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For legendary performer Bette Midler, each new age is a chance for evaluation. "Turning 50 was kind of remarkable because I actually had a minute to look back and see what it was that I had accomplished," she says. "When I turned 60, I stepped back again. I hear the clock ticking much louder than it ever ticked before."

As Bette's heading to Las Vegas to launch her new show she admits the choreography doesn't come as easily as it used to. "The work is much harder," she says. "For some reason, it's harder to get in shape and get your voice back and remember the steps."

All in all, the Divine Miss M says time also has taught her a thing or two. "I've learned a certain kind of flexibility. I can't say I've learned a lot of patience," she jokes. "But I have had brushes with patience."
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FROM: The Age of Miracles: The New Midlife
Published on March 14, 2008

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