Bernadette Peters
Actress, singer
Bernadette Peters
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.
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Donald Trump--From Broadway Producer to President
Huffington Post - 10 days
By Helaine Feldman, ZEALnyc Contributing Writer, February 14, 2017 He was 23 years old, had a degree from the prestigious Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and had an extremely profitable family business waiting for him. But Donald Trump thought he would like to be a Broadway producer. He met with David Black, a successful producer (George M! with Joel Grey and Bernadette Peters; The Impossible Years with Alan King; and Ready When You Are, CB! with Julie Harris, among others) and they joined together--Black providing the experience and know-how and Trump putting up a sizeable chunk of the money--for a new comedy, Paris Is Out, slated for the 1969-70 season. The play starred Molly Picon, who in 1962 received a Tony nomination for her appearance in the Jerry Herman musical, Milk and Honey and was a popular performer who began her career in the Yiddish theatre, and Sam Levene, a Broadway veteran, the original Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls and star of the clas ...
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Glenn Close in Sunset Boulevard: "The Greatest Star of All"
Huffington Post - 13 days
A musical of outsized passions as only Andrew Lloyd Webber could compose, Sunset Boulevard trades in hyperbole. "The greatest star of all," in the words of Max, her homme d'affaires, Norma Desmond is camp drama queen extraordinaire. With Glenn Close in the role, reprising her Tony-winning performance of 22 years ago at the Palace Theater, Norma is petit as she is large. Need dominates her manipulations so acutely, only the powerhouse chops of the actress who put the word fatal in Fatal Attraction could pull off this tour de force of fragility and grand delusion. Descending a staircase on a set that also includes a 40 piece orchestra, spare enough to feature projections of old Hollywood, its streets, cars, and populace partying away, Norma Desmond is at home in a mansion of many rooms including one over the garage where Joe Gillis (Michael Xavier), a down on his luck writer comes to reside, entrapped in her web. She wants Joe to help stage a comeback, oops: she prefers return, to star ...
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L.A. theater openings, Jan. 29-Feb. 5: Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters and more
LATimes - 29 days
This week: Tony winners and other Broadway veterans bring music and merriment to local stages. Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs The “Cabaret” star performs classics by Stephen Sondheim, Noel Coward, et al., with the L.A. Phil. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 2 p.m. $62-$122....
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Todrick Hall Discusses His Return To Broadway After YouTube Stardom
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Todrick Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, Broadway performer, American Idol finalist, star of his own self-titled MTV Show and viral YouTube sensation with over 2 million subscribers and 350 million views. Dancing since the young age of 9, Hall is a classically trained ballet dancer who has traveled the world performing with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Royal Caribbean & Holland America Cruise lines, Walt Disney World and Disneyland’s California Adventure. His Broadway credits include Oprah Winfreys “The Color Purple” and The 2010 Tony Award Winning Musical “Memphis!” In the four years he has been a full-time YouTuber, he has had the honor of opening the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards, being a Judge on “Rupaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play,” choreographing music videos for Beyonce, writing and starring in the Virgin America Safety Video, Fiat Commercials and the theme song for the ...
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'Hamilton' Parody Is The Theme Song Hillary Supporters Needed This Election
Huffington Post - 4 months
The best of Broadway gathered Monday night (their one night off, host Billy Crystal joked) to celebrate Hillary Clinton, the presidential candidate most likely to get a free ticket to “Hamilton.”  “Broadway for Hillary” featured an impressive cast of recognizable faces from Hollywood and the Great White Way. Yes, Neil Patrick Harris was there. So was Hugh Jackman. (And Alan Cumming, Bernadette Peters, Dame Helen F**king Mirren ... the list goes on.) Speaking of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manual Miranda showed up with his former costar Renée Elise Goldsberry to perform a rewritten version of the song “The World Was Wide Enough.” It’s not difficult to draw parallels between the politics of two centuries ago and the politics of today ― stolen correspondence, foreign meddling, a rich and entitled New Yorker running for office, etc. But in case you were having trouble, the original stars of the “Hamilton” musical are here to help with a useful parody. Below are the entire lyrics of the new ...
