Bernadette Peters Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluniyi Akande
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on Apr 24, 2022
Learn all you want to know about the on-screen and off-screen life of Bernadette Peters.
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About Bernadette Peters

Bernadette Peters is one of the most popular actresses who is known for her charming beauty and impeccable performances in theater, television, and movies.
She entered the world of entertainment at just the age of three and went on to make a mark of her own over the years. Bernadette Peters is one of the most beloved performers on Broadway.
The actress-cum-singer is known for carrying forward her legacy over the past fifty years, and she continues to charm her audience even today. Her varied roles in numerous popular TV shows, movies, and cast recordings have earned her numerous nominations and prestigious awards. Bernadette Peters didn't stop at acting and singing, she also explored her potential and writing for children as well. She has also displayed her immense love for animals through relentless charity work and later co-founded an animal care foundation herself.

Bernadette Peters' Net Worth, Earnings, & Spending Habits

What is Bernadette Peters' net worth?

According to 2012 estimates, her overwhelmingly successful career in television movies and theaters has made Bernadette Peters a whopping net worth of $50 million.

How much does Bernadette Peters earn per year?

The exact annual earnings of this famous American actress cannot be ascertained as of now.

Height, Age, & Physical Attributes

How tall is Bernadette Peters?

The multi-talented Bernadette Peters has a height of 5 ft 2 in (160 cm).

How old is Bernadette Peters?

Having her birthday on February 28, Bernadette Peters turned 74 years old in 2022.

Childhood And Education

Born to parents Marguerite Maltese and Peter Lazzara on February 28, 1948 in Ozone Park of New York City, Bernadette was one of the three children of the couple.
She was named Bernadette Lazzara at birth and her siblings are Joseph Lazzara and Donna DeSeta.
At just the age of three and a half, Bernadette Lazzara was presented on a TV show called the 'Juvenile Jury' by her mother. Later, by the age of 5, she also featured on children's shows like 'Name That Tune' and the 'Horn And Hardarts Children Hours' several times. Aside from her television work, she also attended the Quintano School for Young Professionals in her adolescence.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Bernadette Peters’ partner?

Bernadette Peters was married to a New York-based investment advisor named Michael Wittenberg. But to their misfortune, her spouse, Michael Wittenberg died in 2005.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

The New York City-based child star, Bernadette Lazzara, acquired the stage name of Bernadette Peters at the age of 9. Since then, she has been a part of the entertainment industry.

Thanks to her mother, Bernadette Lazzara participated in several children's TV shows from the age of 3. By 5 years old, Bernadette Lazzara became a popular child TV star. It was in 1958 that she changed her name to Bernadette Peters. In her early life, she bagged the role of Anna Stieman on the NBC TV show called 'Hallmark Hall Of Fame.' Some of her television credits include 'The Carol Burnett Show,' 'The Muppets,' etc. In her teenage years, she starred in movies like 'Silent Movie,' 'The Jerk,' 'Heaven Pennies' and 'Annie.' In the early '70s, she made her Broadway debut with several solo concerts like 'Mack And Mabel,' 'Sunday In The Park With George, 'Gypsy,' 'Into The Woods,' 'Song And Dance,' and 'Hello,' to name a few. She became one of the most popular Broadway stars for her great performances in New York City.

Throughout her career, she juggled between her television movies, solo concert act, and musical theater. She has also been a part of the popular series ''Mozart In The Jungle' on Amazon Prime, which received the Golden Globe award for being the Best TV Comedy or Musical series in 2016. The actress has also worked on the CBS All Access series, 'The Good Wife' and ‘The Good Fight.’

Bernadette Peters also wrote three children's books named 'Broadway Barks,' 'Stella Is A Star,' and 'Stella And Charlie: Friends Forever.' Even her books turned out to be very impressive making her one of the New York Times bestselling authors.

Charity Work

Bernadette Peters is a great animal lover, which is particularly seen in her love for dogs.

The actress is the co-founder of an animal charity organization known as the Broadway Barks. The foundation is actually an animal rescue, care, and adoption center that hosts an annual star-studded adoption event in New York City.

What awards has Bernadette Peters won?

For her commendable performances in starring roles in movies and solo albums, Bernadette Peters has received wide scale popularity among her audience, which has led to her being nominated for several prestigious awards.

Bernadette Peters has been nominated seven times for Tony awards. She won two Tony awards and nine Drama Desk awards. She was also nominated for three Emmy awards and three Golden Globe awards. Although she did not win any Emmy awards, she bagged one Golden Globe award. She also won four Grammy awards for her impeccable Broadway cast records, one of them being 'Bernadette Peters Live At Carnegie Hall'.

Bernadette Peters' Hobbies And Interests

As much of her life has been spent in the entertainment industry with her energetic acting and singing performances, much of her interests are on the same lines as her work.

Since childhood, she has thoroughly enjoyed all of her on-stage and off-stage performances in acting and singing. Her fascination for pets and caring for them has also been one of her major interests. She loves to pet cats and dogs so much so that she went ahead with her pet project in opening the Broadway Barks pet foundation.

Other Interesting Bernadette Peters Facts And Trivia

Bernadette Peters has adopted two rescue dogs herself from her own Broadway Barks foundation. She stays with her two pets named Charlie and Rosalia.

Her husband died in a helicopter crash in 2005. Since then, she has lived alone with her two pets.

She is fluent in French, Spanish, and German apart from English.

Main image credit: lev radin / Shutterstock.

Bernadette Peters Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Bernadette Lazarra

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

New York



160 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Child Star?



Actress, singer, author


John Adams High School, Quintano School for Young Professionals

Net Worth



Michael Wittenberg


Marguerite Maltese, Peter Lazzara


Joseph Lazzara, Donna DeSeta
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