Midler and director Mark Rydell will participate in an onstage discussion following the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' screening of the film Sept. 25. The screening is scheduled to begin at 7:30 PM at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. "The Rose," according to press notes, "follows singer Mary Rose Foster through the highs and lows of her final tour and features several electrifying musical performances. Her tour-de-force performance as a self-destructive rock star – in the vein of Janis Joplin – earned Midler her first Academy Award nomination for Actress in a Leading Role." The film also received Oscar nominations for Actor in a Supporting Role (Frederic Forrest), Film Editing (Robert L. Wolfe, C. Timothy O'Meara) and Sound (Theodore Soderberg, Douglas O. Williams, Paul Wells, Jim Webb).
Bette Midler made her Broadway debut as Tzeitel in the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof. She returned to the Great White Way in several concerts: Bette Midler, Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell Revue and Bette! Divine Madness. She was awarded a Special Tony Award in 1974 for "adding luster to the Broadway season." Midler's screen credits are extensive and include Oscar nominations for her performances in "For the Boys" and "The Rose." She is also the recipient of Grammy Awards for Record of the Year ("Wind Beneath My Wings," 1989), Best Pop Vocal Performance Female ("The Rose," 1980) and Best New Artist (1973).
Tickets for "The Rose" are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. All seating is unreserved. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.