Bette Midler recently admitted that, even though her illustrious career has spanned almost 50 years, she has yet to find true happiness.
The 66-year-old actress, comedienne, singer, and businesswoman sat down for an interview with Oprah Winfrey Sunday. When Winfrey asked if Midler felt confident in herself, she admitted that she still has a way to go before she be truly happy. Midler said she aims to achieve more in life.
She said, “I’ve settled into myself about 60 percent, the other 40 is still struggling… The vestiges of that, ‘Got to get there, got to get there.’ The vestiges of that are still alive and they make themselves felt.”
Midler did say that while she has been able to convince herself that she has achieved great things over the course of her nearly five decade career, she is unable to completely block out her doubts. She did, however, take pride in the fact that she has raised a “fabulous daughter” and that her marriage has lasted 28 years. Midler said the best decision of her life was marrying husband Martin von Haselberg.
The actress admitted that she suffered when work dried up earlier in her career, even though she had been nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1979 film The Rose. She played a self-destructive 1960s rock star named Mary Rose Foster who struggled to cope with the pressures of her career. The film was loosely based on the life of singer Janis Joplin.
Midler said that she is now having a “lie down” after a two-year run with her show “The Show Girl Must Go On” in Las Vegas. She hasn’t completely stopped acting though. She is starring in the upcoming film Parental Guidance which is set to hit theaters Christmas Day.
Are you surprised that Bette Midler is struggling to find happiness?