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Bernadette Peters Biography

Birth Name:
Bernadette Lazzara
Birth Place:
Ozone Park, New York, United States
Actor, singer

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


  • 2021Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1984Tony-Actress (Musical): nominated
  • 1982Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1978Emmy-Outstanding Continuing or Single Performance by a Supporting Actress in Variety or Music: nominated
  • 1977Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 1977Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated