Bette Midler turned her worries into action.
“I think that climate change is real and I think that it’s actually the most important story of the age,” the Power of Women honoree told Variety. “I also worry very much about the oceans and the fact that there’s so much plastic in the oceans now, and people are so wasteful. That is a terrible, terrible sin to me,” she said during a Variety Uncovered interview.
After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Bette Midler moved back to New York and was shocked by the garbage she saw everywhere. So, she picked up a shovel and got to work.
“The first park we cleaned was Fort Tryon Park, which was desolate,” Midler explained. “It was a drug haven, there was a lot of prostitution in it, there were burnt-out cars. They said we would not finish that for 10 years and we finished it in about three years. We have done studies that show in the neighborhoods around our gardens that crime statistics plummet. It’s astonishing to see what a little care and a little attention will do to a space and how it can change a neighborhood.”
Midler will be honored at the Power of Women luncheon with Gigi Hadid, Kacey Musgraves, Taraji P. Henson and Christiane Amanpour on April 5 at Cipriani Midtown in New York.
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Sir Patrick Stewart on resurrecting the great “Star Trek” hero Captain Jean-Luc Picard for CBS’ new spinoff series “Picard.”
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Kerry Washington has her seat at the table on Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” in which she’s a lead actor and executive producer with co-star Reese Witherspoon. “When I was a kid I wasn’t like, ‘I want to be a producer one day!’ But I think I have always been — my mother would vouch for […]
Every year the line-up of the Sundance Film Festival is filled with powerful stories from independent filmmakers from around the world. Because many of them brought us to tears, Variety decided to ask the actors and filmmakers behind this year’s Sundance films what was the last movie to make them cry. Plenty of classics were […]
Bong Joon Ho has a lot of reasons to celebrate tonight. The Korean filmmaker made history at the Academy Awards on Sunday night when his comedy-thriller “Parasite” became the first foreign language film to win the Oscar for best picture, beating out “1917,” “Ford v Ferrari,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Joker,” “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” […]