Bernadette Peters

Actor, Singer, Voice actor
Instantly recognizable for her curly red hair and porcelain doll features, Bernadette Peters was already a seasoned theater actress when she broke through with 1968's "Dames at Sea. " Her critical triumphs as the star ... Read more »
Born: 02/27/1948 in Ozone Park, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (122)

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return 2014 (Movie)

Glinda (Voice)

Mozart in the Jungle 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Smash 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coming Up Roses 2012 (Movie)

Diane (Actor)

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Ugly Betty 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Come le formiche 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 61st Annual Tony Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Tony Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

It Runs in the Family 2003 (Movie)

Rebecca Gromberg (Actor)

Prince Charming 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 56th Annual Tony Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1976 - 1977, 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frasier 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Let It Snow 2001 (Movie)

Elise Ellis (Actor)

The 55th Annual Tony Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Actors Studio 2000 (Tv Show)

Interviewee

Irving Berlin: An American Song 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Tony Awards (CBS) 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Animaniacs 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Bernadette Peters in Concert 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Remember WENN 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Disney's Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Quincy Jones -- The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Closer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Anastasia 1997 (Movie)

of Sophie (Voice)

Beauty and the Beast: the Enchanted Christmas 1997 (Movie)

of Angelique (Voice)

The 51st Annual Tony Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Going, Going, Almost Gone! Animals in Danger 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Voice

Peter Allen: The Boy From Oz 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 48th Annual Tony Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Tony Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Creative Spirit 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

A Broadway Christmas 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Impromptu 1991 (Movie)

Marie d'Agoult (Actor)

Into the Woods 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice 1990 (Movie)

Muse (Actor)

Fall From Grace 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Tony Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

David 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Pink Cadillac 1989 (Movie)

Lou Ann McGuinn (Actor)

Slaves of New York 1989 (Movie)

Eleanor (Actor)

The 42nd Annual Tony Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Diana Ross... Red Hot Rhythm & Blues 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening at Pops (08/01/87) 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Tony Awards 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns and Other Sex Symbols 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Texaco Star Theater: Opening Night 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Annie 1982 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

Baryshnikov in Hollywood 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Heartbeeps 1981 (Movie)

Aqua (Actor)

Pennies From Heaven 1981 (Movie)

Eileen (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope in the Star-Makers 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Martian Chronicles 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

Marie (Actor)

The Perry Como Springtime Special 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncle Tim Wants You! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

All's Fair 1976 - 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby's White Christmas 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Silent Movie 1976 (Movie)

Vilma Kaplan (Actor)

Vigilante Force 1976 (Movie)

Dee (Actor)

W.C. Fields and Me 1976 (Movie)

Melody (Actor)

Burt and the Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Paradise Lost 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby -- Cooling It 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Once Upon a Mattress 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Longest Yard 1973 (Movie)

Warden's Secretary (Actor)

Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies 1972 (Movie)

Allison (Actor)

George M! 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing Crosby -- Cooling It 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

Bobbie's Girl (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday in Your Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Living Proof (TV Show)

Actor

The Islander (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Best Year (TV Show)

Actor

The Martian Chronicles (Movie)

(Actor)

The Odyssey (TV Show)

Actor

What the Deaf Man Heard (TV Show)

Actor
Music (3)

Barney's Great Adventure 1998 (Movie)

("Barney--the Song") (Song Performer)

Annie 1982 (Movie)

("Easy Street") (Song Performer)

The Jerk 1979 (Movie)

("You Belong to Me") (Song Performer)

Biography

Instantly recognizable for her curly red hair and porcelain doll features, Bernadette Peters was already a seasoned theater actress when she broke through with 1968's "Dames at Sea. " Her critical triumphs as the star of a series of stage musicals earned her multiple Tony and Drama Desk Awards, and she earned an amazing track record with acclaimed turns in "Song and Dance," "Sunday in the Park with George," "Into the Woods," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Gypsy" and "A Little Night Music," earning a reputation as the premier interpreter of Stephen Sondheim. Romantically linked to Steve Martin for several years, Peters achieved great success onscreen as well, starring in Mel Brooks' "Silent Movie" (1976), the comedy classic "The Jerk" (1979), "Annie" (1982) and "Pennies from Heaven" (1981), winning a Golden Globe for the latter. Gifted with impeccable comic timing, a powerful voice, and a unique charisma, Peters became one of musical theater's most loved and recognizable ambassadors, appearing in many variety shows, tributes and filmed performances that increased mainstream interest in theater. Even audiences resistant to Broadway's charms could appreciate Peters in popular roles such as the sorceress Circe in "The Odyssey" (NBC, 1997) or as Brandy's wickedly bitchy stepmother in "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" (ABC, 1997). Working steadily and to enormous acclaim across the entire entertainment spectrum, Bernadette Peters was universally hailed as one of the greatest musical theater performers of all time, if not the all-time greatest.

