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Bernadette Peters

Highest Rated:   85% Anastasia (1997)
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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.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The Best of the Boston Pops
  • Actor
2015
16% Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return
  • Glinda
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
28% It Runs in the Family
  • Rebecca Gromberg
2003
No Score Yet Land Before Time: 2 Tales of Discovery and Friendship
  • Actor
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 In Concert - The Best Of Broadway
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Paradise Lost
  • Actor
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 Bernadette Peters in Concert
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Hey Mr Producer: TV Show
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Magical Journey of Anastasia
  • Actor
1998
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
0% 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
77% Alice
  • Muse
1990
No Score Yet Fall from Grace
  • Tammy Faye Bakker
1990
No Score Yet The Last Best Year
  • Jane Murray
1990
17% Pink Cadillac
  • Lou Ann McGuinn
1989
13% Slaves of New York
  • Eleanor
1989
No Score Yet David
  • Marie Rothenberg
1988
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre
  • Sleeping Beauty
1983
52% Annie
  • Lily
1982
No Score Yet Faerie Tale Theatre - Set
  • Actor
1982
0% Heartbeeps
  • AquaCom 89045
1981
84% Pennies From Heaven
  • Eileen
1981
No Score Yet Tulips
  • Rutanya Wallace
1981
84% The Jerk
  • Marie Kimball
1979
No Score Yet Vigilante Force
  • Dee
1976
81% Silent Movie
  • Vilma Kaplan
1976
No Score Yet W.c. Fields And Me
  • Melody
1976
81% The Longest Yard
  • Warden's Secretary
1974
No Score Yet Paradise Lost
  • Actor
1974

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • Cassandra
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Stella Danquiss
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
100% The Good Fight
2017
  • Actor
71% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Sarabeth
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Actor
  • Performer
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
  • Performer
No Score Yet Ugly Betty
2006-2010
  • Jodie Papadakis
92% Mozart in the Jungle
2014
  • Gloria
No Score Yet Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce
2014
  • Annie
Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Judge Marianna Folger
68% Smash
2012-2013
  • Leigh Conroy
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Gin
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest

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