She was involved with Steve Martin, her costar in The Jerk (1979) and Pennies from Heaven (1981), prior to his marriage to Victoria Tennant.
Has won two Tony awards as Best Actress (Musical): In 1986 for "Song and Dance" and in 1999 for a revival of "Annie Get Your Gun." In addition, she has received five other Tony nominations: one as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Musical) in 1972 for a revival of "On the Town"; and four other Best Actress (Musical) nominations: in 1975 for "Mack and Mabel"; in 1984 for "Sunday in the Park with George," a performance she recreated in the television version with the same title, "American Playhouse: Sunday in the Park with George (#5.19)" (1986); in 1993 for "The Goodbye Girl"; and in 2003 for a revival of "Gypsy.".
On the The 57th Annual Tony Awards (2003) (TV), she performed the climactic song "Rose's Turn" from "Gypsy," in which she was nominated that year for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. However, she had been suffering from a severe respiratory infection and had missed several performances of the show. Originally, the producers did not want her to perform live at the Tonys for fear of her damaging her vocal chords. She refused to cancel and insisted on performing live. She got through the song and received a 2-minute standing ovation, one of the longest in Tony History.
Her husband, Michael Wittenberg died in a helicopter crash in Montenegro, Europe, on September 26, 2005. An investment advisor, he was reportedly on a business trip.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Live Theatre at the 6706 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.