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Bernadette Peters is the stage name of Bernadette Lazzara (born February 28, 1948 in Ozone Park, Queens, New York City), an actress and singer.
Her mother started her off in show business by putting her on the television show Juvenile Jury at the age of three and a half years. She later appeared on Name That Tune and The Horn And Hardart Children's Hour.
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In the 1970s, Bernadette Peters' guru was the cult-leader Oric Bovar, who seems to have gone insane in the succeeding years. She left when Oric--who began to refer to himself as "my son, Oric Bovar" and changed Christmas to his birthday--attempted to resurrect an acolyte who had died of cancer in 1976.
In 1985 in an otherwise negative review of Song and Dance, critic Frank Rich remarked that "she has no peer in the musical theater right now." The difficult to please John Simon also raved about her performance in that show.
She is frequently named one of the four greatest living musical divas alongside Betty Buckley, Patti LuPone and Elaine Paige. Of these, she is the only one who has not played Norma Desmond in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical version of Sunset Boulevard.
Bernadette Peters was married to Michael Wittenberg, who died, at age 43, on September 26, 2005 in a helicopter crash in Montenegro. Wittenberg married the Tony Award-winning actress in July 1996. They wed at the bucolic upstate home of Mary Tyler Moore, a longtime friend of Peters.
She is also a good friend of Carol Burnett, and has made guest appearances on all of Burnett's series.