Clive Barnes wrote: "With the splashy Mack & Mabel ...diminutive and contralto Bernadette Peters found herself as a major Broadway star." Peters has appeared in 33 feature films or television movies beginning in 1973, including Mel Brooks' 1976 film Silent Movie (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award), the musical Annie (1982), Pink Cadillac (1989), in which she co-starred with Clint Eastwood, and Woody Allen's Alice (1990).She has been nominated for three Emmy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, winning once.
Peters first performed on the stage as a child and then a teenage actress in the 1960s, and in film and television in the 1970s.and as a standby on Broadway in The Girl in the Freudian Slip (1967).She made her Broadway debut in Johnny No-Trump in 1967, and next appeared as George M.Cohan's sister Josie opposite Joel Grey in George M! Peters had starring roles in her next Broadway vehicles—Gelsomina in La Strada (1969) and Hildy in On the Town (1971), for which she received her first Tony Award nomination.She played Mabel Normand in Mack and Mabel (1974), receiving another Tony nomination.She was praised for this early work and for appearances on The Muppet Show, The Carol Burnett Show and in other television work, and for her roles in films including Silent Movie, The Jerk, Pennies from Heaven and Annie.In the 1980s, she returned to the theatre, where she became one of the best-known Broadway stars over the next three decades.Of her performance in Pennies From Heaven, John Di Leo wrote that she "is not only poignant as you'd expect but has a surprising inner strength."Peters appeared with three generations of the Kirk Douglas family in the 2003 film It Runs in the Family, in which she played the wife of Michael Douglas's character.In May 2006, she appeared in the movie Come le formiche (Wine and Kisses) with F.Her siblings are casting director Donna De Seta She then appeared on NBC television as Anna Stieman in A Boy Called Ciske, a Kraft Mystery Theatre production, in May 1958, and in a vignette entitled "Miracle in the Orphanage", part of "The Christmas Tree", a Hallmark Hall of Fame production, in December 1958 During this tour, Peters first met her long-time accompanist, conductor and arranger Marvin Laird, who was the assistant conductor for the tour.Laird recalled, "I heard her sing an odd phrase or two and thought, 'God that's a big voice out of that little girl,'" The next summer, she played Dainty June in summer stock, and in 1962 she recorded her first single.