barbara Whiteman"

Unlucky and homeless, Dave (Nick Nolte) decides to call it quits, and so sneaks into a stranger's backyard and tries to drown himself in the pool. However, Jerry's plans are stopped by the pool's owner, white-collar businessman Dave (Richard Dreyfuss), who pulls the tramp out of the water and into his home. But Dave's hospitality and his status-obsessed wife, Barbara (Bette Midler), don't impress Jerry, who ignores them and instead pursues the family's maid, Carmen (Elizabeth Peña).

Golden Globe (1986)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical