Bernadette Peters: Italian of the Week

SHOT_03_019.jpgOn February 28, 1948, Peter and Marguerite Lazzara welcomed a daughter, Bernadette, into the world. By the time she was six, Bernadette had starring roles on the television shows Juvenile Jury, Name That Tune, and The Horn and Hardart Children’s Hour. When she was nine, she decided to use the stage name “Bernadette Peters” to avoid any ethnic stereotyping. After performing in a touring production of Gypsy and receiving critical acclaim for her work in the musical Dames at Sea, the young actress made her Broadway debut in the show Johnny No-Trump (1967).

By the early 1970s, Bernadette had become one of the most sought after actresses on Broadway. She starred in the revival of On the Town in 1971; a performance that earned her her first Tony Award nomination. Three years later, she was nominated for Best Actress in a Musical by the Tony Awards and the Drama Desk Awards for her work in Mack & Mabel. In 1976, Bernadette made the jump to cinema and starred alongside Steve Martin in the films Silent Movie (1976) and The Jerk (1979).

64320-0From the 1980s to present day, Bernadette continues to work on Broadway, in film & television, record and release albums, and has even written several children’s books. Her most popular and critically acclaimed performances include her work in Pennies From Heaven (1981), Sunday in the Park with George (1984), Into the Woods (1987), Annie Get Your Gun (1999), Ally McBeal (2001), Gypsy (2003), and Mozart in the Jungle (2014-present). Bernadette is also involved in a number of philanthropic efforts including Broadway Barks and Broadway Cares.

Sources: Bernadette Peters: Official Website,, Broadway Barks

One thought on “Bernadette Peters: Italian of the Week

  1. Reblogged this on orangezing and commented:
    Bernadette Lazzara, aka Bernadette Peters, has always been one of my fav performers. I enjoyed her performances on “The Muppet Shoe”, and especially, “The Carol Burrnett Show”; among other various roles. I am happy to read that she is still going strong. Viva l’Italia e viva la Sicilia!!

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