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A very young Bernadette.he story of Bernadette Peters begins on February 28, 1948 at 1:15PM when she was born Bernadette Lazzara in Queens, New York to parents Peter and Marguerite. She has two siblings, Joseph and Donna. Bernadette's mother was the one who started her on the road to show business, securing a place for Bernadette on the show "Juvenile Jury" when she was just three and a half years. She subsequently appeared on "Name That Tune" where she was one of the best child contestants ever and later on "The Horn And Hardart Children's Hour" where she did Sophie Tucker imitations. At 5 years Bernadette started taking tap dancing lessons. Just 4 years later at 9 years of age Bernadette received her Equity Card and around the same time changed her name from Bernadette Lazzara to Bernadette Peters. The reasoning behind the name change mostly came from Bernadette's mother. It was thought Bernadette may have trouble securing non-Italian roles with her real name and that it wouldn't fit nicely on a marquee. The name 'Peters' came from her father's first name.

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