Bernadette Peters

Peters is one of Broadway's most prolific talents, loved by the public for her roles in Gypsy and Annie Get Your Gun.

Born in Queens, Bernadette Lazzara didn't waste any time becoming a star. At age three, she was on the show Juvenile Jury and at the age of 11, she'd already made her way to Broadway. By the 1960s, Peter was earning top billing on the Great White Way, with roles in musicals like George M! and Leonard Bernstein's On the Town. She turned to film in the 1970s when she starred in 1979's The Jerk alongside Steve Martin. A handful of other movies followed, including Mel Brooks' Silent Movie, 1982's Annie, and Pennies from Heaven. But she soon refocused her attention on the stage, making a much-trumpeted Broadway homecoming in the '80s with performances in a succession of hit musicals, Sunday in the Park with George, Song and Dance, and Into the Woods and major revivals like Annie Get Your Gun, Gypsy, and Follies.

She briefly dated frequent co-star Steve Martin in the late 1970s. In 1996, she married investment advisor Michael Wittenberg in a ceremony hosted by Mary Tyler Moore; Wittenberg was killed in a helicopter crash in Montenegro in 2005. [Image via Getty]