Crarier, life and the best movies, beautiful actresses and singers.. Bernadette Peters

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One of the biggest Broadway stars of her era, Bernadette Peters was widely acclaimed as the finest singing actress to come along since Barbra Streisand. Born Bernadette Lazzara on February 28, 1948, in New York City, she began singing and dancing while a toddler, and was already a member of Actors’ Equity by the age of nine. By 1959, having adopted the stage name Peters, she appeared in a revival of The Most Happy Fella, subsequently co-starring in a road tour of Gypsy; however, she then retired from performing for a time, extensively studying acting and singing during her late-teen years.

 

In 1968, Peters won a Theatre World citation for her performance in George M!; that same year, she also garnered a Drama Desk Award for her comedic turn in the off-Broadway spoof Dames at Sea. During the late ’60s and early ’70s, however, she suffered a series of theatrical disappointments, among them productions of On the Town, La Strada, W.C., and Mack and Mabel; as a result, by the mid-’70s she was also regularly appearing in film and television roles. Peters’ Hollywood breakthrough arrived in 1979 opposite co-star Steve Martin in The Jerk; two years later, they reunited for the fascinating flop Pennies from Heaven.

 

Returning to Broadway, she reached new peaks of success as the star of a pair of Stephen Sondheim musicals, 1984’s Sunday in the Park with George and 1987’s Into the Woods; for her work in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance, Peters earned a Tony Award. During the late ’80s, she mounted a hit cabaret act, which focused largely on show tunes but also included an effective cover of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.” After a disappointing return to Hollywood, Peters reappeared on Broadway in 1993, starring in The Goodbye Girl; however, the show closed after less than 200 performances.

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Cinderella

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Cinderella is a 1997 American romantic musical fantasy telefilm produced by Walt Disney

Impromptu

Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant

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Beauty and the Beast

Tim Curry, Haley Joel Osment

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Bobbie’s Girl

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Coming Up Roses

Bernadette Peters

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Once Upon a Mattress

Zooey Deschanel, Bernadette Peters
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Zooey Deschanel, Bernadette Peters

Silent Movie

Liza Minnelli, Paul Newman

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Pennies from Heaven

Steve Martin, Christopher Walken

Pennies from Heaven is a 1981 musical film adapted from a 1978 BBC television drama. Dennis Potter adapted his own screenplay from the BBC series for American audiences, changing its..

Pink Cadillac

Clint Eastwood, Jim Carrey

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Slaves of New York

Steve Buscemi, Bernadette Peters

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The Odyssey

Christopher Lee, Bernadette Peters

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The Longest Yard

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The Longest Yard is a 1974 American sports comedy film directed by Robert Aldrich. Written by Tracy Keenan Wynn based on a story by producer Albert S. Ruddy, the film follows inmates at a..

Into the Woods

Bernadette Peters, Joanna Gleason

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The Jerk

Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters

The Jerk is a 1979 American comedy film directed by Carl Reiner and written by Steve Martin, Carl Gottlieb, and Michael Elias. This was Martin’s first starring role in a feature film. The film
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