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Bette Midler to perform at Oscars

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Bette Midler will sing at this year’s Oscars, the Academy announced this morning. It will be the first time that the two-time nominee will perform at the Academy Awards. “We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”

The Academy did not specify what song the Divine Miss M will be singing, nor how her performance will fit into the ceremony. One intriguing possibility would be Midler singing during the In Memoriam montage — perhaps “The Wind Beneath My Wings” — much like Barbra Streisand sang “The Way We Were” last year to honor Marvin Hamlisch.

Midler was nominated for Best Actress for The Rose (1979) and For the Boys (1991).