January 18, 2016 at 2:23 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Bette Midler set to play Mae West in biopic
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Bette Midler has signed on to star in HBO’s upcoming biopic about legendary film star Mae West.

According to World of Wonder, Midler will play West in the film based on West’s autobiography “Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It.” The story will follow West as she works on her Broadway show “Sex” which landed her in jail for 10 days due to its scandalous content for the time.

The screenplay is by Harvey Fierstein from “Kinky Boots” and will be directed by William Friedkin from “The Exorcist.”

 

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  • Mae West had a long show business career that spanned Vaudeville, Theatre, Motion Pictures, Recording,Television, Night Clubs, as well as being credited for writing all her stage productions, screenplays, three novels, a book on Health and E.S.P. as well as her biography. In my opinion a HBO movie on West’s life would have to be a mini series to do justice to all her accomplishments. I think three leading ladies to cover the various time periods of her career would get her life story right. It is ironic that a recent news report indicates Bette Midler has been signed to return to Broadway in a 2017 remounting of Hello Dolly. In some Barbra Streisand biographies, mention is made of when Mae and Barbra met at a party. Barbra approached her, and knelt down to speak to Mae, who was seated. Barbra mentioned that Mae was a great inspiration to her. West, quipped back that Barbra should have put more of her own personality into “Hello Dolly” rather than borrowing from her (West’s) “Diamond Lil” character. Kind of a full circle happening here!

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