Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946) is an American actress and former fashion model. She won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for her eleven seasons as the title character on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown (1988–98, 2018–present). She is also known for her role as Shirley Schmidt on the ABC drama Boston Legal (2005–08). She was nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for Starting Over (1979), and for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Gandhi (1982).
Bergen began her career as a fashion model and appeared on the front cover of Vogue before she made her screen debut in the 1966 film The Group. She went on to star in The Sand Pebbles (1966), Soldier Blue (1970), Carnal Knowledge (1971), and The Wind and the Lion (1975). She made her Broadway debut in the 1984 play Hurlyburly, and went on to star in the revivals of The Best Man (2012) and Love Letters (2014). From 2002 to 2004, she appeared in three episodes of the HBO series Sex and the City. Her other film roles include Miss Congeniality (2000), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), The Women (2008), Bride Wars (2009), and Book Club (2018).
Bergen at the 2006 Peabody Awards
Candice Patricia Bergen
May 9, 1946
|Alma mater||University of Pennsylvania|
|Occupation||Actress, fashion model|
(m. 1980; died 1995)
Bergen was born in Beverly Hills, California. Her mother, Frances Bergen (née Westerman), was a Powers model who was known professionally as Frances Westcott. Her father, Edgar Bergen, was a famous ventriloquist, comedian, and actor. Her paternal grandparents were Swedish-born immigrants who anglicized their surname, which was originally Berggren ("mountain branch").
She began appearing on her father's radio program at a young age, and in 1958, at age 11, with her father on Groucho Marx's quiz show You Bet Your Life, as Candy Bergen. She said that when she grew up, she wanted to design clothes.
She later attended the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected both Homecoming Queen and Miss University, but, as Bergen later acknowledged, she failed to take her education seriously and after failing two courses in art and opera, she was asked to leave at the end of her sophomore year. She ultimately received an honorary doctorate from Penn in May 1992.
She did it while studying college and elected not to return, instead playing the role of Shirley Eckert, an assistant school teacher in The Sand Pebbles (1966) with Steve McQueen. The movie was nominated for several Academy Awards and was a big financial success. It was made for 20th Century Fox.
She guest starred on an episode of Coronet Blue, whose director Sam Wanamaker recommended her for a part in The Day the Fish Came Out (1967) directed by Michael Cacoyannis, distributed by Fox but a huge flop. Fox signed her to a long-term contract.
In 1968, she played the leading female role in The Magus, a British mystery film for Fox starring Michael Caine and Anthony Quinn, that was almost universally ridiculed on its release and another flop.
She was featured in a 1970 political satire, The Adventurers, based on a novel by Harold Robbins, playing a frustrated socialite. Her fee was $200,000. Reviews were terrible but the film made money. Bergen called it a "movie out of the 1940s."
Bergen played the girlfriend of Elliott Gould in Getting Straight (1970), a counter-culture movie which was commercially popular. She said it took her career in "a new direction... my first experience with democratic, communal movie making."
She also starred in the controversial Western Soldier Blue (1970), a worldwide hit but a failure in its homeland, perhaps because of its unflattering portrayal of the U.S. Cavalry. The film's European success led to Bergen's being voted by British exhibitors as the seventh-most popular star at the British box office in 1971.
Bergen received some strong reviews for her support role in Carnal Knowledge (1971), directed by Mike Nichols. Bergen did a Western with Oliver Reed, The Hunting Party (1971), then had the lead role in a drama T.R. Baskin (1971). She described the latter as the first role "that is really sort of a vehicle, where I have to act and not just be a sort of decoration" saying she'd decided "it was time for me to ge serious about acting."
Bergen was absent from screens for a number of years. She returned with a support part in a British heist film, 11 Harrowhouse (1974), then did a Western with Gene Hackman and James Coburn, Bite the Bullet (1975).
Bergen was reunited with Hackman in The Domino Killings (1977) for Stanley Kramer and hosted Saturday Night Live. A frequent host on Saturday Night Live, she was the first woman to host the show and the first host to do a second show. She was also the first woman to join the Five-Timers Club, when she hosted for the fifth time in 1990. Bergen guest-starred on The Muppet Show in its first year, appearing in several skits, an episode now available in a DVD collection.
She did A Night Full of Rain (1978) for Lina Wertmüller and was the love interest of Ryan O'Neal's character in the Love Story sequel, Oliver's Story (1978). She had taken photographs for many years and around this time starting exhibiting them in galleries.
