Dueling Divas Bette, Cher

updated 04/21/2004 AT 1:00 AM ET

originally published 06/01/1999 AT 12:00 AM ET

Outspoken as ever, Bette Midler took a couple of swipes at Cher, her costar at a weekend benefit concert in New York, reports New York’s Daily News. Reportedly upset that Cher, who went on stage first, was a half-hour late (because, the News says, she was having her face retooled by a makeup artist), Midler poked fun at Cher’s lip-synching her three songs, and welcomed photographers to take her picture – in direct contrast to Cher’s directive that there be no cameras during her own performance. “I’m a star,” witnesses quoted Bette as saying. “I’m not someone who used to be famous and is trying to become famous again.” Midler reps deny she made that crack.

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