Saturday, September 11, 2010
Like many seemingly quintessential New Yorkers, Bette Midler was a transplant; shortly after her arrival there from Hawai'i in 1965 she said she felt like she was home - despite missing her family in Honolulu, of course. The city, she says, gave her everything; she was already heavily engaged in giving back, through her charity New York Restoration Project (which she founded in 1995), when the city was attacked on this day in 2001.
Wind Beneath My Wings already had poignance when it was released in 1989, on the soundtrack to the movie Beaches; 12 days after the attacks she gave it even more by performing it live from Yankee Stadium during a televised memorial.
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