Tony Awards Well Played, Bernadette Peters


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Here is one thing that dastardly proliferation of sheers has done: made me happy to see a fishtail hem.

It helps that the lady in the fishtail is Bernadette Peters, a freaking legend, looking regal in aptly royal purple. Had she never done anything else, I’d still consider her legendary just for being Lily St. Regis in Annie, but obviously that’s just the tip of her professional iceberg. The last of which was Smash, as Megan Hilty’s mother, which… can we just step aside to note what a bad decision that was? They never should’ve made that character a legacy, because it COMPLETELY shot to hell the theory that a) she wasn’t famous enough to carry a musical, and b) she couldn’t do it because she was caught on pills that one time and fell over during a production of that other show she did. PLEASE. If Bernadette Peters had an ACTUAL daughter who ruined another musical because she was whacked out on pills while conveniently up for the part of Marilyn Monroe, producers would CLAMOR to put her in that sucker — ESPECIALLY if they, like the Smashites, knew from personal experience that she was actually super talented and committed. SIGH. That show was insane. It could not come up with any truth that the audience agreed with, except that Ellis sucked, and even that took twenty-two episodes.

None of which diminishes the fact that La Peters looks tremendously diva-perfect in this gown. I just love an excuse for a tangent, and without Smash to hate-watch, the charred corners of my soul are a little bereft.

[Photo: Getty]

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  1. Deborah Stultz
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    1) Proof once again that fit is everything.
    2) This woman does NOT age. I don’t even think she has had any work done. And if she has, it is SO GOOD.

  2. Lindy
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    Totally agree that Ellis sucked. The good news is he won’t be back. The question is will the viewers be.

  3. steen
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    Mein Gott, she looks awesome. The woman is 64 and glorious. She needs to take Chastain under her wing, stat.

  4. llism
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    This woman is SIXTY FOUR YEARS OLD. I’m never leaving the house again.

    • AQ
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      Yes! Isn’t it incredible? Bernadette Peters has Helen-Mirren-levels of agelessness. I presume both ladies have portraits of themselves that grow old instead.

      I’ve seen Peters in person, and she looks maybe 50, tops, even without red carpet makeup.

  5. Sandra
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    To: Laura Bell Bundy
    From: Bernadette Peters
    Re: Purple gowns
    _________________________
    Suck it, kiddo! I’m twice your age and I’m here to tell you THIS is how it’s done. Now run along and eat your heart out.

  6. lulu
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    This is a perfect example of how the right proportions can made a very petite woman look tall.

  7. sarah
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    Stunning!

  8. Vodka Gimlet
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    Absolutely gorgeous. That is how a gown should be worn. And her skin? Amazing. It really does pay to stay out of the sun.

  9. liz
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    gown is gorgeous and she looks great in the photo. HOWEVER, if you caught the telecast you would have seen that her face does not move. it’s weird. she is so smoking hot there is no reason for her to freeze her face. down, down, down with botox.

  10. Angela
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    Also well played: Laura Osnes! She looked amazing in that sparkly green dress.

  11. Melly
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    By the way, she’s 64. Really. And she doesn’t look like she’s had work done, tho certainly up close would??? I mean, how can she look like that? Perfection.

    • Brittany
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      My dad was just at a dinner with her (don’t ask; Hulk Hogan was there, too). His big takeaway from seeing Bernadette Peters up-close? Her skin is EVEN MORE perfect in person. He was floored…and then reminded me to wear sunscreen.

  12. oliviacw
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    Hah! It only seemed like Smash drug on for 22 episodes…that was a mere 13 episode mid-season show, my love! Wait until the full 22 episode season next year, and we may be wishing for the return of evil Ellis and clueless Dev.

  13. Chris
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    No comment about how she is pulling this off almost as well as Nina Dobrev did in red? Because that makes 64 even more impressive.

    • Heather
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      She did not appear to be having as much trouble walking in it as Dobrev did…

  14. witjunkie
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    This is sexy and yet not inappropriate for her age – she just looks great. What a gift.

  15. fiatluxury
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    her shoulders seem to indicate to me that this is yoga done RIGHT and not to creepy extremes, MADGE. Also, deep purple on a stunning redhead is right at any age, if you have that body and it fits your body like THAT.

  16. Shiitake
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    Beautiful.

  17. vandalfan
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    She’s my American SWINTON. Or maybe HBC.

  18. Angela
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    I completely understand the need to talk about hate-watching Smash whenever possible. Also, Bernadette makes me want to go hide in a cave, she is that fabulous.

  19. Heironyms.
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    Attention, Nicole Kidman! Look at Bernadette’s curls. Aren’t they beautiful? Hint, hint.

    • Anita
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      Really. I love that she’s never (or rarely, can’t be sure about the “never” part) felt the need to torture her hair to straightness. I say this as someone with naturall straight hair, who has always envied the curly-tops of the world.

  20. TaraMisu
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    Beautiful.

  21. TonyG
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    I am so not a fan of her singing (I hear helium voice when she sings), but Ms. Peters looks great here.

  22. Sajorina
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    The dress is great! The color is so regal… Exquisite!

  23. Sonya
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    She looks like a million bucks.

  24. CJG
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    She looks wonderful and still has the chops. I saw her in Follies and she was fantastic. That purple dress is such a beautiful color on her and the fit is incredible. Brava!

  25. Amy
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    Dear Young Hollywood, I hope you’re taking notes because THIS is how it’s done.

  26. Cranky Old Batt
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    I got a soft spot for this cupie doll.

    Carry on with your fab self, Bernadette. You rule.

  27. Lily1214
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    She looks wonderful.

  28. Rosa
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    64?!?! Are you people serious? Unbelievable. Beautiful dress, beautiful color, beautiful woman. Wow.

  29. Mo
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    SHE’S 64.

    AND AMAZING.

  30. KC
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    OMG! She looks amazing!! I wonder what her secret is.. I’ll bet it’s unicorn blood..

  31. McLisa
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    LOVE.