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Bette Midler set to play Mae West in HBO biopic



The legendary Bette Midler is teaming with director William Friedkin and writer Harvey Fierstein to develop a Mae West biopic for HBO.


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Deadline says Midler is set to star in and executive produce Mae West, based on the bombshell’s autobiography Goodness Had Nothing To Do With It. Jerry Weintraub of HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra is also executive producing the film about the starlet’s rise to Hollywood immortality.

The movie will focus on West’s early years in the risque Broadway show Sex, which she starred in and wrote. The play was so scandalous that West faced obscenity charges — and 10 days in jail — for “corrupting the morals of youth.” So this flick should have something for the straight guys, too.


The role can’t be much of a departure for Midler, an icon herself who’s starring in a three-week run of Broadway’s one-woman play I’ll Eat You Last, the story of once-superagent Sue Mengers for which the Divine Miss M has been earning rave reviews.


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[Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 3:15pm]


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