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Spamilton: An American Parody at the Triad: Getting Off on Broadway
Huffington Post - 6 months
You don't have to see Hamilton to have side-splitting fun at Spamilton. All that is required is that you love Broadway. In fact, a running gag in this 70-minute spoof goes: you are not snagging tickets to Hamilton, even if you are Bernadette Peters or Liza! Yes, when it comes to the democracy of Hamilton, getting in is an equal opportunity leveler. Spamilton, the offspring of Forbidden Broadway conceived by Gerard Alessandrini who also directed, plays with a central conceit: what Camelot was to the Kennedy's, Hamilton is to the Obamas, fodder for pillow talk. Following this cleverly crafted revue's theme, that Broadway darling Lin-Manuel Miranda (Dan Rosales in a very bad founding father wig) has with his much lauded hip hop extravaganza, fixed whatever is wrong with Broadway. And so a riotous ensemble of performers: Juwan Crawley, Chris Anthony Giles, Nicholas Edwards, Nora Schell, along with Rosales, take on everything from Phantom to Cats to Annie, Broadway hits old and new. They ...
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Jourdan Dunn cast in latest Kate Spade New York campaign
Yahoo News - 7 months
The luxury fashion and accessories brand has enlisted a number of talented personalities from different backgrounds to front its fall 2016 campaign. For its fall 2016 campaign, Kate Spade New York has called on not one but several muses from the world of arts and entertainment. Shot in a New York studio by photographer Emma Summerton, the campaign is fronted by the British model Jourdan Dunn, the actresses and singers Zosia Mamet and Bernadette Peters, the New York City Ballet choreographer and dancer Justin Peck, the dancer Xin Ying, the playwright John Guare, and twins Elise and Juliette Marold.
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Tina Fey Walks The 'Tuck Everlasting' Red Carpet With Husband Jeff Richmond
Huffington Post - 10 months
Tina Fey and her husband, Jeff Richmond, walked the red carpet together at the opening of "Tuck Everlasting" on Tuesday night.  For the Broadway premiere, Fey wore a little black dress with flower embellishments. Her husband opted for more colorful attire, pairing a navy striped suit with a pink shirt and hot pink tie.  Fey was joined at the event by Ron Howard, Bernadette Peters and Melissa Joan Hart and a host of Broadway stars on the red carpet.  Fey recently confirmed that she and her composer husband were working on the "Mean Girls" musical together, though she joked that the production is still "years away" from being completed. Though she and Richmond have been together since 2001, we're always a little shocked to see Fey without her other life partner, Amy Poehler.  But if you're still holding out for a Tina Fey-Amy Poehler TV show together, Fey told an audience at the Tribeca Film Festival that that's just not gonna happen.  function onPlayerReadyVid ...
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L.A. theater openings, Feb. 7-14: Bernadette Peters and more
LATimes - about 1 year
This week: Three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters graces the stage at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Plus, an updated version of Maltby & Shire's "Closer Than Ever," and Hal Holbrook returns in a one-off performance of "Mark Twain Tonight!" I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change...
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What Other Actresses Auditioned for the <i>Hello Dolly!</i> Revival? Christine Pedi Knows
Huffington Post - about 1 year
With news of a fresh revival of Hello Dolly! starring the one and only Bette Midler coming to Broadway spring 2017, video footage surfaced featuring other possible actresses up for the titled role. Those who have auditioned include Oprah Winfrey, Liza Minnelli, Patti LuPone, and even Dame Julie Andrews. Well, not exactly.... Broadway actress &amp; comedian, Christine Pedi, reacts to the news of the new Hello Dolly! revival with an entertaining video featuring her famous impressions of our favorite Broadway divas! In her new video, Pedi portrays what the audition room would be like if Minnelli, LuPone, and even Bernadette Peters walked in. Within three days, over 76,000 viewers have seen the video and a plethora social media posts followed. Bette Midler even showed her support for the video with a special "thank you" tweet to Christine Pedi. Thanks, @ChristinePedi You made my day! https://t.co/7JDPewom2T — Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 23, 2016 Christine ...
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Small Town Boy Makes Good, One Celebrity Hairdo at a Time
NYTimes - about 1 year
Elizabeth Taylor, Keith Richards, Bernadette Peters, Christie Brinkley: Maury Hopson lists them as his friends because he doesn’t snip and tell.
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Review: Stars Pay Tribute to Frank Sinatra
NYTimes - about 1 year
Sting, Sutton Foster, Bernadette Peters and others sang at the show, which was hosted by Seth MacFarlane.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bernadette Peters
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 67
    She received the 2016 John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, presented at the Theatre World Awards on May 23, 2016.
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    Her 2016 concert plans include UK engagements at the Royal Festival Hall, Manchester Opera House and Edinburgh Playhouse.
    More Details Hide Details Peters sings four songs on the CD accompanying a 2005 children's picture book Dewey Doo-it Helps Owlie Fly Again, the proceeds of which benefit the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Her co-star from Sunday in the Park with George, Mandy Patinkin, also sings on the CD. To support the animal adoption charity that she co-founded with Mary Tyler Moore, Broadway Barks, Peters has written three children's books, illustrated by Liz Murphy. The first is about a scrappy dog, named after her dog Kramer, and the pleasure of adopting a pet. Titled Broadway Barks, the book is published by Blue Apple Books (2008). Peters wrote the words and music to a lullaby, titled "Kramer's Song", which is included on a CD in the book. The book reached #5 on The New York Times Children's Best Sellers: Picture Books list for the week of June 8, 2008.
  • 2015
    Age 66
    Peters was the Centennial Honoree at the Drama League Centennial Gala in 2015.
    More Details Hide Details A musical tribute was presented by many of Peters' costars over the years, including the original and current casts of Dames at Sea. The League said that Peters "exemplifies the absolute best of what American musical theater can be."
  • 2014
    Age 65
    She performed at the Olivier Awards ceremony in 2014, singing the song "Losing My Mind".
    More Details Hide Details A review in The Arts Desk read: "The tradition of bringing over a Broadway baby or two... presumably explained a late appearance by a still-luminous Bernadette Peters, who reached the very high note at the end of 'Losing My Mind' often not attempted by interpreters of that particular Sondheim song."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The episode she appeared in is titled "Rule #21: Leave Childishness to Children".
  • 2013
    Age 64
    In 2013 the Drama League gave Peters its Special Award of Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre Award for "her contribution to the musical theatre."
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details This collaboration between Encores! and Jazz at Lincoln Center was directed by John Doyle, with jazzy arrangements of Sondheim's songs. It also featured Norm Lewis, Jeremy Jordan and Cyrille Aimée. Peters sang "Broadway Baby", "The Ladies Who Lunch", "Isn't He Something?", "I Remember" and "With So Little to Be Sure Of", among others. Jesse Green, in his review in New York Magazines Vulture site, commented: "What a wrenching (and funny) actress Peters remains, not on top of her voice but through it." Brantley, in his New York Times review wrote: "As a singer and actress, she just can't help being ardent, full-throated and sincere. She also reminds us here of her considerable and original comic gifts." Peters has been nominated for the Tony Award seven times and won twice. She has also been nominated for the Drama Desk Award nine times and won three times, for Annie Get Your Gun, Song and Dance and Dames at Sea. At the 66th Tony Awards (2012), Peters was presented with the honorary Isabelle Stevenson Award for "making a substantial contribution of volunteered time and effort on behalf of one or more humanitarian, social service or charitable organizations, regardless of whether such organizations relate to the theatre", specifically for her work with Broadway Barks. In making the announcement for this award, the Tony official site noted "With a rich generosity of spirit, Bernadette Peters' devotion to charitable causes is perhaps only outweighed by her much fêted dedication to performing.
  • 2012
    Age 63
    In 2012, New Dramatists, an organization that supports beginning playwrights, presented Peters with their Lifetime Achievement Award, stating: "She has brought a new sound into the theatre and continues to do so, in surprising and miraculous ways.
    More Details Hide Details By some sleight of magic, her singularity always manages to bring out the best and richest in the work of her composers and writers."
    In 2012, Peters became a Patron of The Stephen Sondheim Society.
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  • 2011
    Age 62
    She reprised her role of Sally in the Broadway limited engagement, at the Marquis Theatre, from August 2011 to January 2012.
    More Details Hide Details She received a nomination for the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Musical, for this role.
  • 2010
    Age 61
    In March 2010, Peters helped Stephen Sondheim celebrate his 80th birthday in the Roundabout Theatre Company "Sondheim 80" benefit.
    More Details Hide Details She was one of the Honorary Chairs. She had been part of the Roundabout Theatre's Sondheim gala for his 75th birthday.
    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".
