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Happy b-day to Broadway legend Bernadette Peters!

It’s hard to believe that ageless Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, who starred last year in Hello, Dolly!, turns 71 years young today.

She is still so sexy and talented and she has a Broadway resume that is beyond compare including revivals of Follies and A Little Night Music for which she got raves. Her other stage triumphs include Sunday in the Park With George, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony win), Gypsy, Song and Dance (Tony win), Into the Woods and Mack & Mabel among others.

Miss Peters also has had a long list of credits in TV (Mozart in the Jungle, The Good Fight, Smash) and film (The Jerk, Pennies From Heaven, Annie).

She’s also a beloved gay icon who I had the thrill of interviewing in the fall of 2008. I asked her why the gays have loved her for so much for so long.

“I always say they have great taste,” she joked. “They just recognize when something is going on, they recognize truth. Growing up feeling like an outsider, their souls and emotions are more developed. They have an ultra-sensitivity and that’s why they love show business.”

Here are some of my favorite Bernadette performances ever:




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