It certainly seems that everything's coming up roses for Bernadette Peters this year. It was recently announced that the two-time, Tony Award-winning actress will star in a revival of Gypsy to be directed by acclaimed Cabaret director Sam Mendes for a Broadway production beginning in January 2003. Peters' new solo recording, "Bernadette Peters Love Rodgers & Hammerstein" has already garnered rave reviews and hits stores on March 12. And, today it was revealed that the former Song & Dance star has just landed a role in a new Michael Douglas movie, "Smack in the Kisser," which will be directed by Fred (A Cry in the Dark) Schepisi.
Peters will star as Douglas' wife, a psychologist and mother of their two sons. Reached by phone in Florida, the multi-talented actress/singer was very excited about her upcoming work opposite three generations of Douglases (Michael's dad, Kirk Douglas, also appears in the film, as does Michael's son Cameron). "I'm going to come right home on Friday and start it," Peters explained. "Fred Schepisi is the director. I had lunch with him, and he said, 'Michael and I thought it would be wonderful for you to do this role in this movie.'"
Peters begins filming the Further Films pic (MGM-Buena Vista) in New York on March 20.