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In Focus: Bette Midler

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Lady Gaga Borrows Bette Midler's Shtick? When Lady Gaga mounted the stage dressed as a mermaid in a wheelchair, at least one person was outraged (though not on behalf of the handicapped). Bette Midler expressed her anger via Twitter: "I'm not sure Lady Gaga knows that I've performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people -- and many of them are still alive ... Dear Lady Gaga if you think a mermaid in a wheelchair seems familiar - it's because it is! You can see it on youtube 24/7 -- with ME performing it ... Dear Lady Gaga I've been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980 -- You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker t--s -- mermaid's mine." Gaga responded on Access Hollywood: "I had no idea that she did that and I'm a huge Bette Midler fan .... Obviously I feel connected to women in theatre and women from the past." In case this last line might be perceived as a dig, LG added that she finds Midler to be "one of the most brilliant and incredible performers... Maybe we're just cut from the same cloth." This may have been enough to placate Midler, who later tweeted, "Let's drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can co-exist!" (AP Photo)
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