Bernadette Peters Biography (1948-)

Original name, Bernadette Lazzara; born February 28, 1948, in Jamaica (some sources say Queens), NY; daughter of Peter (a truck driver) and Marguerite (ahomemaker; maiden name, Maltese) Lazzara; married Michael Wittenberg (an investment advisor), July 20, 1996. Addresses: Agent: Jeff Hunter, WilliamMorris Agency, 1325 Avenue of the Americas, Floor 15, New York, NY 10019-6026.

Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer, dancer
Birth Details
February 28, 1948
Jamaica, New York

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Tessie, The Most Happy Fella, New York City Center Theatre, New York City, 1959
  • Alice Burton, This Is Google, 1962
  • Jenny, Riverwind, 1966
  • Cinderella, The Penny Friend, Stage 73 Theatre, New York City, 1966-1967
  • (Broadway debut) The Girl in the Freudian Slip, Booth Theatre, NewYork City, 1967
  • Bettina, Johnny No-Trump, Cort Theatre, New York City, 1967
  • Alice, Curley McDimple, Wheeler Theatre, New York City, 1967-1968
  • Josie Cohan, George M!, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1968
  • Ruby, Dames at Sea, Bowerie Lane Theatre, New York City, 1968-1969
  • Gelsomina, La Strada, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York City, 1969
  • Consuelo, Nevertheless They Laugh, Lambs Club Theatre, New York City, 1971
  • Hildy, On the Town, Imperial Theatre, New York City, 1971-1972
  • Dorine, Tartuffe, Philadelphia Drama Guild Theatre, Philadelphia,PA, 1972-1973
  • Mabel Normand, Mack and Mabel, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1974
  • Sally, Sally and Marsha, Manhattan Theatre Club/Downstage, New York City, 1982
  • Dot, Sunday in the Park with George, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 1983 then Booth Theatre, 1984-1985
  • Emma, Song and Dance, Royale Theatre, New York City, 1985-1986
  • Witch, Into the Woods, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1987-1989
  • The Goodbye Girl, 1993
  • Annie Oakley (title role), Annie Get Your Gun, Marquis Theatre, 1999
  • Broadway Bears III, Hudson Theatre at Millenium Broadway, New YorkCity, 2000
  • Bernadette Peters, Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 2001
  • Major Tours
  • Gypsy, U.S. cities, 1961-1962
  • Carolotta Monti, W. C., U.S. cities, 1971
  • Film Appearances
  • Allison, Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Warden's secretary, The Longest Yard, Paramount, 1974
  • Vilma Kaplan, Silent Movie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1976
  • Dee, Vigilante Force, United Artists, 1976
  • Melody, W. C. Fields and Me, Universal, 1976
  • Marie, The Jerk, Universal, 1979
  • Aqua, Heartbeeps, Universal, 1981
  • Eileen, Pennies from Heaven, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1981
  • Rutanya Wallace, Tulips, Avco Embassy, 1981
  • Lily, Annie, Columbia, 1982
  • Eleanor, Slaves of New York, Tri-Star, 1989
  • Lou Ann McGuinn, Pink Cadillac, Warner Brothers, 1989
  • Muse, Alice, Orion, 1990
  • Marie d'Agoult, Impromptu, Hemdale, 1991
  • Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz, 1995
  • Voice of Angelique, Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas(animated), 1997
  • Voice of Sophie, Anastasia (animated), 1997
  • Voice of Rita, Wakko's Wish, 1999
  • Elise Ellis, Snow Days (also known as Let It Snow), 1999
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Lily St. Regis, Lights, Camera, Annie!, 1982
  • Rothenberg, David, ABC, 1988
  • Jane Murray, The Last Best Year of My Life, ABC, 1990
  • Cinderella's stepmother, Cinderella (also known as Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella), ABC, 1997
  • Helen Ayers, What the Deaf Man Heard, NBC, 1997
  • Faith Shawn, Holiday in Your Heart, ABC, 1997
  • Prince Charming, TNT, 2001
  • Specials
  • Josie Cohan, George M! (adaptation of the Broadway musical), NBC,1970
  • Bing Crosby--Cooling It, NBC, 1970
  • Lady Larken, Once Upon a Mattress, CBS, 1972
  • Burt and the Girls, NBC, 1973
  • Bing Crosby--Cooling It, CBS, 1973
  • Josie Cohan, George M!, CBS, 1976
  • Bing Crosby's White Christmas, CBS, 1976
  • Ringmaster, Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1977
  • Bob Hope's All-Star Comedy Tribute to Vaudeville, NBC, 1977
  • Uncle Tim Wants You, CBS, 1977
  • The Beatles Forever, NBC, 1977
  • Mac Davis's Christmas Odyssey: 2010, NBC, 1978
  • Perry Como's Springtime Special, ABC, 1979
  • Ringmaster, Circus of the Stars, CBS, 1979
  • Musical Comedy Tonight, PBS, 1979
  • Sally, Bob Hope in the Star Makers, NBC, 1980
