Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters

Highest Rated: 85% Anastasia (1997)

Lowest Rated: 0% Heartbeeps (1981)

Birthday: Feb 28, 1948

Birthplace: Ozone Park, New York, USA

American actress Bernadette Peters was a five-year-old performer on Horn and Hardart's kiddie-talent radio program, and by age 11 was appearing on Broadway in Most Happy Fella. Peters achieved national fame in 1968 with her campy performance as Ruby, the 1930s-style chorus girl protagonist of the off-Broadway musical pastiche Dames at Sea. The role demonstrated only one aspect of her talents, but nonetheless threatened to typecast her as a squeaky-voiced dumb blonde. Bernadette scuttled that stereotype herself as leading lady in the 1969 Joel Grey musical George M. The following year she played Mabel Normand opposite Robert Preston's Mack Sennett in the musical comedy Mack and Mabel, which, though a failure, has become a staple of community theatres. (The amateur Mabels have an ongoing tendency to imitate Bernadette Peters). In 1976, Peters costarred with Richard Crenna on All's Fair, a Norman Lear TV sitcom that showed neither star to best advantage. Reluctant to leave her native New York City, Peters has nonetheless occasionally travelled to Hollywood for an off-and-on movie career. Hilarious as a babaloo-ing cabaret entertainer in Silent Movie (1976), the actress was even better as the long-suffering wife of goony Steve Martin in The Jerk (1977). She was reunited with Martin in Pennies From Heaven (1981), an uneven but fascinating attempt to juxtapose the fanatasies of 1930s popular music with the grim realities of Depression life. Offscreen, her relationship with Martin was intensely romantic for several years. Feeling unfulfilled in Hollywood, Bernadette Peters returned to Broadway in the mid 1980s, reclaiming her Dames at Sea prominence tenfold in such musicals as Sunday in the Park With George, Song and Dance, and Into the Woods, nearly unrecognizable in the latter in her heavy makeup as the wizened witch of "Hansel and Gretel" fame.Although she would became known primarily for her work on the stage, she would continue to appear on film and TV in a variety of projects such as Slaves of New York, opposite Clint Eastwood in Pink Cadillac, Woody Allen's Alice, and It Runs From the Family. She had a short recurring role on Ally McBeal, and also lent her voice to a number of animated projects including 2012's Dorothy of Oz.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet On Broadway Actor 2019
No Score Yet The Best of the Boston Pops Actor 2015
17% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Glinda $6.5M 2014
17% Coming Up Roses Diane 2012
No Score Yet Living Proof Barbara Bradfield 2008
No Score Yet Broadway's Best at Pops Actor 2007
No Score Yet Children Will Listen Actor 2005
No Score Yet Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz Actor 2004
No Score Yet Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration Sue 2003
29% It Runs in the Family Rebecca Gromberg $7.4M 2003
No Score Yet Bobbie's Girl Bailey Lewis 2002
No Score Yet Sunday in the Park with George Dot/Marie 2002
No Score Yet Prince Charming Margo 2001
53% Let It Snow Elise Ellis 2001
No Score Yet A Bing Crosby Christmas Actor 2000
No Score Yet Holiday in Your Heart Faith Shawn 1997
No Score Yet What the Deaf Man Heard Helen Ayers 1997
85% Anastasia Sophie 1997
13% Beauty and the Beast - The Enchanted Christmas Angelique 1997
No Score Yet Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella Stepmother 1997
No Score Yet The Odyssey Circe 1997
No Score Yet Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall Actor 1992
76% Impromptu Marie D'Agoult 1991
No Score Yet Into the Woods The Witch 1991
75% Alice Muse 1990
50% Fall from Grace Tammy Faye Bakker 1990
No Score Yet The Last Best Year Jane Murray 1990
21% Pink Cadillac Lou Ann McGuinn 1989
22% Slaves of New York Eleanor 1989
No Score Yet David Marie Rothenberg 1988
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre Sleeping Beauty 1983
56% Annie Lily 1982
0% Heartbeeps AquaCom 89045 1981
85% Pennies From Heaven Eileen 1981
No Score Yet Tulips Rutanya Wallace 1981
No Score Yet The Martian Chronicles Genevieve 1980
81% The Jerk Marie Kimball 1979
No Score Yet Vigilante Force Dee 1976
79% Silent Movie Vilma Kaplan 1976
No Score Yet W.c. Fields And Me Melody 1976
79% The Longest Yard Warden's Secretary 1974
No Score Yet Paradise Lost Actor 1974


96% The Good Fight
Lenore Rindell 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
Guest 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
Guest 2018
94% Mozart in the Jungle
Gloria 2018
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
Performer 2015
No Score Yet Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
Annie 2014
67% Smash
Leigh Conroy 2013
No Score Yet The View
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
Performer 2010
97% Ugly Betty
Jodie Papadakis 2009
81% Grey's Anatomy
Sarabeth 2008
86% Boston Legal
Judge Marianna Folger 2007
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Stella Danquiss 2006
No Score Yet Will & Grace
Gin 2006
61% Ally McBeal
Cassandra 2001
94% Frasier
Guest 2001
No Score Yet Animaniacs
Voice 1998
100% The Larry Sanders Show
No Score Yet American Playhouse
Witch 1991
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1981
100% The Muppet Show
Guest 1977
No Score Yet All in the Family
Linda Blake 1975


The Witch says: Careful the things you say, children will listen.

The Witch says: Some of us don't like the way you've been telling it.

Sophie says: Isn't it romantic? It's a perfect ending.

Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna says: No. It's a perfect beginning.

Glinda says: My, but you're...silly.

Jester says: It's a costume, isn't it? It's my curse. Literally. I can't take this off ever.

Glinda says: Dorothy will stop you.

Jester says: Aren't I quivering!

Sophie says: I will ask very hard questions.

Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna says: No. My heart can't take it anymore. I will see no more girls claiming to be Anastasia.