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posted: 1/23/2005 at 10:30:55 AM ET
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There's a nice article about Bernadette, with a telephone interview, in today's Stuart News, a Florida paper. I can't link to it because it's a registration site. If you're not already registered, you can do so quickly and for free, so check it out. She talks about her career, and also about how much she likes living in Florida.

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posted: 1/23/2005 at 11:37:47 AM ET
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Karen-thanks so much for this. It's a cute little article.


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posted: 1/23/2005 at 11:47:43 AM ET
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I especially loved the last few comments she made, about the book store and the literacy rate in Vero Beach. How many other celebrities would know or care? No wonder she's my fave.

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posted: 1/23/2005 at 1:43:55 PM ET
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Bernadette Peters goes from Broadway to the Beach

By Bill DeYoung
entertainment editor
January 23, 2005

A native New Yorker who's equally at home on a Broadway stage, a Hollywood soundstage or in concert halls around the globe, Bernadette Peters chose to make her home in Vero Beach.

About a year ago, the two-time Tony winning singer, dancer and actress and her husband, investment adviser Michael Wittenberg, became official, part-time residents of Indian River County.

"We just like how quiet it is," Peters says in a telephone interview. "And it's on the ocean it's quiet, and you can breathe, and it's really great for relaxation. I guess it's sort of a home base if I'm not in New York working, then I'm there."

Peters is calling from the Big Apple, where she's rehearsing with a 26-piece orchestra for her upcoming concert tour, which opens Wednesday at the King Center in Melbourne. The show also plays Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center on Jan. 30.

With her kewpie-doll face and Goldilocks tresses, the 56-year-old Peters is one of the most recognizable performers in musical theater. She won her first Tony in 1985, for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Song and Dance," and her second 14 years later for the Broad-way revival of "Annie Get Your Gun."

She's been in dozens of movies including "Pennies From Heaven" (she won a Golden Globe for it), "The Longest Yard," "Annie" and the recent "It Runs In the Family," and her TV work has included a guest stint on "Ally McBeal" (for which she received an Emmy nomination), the PBS movie "The Last Mile," and the cartoon series "Animaniacs" (she provides the voice of Rita the Cat).

Three of her five solo albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards.

Following the roles

Peters is also known as the stage's most reliable interpreter of the complex works of Stephen Sondheim (she was in the original cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Sunday in the Park With George," and received a Drama Desk nomination for her work as the tormented witch in Sondheim's "Into the Woods").

Equally at home with drama as light comedy, she went from "Annie Get Your Gun" into the revival of "Gypsy," directed on Broadway by filmmaker Sam Mendes ("American Beauty," "Road to Perdition")."'Annie Get Your Gun' was pure entertainment, and that was fun in its way," says Peters, "to be bigger than life.

"I do love when there's something going on with the characters, when there's a little bit more drama like 'Sunday in the Park' or 'Gypsy.' I mean, 'Gypsy' is a play with music, very complex. You never got tired of it there were so many layers. So that was a great thing to get involved with every night."

Ironically, "Gypsy" was one of Peters' first professional jobs as a teenager, she understudied a lead actress in a national tour, but only got to play the role once.

"You never know what's going to happen when you're an understudy," she recalls. "One day she got hit in the head with the scenery, and I went on."

She made her Broadway debut in 1967, and has worked steadily ever since, skipping easily from stage to screen to television.

"I would kind of go where the roles were," she says. "If it happened to be on film, or an Off-Broadway show. For a while, I did a series of movies and when I did 'Pennies From Heaven' I decided 'Ah, this is what I need to do, follow the great roles no matter where they are.'

"So the next thing I did was go to New York and did an Off-Broadway play for no money, because the role was wonderful."

Her newest role, of course, is Vero Beach resident.

"We're making friends there," Peters enthuses. "We're finding our little places to go, and the people are very nice.

"The book store is the best doesn't Vero Beach have the highest literacy rate in the country? I think it does, because that's what people do there they read!"

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