Bernadette Peters Admits She May Have Aged A Tiny Bit

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The timeless Bernadette Peters was the guest of honor at a New Dramatists Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis yesterday, where she was serenaded by costars Elaine Stritch and John Dossett and honored by Joel Grey, who said she's been like a younger sister to him ever since she played just that in George M!.

And not only can Peters sing like an angel, but she gives good speech.

The Tony winner admitted, "I thought I was too young to get a lifetime achievement award.

"But when an old man with white hair tells you he's loved you since he was a little boy--which happened to me recently--you think, 'Maybe it's time.' "

OK, sure, but she still doesn't show it.

The woman looks as apple cheeked and adorable as when she was 18.

And as she also remembered, "When I was nine, I worked with Otto Preminger. I should get a medal!"

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bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

She's not bad as your co-star in the much maligned (though I think parts of it are fun) 

Slaves of N.Y.

freddiemessina
freddiemessina

She's amazingly Beautiful,Talented and Sweet as can be!!

olandp
olandp

She is a Goddess.  There is only one Bernadette.

Jonster
Jonster

Here you have the NY experience in a nutshell.  You lucky guy.  I also think BP is a goddess and her speech was wonderful.  She seems ageless.  When she's in LA, she lives next to my ex, and he confirms that she's just as kindhearted as I thought she was.  BTW, saw Stritch in Central Park the other day on a perfect Spring afternoon.  She was all in white, looking swell, and seemed to have all her faculties present and accounted for. 

Rara
Rara

I actually liked Bernadette's very bold take on Sally in "Follies," though I know it divided people.

MSpeer
MSpeer

Her acting and interpretation were fine. However she was challenged on the vocals. That role calls for a stronger voice.

Musto
Musto

PS: The inimitable Stritch sang a song about liking Bernadette, but had to keep asking her accompanist for her lines. ("Scotty!") At one point, she sang "So....So, Scotty?", waiting for him to fill her in. The audience laughed, thinking this cute, but Stritch barked "Shush shush shush shush shush!" Oh, well. She got to the finish and we all cheered. And the bit ended with her singing "Or am I losing my mind?"

Mustol
Mustol

The Otto Preminger project was a play called This Is Goggle, starring Kim Hunter.

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