Video Review: Bette Midler “Wind Beneath My Wings”

In black-and-white, a young C.C. walks on the beach. Underneath the dock, she pulls her best friend’s Hillary hair back. C.C. leads Hillary as they walk on the beach together. Hillary bends over to feel sand in her hands.

On stage, an adult C.C. (Bette Midler) performs.

C.C. and Hillary dance in a circle. C.C. pulls away while Hillary falls onto the sand and plays. Hillary traces the sand with a long stick. C.C. dances around her and leaves. Hillary looks for C.C. Hillary drops to the sand and digs with her hands. C.C. returns and takes the ribbon from Hillary. Hillary finds a doll and brushes it off. C.C. drops the doll and ribbon. She walks alone.

Rating: 4/5

On stage, C.C. often talks about her lifelong friendship with Hillary. They met as children on the beach. However, there was a period they weren’t in each other’s lives. She explains she was concentrating on her career and becoming famous. She pauses and brushes away a tear, saying she should’ve been a better friend. Hillary was a kind person who was always there for her and told her truth, even though she didn’t want to hear it.

“This is for you, Hillary. I love you.”  She looks up the stage and blows a kiss.

The audience cheers. Hillary exits the stage and calls her adopted daughter, Victoria. Hillary tells her a bedtime story. Victoria is the only piece of Hillary she has left. Hillary’s passing caused her to reevaluate her life. She lost Hillary to cancer. She couldn’t let Victoria go, though.

C.C. scaled down her tour. Victoria needs a stable life and she wants to provide it for her. She moved back to California, creating time in her schedule to attend  parent-teacher conferences and birthday parties. C.C. won’t be an absent mother. She couldn’t do it to Hillary.

C.C. and Hillary’s childhood bond, based on Beaches, is unbreakable. Adulthood nearly ended their friendship. However, they both missed each other and needed to be involved in each other’s lives. There isn’t a day that goes by in which C.C. doesn’t think of Hillary.

Director: N/A Year: 1989

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Pam Avoledo’s love of pop culture began in 1999 with the message boards dedicated to shows on the CW (then WB). She graduated from Oakland University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. When she is not debating whether Dawson should’ve ended up with Joey, she looks at cute dog memes on social media.

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