Birthplace: Queens, New York
At age 19, Peters gained notice for her comic and musical talents in the off-Broadway musical Dames at Sea (1967) and soon distinguished herself in a number of Broadway roles, including Sunday in the Park With George (1986), Into the Woods (1988), and most recently Mama Rose in Gypsy (2003). She won Tonys for her performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song and Dance (1985) and Annie Get Your Gun (1999). In 2012, she won a special non-competitive Tony (the Isabelle Stevenson Award) for her work with Broadway Barks. Successful in TV, recording, nightclubs, and film, Peters has built a long list of credits that include the films Pennies from Heaven (1981), Annie (1982), and Impromptu (1991).