Bergen's father died in 1978. She later said:
His death left a space for me [...] I was able much more to live according to my own expectations. I always felt my fame was ill-gotten, sort of borrowed from his, and that perhaps I tried to keep some kind of rein on it. Even when he was in retirement I felt I was poaching on his territory. He'd joke and say he was 'the father of Candice Bergen,' and that was only partially a joke. It was very hard on him.
In 1982, Bergen appeared in the Oscar-winning film Gandhi in which she portrayed documentary photographer Margaret Bourke-White. Bergen was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
In 1984 she joined the Broadway cast of Hurlyburly.
On television, Bergen appeared as Morgan Le Fay in Arthur the King (1985) and in the miniseries Hollywood Wives (1985). She was Burt Reynolds' romantic interest in Stick (1985), and for TV appeared in Murder: By Reason of Insanity (1985) and Mayflower Madam (1987).
In addition to acting, Bergen has written articles, a play, and a memoir, Knock Wood (1984). She has also studied photography and worked as a photojournalist.
In 1988, she took the lead role in the sitcom Murphy Brown, in which she played a tough television reporter. The series provided her with the opportunity to show her little-seen comic talent, and although primarily a conventional sitcom, the show did tackle important issues. Murphy Brown, a recovering alcoholic, became a single mother and later battled breast cancer. In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle criticized prime-time TV for showing the Murphy Brown character "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice."
Quayle's disparaging remarks were subsequently written into the show, with Murphy shown watching Quayle's speech in disbelief at his insensitivity and ignorance of the reality of the lives of single mothers. A subsequent episode explored the subject of family values within a diverse set of families. The Brown character arranges for a truckload of potatoes to be dumped in front of Quayle's residence, an allusion to an infamous incident in which Quayle erroneously directed a school child to spell the word "potato" as "potatoe". In reality, Bergen agreed with at least some of Quayle's observations, saying that while the particular remark was "an arrogant and uninformed posture", as a whole, it was "a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did." Bergen's run on Murphy Brown was extremely successful. The show ran for ten seasons and between 1989 and 1998, Bergen was nominated for an Emmy Award seven times and won five. After her fifth win, she declined future nominations for the role.
Throughout the same time frame as Murphy Brown, Bergen also appeared as the main spokesperson for a Sprint telephone ad campaign.
She produced and starred in the TV movie Mary & Tim (1996).
After playing the role of Murphy Brown, Bergen was offered a chance to work as a real-life journalist. After the run of Murphy Brown ended in 1998, CBS approached her to cover stories for 60 Minutes, an offer she declined, with the conviction that she didn't personally want to blur the lines between actor and journalist.
She also appeared in character roles in films, including Miss Congeniality (2000), where she played villainous pageant host Kathy Morningside; she also portrayed the mayor of New York in Sweet Home Alabama (2002) and appeared in the Gwyneth Paltrow flight-attendant comedy, View from the Top (2003).
In January 2005, Bergen joined the cast of the television series Boston Legal as Shirley Schmidt, a founding partner in the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. She played the role for five seasons. In 2006 and 2008, she received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
She has also made guest appearances on many other TV shows, including Seinfeld (as herself playing Murphy Brown), Law & Order, Family Guy, and Will & Grace (playing herself). She has also featured in a long-running "Dime Lady" ad campaign for the Sprint phone company.
From its launch in 2008, Candice Bergen was a contributor for wowOwow.com, a website for women to talk culture, politics and gossip. The website closed in 2010.
In 2010, she appeared in a one-night only concert: a semi-staged reading of Evening Primrose by Stephen Sondheim. She has also appeared on Broadway in the 2012 revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man and the 2014 revival of Love Letters.
Later performances included A Merry Friggin' Christmas (2014), Beautiful & Twisted (2015), Rules Don't Apply (2016),The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017), Home Again (2017) and Book Club (2018).
On January 24, 2018, it was announced that Candice Bergen would be reprising her role as Murphy Brown for a series revival to be aired on CBS in the 2018-2019 season.
A political activist, Bergen accepted a date with Henry Kissinger. During her activist days she participated in a Yippie prank when she, Abbie Hoffman, and others threw dollar bills onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 1967, leading to its temporary shutdown. In 1972, she served as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern's presidential campaign.
Bergen and former boyfriend Terry Melcher lived at 10050 Cielo Drive in Los Angeles, which was later occupied by Sharon Tate and her husband, Roman Polanski. Tate and four others were murdered in the home in August 9, 1969, by followers of Charles Manson. There was some initial speculation that Melcher may have been the intended victim, although Melcher, his former roommate Mark Lindsay, and Vincent Bugliosi have all indicated Manson was aware that Melcher was no longer living at that address at the time of the murders.
