Bette Midler, a true Broadway legend, took home the best actress in a musical prize at the Tony Awards Sunday night. And she did so with all the class, glitz and drama her career of almost 50 years deserved.
Accepting her best actress in a musical trophy for Hello, Dolly! Midler rattled off an impressive list of thank-yous before the orchestra started playing her off. "Shut that crap off!" she said, silencing the music and continuing her speech as the audience cheered, the whole thing clocking in at over four minutes.
Midler continued her speech in the press room, taking the stage and immediately apologizing for all the names she somehow missed earlier.
She closed by yelling "BETTE MIDLER FOR PRESIDENT" I can't go on pic.twitter.com/ogrCpMuwhS— Maeve McDermott (@maeve_mcdermott) June 12, 2017
Midler's second round of thank-yous also drove her to tears when she remembered the Hawaii locals who, when she was growing up in Honolulu, helped lift her out of poverty and introduce her to theater.
"(They) took me to the first restaurant I ever went to," she said, her voice getting choked up. "I was really, really poor and (they) showed me there was another way, another way of life, and it was really marvelous."
She ended her speech with a bang, declaring "Bette Midler for president!" and walking offstage.
As if her earlier speeches weren't enough, Midler also took to Twitter to thank her Hello, Dolly! cast. "In all the pandemonium tonight I neglected to thank the brilliant ensemble of 'Hello Dolly,' whom I adore," she wrote. "Please forgive me kids! I'm old!"
Not too old to steal the show.
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