Bernadette Lazzara, 28 February 1948, Ozone Park, Queens, New York City, New York, USA. Often called the finest singing actress since Barbra Streisand, Bernadette Peters is certainly one of the few leading ladies of the last decade or so whose name on a Broadway marquee can cause box-office queues to form before the show has gone into previews. She was tap-dancing and acting at an early age, and joined Actors Equity when she was nine. Soon afterwards she changed her name to Peters, and played Tessie in the 1959 revival of The Most Happy Fella at the New York City Centre. After appearing in the role of Baby June in a road tour of Gypsy, she gave up performing for a time, and studied acting and singing in her teens, before returning to the stage in two off-Broadway shows, The Penny Friend (1966) and a Shirley Temple parody, Curley McDimple (1967). In 1968 she received favourable notices, and a Theatre World citation, for her portrayal of George M....
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