On September 27, 1980, she married French film director Louis Malle. They had one child, a daughter named Chloé Françoise, in 1985. The couple was married until Malle's death from cancer on Thanksgiving Day in 1995. Bergen has traveled extensively and speaks French fluently. She has been married to New York real estate magnate and philanthropist Marshall Rose since 2000.
|1966||The Group||Lakey Eastlake|
|1966||The Sand Pebbles||Shirley Eckert|
|1967||The Day the Fish Came Out||Electra Brown|
|1967||Live for Life||Candice|
|1970||The Adventurers||Sue Ann Daley|
|1970||Soldier Blue||Cresta Maribel Lee|
|1971||The Hunting Party||Melissa Ruger|
|1971||T.R. Baskin||T. R. Baskin|
|1974||11 Harrowhouse||Maren Shirell|
|1975||The Wind and the Lion||Eden Pedecaris|
|1975||Bite the Bullet||Miss Jones|
|1977||The Domino Principle||Ellie Tucker|
|1978||A Night Full of Rain||Lizzy|
|1978||Oliver's Story||Marcie Bonwit|
|1979||Starting Over||Jessica Potter||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
|1981||Rich and Famous||Merry Noel Blake|
|1984||2010||SAL 9000||Voice only; credited as Olga Mallsnerd|
|2000||Miss Congeniality||Kathy Morningside|
|2002||Sweet Home Alabama||Mayor Kate Hennings|
|2003||View from the Top||Sally Weston|
|2003||The In-Laws||Judy Tobias|
|2008||Sex and the City||Enid Frick|
|2008||The Women||Catherine Frazier|
|2009||Bride Wars||Marion St. Claire|
|2010||The Romantics||Augusta Hayes|
|2014||A Merry Friggin' Christmas||Donna Mitchler|
|2016||Rules Don't Apply||Nadine Henly|
|2017||The Meyerowitz Stories||Julia|
|2017||Home Again||Lillian Stewart|
|2018||Book Club||Sharon Myers|
|1967||Coronet Blue||Enid Toler||Episode: "The Rebels"|
|1969||The Kraft Music Hall||Various||Episode: "The Woody Allen Special"|
|1975–2018||Saturday Night Live||Herself||7 episodes|
|1976||The Muppet Show||Herself||Episode: "Candice Bergen"|
|1985||Hollywood Wives||Elaine Conti||2 episodes|
|1985||Arthur the King||Morgan le Fay||Television film|
|1985||Murder: By Reason of Insanity||Ewa Berwid||Television film|
|1987||Trying Times||Barbara||Episode: "Moving Day"|
|1987||Mayflower Madam||Sydney Biddle Barrows||Television film|
|Murphy Brown||Murphy Brown||259 episodes|
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1989, 1992)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1989–90, 1992, 1994–95)
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1990–91, 1993–96, 2019)
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (1991, 1993)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (1995–96)
Pending—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
|1992||Seinfeld||Murphy Brown||Episode: "The Keys"|
|1996||Mary & Tim||Mary Horton||Television film|
|1997||Ink||Murphy Brown||Episode: "Murphy's Law"|
|2000||Family Guy||Gloria Ironbox||2 episodes|
|2002–04||Sex and the City||Enid Frick||3 episodes|
|2003||Footsteps||Daisy Lowendahl||Television film|
|2004||Law & Order||Judge Amanda Anderlee||Episode: "The Brotherhood"|
|2004||Will & Grace||Herself||Episode: "Strangers with Candice"|
|2005||Law & Order: Trial by Jury||Judge Amanda Anderlee||3 episodes|
|2005–08||Boston Legal||Shirley Schmidt||84 episodes|
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2006, 2008)
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2007–09)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
|2011||House||Arlene Cuddy||3 episodes|
|2013||The Michael J. Fox Show||Beth Henry||Episode: "Thanksgiving"|
|2014||Beautiful & Twisted||Bernice Novack||Television film|
|2015||Battle Creek||Constance||Episode: "Mama's Boy"|
|2016||BoJack Horseman||The Closer (voice)||Episode: "Stop the Presses"|
Bite the Bullet is a 1975 American Western film written, produced, and directed by Richard Brooks and starring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, and James Coburn, with Ian Bannen, Jan-Michael Vincent, Ben Johnson, and Dabney Coleman in supporting roles.Boston Legal
Boston Legal is an American legal comedy-drama television series created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004 to December 8, 2008. The series starred James Spader, William Shatner, and Candice Bergen.Candice Bergen (politician)
Candice Marie Bergen (born September 28, 1964) is a Canadian federal politician. She was previously Minister of State for Social Development, and Member of the Canadian Parliament in the Harper Government. She has represented the Manitoba riding of Portage—Lisgar in the House of Commons since her election in 2008 and is a member of the Conservative Party of Canada. She is currently House Leader of the Official Opposition.Elected under the name Candice Hoeppner, the Member of Parliament announced on September 17, 2012 that she would resume her birth name of Bergen.Frances Bergen
Frances Bergen (née Westerman; September 14, 1922 – October 2, 2006) was an American actress and fashion model. She was the wife of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and the mother of actress Candice Bergen and film and television editor Kris Bergen.Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy
The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy is an award presented annually by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). It is given in honor of an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role on a musical or comedy television series for the calendar year.
