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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 Steven 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. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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