Bette Midler will join Kelly Ripa July 31 as guest co-host on "LIVE! with Regis and Kelly" — stepping in for Regis Philbin. The songstress will help interview guest Adam Sandler, conclude end "Top Dog Week" with canine talents and enjoy a hot dish as another chef prepares food for LIVE's "Ultimate Hometown Grill Off."
Before rising to stardom in music and film, Midler made her Broadway debut playing daughter Tzeitel in the original Broadway run 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 honored in 1974 with a Special Tony Award for "adding luster to the Broadway season."