Bernadette Peters is an American actress, singer, and children's book author. Over the course of a career that has spanned five decades, she has starred in musical theatre, television and film, performing in solo concerts and recordings. She is probably best known for voicing Rita in the Warner Bros. animated series Animaniacs. Her other television credits include Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre, The Carol Burnett Show, and hosting Saturday Night Live. Among her extensive theatrical credits are On the Town, The Jerk and Pennies from Heaven (both with Steve Martin), Annie, Heartbeeps (with Andy Kaufman), Sunday in the Park with George, The Goodbye Girl (with Martin Short), and Mel Brooks' Silent Movie.


Peters has worked with the Muppets twice, guest-starring on Episode 212 of The Muppet Show, and as a guest star when Kermit the Frog hosted The Tonight Show in 1979. In a "Ask a Star" video, she responded to a user-submitted question by admitting that the hardest thing about working with the Muppets was refraining from kissing them so as not to leave lipstick on them, saying, "You try being near a Muppet and not kiss it!"

She is one of only two celebrities to actually sing one of their songs ("Just One Person") from The Muppet Show on a Muppet Show album. The other was Peter Sellers ("A Gypsy's Violin"), with both songs appearing on The Muppet Show 2 album. (In all other cases, a new version was recorded without the guest star, such as "We Got Us".)

She has won two Tony Awards as Best Actress (musicals): in 1986 for Song and Dance and in 1999 for a revival of Annie Get Your Gun. In the late 90's, she and Mary Tyler Moore co-created "Broadway Barks", a charity organization for the adoption of shelter animals.

Her other roles in Disney media include portraying Cinderella's stepmother in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, as well as voicing Angelique in Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas.

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