Fast Facts

  • Began her career as a child performer on such TV shows as Juvenile Jury, Name That Tune and The Horn & Hardart Children's Hour.
  • Joined the ensemble of a touring company of Gypsy at age 13. In 2003, she was cast in Sam Mendes' Broadway production of Gypsy in the lead role of Rose, the overzealous stage mother pushing her kids into show business.
  • Found success in Hollywood starring opposite her then-boyfriend Steve Martin in The Jerk (1979) and Pennies From Heaven (1981).
  • Originated the role of the Witch in the 1987 Broadway musical Into the Woods.
  • Was inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 1995.
  • Founded Broadway Barks with Mary Tyler Moore in 1998 to support animal-adoption efforts in New York. To help the charity, she wrote a children's book called Broadway Barks.

Awards

  • 2003, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1975, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: Nominee
  • 2012, Tony — Isabelle Stevenson Award: Winner
  • 1972, Tony — Actress, Supporting or Featured (Musical): Nominee
  • 1984, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1982, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1977, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1993, Tony — Actress (Musical): Nominee
  • 1986, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner
  • 1999, Tony — Actress (Musical): Winner

Relationships

  • Marguerite Lazzara — Mother
  • Donna — Sister
  • Steve Martin — Ex-significant Other
  • Joseph Lazzara — Brother
  • Peter Lazzara — Father
  • Michael Wittenberg — Husband (deceased)

Details

  • Birth Name: Bernadette Lazzara
  • Birth Place: Ozone Park, NY
  • Birthday: February 28, 1948, Pisces
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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