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Bette Midler owns her own voice

October 31, 1989

US Court of Appeals says Bette Midler's voice is distinctive.

Bette Midler, 1990

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Bette Midler at the Grammy Awards, 1990.

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Bette Midler at the Grammy Awards, 1990.

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Naomi Weisstein

Naomi Weisstein, while a Harvard graduate student in psychology (Ph.D., 1964), was forbidden entrance to the Lamont Library, which was closed to women, because, she was told “women are a distraction to men.” “You want distraction,” she said, “I'll show you distraction,” and she and friends with signs, a violin, and a clarinet positioned themselves underneath the windows of Lamont Library that evening and serenaded the scholars.

Blame It on the Bossa Nova: Remembering Eydie Gorme

I’ve been listening to Eydie sing today, particularly a standout performance of a song from the 1966 musical Mame.  I dare you to listen to her sing “If He Walked Into My Life” here and not feel the expressive pull, the regret, the heartache as she hits every dramatic emotional nuance of this difficult song.  Not only is she technically right on the money, she nails it with aplomb and finish.  Listen to it, and I guarantee you’ll feel what Steve Lawrence felt about her: “I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing.  While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.” 

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

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Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, singers and performers. Eydie performed on her own as a solo artist and with her husband Steve.
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Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, singers and performers. Eydie performed on her own as a solo artist and with her husband Steve.

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Barbra Streisand, 1962

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Actress, singer, film director/producer, and founder of the Streisand Foundation, Barbra Streisand in 1962.

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Actress, singer, film director/producer, and founder of the Streisand Foundation, Barbra Streisand in 1962.

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Bob Dylan at the Civil Rights March, August 28, 1963

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Bob Dylan at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963.

Photo Credit: Rowland Scherman, U.S. Information Agency. Press and Publications Service.

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Bob Dylan at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963.

Photo Credit: Rowland Scherman, U.S. Information Agency. Press and Publications Service.

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Margit Wolf with Jewish Star

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Margit Wolf with the Jewish Star.
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Margit Wolf with the Jewish Star.

Margit Wolf

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Ballerina Margit Wolf.
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Ballerina Margit Wolf.

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The Indomitable Jewish Ballerina Who Inspired a Timeless Love Song

In 1944, at the height of the worst carnage the world has known, a mother in Budapest, Hungary, put her only son, then seven years old, out on the street with a pillow, a last morsel of bread, and the boy’s baptismal certificate. The mother was Jewish, the son Catholic.

Fifty years later the son, Cesare Frustaci—by that time an American citizen with a family of his own—contributed a video-taped oral history to Yale University and then sent the tape to author Germaine Shames. It told the story of his mother, ballerina Margit Wolf, who was banished from the stage by Mussolini only to inspire a timeless love song and then fade from history without a trace.

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