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Throughout her illustrious career, Tony Award-winning actress Bernadette Peters has dazzled audiences and critics with her performances on stage, on television, in concert, and in the recording industry. In 2003, she received her third Tony Award nomination for her electrifying portrayal of Momma Rose in Sam Mendes’ record-breaking Broadway revival of Gypsy. She performed her three Momma Rose showstoppers in the new Gypsy cast recording, released by Angel Records in August 2003. Peters’ latest solo CD, the Grammy-nominated Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein -- also released by Angel Records – is a collection of timeless favorites from the Rodgers and Hammerstein songbook featuring arrangements by the legendary Jonathan Tunick.
Peters received an Emmy nomination for her performance in FOX’s hit TV series Ally McBeal. Recent television appearances include Bobbie’s Girl (Daytime Emmy nomination), a Showtime movie that aired in June 2002; and Prince Charming, a TNT movie co-starring Martin Short and Christina Applegate and featuring Peters as a Broadway diva that aired in July, 2003.
In June 1999, Peters earned her second Tony Award, her third Drama Desk Award, and an Outer Critics Circle Award for her showstopping portrayal of Annie Oakley in one of Broadway’s most popular musicals, the smash Tony Award-winning hit Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun. In 1996, she made her highly-anticipated solo debut at Carnegie Hall in an exclusive concert benefiting Gay Men’s Health Crisis – a performance she repeated in Bernadette Peters in Concert, her London solo debut at Royal Festival Hall.
Peters has starred in several TV movies including Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston; What The Deaf Man Heard; and The Odyssey, starring Armand Assante. Other recent TV performance credits include PBS’s Hey Mr. Producer!: The World of Cameron Mackintosh, and the ABC-TV special Quincy Jones: The First 50 Years
She recorded the original title song for the 1998 feature film Barney’s Great Adventure: The Movie written by famed Tony Award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!, Mame). She can also be heard as the voice of “Sophie” in the feature film Anastasia, and “Angelique” in the special home video Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas, and as “Sue” in The Land Before Time: The Great Longneck Migration.
A native of Ozone Park, New York, Peters began her performing career at the age of 3 with appearances on Juvenile Jury, the classic TV game show Name That Tune, and The Horn & Hardart Children’s Hour. She made her theatrical debut in This is Goggle, starring James Daly and Kim Hunter and directed by the legendary Otto Preminger. Still in her teens, she appeared in The Most Happy Fella and The Penny Friend and performed in the national touring company of Gypsy.
Peters made her Broadway debut in 1967 in Johnny No-Trump, and in 1968 starred with Joel Grey in the musical George M!, earning a Theatre World Award for her memorable portrayal of Josie Cohan. That same year, she received a Drama Desk Award for her showstopping performance in the smash hit off-Broadway musical Dames at Sea, and quickly became one of the most sought-after stars in musical theatre.
One of Broadway’s brightest stars, Peters received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for her critically-acclaimed performance in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Song and Dance. She garnered Tony nominations for her memorable performance as Momma Rose in Sam Mendes’ critically-acclaimed revival of Gypsy, and for her work in the 1992 musical The Goodbye Girl; Stephen Sondheim’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park With George; the Jerry Herman/Gower Champion ode to the movies, Mack and Mabel; and the Leornard Bernstein/Comden and Green musical On The Town. In addition to these honors, Peters earned a Drama Desk nomination for her electrifying portrayal of the Witch in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
While Peters is best known for her work in the theatre, her career doesn’t end at the footlights. She boasts an impressive list of television credits ranging from performing arts specials such as PBS’ Evening at Pops and The Kennedy Center Honors to appearances in variety shows such as The Carol Burnett Show and an Emmy-nominated performance on The Muppet Show. She appeared in the star-studded Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall and also played a diva-on-the-verge-of-a-nervous-breakdown in Terrence McNally’s The Last Mile, both for PBS’ highly acclaimed Great Performances series. Peters is also the voice of Rita the Cat in the popular Steven Spielberg animated program Animaniacs, and has starred in several TV-movies, among them David, Fall From Grace with Kevin Spacey, and The Last Best Year with Mary Tyler Moore.
A performer of amazing versatility, Peters has lit up the silver screen in 16 films throughout her distinguished career. She received a Golden Globe Award for her memorable performance in Pennies From Heaven. Film credits include The Jerk with Steve Martin, The Longest Yard with Burt Reynolds, Silent Movie with Mel Brooks, Annie with Carol Burnett, Pink Cadillac with Clint Eastwood, Slaves of New York with Mercedes Ruehl, Woody Allen’s Alice with Mia Farrow, Impromptu with Hugh Grant and Mandy Patinkin, and most recently, It Runs in the Family, starring opposite Kirk and Michael Douglas.
In addition to numerous original Broadway cast albums including the new Broadway cast recording of Gypsy and the Grammy Award winning Annie Get Your Gun (Grammy Nomination), Peters has recorded five solo albums: Bernadette Peters Loves Rodgers & Hammerstein; the live recording Sondheim Etc.: Bernadette Peters Live At Carnegie Hall (Grammy Nomination); I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (Grammy Nomination); Bernadette Peters and Now Playing.
Peters has received numerous accolades throughout her distinctive career, ranging from the Tony Award to a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recently, the Police Athletic League (PAL), an organization which runs 84 youth centers and 150 summer camps for New York City’s neediest children, named her as Woman of the Year for 1999. A few weeks earlier, the Actors Fund of America bestowed Peters with their 1999 Artistic Achievement Award. She recently received the Special Advocate Award from the City of New York for her contributions to the gay and lesbian community, and is the youngest person to be inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame. Most recently Ms. Peters received the 2000 New York Heroes Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Other honors include the Sarah Siddons Actress of the Year Award and Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year for her “lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment.”
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