Relationships

Marguerite Lazzara

Mother

Joseph Lazzara

Brother

Donna Lazzara

Sister

Peter Lazzara

Father
owned bread business

Steve Martin Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "The Jerk" (1979) Together from 1979-82 No longer together

Michael Wittenberg

Husband
born c. 1961 married on July 20, 1996 at the upstate New York home of Mary Tyler Moore died September 26, 2005 at the age of 43, in a helicopter crash in Montenegro

EDUCATION

studied singing with Jim Gregory

studied tap dancing with Oliver McCool III

studied acting with David LeGrant

Quintano School for Young Professionals

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Guest starred on NBC's "Smash" as the mother of aspiring theater star Ivy Lynn (Megan Hilty)

2011

Starred in the Broadway revival of "Follies"

2009

Landed recurring guest role as magazine mogul Jodie Papadakis on ABC's "Ugly Betty"

2006

Guest starred as Karen Walker's (Megan Mullally) sister on NBC's "Will & Grace"

2003

Portrayed Michael Douglas' wife in the film "It Runs in the Family," co-starring Kirk Douglas

2003

Undertook role of Mama Rose in Broadway revival of "Gypsy," staged by Sam Mendes

2002

Starred opposite Rachel Ward, playing a lesbian couple who adopt a child in "Bobbie's Girl"

2002

Co-starred in the TNT production "Prince Charming"

2001

Landed recurring role on Fox's "Ally McBeal"; received Emmy nomination

1999

Starred in the PBS special "Bernadette Peters in Concert," filmed in London

1999

Appeared as an overprotective Jewish mother in the independent feature "Let It Snow" (formerly "Snow Days"); premiered at Sundance; released theatrically in 2001

1999

Headlined a revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun"; won second Tony award

1998

Made Australian concert debut

1997

Played the Wicked Stepmother in ABC remake of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella"

1997

Voiced character of Sophie in the animated feature "Anastasia"

1996

Solo concert debut at Carnegie Hall (December); concert was recorded

1993

Starred in ill-fated musical version of "The Goodbye Girl"; played opposite Martin Short

1993

Provided voice of Rita the cat on "Steven Spielberg Presents the Animaniacs"

1991

Played supporting role in the feature "Impromptu," directed by James Lapine

1991

Recreated stage role of the Witch in PBS TV version of "Into the Woods"

1990

Portrayed televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker (opposite Kevin Spacey) in the NBC biopic "Fall From Grace"

1989

Starred in the Merchant-Ivory production "Slaves of New York"

1989

Cast as the leading lady to Clint Eastwood in "Pink Cadillac"

1988

Made dramatic acting debut in the ABC TV-movie "David," playing the mother of a boy set on fire by his father

1987

Reteamed with Sondheim and Lapine for the stage musical "Into the Woods," based on fairy tales; Peters portrayed the Witch

1986

Recreated stage role of Dot in TV version of "Sunday in the Park with George" (Showtime)

1985

Won Tony Award for role of Emma in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Song and Dance"; Peters appeared alone onstage in the first act

1983

Starred with Mandy Patinkin in the Stephen Sondheim-James Lapine musical "Sunday in the Park with George"

1982

Landed rare non-musical stage role in off-Broadway play "Sally and Marsha"

1982

Played the role of Lily in John Huston's film version of "Annie"

1981

Appeared in one of her best screen roles as the schoolteacher girlfriend of Steve Martin in Herbert Ross' "Pennies from Heaven"

1980

Played featured role in the NBC miniseries "The Martian Chronicles"

1979

First screen collaboration with Steve Martin, "The Jerk"

1978

Netted first Emmy nomination for an appearance on the syndicated "The Muppet Show"

1976

Appeared in the film biography "W C and Me"

1976

Cast in starring role as Charlotte Drake on sitcom "All's Fair" (CBS)

1974

Co-starred as silent screen actress Mabel Normand opposite Robert Preston as Mack Sennett in the Jerry Herman musical "Mack and Mabel"

1973

Film acting debut, "Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies"

1972

Supported Carol Burnett in the CBS telecast of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress"

1970

Co-starred in the revival of "On the Town"; garnered first Tony nomination

1969

Appeared in the out of town tryout of "W.C.," a musical biography of W C Fields

1969

Recreated her stage role of Josie Cohan in the NBC telecast of "George M!"

1968

First starring role on Broadway in "La Strada"; musical closed on opening night

1968

Landed star-making role in off-Broadway production of "Dames at Sea"

1968

Part in the pre-Broadway tour of "A Mother's Kisses" was written out

1968

Played featured role of Josie Cohan in short-lived musical "George M!" opposite Joel Grey

1967

Made actual Broadway performing debut in "Johnny No-Trump"

1967

Broadway debut, understudied lead role in "The Girl in the Freudian Slip"

1966

Appeared in the off-Broadway shows "The Penny Friend" (1966) and "Curly McDimple" (1967)

1965

Moved to NYC at age 17 to pursue a stage career

1961

Toured in "Gypsy"; understudied the role of Dainty June; played a Hollywood Blonde in production numbers; first professional collaboration with Stephen Sondheim

1958

New York stage debut in "The Most Happy Fella"

1953

At age five, appeared on "Juvenile Jury" and "The Horn & Hardart Children's Hour"

Occasionally filled in as guest co-host on "Live With Regis"

Bonus Trivia

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Her official Web site was located at www.bernadettepeters.net.

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Peters was named Harvard Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year in 1986.

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She was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1996. She was one of the youngest inductees in the Hall of Fame's history.

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"I really wasn't ever a child star. It wasn't like I had to grow up and have the audience try to accept me as an adult. I was lucky; I was just a performer." – Peters in Show Music, Summer 1997

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