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  • 2009
    Age 60
    Peters held a concert, "A Special Concert for Broadway Barks Because Broadway Cares", at the Minskoff Theatre, New York City, on November 9, 2009 as a benefit for both Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
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    She headlined The Alliance of The Arts Black Tie Anniversary Gala at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, California, on November 21, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She had helped to celebrate the opening of the Arts Plaza with concerts fifteen years earlier. In 2015, Peters performed in the concert Sinatra: Voice for a Century at Lincoln Center, a fundraiser for the new David Geffen Hall in celebration of Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday. She sang "It Never Entered My Mind". It was hosted by Seth MacFarlane and featured the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Sting, Billy Porter, Sutton Foster and Fantasia Barrino. PBS plans to broadcast it as part of its "Live from Lincoln Center" series in December 2015. Since 2013, she has been touring intermittently with her cabaret act, An Evening with Bernadette Peters, and a concert series, "Bernadette Peters in Concert". In April 2014 she gave concert performances in Australia. The reviewer for The Sydney Morning Herald wrote: "Perhaps it is a matter of personality as much as voice: a natural warmth and an instinct for never exaggerating the emotional content of a song. Whatever the case, it is easy to see and hear why, for 30 years, Bernadette Peters has probably been musical theatre's finest performer.... She even breathed new life into 'Send In the Clowns'.... Rather than make it emotionally swollen (as so many do), Peters contracted it, delicately squeezing out its essence like toothpaste from a near-empty tube."
    Peters' concert performances often benefit arts organizations or help them to mark special occasions, such as her performance on an overnight cruise on the Seabourn Odyssey in a benefit for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She was one of the performers to help celebrate the Center's grand opening in 2006.
    On November 19, 2009, she helped to celebrate the opening of The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.
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    On March 8, 2009, she helped celebrate the last birthday of Senator Ted Kennedy (singing "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame") in a private concert and ceremony held at the Kennedy Center, hosted by Bill Cosby, with many Senators, Representatives, and President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama in attendance.
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    Peters was the headliner at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia.
    More Details Hide Details The Sunday Mail wrote that Peters showed "the verve, vigour and voice of someone half her age."
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 59
    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.
    More Details Hide Details That year, she also presented New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with the Humanitarian Award at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation awards.
  • 2006
    Age 57
    Peters made her solo concert debut at Lincoln Center in New York City in 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Holden, reviewing this concert, noted, "Even while swiveling across the stage of Avery Fisher Hall like a voluptuous Botticelli Venus in Bob Mackie spangles... she radiated a preternatural innocence. For the eternal child in all of us, she evokes a surrogate childhood playmate".
  • 2003
    Age 54
    She also performed at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony for Burnett in 2003.
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  • 2002
    Age 53
    In a review of her 2002 Radio City Music Hall concert, Stephen Holden of The New York Times described Peters as "the peaches-and-cream embodiment of an ageless storybook princess... inside a giant soap bubble floating toward heaven.
    More Details Hide Details A belief in the power of the dreams behind Rodgers and Hammerstein's songs, if not in their reality, was possible."
    It formed the basis of her Radio City Music Hall solo concert debut in June 2002.
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    Peters has been a presenter at the annual Tony Awards ceremony and co-hosted the ceremony with Gregory Hines in June 2002.
    More Details Hide Details She also hosted Saturday Night Live in November 1981. She made 12 guest appearances on The Carol Burnett Show as well as appearing with Burnett in the made-for-television version of Once Upon a Mattress and the 1982 film Annie.
  • 1999
    Age 50
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She continues to perform her solo concert at venues around the U.S., such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, and with symphony orchestras such as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall.
  • FORTIES
  • 1996
    Age 47
    Peters married investment adviser Michael Wittenberg on July 20, 1996 at the Millbrook, New York home of long-time friend Mary Tyler Moore.
    More Details Hide Details Wittenberg died at age 43 on September 26, 2005 in a helicopter crash in Montenegro while on a business trip. Peters has a mixed-breed dog named Charlie. Her mixed-breed dog Kramer, the model of a character in her first children's book, died in 2012, and her American pit bull terrier Stella, the inspiration for her second book, died in 2013. She adopted all three from shelters. Peters has received many honorary awards, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1987. She was named the Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year in 1987. Other honors include the Sarah Siddons Award for outstanding performance in a Chicago theatrical production (1994); the American Theatre Hall of Fame at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City (1996), as the youngest person so honored; The Actors' Fund Artistic Achievement Medal (1999); an Honorary Doctorate from Hofstra University (2002); the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2002 and the National Dance Institute 2009 Artistic Honoree.
    Peters has been performing her solo concert in the United States and Canada for many years. She made her solo concert debut at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1996, devoting the second half to the work of Stephen Sondheim.
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    It consists of all of the songs (and patter) from her 1996 Carnegie Hall concert that were not included in the earlier recording.
