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Bernadette Peters is a Actor American born on 28 february 1948 at New York City (USA)

Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters
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Birth name Bernadette Lazzara
Nationality USA
Birth 28 february 1948 (71 years) at New York City (USA)

Bernadette Peters (born Bernadette Lazzara; February 28, 1948) is an American actress, singer and children's book author. 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 (plus an honorary award), and nine Drama Desk Awards, winning three. Four of the Broadway cast albums on which she has starred have won Grammy Awards.

Regarded by many as the foremost interpreter of the works of Stephen Sondheim, Peters is particularly noted for her roles on the Broadway stage, including in the musicals Mack and Mabel, Sunday in the Park with George, Song and Dance, Into the Woods, Annie Get Your Gun and Gypsy.

Peters first performed on the stage as a child and then a teenage actor in the 1960s, and in film and television in the 1970s. She was praised for this early work and for appearances on The Muppet Show, The Carol Burnett Show and in other television work, and for her roles in films like Silent Movie, The Jerk, Pennies from Heaven and Annie. In the 1980s, she returned to the theatre, where she became one of the best-known Broadway stars over the next three decades. She also has recorded six solo albums and several singles, as well as many cast albums, and performs regularly in her own solo concert act. In the 2010s, Peters continues to act on stage, in films and on television, where she has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, winning once.


Peters and Steve Martin began a romantic relationship in 1977 that lasted approximately four years. 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.

Peters married investment adviser Michael Wittenberg on July 20, 1996 at the Millbrook, New York home of long-time friend Mary Tyler Moore. 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.

Best films

Annie (1982)
Silent Movie (1976)
Pennies from Heaven (1981)

Usually with

Al Waxman
Al Waxman
(1 films)
Tom Ruegger
Tom Ruegger
(1 films)
Jeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Bernadette Peters (34 films)

