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Big Gay Following

BERNADETTE PETERS

TITANS OF MUSICAL THEATRE DON’T COME MUCH TINIER THAN BERNADETTE PETERS — STANDING AT JUST 5FT 3IN TALL — BUT SHE MAKES UP FOR HER LACK OF HEIGHT WITH A HUGE VOICE AND THE MOST CHARISMATIC OF PERSONALITIES

Funny, flirty and fabulous in equal measure, she was hilarious as Steve Martin’s trumpet-playing lover in The Jerk (they dated for four years and made the underrated Pennies From Heaven together) and memorable as Karen’s crazy sister, Gin, in Will & Grace.

But it's when Bernadette Peters sings a classic song such as Send In The Clowns that she turns into a heartbreaker. Little wonder then that Stephen Sondheim has cast the Queens-born star in so many of his shows, or that Andrew Lloyd Webber handed her Tell Me On A Sunday when it headed to Broadway. No surprise either that she’s been nominated for five Tonys —winning twice, for Song and Dance and Annie Get Your Gun — or that she has appeared in everything from Woody Allen's Alice to Ugly Betty.

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About Attitude

On the cover this month are American trans model Laith Ashley and the British Athletic Commission’s first LGB Ambassador Matt Lister. In our special report, one year into the current Government we look at how its actions are affecting you. Elsewhere, we interview the director and stars of Holding The Man, the powerful new Australian gay film that everyone should see. Plus, exclusive UK gay press interviews with Ariana Grande and Fifth Harmony, Broadway legend Bernadette Peters, and director Andrew Steggall talks about his very personal coming of age film Departure.