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posted: 5/1/2004 at 5:45:20 AM ET
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Article about Bernadette in tomorrow's NY Times (excerpt is in post below):

And, for the one or two people who missed it, the original article about the AGYG dressing room decorations:

instyle magazine

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posted: 5/1/2004 at 5:56:54 AM ET
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An excerpt from the New York Times, May 2, 2004:

"They [the trunks] finally went to the Salvation Army. Having been there, schlepped that, Ms. Peters is not sentimental about the accouterments of the actor's life. And truth to tell, the dressing room of even the most glamorous star will make a studio apartment dweller feel expansive. So a few years ago, when she got the lead in "Annie Get Your Gun" (and after she had seen the magic that Joel Grey had worked on his "Chicago" dressing room) she felt the time had come to upgrade. Enlisting the stylish Mr. Grey to help, Ms. Peters went shopping.

Well, you can take the luggage away from the girl, but as it turns out, you can't, quite. The triumphant result of that excursion was, yes, a trunk. To be specific, a leather and brass trunk from the early 1900's, bought for about $600 from Paula Rubenstein, an antiques dealer in SoHo. The piece, which has a quasi-Chinese flair, was soon fitted out with a glass top and set in front of the couch. A small oriental rug was also acquired and, later, some throw pillows. When the run of "Annie Get Your Gun" was over, the rug, pillows and a few other things went into the trunk, and the trunk into storage. Then, when "Gypsy" came round, the trunk came back out, and Ms. Peters found she liked it more than ever.

"It was such a nice feeling," she said. "It's like my dressing room in a box. It makes the room mine, these things that I'm familiar with. That's why having a home base is so important to me — we were on the road since I was 13."

Ms. Peters, whose turn as Mama Rose comes to an end this month, is looking forward to packing up the trunk and spending some time in storage herself — at the house she and her husband bought recently in Vero Beach, Fla. But however neatly the trunk fits into her life, she herself is not so easily contained. Ms. Peters has consistently fought for larger-than-life roles, Mama Rose among them. (Naysayers deemed her too cute.) "Boxes are for things," she said. "Not people."

Just like Houdini, there isn't a trunk that can hold her."


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posted: 5/1/2004 at 12:09:33 PM ET
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Thanks Jean, great article. Bernadette so rarely says anything, that when she does, it makes it especially interesting. I also clicked on the link to the old article from Instyle and noticed that they misprinted "meditate" as "mediate". So part of her routine is to do a bit of mediating backstage every night. Possible future career as a diplomat?

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