Roberta Peters | Pilates History Research

Roberta Peters

Roberta Peters is one of the most well known, famous clients of Joseph Pilates, primarily because she appeared in Life Magazine working out with Joe and Clara in the studio. She was also a student of William Herman. Image first shared on 3/31/21.

Roberta Peters Opera archive article

Roberta Peters

This article appeared in Life Magazine and was about Roberta Peters. It depicted her time in the studio with Joseph Pilates as well as a voice lesson with William Herman. Images first shared on 10/15/21.

Diva with Muscle Roberta Peters pilates archive article
Roberta Peters pilates archive article
Roberta Peters pilates archive article

Personal Diaries

In February 2022, The Pilates Source® conducted research into Roberta Peter’s personal diaries, datebooks, and address books from the 1950’s while living in New York City. Her diaries and datebooks reflect fascinating data such as appointments at the Pilates studio, appointments with William Herman, and even describe some of her voice lessons with William Herman. Here is a sampling of some of our research. Included are the addresses of the Pilates Studio and William Herman’s studio. Also included but not pictured are the addresses and names of other famous people of her time, who were her friends. Images first shared on 4/22/22.

Roberta Peters Calendar March 7-10
Roberta Peters Calendar February 24
Roberta Peters William Pierce Herman Address
Roberta Peters Personal Address book
Roberta Peters Personal Names Addresses
Roberta Peters Calendar March 3
Roberta Peters Personal Diary page January 7, 1950
Roberta Peters Calendar January 1951
Roberta Peters Personal Calendar Planner Identification
Roberta Peters Personal Calendar Planner March 6-9
Roberta Peters Personal Diary Page Excerpt

I was thrilled to discover that Roberta Peters actually wrote a biography in 1967 about her time and studies with William Herman. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in Herman’s original work! Interestingly, the book does not mention Pilates!

Image first shared May 11, 2023.

Roberta Peters Book William Herman
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