Bette Midler's The Rose Celebrates 40 Years

Bette Midler's The Rose Celebrates 40 Years

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One of Bette Midler's most iconic and defining roles in The Rose premiered 40 years ago today.

Set in the late 1960s and based loosely on the life of Janis Joplin, Midler plays Mary Rose Foster aka 'The Rose', a self-destructive rock star who struggles to cope with the pressures of fame and the ruthless side of the music business. 

Despite her character oozing bravado and bolshiness, her bold attitude is a cover-up for deep insecurities, often masked by booze. Relationship breakdowns with both men and women, drug addiction and exhaustion driven by a greedy manager lead to her heartbreaking demise. 

Bette Midler's performance is outstanding to say the least and earned her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy. The title track, "The Rose", also won for Best Original Song. The Rose was also nominated for multiple Academy, Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards. 

The soundtrack for the film is some of Midler's best work. Her vocal is powerful, raspy and painful, laced with sensitivity. 

To celebrate this 40th Aniversary milestone of a wonderful film, we're going to take another look and jump into some songs off the soundtrack.

The Rose

When A Man Loves A Woman 

Read more: 11 Little Known Facts About Bette Midler's Early Days

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