"I do look fabulous, I know,” she joked as the crowd cheered.
After years of rumors that the Hollywood icon Bette Midler has had plastic surgery, she finally acknowledged that she had "some tailoring" done to her face. The Hocus Pocus actress opened up during an acceptance speech at the Costume Designers Guild Awards on Monday, February 27 about how she maintains an appearance that seems to not age at all, per PageSix.
The 77-year-old made light of the situation while receiving the Distinguished Collaborator Award, saying, “Time has a way of smoothing everything out.” Despite rumors that the performer had previously undergone botox or a facelift, Midler has primarily remained silent on the subject until now. “I’ve been at it for close to 60 years … and I do look fabulous, I know,” she joked as the crowd cheered. “I’ve had some tailoring done on my face.”
But when speaking with Extra in 2008, the actor acknowledged she was thinking about getting some work done on her. “Doesn’t everybody consider it?” she asked. “When it really starts to cave in, I probably will start to give it a real good think.”
Just ahead of her big award ceremony at Costume Designers Guild Awards, The Hollywood Reporter sat down with her. When asked to name some of her favorite costumes of her storied career, she shared, “I’ve loved them all, really. That said, I loved Hocus Pocus, everything I wore in Santo Loquasto’s Hello Dolly, Ann Roth’s caftan for Sue Mengers in I’ll Eat You Last, and Constance Hoffman’s costumes for The Showgirl Must Go On and Kiss My Brass, especially my ‘Tattoo’ dress. Brilliant and beautiful.”
She has collaborated with many notable figures in the world of costume design throughout her illustrious career, such as Robert DeMora, Theoni V. Aldredge, Rosanna Norton, Albert Wolsky, and Bob Mackie. Midler shares, “A great costume is like a second skin; you feel as if you belong in it. It’s very freeing because it provides so much information to the audience, and you don’t have to work so hard.”
Austin, Catherine, me, Martin and Baz at the Costume Designers Guild Awards…a blast! pic.twitter.com/UG3ddxKnIm— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) March 1, 2023
After working with so many great costume designers over the years, Midler claims that the key is “respect. I love all handicrafts. My mom was brilliant. She made all our clothes for years. So when I meet a costume designer, I know that they come with huge stores of knowledge of fabric, construction, history, psychology, and decoration … and I respect that knowledge. They always know more than you.”
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