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Happy 54th Birthday, Madonna! Celebrating Madge and Six Simpatico Sister Sirens

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Like Cher, Tina Turner was also forced to fight her way out from under the control of a domineering mate. Hers abused and humiliated her while pursuing their stardom. Yet for all the success accorded Ike and Tina Turner, it was Tina's turn as a solo artist that truly elevated her into the stratosphere. Few stars have aged as gracefully; even well into her 60s, she struts suggestively with a sexuality that puts her younger contemporaries to shame. And damn if she doesn't possess the greatest pair of legs ever to grace a concert stage.

Bette Midler began her career entertaining the clientele of New York's bath houses, often accompanying Barry Manilow, who, at the time, was similarly employed. Even so, it was apparent early on that she was not only a sassy spitfire but a damned talented actress and interpreter as well. Packing personality plus, the Divine Miss M demonstrates that her show-biz moniker fits her in every way.

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Lee Zimmerman