Bernadette Peters

Biography: Kewpie-doll cutie whose centerfold figure, bee-stung lips, and high-pitched voice have made her one of the brightest comic players on stage and screen, while making her difficult to cast in "serious" dramatic roles. Peters achieved her first success in the off-Broadway show "Dames at Sea," a 1967 spoof of 1930s movie musicals, which capitalized on her physical attributes as well as her prodigious musical talents. She has subsequently done her best work on Broadway, in such Stephen Sondheim shows as "Sunday in the Park With George" and "Into the Woods" and Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl." She won a Tony in 1985 for her tour de force in "Song and Dance."

Always at her best in period vehicles, Peters made her film debut in Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies a 1973 flop about 1920s stunt flyers. Supporting parts in The Longest Yard (1974) and Vigilante Force (1976) followed; then Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976) offered her a juicy role as a comic femme fatale. Her film career since
Kewpie-doll cutie whose centerfold figure, bee-stung lips, and high-pitched voice have made her one of the brightest comic players on stage and screen, while making her difficult to cast in "serious" dramatic roles. Peters achieved her first success in the off-Broadway show "Dames at Sea," a 1967 spoof of 1930s movie musicals, which capitalized on her physical attributes as well as her prodigious musical talents. She has subsequently done her best work on Broadway, in such Stephen Sondheim shows as "Sunday in the Park With George" and "Into the Woods" and Neil Simon's "The Goodbye Girl." She won a Tony in 1985 for her tour de force in "Song and Dance."

Always at her best in period vehicles, Peters made her film debut in Ace Eli and Rodger of the Skies a 1973 flop about 1920s stunt flyers. Supporting parts in The Longest Yard (1974) and Vigilante Force (1976) followed; then Mel Brooks' Silent Movie (1976) offered her a juicy role as a comic femme fatale. Her film career since then has been spotty: W. C. Fields and Me (1976), The Jerk (1979), Heartbeeps (1981, as a female robot), Annie (1982), David (1988 telefilm), Pink Cadillac (1989, a costarring part with Clint Eastwood, but a distressingly stupid one), and Slaves of New York (also 1989, miscast as a hapless hat designer). Woody Allen gave her a key supporting role in Alice (1990), and she contributed a lively performance to the 19th-century romp Impromptu (1991). Her best showcase to date remains Pennies From Heaven (1981), in which she was heart-tuggingly convincing as a prim schoolteacher who falls for 1930s sheet-music salesman Steve Martin. The lavish musical numbers also gave her ample opportunity to show moviegoers why Broadway audiences have appreciated her for years. In 1976-77 she starred with Richard Crenna in the short-lived TV sitcom "All's Fair."
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Bernadette Peters' Scores

Average career score: 75
Highest Metascore: 75 Ugly Betty: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 75 Ugly Betty: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
1 tv review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
75 Ugly Betty: Season 1 Sep 28, 2006 Jodie Papadakis 8.4
tbd Animaniacs: Season 5 Sep 8, 1997 Voice Of Rita 7.0
tbd Animaniacs: Season 4 Sep 7, 1996 Voice Of Rita 7.0
tbd Animaniacs: Season 3 Sep 9, 1995 Voice Of Rita 7.0
tbd Animaniacs: Season 2 Sep 10, 1994 Voice Of Rita 7.0
tbd Animaniacs: Season 1 Sep 13, 1993 Voice Of Rita 8.0
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 20 Oct 28, 1981 Guest tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 19 Oct 27, 1980 Guest tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 17 Oct 16, 1978 Guest tbd
tbd The Carol Burnett Show: Season 11 Sep 24, 1977 Herself tbd
tbd The Carol Burnett Show: Season 8 Sep 14, 1974 Herself tbd
tbd The Carol Burnett Show: Season 5 Sep 15, 1971 Herself tbd
tbd The Carol Burnett Show: Season 4 Sep 14, 1970 Herself tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 8 Jan 15, 1970 Guest tbd
tbd The Carol Burnett Show: Season 3 Sep 22, 1969 Herself tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 7 Jan 1, 1969 Guest tbd
tbd The Carol Burnett Show: Season 2 Sep 23, 1968 Herself tbd
tbd The Carol Burnett Show: Season 1 Sep 11, 1967 Herself tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 5 Oct 21, 1966 Guest tbd
tbd The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Season 4 Oct 27, 1965 Guest tbd