Television: Bette Midler Plays the Role of Her Life--Literally

In her much hyped sitcom, a movie star introduces Miss M TV

When you're a big star, you don't pass gas for just anybody. But then the star of CBS's most hyped new sitcom is hardly just anybody. So when the writers of Bette conceived a new gag--a celebrity breaks wind in an elevator and blames it on the leading lady--they sent Bette Midler to work the phones herself.

"My writers pitch all these ideas with big stars and then wait for me to make the call," she fake-laments, snacking on cantaloupe between takes. "My God! Who knew?" Candice Bergen and Lily Tomlin were intrigued by the bit but had to pass--or rather,...

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