I have been a Bette Midler fan since i was 4, only i didn't know who she was, all I knew was that she was the voice of georgette in Oliver and Company. Then when I was 6 my mom brought the vhs of Beaches home and I loved that movie from the moment they sang You Are My Sunshine, since it was the first song i knew that wasn't a nursery rhyme. Then when I was 13 I got to pick anyone in the music industry to do a report on for music class, and I had just found the old vhs of Beaches so I went Home and asked my mom who the woman who played C.C. Bloom was, and she told Me Bette Midler. So as I started researching, I fell in love with the Divine Miss M. I am now 16 and i have been a true bettehead for 3 years. In these 3 years i have obtained 22 cds, 25 movies, a tv series, numerous magazine and newspaper clipping and many more miscellaneous paraphernalia. For my sweet 16 my dad took me to see her show in Las Vegas and then on May 17th I went to NYC for her annual spring picnic that she has to benefit her non-profit program NYRP (New York Restoration Project) which cleans up the under-served neighborhoods throughout the 5 boroughs. I met her and it was the best moment in my life so far. Many people ask me "why Bette?" and i tell them, it's because there is no one else like her in show buisness. She is kind, eco-friendly, amazingly talented and she is timeless. Others ask me "What would draw a 16 year old girl to a 64 year old woman?" I like the fact that I'm not one of the girls screaming over Taylor launter or Justin Beiber and I can't stand Miley Cyrus. My ipod had 358 Bette Midler songs, and no other artists (unless they are doing a duet with Bette) and i have 168 videos and over 600 pictures all on my ipod. Bette can sing so many styles and she is so funny, how could you not be hooked? After I met Bette and she walked into the tennt for dinner I started to semi-hyperventilate and allmost cried but a bettehead friend of mine whom I met on a Bette Midler fansite from which I am on everyday bootlegbetty.com helped me through it, she;s been through the same exact thing before. Bette Midler is such an amazing woman and such an inspiration and I got to meet her, my dreams have come true.