Bernadette Peters

Actress + Singer
Born Feb 28, 1948

Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer and children's book author from Ozone Park, Queens, New York. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, films and television, as well as performing in solo concerts and recordings. She is one of the most critically acclaimed Broadway performers, having received nominations for seven Tony Awards, winning two, and nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three.… Read More

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1948 Birth Born on February 28, 1948.
1958 10 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1958, at age nine, she obtained her Actors Equity Card in the name Bernadette Peters to avoid ethnic stereotyping, with the stage name taken from her father's first name. … Read More


1962 14 Years Old Laird recalled, "I heard her sing an odd phrase or two and thought, 'God that's a big voice out of that little girl,'" The next summer, she played Dainty June in summer stock, and in 1962 she recorded her first single.
1964 16 Years Old In 1964, she played Liesl in The Sound of Music and Jenny in Riverwind in summer stock at the Mt. … Read More
1967 19 Years Old She made her Broadway debut in Johnny No-Trump in 1967, and next appeared as George M. Cohan's sister Josie opposite Joel Grey in George M! (1968), winning the Theatre World Award.


1968 20 Years Old Peters' performance as "Ruby" in the 1968 Off-Broadway production of Dames at Sea, a parody of 1930s musicals, brought her critical acclaim and her first Drama Desk Award. … Read More
1973 25 Years Old Peters has appeared in 33 feature films or television movies beginning in 1973, including Mel Brooks' 1976 film Silent Movie (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award), the musical Annie (1982), Pink Cadillac (1989), in which she co-starred with Clint Eastwood, and Woody Allen's Alice (1990). … Read More
1976 28 Years Old 1 More Event
She has appeared in many variety shows with stars such as Sonny and Cher and George Burns. She has both performed and presented on the Academy Awards broadcasts in 1976, 1981, 1983, 1987 and 1994.
1977 29 Years Old Peters and Steve Martin began a romantic relationship in 1977 that lasted approximately four years. … Read More


1980 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Peters has recorded six solo albums and several singles. Three of her albums have been nominated for the Grammy Award. Peters' 1980 single "Gee Whiz", remaking Carla Thomas' 1960 Memphis soul hit, reached the top forty on the U.S. Billboard pop singles charts. … Read More


1992 44 Years Old …  Bernadette Peters was re-released on CD in 1992 as Bernadette, with the 1980 Vargas cover art, and included some of the songs from Now Playing.
1993 45 Years Old …  Additionally, she appeared in several concerts featuring Sondheim's work, and performed for him at his 1993 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony. … Read More
1995 47 Years Old …  The 1995 benefit concert Anyone Can Whistle and Peters' "Carnegie Hall" 1996 concert were benefits for the Gay Men's Health Crisis. … Read More
In 1996, she was nominated for a Grammy Award for her best-selling album, I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, which includes popular songs by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Lyle Lovett, Hank Williams, Sam Cooke and Billy Joel, as well as Broadway classics by Leonard Bernstein and Rodgers and Hammerstein.


1999 51 Years Old She performed a similar concert in London, which was taped and released on video, and also aired on U.S. Public Television stations in 1999. … Read More
Peters has been a presenter at the annual Tony Awards ceremony and co-hosted the ceremony with Gregory Hines in June 2002. … Read More
2003 55 Years Old She also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony for Burnett in 2003.
2006 58 Years Old Peters made her solo concert debut at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2006. … Read More


2008 60 Years Old In 2008, she was one of the participants in a fund-raiser for the Westport Country Playhouse, and in the opening ceremony and dedication of the renovated TKTS discount ticket booth in Times Square. … Read More
Peters was the headliner at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia. … Read More
2010 62 Years Old 1 More Event
On February 8, 2010, Peters was one of the many to honor Angela Lansbury at the annual Drama League of New York benefit, singing "Not While I'm Around".
2011 63 Years Old …  She reprised her role of Sally in the Broadway limited engagement, at the Marquis Theatre, from August 2011 to January 2012. … Read More
2012 64 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, Peters became a Patron of The Stephen Sondheim Society.
2013 65 Years Old 1 More Event
Peters starred in the Sondheim and Wynton Marsalis staged concert revue titled A Bed and a Chair: A New York Love Affair at New York City Center in November 2013. … Read More
2014 66 Years Old 1 More Event
…  She was a guest star in the 2014 Bravo television series Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce, playing the mother of the character played by Janeane Garofolo. … Read More
2015 67 Years Old Peters was the Centennial Honoree at the Drama League Centennial Gala in 2015. … Read More
2016 68 Years Old 1 More Event
Her 2016 concert plans include UK engagements at the Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Opera House and Edinburgh Playhouse. … Read More
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