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Also Known As: Candice Patricia Bergen Died:
Born: May 9, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Beverly Hills, California, USA Profession: actor, photographer, model, author, photojournalist

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As the Emmy-winning star of TV's "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998), Candice Bergen succeeded in making the public forget that long before embodying her sassy TV reporter alter ego, the actress had begun her career as a model and rather unsuccessful dramatic film actress before an Oscar-nominated turn in "Starting Over" (1979) paved the way for future comedic success. The beautiful Bergen was a child of Hollywood privilege, but early on made a name for herself as an independent, politically progressive feminist who also enjoyed a side career as a nationally published photojournalist. She let a good bit of her real life experience shine through in her work, often portraying professional, intellectual characters whose tough exteriors guarded an inner world of fragility. For "Murphy Brown," Bergen earned a record five Emmy awards for bringing unprecedented depth to a leading female TV character, transforming her into an icon of the 1990s working woman - and one who stood up to a real-life Vice President's character assassination after Murphy chose to have a child out of wedlock. After a decade of playing that revered character, she proved a perfect addition to the cast of the darkly comic legal drama...

As the Emmy-winning star of TV's "Murphy Brown" (CBS, 1988-1998), Candice Bergen succeeded in making the public forget that long before embodying her sassy TV reporter alter ego, the actress had begun her career as a model and rather unsuccessful dramatic film actress before an Oscar-nominated turn in "Starting Over" (1979) paved the way for future comedic success. The beautiful Bergen was a child of Hollywood privilege, but early on made a name for herself as an independent, politically progressive feminist who also enjoyed a side career as a nationally published photojournalist. She let a good bit of her real life experience shine through in her work, often portraying professional, intellectual characters whose tough exteriors guarded an inner world of fragility. For "Murphy Brown," Bergen earned a record five Emmy awards for bringing unprecedented depth to a leading female TV character, transforming her into an icon of the 1990s working woman - and one who stood up to a real-life Vice President's character assassination after Murphy chose to have a child out of wedlock. After a decade of playing that revered character, she proved a perfect addition to the cast of the darkly comic legal drama "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-), going barb for barb with co-stars William Shatner and James Spader and proving age had only fine-tuned her comedic chops.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Cold Blooded (2014)
3.
 Romantics, The (2010)
4.
 Bride Wars (2009)
5.
 Sex and the City (2008)
6.
 The Women (2008)
7.
 Footsteps (2003) Daisy Lowendahl
8.
 In-Laws, The (2003) Judy Tobias
9.
 Sweet Home Alabama (2002) Kate Hennings
10.
 View From the Top (2001) Sally Weston
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Milestones close milestones

1952:
Radio debut as guest on father's program
1958:
Appeared with her father on Groucho Marx's quiz show "You Bet Your Life" (NBC) as Candy Bergen
:
Became a Ford model in NYC; used cover-girl fees to buy cameras
1966:
Film acting debut in "The Group," playing a glamorous lesbian
1966:
Played Shirley Eckert, an assistant school teacher in the Oscar nominated movie, "The Sand Pebbles"
1967:
Made adult TV episodic debut, "Coronet Blue" (CBS)
1968:
Wrote play, "The Freezer" (included in "Best Short Plays of 1968")
1971:
Acted in the Mike Nichols directed "Carnal Knowledge"
1975:
Worked as photojournalist for <i>Life, Playboy</i> and <i>Esquire</i>
1975:
Starred as an American woman kidnapped in the Middle East in the period drama "The Wind and the Lion"
1978:
Co-starred opposite Ryan O'Neal in "Oliver's Story," a sequel to O'Neal's 1970 hit film "Love Story"
1979:
Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her comedic turn as Burt Reynolds' ex-wife in "Starting Over"
1981:
Teamed with Jacqueline Bisset in George Cukor's "Rich and Famous"
1982:
Played photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi"
1985:
Last feature film for 15 years, "Stick"
1985:
Broadway debut in the Mike Nichols directed "Hurlyburly"; replaced Sigourney Weaver in the role of Diane
1985:
TV-movie debut in "Arthur the King" (CBS)
1985:
Made miniseries debut in "Hollywood Wives" (ABC)
1988:
TV series debut, playing controversial TV journalist "Murphy Brown" (CBS); show achieved a level of political notoriety in the 1992 presidential election when Dan Quayle mentioned the show in a campaign speech, known as the "Murphy Brown speech"
1996:
Made first TV-movie in nearly a decade, "Mary & Tim" (CBS)
:
Hosted the talk show "Exhale" for the Oxygen network
2000:
Returned to features in "Miss Congeniality" as the sweet-yet-demented pageant host Kathy Morningside
2002:
Served as an occasional contributor to NBC's morning show "Today"
2002:
Played the NYC mayor in "Sweet Home Alabama"
2002:
Had a recurring role on HBO's "Sex and the City" playing Enid Frick, Carrie Bradshaw's (Parker) editor at Vogue
2003:
Appeared on NBC's "Will & Grace" as 'Candy Bergen,' an acquaintance of Karen
2005:
Joined the cast of ABC's "Boston Legal" as Shirley Schmidt, the third partner of Crane, Poole & Schmidt; earned Golden Globe (2005), Emmy (2006, 2008) and SAG (2006) nominations
2008:
Reprised the role of Vogue editor, Enid Frick in "Sex and the City: The Movie"
2008:
Featured in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of the 1936 play by Clare Boothe Luce
2009:
Co-starred opposite Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway in the comedy "Bride Wars"
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Education

Montesano School: -
Westlake School for Girls: Los Angeles , California - 1964
University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1965
University of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia , Pennsylvania - 1965

Notes

Awarded honorary doctorate degree from alma mater University of Pennsylvania (1992).

She holds the record for most Emmy wins (five) for lead actor in a single series.

Bergen became spokesperson for SPRINT long-distance service in 1990.

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Terry Melcher. Record producer. Involved in the late 1960s.
companion:
Bert Schneider. Producer. Together from 1971 to March 1974.
husband:
Louis Malle. Director. Married from September 27, 1980 until his death on November 23, 1995; born on October 30, 1932.
husband:
Marshall Rose. Real estate developer. Dating as of fall 1998; married on June 15, 2000.
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father:
Edgar Bergen. Ventriloquist, actor. Died in 1978.
mother:
Frances Bergen. Actor. Former Chesterfield Girl.
brother:
Kris Bergen. Film and video editor. Born on October 12, 1961.
daughter:
Chloe Malle. Born in 1985.
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