Bette Midler is an iconic star of stage and screen but there’s one role she had a “crazy” reason for turning down.
Speaking with Variety Midler said she was brought the lead role in 1992’s “Sister Act,” but ultimately said no. The role went to Whoopi Goldberg who also starred in the popular sequel, “Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit.”
“I turned them down,” she told the publication. “They came to me with ‘Sister Act” and I said, ‘My fans don’t want to see me in a wimple.’ Can you believe that? How off the wall is that? How crazy is that?”
Midler said the studio called her daily trying to get her to reconsider but she wasn’t having it.
“I stood my ground because I really was afraid of the costume. Isn’t that amazing? I can wear anything but a nun’s habit?”
The “Hocus Pocus” star couldn’t speak higher of Goldberg’s performance, saying, “Whoopie wore it all the way to the bank. So God bless her. And she was perfect for it.”
Not wanting to miss out on another big role, when Variety asked if she’d like to be on “The White Lotus,” Midler responded emphatically, “Oh, please! Of course. In a New York minute.”
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