This has to be the gayest news of the day. Bette Midler has signed on to star in HBO’s upcoming biopic about Hollywood glamour-puss and bawdy gal Mae West. It’s based on West’s autobiography, Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It, to be directed by William Friedkin (The Exorcist) with a script by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots) It will chronicle West’s scandalous Broadway show, Sex, which landed her in jail for 10 days for
“corrupting the morals of youth.”
I saw Bette play another mouthy babe, superagent Sue Mengers, in her one woman show I’ll Eat You Last on Broadway, and as you know she has acting AND comic chops to burn. Here are some of Mae’s best lines, which you can be SURE Mr. Fierstein will be quoting and the Divine Miss M will be delivering with relish –and a side of hot tart! Watch.