It was first awarded at the 19th Golden Globe Awards on March 5, 1962 under the title Best TV Star - Female to Pauline Fredericks. The nominees for the award announced annually starting in 1963. The award initially honored actresses in both comedy and drama genres until 1969, when the award was split into categories that honored comedic and dramatic performances separately. It was presented under the new title Best TV Actress – Musical or Comedy and in 1980 under its current title.
Since its inception, the award has been given to 42 actresses. Rachel Brosnahan is the current recipient of the award for her role as the title character on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Brosnahan also won the award in the prior year for the same role. Carol Burnett has won the most awards in this category with five wins and received the most nominations at 12.Home Again (2017 film)
Home Again is a 2017 American romantic comedy film written and directed by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, in her directorial debut. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Nat Wolff, Jon Rudnitsky, Pico Alexander, Michael Sheen and Candice Bergen, and follows a 40-year-old single mother who allows three young aspiring filmmakers to live with her in her Los Angeles home. The film was released on September 8, 2017, by Open Road Films and grossed $37 million worldwide.List of Saturday Night Live guests
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A typical episode of SNL will feature a single host, who delivers the opening monologue and performs in sketches with the cast. While the format also features a musical guest, and a number of episodes have featured celebrity cameos, the focus of the show is the guest host.
George Carlin was first to host the show; Candice Bergen was the first woman to host the show a few weeks later and again hosted only six weeks after that. Guests that host five times (or more) are members of the Five-Timers Club that originated on December 8, 1990, when Tom Hanks became the seventh person to host their fifth episode. Occasionally, a host will also be the musical guest, such as first seen with Paul Simon on October 18, 1975, and most recently, Halsey in 2019.Live for Life
Live for Life (French: Vivre pour vivre) is a 1967 French film directed by Claude Lelouch starring Yves Montand, Candice Bergen and Annie Girardot. The film won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The film had a total of 2,936,035 admissions in France and was the 7th highest grossing film of the year.Murphy Brown
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The series originally ran until May 18, 1998, after airing a total of 247 episodes over ten seasons. In January 2018, it was announced that CBS had ordered a 13-episode revival of Murphy Brown, which premiered on September 27, 2018.Portage—Lisgar
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# – Indicates a performance in a Miniseries or Television film, prior to the category's creation.
§ – Indicates a performance as a guest performer, prior to the category's creation.Starting Over (1979 film)
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It was nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Clayburgh) and Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Bergen). Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager wrote three original songs for the film: "Easy For You," "Better Than Ever", and "Starting Over", which is sung by Bergen.Sweet Home Alabama (film)
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The screenplay by Peter Hyams focuses on a naïve young woman who moves to Chicago with the hope of finding romance and a fulfilling career.The Adventurers (1970 film)
The Adventurers is a 1970 American adventure drama film based on the novel by Harold Robbins. It is directed, produced, and co-written by Lewis Gilbert.
The American film stars Bekim Fehmiu, Candice Bergen, Charles Aznavour, Olivia de Havilland, Fernando Rey, Ernest Borgnine, Alan Badel, and Leigh Taylor-Young. The film featured a film debut from Fehmiu and was shot in Europe and parts of South America. It is loosely based on the life of Dominican diplomat and playboy Porfirio Rubirosa.The Domino Principle
The Domino Principle is a 1977 thriller film starring Gene Hackman, Candice Bergen, Mickey Rooney and Richard Widmark. The film is based on the novel of the same name and was adapted for the screen by its author, Adam Kennedy. It was directed and produced by Stanley Kramer.The In-Laws (2003 film)
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