Bette Midler to Play Mae West

Introducing the role Bette Midler was born to play: the actress will portray the legendary and scandalous Mae West in the upcoming HBO film by the same name.

Harvey Fierstein is writing the script and Jerry Weintraub, who executive produced HBO Films’ Emmy-winning Behind The Candelabra, is also involved. William Friedkin (“The Exorcist”) will direct. The movie will be based on West’s autobiography, “Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It.”

Deadline wrote:

Midler can currently be found at the Geffen Playhouse performing in a three-week engagement of “I’ll Eat You Last.”

Mad. Excitement. Starts. Now.

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