    More Details Hide Details Additionally, Peters has recorded songs on other albums, such as "Dublin Lady" on John Whelan's Flirting with the Edge (Narada, 1998). On the Mandy Patinkin Dress Casual 1990 album, Patinkin and Peters recorded the songs from Stephen Sondheim's 1966 television play, Evening Primrose. On the tribute album Born to the Breed: A Tribute to Judy Collins Peters sings "Trust Your Heart". In The New York Times review of the 1986 Broadway cast recording of Song and Dance (titled Bernadette Peters in Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Song & Dance), Stephen Holden wrote that the recording was "a personal triumph for a singer and actress who is rapidly establishing herself as the first lady of the Broadway musical. Performing material whose music borders on kitsch and whose lyrics and story suggest a verbose soap opera, Miss Peters nevertheless projects an astounding emotional generosity and conviction. Almost singlehandedly she turns the inconsequential erotic misadventures of Emma... into a touching romantic fable about love and its defenses and the loss of innocence.... Miss Peters has always oozed a cuddlesome Shirley Temple-like sweetness and vulnerability. This quality, which used to seem more like an adorable child-star affectation than a deep-seated trait, has proved to be an essential ingredient of Miss Peters's personality. A delivery that once seemed coy and cutesy has deepened and ripened into an honesty and compassion that pour out in singing that is childlike but also resilient."
    The live recording of her 1996 Carnegie Hall concert, Sondheim, Etc. - Bernadette Peters Live At Carnegie Hall, also was nominated for a Grammy Award.
    More Details Hide Details Peters' next studio album, in 2002, Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers and Hammerstein, consisted entirely of Rodgers and Hammerstein songs, including two that she often sings in her concerts, "Some Enchanted Evening" and "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame". This album, which reached position 14 on the Billboard "Top Internet Albums" chart, was her third album in a row nominated for a Grammy Award.
    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.
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  • 1995
    Age 46
    The 1995 benefit concert Anyone Can Whistle and Peters' "Carnegie Hall" 1996 concert were benefits for the Gay Men's Health Crisis.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Peters helped the Broadway community celebrate the end of the stagehand strike in a "Broadway's Back" concert at the Marquis Theatre.
  • 1993
    Age 44
    Additionally, she appeared in several concerts featuring Sondheim's work, and performed for him at his 1993 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony.
    More Details Hide Details She next starred in the musical adaptation of Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl with music by Marvin Hamlisch (1993). Peters won her second Tony for her performance as Annie Oakley in the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun opposite Tom Wopat. Among many glowing notices for this role, critic Lloyd Rose of the Washington Post commented: "Peters banishes all thoughts of Ethel Merman about two bars into her first number, 'Doin' What Comes Natur'lly.' Partly this is because Merman's Annie was a hearty, boisterous gal, while Peters plays an adorable, slightly goofy gamine... For anyone who cares about the American musical theater, the chance to see Peters in this role is reason enough to see the show." Playbill went even further: "Arguably the most talented comedienne in the musical theatre today, Peters manages to extract a laugh from most every line she delivers."
  • 1992
    Age 43
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 31
    Peters' debut album in 1980 (an LP), entitled Bernadette Peters contained 10 songs, including "If You Were The Only Boy", "Gee Whiz", "Heartquake", "Should've Never Let Him Go", "Chico's Girl", "Pearl's a Singer", "Other Lady", "Only Wounded", "I Never Thought I'd Break" and "You'll Never Know".
    More Details Hide Details The original cover painting by Alberto Vargas, pictured at left, was one of his last works, created at the age of 84. According to The New York Daily News, Peters "persuaded him to do one last 'Vargas Girls' portrait... She just went to his California retreat, asked him to do one more, he looked at her and said, 'You ARE a Vargas girl!'" She kept the original painting. The original title planned for the album was Decades. Rolling Stone wrote of her debut album: Peters debuts on record as a first-rate pop torch singer: Melissa Manchester with soul, Bette Midler on pitch. Her album has already spawned the hit single "Gee Whiz," a laid-back, doo-wop version... that makes Peters' piping, little-girl voice seem almost like a cutesy novelty. There are also a couple of Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil rock tunes in which she sounds slightly trashy and out of her depth. The Peter Allen songs on side two are really more her style. In fact, the whole second half of Bernadette Peters is just about perfect, from the star's semi-C&W rendition of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's "Pearl's a Singer" to a wistful recap of Harry Warren and Mark Gordon's romantic "You'll Never Know." But the best cuts are in between. "Other Lady," written by Lesley Gore (!) with Ellen Weston, tackles an age-old problem with... devastating eloquence... and Peters delivers it with the proper brooding introspection.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She has recorded most of the Broadway and off-Broadway musicals she has appeared in, and four of these cast albums have won Grammy Awards.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 28
    Peters and Steve Martin began a romantic relationship in 1977 that lasted approximately four years.