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, 1h32
Directed by Will Finn
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Monde imaginaire, Le pays d'Oz, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, James Belushi, Kelsey Grammer, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty
Roles Glinda (voice)
Rating51% 2.5561052.5561052.5561052.5561052.556105
In the Land of Oz, the Emerald City's co-leaders the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, and the Cowardly Lion discover that an evil Jester has stolen the broomstick of the late Wicked Witch of the West and taken control over the Flying Monkeys. With Oz's future at stake, the Scarecrow decides to use his invention called the Rainbow Mover to summon Dorothy Gale to save the kingdom again. But flying monkeys invade the castle and force the trio out the window.
Living Proof
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about cancer
Actors Harry Connick, Paula Cale, Angie Harmon, Amanda Bynes, Bernadette Peters, Regina King
Roles Barbara
Rating67% 3.3965553.3965553.3965553.3965553.396555
The film follows the true story of Dr. Dennis Slamon (played by Harry Connick, Jr.), who helped develop the breast cancer drug Herceptin, over the course of 8 years from 1988 to 1996. Dr. Slamon is a research doctor at UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles), where he has developed the experimental drug Herceptin, which he believes will become a treatment for breast cancer. However, when the drug company stops funding for research, philanthropists, including Lilly Tartikoff (Angie Harmon) and Ronald Perelman help him continue tests of the drug. Funding was done with an initial donation from Perelman's Revlon charity, and continued over the years with the "Fire and Ice Ball" organized by Tartikoff.
The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration, 1h25
Directed by Mel Smith
Origin USA
Genres Adventure, Animation
Themes Films about animals, Dinosaur films, Films about children, La préhistoire, Animaux préhistoriques, Film d'animation mettant en scène un animal, Children's films
Actors John Ingle, Kenneth Mars, Kelly Marot, Miriam Flynn, Roger Carel, Anndi McAfee
Roles Sue
Rating61% 3.0532853.0532853.0532853.0532853.053285
Littlefoot has nightmares which involve the "Great Circle". He mentions it to his grandparents, who share the same psychedelic trip. Grandpa has a "feeling" that he wants to "go somewhere", and they leave the "next day" with only their gut feeling to guide them. Out of curiosity, Cera, Spike, Ducky and Petrie follow him, starting after them the following night. New characters are introduced throughout the film: Sue (Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz), a Supersaurus, who is driven on by the same sense as Littlefoot and joins his journey. Sue towers above all other longnecks and one day wishes to meet someone taller than herself. Meanwhile, Littlefoot's friends meet Pat (James Garner), an elderly Apatosaurus. He is slow-moving and even scalds his hind foot whilst crossing a magma river, but does arrive at the crater in time for the event.
It Runs in the Family, 1h49
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about families
Actors Kirk Douglas, Cameron Douglas, Diana Douglas, Rory Culkin, Bernadette Peters, Michael Douglas
Roles Rebecca Gromberg
Rating56% 2.801252.801252.801252.801252.80125
The story involves a highly successful New York City family, each with its set of problems, and highlights the difficulties of the father-son relationship. Mitchell Gromberg is trying to deal with health problems resulting from a stroke. (Kirk Douglas himself suffered a stroke in 1996.) His son, Alex, works as a lawyer in the firm that his father founded, but is questioning the usefulness of his work and his place in the family. Alex's son, Asher, does not take college seriously and seems lost. The youngest son Eli, while extremely intelligent, is entering a difficult pre-adolescent time, while being socially awkward.
Bobbie's Girl, 1h35
Directed by Jeremy Kagan
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Bernadette Peters, Rachel Ward, Jonathan Silverman, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
Roles Bailey Lewis
Rating69% 3.485053.485053.485053.485053.48505
Bobbie Langham (Rachel Ward) and Bailey Lewis (Bernadette Peters) are life partners who own and run a pub together in Dublin, Ireland, aided by Bailey's brother, David Lewis (Jonathan Silverman). Bobbie discovers that she has breast cancer, and is determined to deal with the crisis on her own. Meanwhile, the parents of Bobbie's 10-year-old nephew Alan Langham (Thomas Sangster) have been killed, and Bailey talks a reluctant Bobbie into taking him in. Bobbie and Bailey are opposites—Bobbie the cool, quiet, reserved, practical one; Bailey warm, outgoing and eccentric (and a former actress). As Bobbie undergoes treatment for her illness she finally agrees to accept Bailey's help. In turn, Bailey takes over the management of the pub and takes care of Bobbie, growing more responsible.
Prince Charming, 1h35
Directed by Allan Arkush
Genres Science fiction, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Actors Martin Short, Christina Applegate, Sean Maguire, Andrea Martin, Bernadette Peters, Billy Connolly
Roles Margo / 'Titania'
Rating61% 3.050543.050543.050543.050543.05054
On his wedding day, Prince John commits a romantic indiscretion and is cursed by being turned into a frog forever, unless a woman kisses him and marries him within a week. For good measure, his squire Rodney is similarly "frogged".
Wakko's Wish, 1h20
Directed by Tom Ruegger
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Fantasy, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about children, Monde imaginaire, Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Nathan Ruegger, Sherri Stoner
Roles Rita
Rating71% 3.5884553.5884553.5884553.5884553.588455
In the town of Acme Falls within the kingdom of Warnerstock, all the people live happily together. However, upon the death of the king, Sir William the Good, Warnerstock enters a state of civil war. Taking advantage of the situation, the neighboring kingdom of Ticktockia, led by King Salazar, the Pushy, takes over Warnerstock, and makes all its people poor and miserable due to overtaxing. Three orphans, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot Warner, are particularly troubled, as Dot needs an operation. Wakko finds work in another town to pay for it, but Plotz takes his pay – a half penny – from him, lying that it is for taxes.
Snow days
Snow days (1999)
, 1h30
Directed by Adam Marcus
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Kipp Marcus, Bernadette Peters, Larry Pine, Henry Simmons, Judith Malina, Miriam Shor
Rating58% 2.90482.90482.90482.90482.9048
James Ellis (Kipp Marcus) meets and falls in love with Sarah (Alice Dylan) during time off for snow days while in high school. James, however, has commitment issues, and Sarah eventually winds up engaged to Peter (Peter Giles). His grandmother (Judith Malina) had warned him about the family curse, that the "men always leave and the women go crazy", which causes James to be reluctant to commit. Over the next few years, James searches for his true self, ending up at "The CIA" – the Culinary Institute of America.
Anastasia (1997)
