How Bette Midler Became "Bathhouse Betty"

Categories: Bette Midler

Way before she was Sue Mengers (the colorful agent she's playing in a new Broadway play), Bette Midler was known for camping and vamping it up for toweled gays at the Continental Baths in between their bouts of horizontal mambo dancing.

Well, Malcolm Ingram's new documentary about the place, Continental (which I'm a talking head in), just premiered at the SXSW Festival.

And it shows the place's owner, Steve Ostrow, relates how how Bette was a performing waitress at the Improv when she was enthusiastically recommended to him.

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