Candice Bergen

Actor, Photographer, Model
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1946 in Beverly Hills, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (129)

A Merry Friggin' Christmas 2014 (Movie)

Donna Mitchler (Actor)

The Wedding Contract 2014 (Movie)

(has been mentioned for a role.) (Actor)

Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's 2013 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Michael J. Fox Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2012 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

The 66th Annual Tony Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

House 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Romantics 2010 (Movie)

Augusta (Actor)

Boston Legal 2005 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bride Wars 2009 (Movie)

Marion St. Claire (Actor)

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2008 (Movie)

Enid Frick (Actor)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Catherine Frazier (Actor)

Living in TV Land 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

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60 Minutes II 2005 (Tv Show)

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Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

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Law & Order: Trial by Jury 2005 (Tv Show)

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Between the Lines 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Footsteps 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

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Law & Order 2004 (Tv Show)

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Sex and the City 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

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The In-Laws 2003 (Movie)

Judy Tobias (Actor)

View From the Top 2003 (Movie)

Sally Weston (Actor)

Will & Grace 2003 (Tv Show)

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AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Passions 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Exhale With Candice Bergen 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Kate Hennings (Actor)

Understanding 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Human Face With John Cleese 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

A Home For the Holidays 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Guy 2000 (Tv Show)

Voice

Miss Congeniality 2000 (Movie)

Kathy Morningside (Actor)

Influences: From Yesterday to Today 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Comedy Honors 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS: The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories 1991 - 1998 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 49th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Night of About 14 CBS Stars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

47th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Belly Talkers 1996 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Edgar Bergen: His Many Voices 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Sneak Peek II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Murphy Brown Special 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Comic Relief VI 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 8th Annual American Comedy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Who Is Henry Jaglom? 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Aretha Franklin: Duets 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Television Moments: What We Watched 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 6th Annual American Comedy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

CBS Comedy Bloopers II 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

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CBS Comedy Bloopers 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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CBS Premiere Preview Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Comic Relief IV 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 41st Annual Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The 62nd Annual Academy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Paris '89 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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The Barbara Walters Special (03/29/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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It's Up to Us: The Giraffe Project 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Memories Then & Now 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Hollywood Wives 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Stick 1985 (Movie)

Kyle McLaren (Actor)

Gandhi 1982 (Movie)

Margaret Bourke-White (Actor)

Rich and Famous 1981 (Movie)

Merry Noel Blake (Actor)

Starting Over 1979 (Movie)

Jessica Potter (Actor)

Oliver's Story 1978 (Movie)

Marcie Bonwit (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 1975 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Domino Principle 1976 (Movie)

Ellie Tucker (Actor)

Bite the Bullet 1975 (Movie)

Miss Jones (Actor)

11 Harrowhouse 1974 (Movie)

Maren (Actor)

The Wind and the Lion 1974 (Movie)

Mrs Pedecaris (Actor)

Carnal Knowledge 1971 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Getting Straight 1970 (Movie)

Jan (Actor)

T. R. Baskin 1970 (Movie)

T R Baskin (Actor)

The Adventurers 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Hunting Party 1970 (Movie)

Melissa Ruger (Actor)

Soldier Blue 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Magus 1968 (Movie)

Lily (Actor)

Live for Life 1967 (Movie)

Candice (Actor)

The Group 1966 (Movie)

Lakey Eastlake (Actor)

The Sand Pebbles 1966 (Movie)

Shirley (Actor)

Arthur the King (TV Show)

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Battle Creek (Tv Show)

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Beautiful & Twisted (TV Show)

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Ink (TV Show)

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Laughing Matters (TV Show)

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Mary & Tim (TV Show)

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Mayflower Madam (TV Show)

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Moving Day (TV Show)

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The Way They Were (TV Show)

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Biography

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.

Relationships

Edgar Bergen

Father
Performed with a puppet named Charlie McCarthy, who was Bergen's lifelong sidekick died in 1978 of kidney disease

Frances Bergen

Mother
Former Chesterfield Girl known professionally as Frances Westcott when she was a model died in 2006 after a prolonged illness

Kris Bergen

Brother
Born in 1961

Louis Malle Director

Husband
Married Sept. 27, 1980 until his death from cancer Nov. 23, 1995

Chloe Malle

Daughter
Born in 1985 father, Louis Malle

Terry Melcher

Companion
Involved in the late 1960s lived together in the same house later occupied by Sharon Tate and her husband, Roman Polanski Tate and four others were later murdered in the home by followers of Charles Manson

Marshall Rose

Husband
Began dating fall 1998 Married June 15, 2000

Bert Schneider Director

Companion
Together from 1971-74

EDUCATION

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1965
Asked to leave, because she was failing her classes

Westlake School for Girls

Los Angeles , California 1964
Editor of the school paper and was May Queen of the class of '64

Montesano School

Spent one term there at age 14

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 1965
Asked to leave, because she was failing her classes

Milestones

2009

Co-starred opposite Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway in the comedy "Bride Wars"

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

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

2003

Appeared on NBC's "Will & Grace" as 'Candy Bergen,' an acquaintance of Karen

2002

Served as an occasional contributor to NBC's morning show "Today"

2002

Had a recurring role on HBO's "Sex and the City" playing Enid Frick, Carrie Bradshaw's (Parker) editor at Vogue

2002

Played the NYC mayor in "Sweet Home Alabama"

2000

Returned to features in "Miss Congeniality" as the sweet-yet-demented pageant host Kathy Morningside

1996

Made first TV-movie in nearly a decade, "Mary & Tim" (CBS)

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"

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)

1985

Last feature film for 15 years, "Stick"

1982

Played photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White in the Oscar-winning "Gandhi"

1981

Teamed with Jacqueline Bisset in George Cukor's "Rich and Famous"

1979

Earned a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her comedic turn as Burt Reynolds' ex-wife in "Starting Over"

1978

Co-starred opposite Ryan O'Neal in "Oliver's Story," a sequel to O'Neal's 1970 hit film "Love Story"

1975

Worked as photojournalist for Life, Playboy and Esquire

1975

Starred as an American woman kidnapped in the Middle East in the period drama "The Wind and the Lion"

1970

Acted in the Mike Nichols directed "Carnal Knowledge"

1968

Wrote play, "The Freezer" (included in "Best Short Plays of 1968")

1967

Made adult TV episodic debut, "Coronet Blue" (CBS)

1966

Played Shirley Eckert, an assistant school teacher in the Oscar nominated movie, "The Sand Pebbles"

1966

Film acting debut in "The Group," playing a glamorous lesbian

1958

Appeared with her father on Groucho Marx's quiz show "You Bet Your Life" (NBC) as Candy Bergen

1952

Radio debut as guest on father's program

Hosted the talk show "Exhale" for the Oxygen network

Became a Ford model in NYC; used cover-girl fees to buy cameras

Bonus Trivia

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

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

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