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Bette Midler doesn't miss a beat amid her Divine Intervention tour

Bette Midler doesn't miss a beat amid her Divine Intervention tour

Bette Midler knows what's expected of her onstage in 2015.

"I have to sing well, and I have to have a great band," she said recently. "But my audience, they've known me at this point for 50 years. Whether I show up in a fishtail or not, I don't think it matters to them."

The fishtail, of course, is a reference to her character Delores DeLago, the mermaid in a wheelchair who (mostly) sits out Midler's new show. So what does it mean for this veteran entertainer to skip one of her most famous bits?

"It means I had to fill 20 minutes," she answered with a throaty laugh.

As quick with a quip as ever, Midler, 69, sat down in Hollywood for...

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