    More Details Hide Details By 1981, her popularity led to her appearing on the cover and in a spread in the December 1981 issue of Playboy Magazine, in which she posed in lingerie designed by Bob Mackie.
  • 1976
    Age 27
    She co-starred in her own television series, All's Fair, with Richard Crenna in 1976–77.
    More Details Hide Details She played a young, liberal photographer, who becomes romantically involved with an older, conservative columnist. Although Peters was praised for her charismatic performance, the show ran for only one season. Peters was nominated for a Golden Globe award as Best TV Actress – Musical/Comedy. In March 2005, she made a pilot for an ABC situation comedy series titled Adopted, co-starring with Christine Baranski, but it was not picked up. Peters appeared in the Lifetime television movie Living Proof, which was first broadcast on October 18, 2008. She played the role of Barbara, an art teacher with breast cancer, who is initially reluctant to participate in the study for the cancer drug Herceptin. Andrew Gans of Playbill wrote, "Peters is able to choose from an expansive emotional palette to color the character, and her performance... is moving, humorous and ultimately spirit-raising".
    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.
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  • 1973
    Age 24
    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).
    More Details Hide Details Peters starred opposite Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979), in a role that he wrote for her, and Pennies From Heaven (1981), for which she won the Golden Globe Award as Best Motion Picture Actress in a Comedy or Musical. In Pennies from Heaven, she played Eileen Everson, a schoolteacher turned prostitute. Of her performance in Pennies From Heaven, John DiLeo wrote that she "is not only poignant as you'd expect but has a surprising inner strength." Pauline Kael wrote in The New Yorker: "Peters is mysteriously right in every nuance." Kael further noted that "The dance numbers are funny, amazing, and beautiful all at once; several of them are just about perfection." A review of the DVD reissue noted, "Peters brought a cocky attitude and a sexy exuberance to the musical numbers." Peters appeared with three generations of the Kirk Douglas family in the 2003 film It Runs in the Family, in which she played the wife of Michael Douglas's character. In May 2006, she appeared in the movie Come le formiche (Wine and Kisses) with F. Murray Abraham, filmed in Italy, playing a rich American who becomes involved with an Italian family that owns a vineyard. The DVD was released in 2007 in Italy. She starred in a film titled Coming Up Roses, playing a former musical comedy actress with two daughters. The movie, directed by Lisa Albright, was released in 2012.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1968
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She had appeared in an earlier 1966 version of Dames at Sea at the Off-Off-Broadway performance club Caffe Cino. Peters had starring roles in her next Broadway vehicles—Gelsomina in La Strada (1969) and Hildy in On the Town (1971), for which she received her first Tony Award nomination. She played Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel (1974), receiving another Tony nomination. Clive Barnes wrote: "With the splashy Mack & Mabel... diminutive and contralto Bernadette Peters found herself as a major Broadway star." Although these had short runs, Peters was singled out for praise by the critics, and the Mack and Mabel cast album became popular among musical theatre fans. She moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s to concentrate on television and film work.
  • 1967
    Age 18
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 15
    In 1964, she played Liesl in The Sound of Music and Jenny in Riverwind in summer stock at the Mt.
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  • 1962
    Age 13
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1958
    Age 9
    She then appeared on NBC television as Anna Stieman in A Boy Called Ciske, a Kraft Mystery Theatre production, in May 1958, and in a vignette entitled "Miracle in the Orphanage", part of "The Christmas Tree", a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, in December 1958 with fellow child actor Richard Thomas and veteran actors Jessica Tandy and Margaret Hamilton.
    More Details Hide Details She first appeared on the New York stage at age 10 as Tessie in the New York City Center revival of The Most Happy Fella (1959). In her teen years, she attended the Quintano's School for Young Professionals, a now defunct private school that several famous people, such as Steven Tyler, attended. At age 13, Peters appeared as one of the "Hollywood Blondes" and was an understudy for "Dainty June" in the second national tour of Gypsy. During this tour, Peters first met her long-time accompanist, conductor and arranger Marvin Laird, who was the assistant conductor for the tour.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She made her professional stage debut the same month in This is Goggle, a comedy directed by Otto Preminger that closed during out-of-town tryouts before reaching New York.
  • 1948
    Born
    Born on February 28, 1948.
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