Date of Birth: February 28th 1948
Peters, Bernadette, actress and singer. The gamine, baby‐voiced performer was born in Ozone Park, New York. She was not quite eleven when she made her first professional appearance in a City Center revival of The Most Happy Fella, then two years later she played in a touring company of Gypsy. Fame came when she portrayed Ruby (read Ruby Keeler) in the Off‐Broadway musical spoof Dames at Sea (1968). Although Peters has appeared in plays, she is best known for musical roles such as vaudevillian Josie Cohan in George M (1968), Italian waif Gelsomina in La Strada (1969), silent film comedienne Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel (1974), artist's model Dot and her daughter Marie in Sunday in the Park with George (1984), transplanted Brit Emma in Song and Dance (1985), the Witch in Into the Woods (1987), struggling actress Paula in The Goodbye Girl (1993), sharpshooter Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun (1999), and stage mother Rose in Gypsy (2003). Peters is one of the few remaining Broadway musical stars, known for her considerable acting talents and for her Broadway belt that can also be intimate and cozy.