, 1h34
Directed by Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Gary Goldman
Origin USA
Genres Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Musical, Animation
Themes Films about children, Films about music and musicians, Christmas films, Musical films, Political films, Alternate history films, Children's films
Actors Meg Ryan, John Cusack, Angela Lansbury, Liz Callaway, Kelsey Grammer, Daveigh Chase
Roles Sophie (voice)
Rating71% 3.5579453.5579453.5579453.5579453.557945
In 1916, Tsar Nicholas II hosts a ball at the Catherine Palace to celebrate the Romanov tricentennial. His mother, the Dowager Empress Marie Feodorovna, is visiting from Paris and gives a music box and a necklace inscribed with the words “Together in Paris” as parting gifts to her youngest granddaughter, eight-year-old Grand Duchess Anastasia. The ball is suddenly interrupted by the sorcerer Grigori Rasputin, the former royal advisor of the Romanovs until he was banished by Nicholas II for treason. In retaliation, Rasputin sells his soul in exchange for an unholy reliquary, which he uses to place a curse on the Romanov family, sparking the Russian Revolution. Only Marie and Anastasia are able to escape the ensuing siege of the palace, thanks to a young servant boy named Dimitri who shows them a secret passageway in Anastasia's room. Rasputin confronts the two royals outside, only to fall through the ice and freeze to death. The pair manage to reach a moving train, but only Marie climbs aboard while Anastasia falls, hitting her head on the platform.
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas, 1h8
Directed by Andy Knight, Tad Stones, Toby Shelton
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Animation
Themes Christmas films, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers, Bernadette Peters
Roles Angelique
Rating61% 3.0501453.0501453.0501453.0501453.050145
Belle and Prince Adam throw a Christmas party for the local villagers at their castle. Lumiere and Cogsworth argue who brought Christmas back to the castle, while Mrs. Potts insists of explaining the true story behind Christmas' return to the castle. The film then switches into a lengthy flashback, during the events of the first film after the Beast saved Belle from a wolf pack. Belle is excited for Christmas but is shocked when the castle servants reveal the Beast has forbidden Christmas from occurring. Belle finds the Beast outside in the snow and offers to teach him ice skating, but Fife, humble minion of Forte the court composer, who was transformed into a pipe organ, interrupts their skating, causing the Beast and Belle to crash into the snow, and when Belle makes a snow angel, the Beast see his angel as a shadow of a monster. He roars, swipes at some snow and storms off inside, leaving Belle and the castle servants alone.
Holiday in Your Heart, 2h
Directed by Michael Switzer
Genres Drama
Themes Christmas films
Actors Bernadette Peters, Rebecca Schull, LeAnn Rimes, Rance Howard, Cherami Leigh, Danielle von Zerneck
Roles Faith Shawn
Rating60% 3.004713.004713.004713.004713.00471
The story is told as part realistic, part fable. A young country singer, LeAnn Rimes, playing herself, prepares to make her debut at the Grand Ole Opry at Christmas. However, her beloved grandmother is hospitalized and LeAnn is faced with a difficult decision. While trying to reconcile her new-found stardom with her family obligations she meets Faith Shawn (Bernadette Peters), a once-famous country singer. Faith decides to mentor LeAnn, showing her the history of country music.
Cinderella (1997)
, 1h28
Directed by Robert Iscove
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about children, Films about magic and magicians, Films about music and musicians, Films about the labor movement, Musical films, Téléfilm musical, Children's films
Actors Brandy, Whitney Houston, Bernadette Peters, Whoopi Goldberg, Jason Alexander, Natalie Desselle-Reid
Roles Cinderella's Stepmother
Rating64% 3.248823.248823.248823.248823.24882
Cinderella's Fairy Godmother (Whitney Houston) explains that nothing is impossible in this magical, mystical realm. In the village, Cinderella (Brandy) struggles under the weight of the numerous gaudy purchases of her imperious Stepmother (Bernadette Peters) and her spiteful and envious stepsisters Minerva (Natalie Desselle-Reid) and Calliope (Veanne Cox). Cinderella's imagination wanders ("The Sweetest Sounds"). Disguised as a peasant, Prince Christopher (Paolo Montalban) is also strolling through the marketplace. The two meet when the Prince rushes over to help Cinderella after she is nearly crushed by the royal carriage. They begin to talk and realize they are both dissatisfied with their sheltered lives. She is charmed by his sincere, direct nature, while he is drawn to her naive honesty and purity. Their conversation is cut off when Cinderella's Stepmother scolds her for talking to a stranger. The Prince reluctantly leaves, but tells Cinderella that he hopes to see her again.
The Odyssey (TV miniseries), 2h56
Directed by Andreï Kontchalovski
Origin USA
Genres Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Seafaring films, Films based on mythology, Transport films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini, Vanessa Williams, Bernadette Peters, Eric Roberts
Roles Circe
Rating69% 3.4988053.4988053.4988053.4988053.498805
Odysseus (Armand Assante), the king of the ancient Greek kingdom of Ithaca, is called to service in the Trojan War after the birth of his son Telemachus, much to the dismay of his wife Queen Penelope (Greta Scacchi). Odysseus is worried that he may not return, and tells Penelope that she should remarry by the time Telemachus is a man if he does not return. The war lasts ten years, during which Greece's best soldier, Achilles (Richard Trewett), is killed and the Greeks avenge him by using a giant horse to sneak inside and destroy the city of Troy. Laocoön (Heathcote Williams) tries to warn the Trojans of a vision of this, but is suddenly devoured by a sea monster. On the way back, Odysseus' ego gets the best of him and he tells the gods that he did it himself, which angers Poseidon (voiced by Miles Anderson) so much that he promises to make Odysseus' journey home to Penelope nearly impossible, mentioning that it was he who sent the sea monster to devour Laocoön.
What the Deaf Man Heard, 2h
Directed by John Kent Harrison
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Actors Matthew Modine, James Earl Jones, Frankie Muniz, Claire Bloom, Tom Skerritt, Bernadette Peters
Roles Helen Ayers
Rating71% 3.5923453.5923453.5923453.5923453.592345
During a stop on a bus trip, 10-year-old Sammy Ayers' mother Helen ventures into a bar, while Sammy sleeps on the bus. Helen is murdered as the bus leaves. At the last bus stop in Georgia, Sammy is woken up and realizes that his mother has disappeared. He takes to heart her warning to "keep quiet." He is taken in by the bus station manager, Norm, and informally adopted by Lucille as the entire small town looks after him. As Sammy grows to adulthood, he pretends to be deaf and mute as a self-protective device. Over a 20-year period, he hears many secrets and confidences. However, when he hears something harmful he decides to take action, to protect the townspeople who have become his family, revealing his secret.