Bette Midler on ‘Oprah’s Next Chapter’: Bette’s biggest regrets, best decisions

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On the Nov. 11 installment of "Oprah's Next Chapter," Oprah Winfrey paid a visit to the legendary Bette Midler's New York City penthouse to dish about everything from aging in Hollywood to her alleged Twitter feud with Lady Gaga. So what happened when O sat down with The Divine Miss M? Well, we got these burning questions answered!

What is Bette's most unusual award?

While she has famously won Grammy Awards, Golden Globes, and a Tony Award (in her 1974 Tony Award acceptance speech, she famously said, "I always wanted one of these and I'm glad I got it because I really worked my little fanny off for it, you understand?"), Bette Midler has one award that most of her peers don't: In 2010, she was granted a perfect attendance award for her Las Vegas show, "The Showgirl Must Go On." During her two year Vegas stint, she never missed a performance. "I was one of the very few performers that never canceled a show," Bette says. "I discovered that if you cancel, the box office and the ushers, they don't get paid." She says it meant a lot to her not to stiff the working people.

What was her best decision in life, and what is her biggest regret?

She dished that one of the best decisions of her life was marrying her husband, Martin von Haselberg. They've been married for 28 years and have a 25-year-old daughter, Sophie. But regrets -- she has a few. One of Bette's biggest regrets: Firing longtime manager Aaron Russo in 1980. The singer says she "strongly regrets" not rehiring him but said she was able to make amends with him before he passed away in 2007.

What does she wish she had more of?

Although she admits she has been given more than her share, Bette did say that she wishes she had been offered better acting parts. While she calls her role as Mary Rose Foster in the 1979 film "The Rose" the role she was "meant to play," she says she got the part in the 1986 flick "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" because producers were looking for people who would work for cheap. She joked that she and co-stars Nick Nolte and Richard Dreyfuss really were down and out at the time. In her latest movie, "Parental Guidance" with Billy Crystal, Bette says she plays a grandmother.

What was up with that tweet to Lady Gaga?

The star also talked about her faux "feud" with Lady Gaga. In 2011, when Gaga came out on stage dressed as a mermaid in a wheelchair, Bette got a tad territorial. "I've been doing a mermaid in a wheelchair since 1981," she told Oprah. So she says she tweeted Gaga to let her know, "Honey, you can keep the meat dress but the mermaid is mine." Gaga's fans took offense to it, but Bette says, "It was just a joke."

What's the one song that's forbidden to be played at her funeral?

That would be her 1988 hit "Wind Beneath My Wings" from the movie "Beaches." Bette tells Oprah, "No, I won't be playing that at my funeral. I want a sendoff that's a little more acid than that."

Where is she now?

"Taking stock," she said. "I'd say I've settled into myself about 60 percent. The other 40 is still struggling."

"Oprah's Next Chapter" airs on Sunday night at 9 PM ET on OWN.

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