  • Baryshnikov in Hollywood, CBS, 1982
  • Bob Hope's All-Star Birthday at Annapolis, NBC, 1982
  • Texaco Star Theatre: Opening Night, NBC, 1982
  • George Burns and Other Sex Symbols, NBC, 1982
  • Bob Hope's Pink Panther Thanksgiving Gala, NBC, 1982
  • Bob Hope's Women I Love--Beautiful But Funny, 1982
  • George Burn's Celebrates Eighty Years in Show Business, NBC, 1983
  • Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming, NBC, 1985
  • The Night of 100 Stars II, ABC, 1985
  • Dot and Marie, Sunday in the Park with George, Showtime, 1986
  • Happy Birthday Hollywood, ABC, 1987
  • The Music Makers: An ASCAP Celebration of American Music at Wolf Trap, PBS, 1987
  • A Star-Spangled Celebration, ABC, 1987
  • Evening at Pops, PBS, 1987
  • Ruby Lee Carter, Diana Ross ... Red Hot Rhythm and Blues, ABC, 1987
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1989
  • A Broadway Christmas, Showtime, 1990
  • Some Enchanted Evening: Celebrating Oscar Hammerstein II, PBS, 1995
  • Salute to Steven Speilberg (also known as The 23rd American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Steven Spielberg), NBC, 1995
  • Hey Mr. Producer (also known as Hey Mr. Producer!: The MusicalWorld of Cameron Mackintosh), PBS, 1998
  • Bernadette Peters in Concert, PBS, 1999
  • AFI's 100 Years, 100 Laughs: America's Funniest Movies, CBS, 2000
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 38th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1984
  • The 40th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1986
  • The 41st Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1987
  • The 42nd Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1988
  • The 44th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1990
  • The 33rd Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1991
  • Series
  • Charlotte (Charley) Drake, All's Fair, CBS, 1976-1977
  • Voice of Rita, Animaniacs (animated), 1993
  • The Closer, CBS, 1998
  • Episodic
  • House Party, 1952
  • Horn & Hardart Children's Hour, 1953
  • "We Interrupt This Season," NBC Experiment in Television, NBC, 1967
  • Love, American Style, 1969
  • Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1969 and 1974
  • "Lost Paradise," Theatre in America, PBS, 1971
  • Kathy Griffith, "The Split: Rumpus in the Rumpus Room," Maude, 1972
  • "Love and the Hoodwinked Honey," Love, American Style, ABC, 1973
  • "The Double Date," Maude, CBS, 1975
  • Linda Galloway, "Gloria Suspects Mike," All in the Family, CBS, 1975
  • "In Again, Out Again," McCoy, NBC, 1976
  • "The Day New York Turned Blue," McCloud, NBC, 1976
  • The Muppet Show, 1977
  • Multiple characters, Carol Burnett and Friends, 1977
  • Host, Saturday Night Live, NBC, 1981
  • "Sleeping Beauty," Faerie Tale Theater, Showtime, 1983
  • "Trevor Farrell," An American Portrait, CBS, 1984
  • Tammy Faye Bakker, "Fall from Grace," Sunday Night at the Movies,NBC, 1990
  • Witch, "Into the Woods," American Playhouse, PBS, 1991
  • The Carol Burnett Show, CBS, 1991
  • The soprano, "The Last Mile," Great Performances, PBS, 1992
  • "Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall," Great Performances, PBS, 1992
  • "Montana," The Larry Sanders Show, HBO, 1994
  • The Closer, CBS, 1998
  • Voice of Fifi, "Fifi," Teacher's Pet (animated), ABC, 2000
  • Cohost, Live with Regis, ABC, 2000-2001
  • Rachel, "Sliding Frasiers," Frasier, NBC, 2001
  • Cassandra Lewis, "The Getaway," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001
  • Cassandra Lewis, "The Obstacle Course," Ally McBeal, Fox, 2001
  • Appeared as a child on Juvenile Jury and Name That Tune; appeared as host, Rich, Thin, and Beautiful; also appeared in They Said It with Music; Lonely Man; House of Numbers; Ten Seconds to Hell; and Warriors Five.
  • Pilots
  • Doris, The Owl and the Pussycat, NBC, 1975
  • Marie Trudy Engels, The Islander, CBS, 1978
  • Miniseries
  • Genevieve Seltzer, The Martian Chronicles, NBC, 1980
  • Circe, The Odyssey (also known as Die Abenteuer ver des Odysseus, Homer's Odyssey, and Odissea), NBC, 1997
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • Bernadette Peters, MCA, 1980
  • Now Playing, MCA, 1981
  • Sondheim: Sunday in the Park with George, RCA, 1985
  • A Collector's Sondheim, 1985
  • Bernadette Peters in "Song and Dance": The Songs, 1986
  • I'll Be Your Baby Tonight, Angel, 1996
  • Sondheim Etc., Angel, 1997

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • People Weekly, March 29, 1982, p. 70

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