Candice Bergen

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Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen 1993-2.jpg
Candice Bergen at the 45th Emmy Awards in 1993
Born Candice Patricia Bergen
(1946-05-09) May 9, 1946 (age 68)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Actress, fashion model
Years active 1965–present
Spouse(s) Louis Malle
(m. 1980-1995; his death)
Marshall Rose
(m. 2000 - present)
Children Chloé Malle
Parents Frances Bergen
Edgar Bergen

Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946) is an American actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her starring role on the television situation comedy Murphy Brown, for which she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards as Best Actress in a TV Comedy. She is also well known for her role on the legal comedy-drama Boston Legal as Shirley Schmidt. She was nominated twice for an Emmy and once for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award respectively for that role. She has starred in major films including The Sand Pebbles, Carnal Knowledge, The Wind and the Lion, and Gandhi, and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Starting Over.

Early life[edit]

Bergen was born in Beverly Hills, California. Her mother, Frances Bergen (née Westerman), was a Powers model who was known professionally as Frances Westcott.[1] Her father, Edgar Bergen, was a ventriloquist, comedian, and actor. Her paternal grandparents were Swedish-born immigrants who anglicized their surname, which was originally "Bergren". As a child, Candice was irritated at being described as "Charlie McCarthy's little sister" (referring to her father's star dummy).[2]

Bergen began appearing on her father's radio program at a young age,[3] and in 1958, at age eleven, 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 acknowledges that her failure to take her education seriously resulted in her being asked to leave. She received an honorary doctorate from Penn in May 1992.

She worked as a fashion model before she took up acting, featured on the covers of Vogue magazine.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

In 1966, Bergen made her screen debut playing a university student in The Group, which delicately touched on the then-forbidden subject of lesbianism. The same year, she played the role of Shirley Eckert, an assistant school teacher in The Sand Pebbles (1966) opposite Steve McQueen. The movie was nominated for several Academy Awards. She was featured in a 1970 political satire, The Adventurers, playing a frustrated socialite. In 1975 she starred with Sean Connery in The Wind and the Lion, as a headstrong American widow kidnapped in the Moroccan desert.

Bergen at the 60th Academy Awards in April 1988.

She appeared in Mike Nichols' provocative Carnal Knowledge (1971) and the Burt Reynolds romantic comedy Starting Over (1979), for which she received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best supporting actress.

Bergen had roles in Western films including The Hunting Party and Bite the Bullet, both of which starred Gene Hackman. Another Western she starred in was the highly controversial Soldier Blue, a worldwide hit, but a failure in its homeland. It led to Bergen being voted by British exhibitors as the seventh most popular star at the British box office in 1971.[4]

She was the love interest of Ryan O'Neal in the Love Story sequel, Oliver's Story, and portrayed a best-selling author in Rich and Famous (1981) with Jacqueline Bisset. 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.[5]

Turning to television, Bergen appeared in the 1985 miniseries Hollywood Wives. 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.

Murphy Brown[edit]

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 sit-com, 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."[6]

Quayle's remarks became comedic fodder and were written into the show, with Murphy shown watching Quayle's speech. 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."[7] 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.

Later career[edit]

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 at the time.

After Murphy Brown, Bergen hosted Exhale with Candice Bergen on the Oxygen network. She also appeared in character roles in films, including Miss Congeniality, where she played nefarious pageant host Kathy Morningside; she also portrayed the mayor of New York in Sweet Home Alabama. In 2003, she appeared in the Gwyneth Paltrow flight-attendant comedy, View from the Top.

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.

A frequent host on NBC's 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 was also featured in a long-running "Dime Lady" ad campaign for the Sprint phone company.

She has also made guest appearances on many other TV shows, including Seinfeld (as herself playing Murphy Brown), Law & Order, Family Guy, Will & Grace (playing herself), and Sex and the City, where she played Enid Frick, Carrie Bradshaw's editor at Vogue. More recently she appeared in the 2009 movie Bride Wars as Marion St. Claire, New York's most sought-after wedding planner, who also serves as the narrator of the story.

Since its launch in 2008, Candice Bergen has been a contributor for wowOwow.com, a website for women to talk culture, politics and gossip.

Bergen had an occasional role on House as Lisa Cuddy's mother, starting in Season 7, including the 2011 episodes "Larger Than Life" and "Family Practice".

In 2010, she appeared in a one-night only concert semi staged reading of Evening Primrose by Stephen Sondheim.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Candice Bergen and her mother Frances Bergen at the 62nd Academy Awards March 26, 1990

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.[9]

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 1969 by followers of Charles Manson.[10] There was some initial speculation that Melcher may have been the intended victim,[11] 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.[12][13]

On September 27, 1980, she married French film director Louis Malle. They had one child, a daughter named Chloe, in 1985. The couple were married until Malle's death from cancer on Thanksgiving Day in 1995.

Bergen has traveled extensively and speaks French fluently. She is now married to New York real estate magnate and philanthropist Marshall Rose.

Awards won[edit]

Emmy Awards:

  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for: Murphy Brown (1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995) 5 wins

Golden Globe Awards:

  • Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series – Comedy/Musical for: Murphy Brown (1989, 1992) 2 wins

Television Academy Hall of Fame:

  • Inducted in 2010

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1966 Group, TheThe Group Lakey
1966 Sand Pebbles, TheThe Sand Pebbles Shirley Eckert Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1967 Day the Fish Came Out, TheThe Day the Fish Came Out Electra Brown
1967 Vivre pour vivre Candice aka Live for Life (US)
1967 Flash 02 Herself
1968 Magus, TheThe Magus Lily
1968 Wedding of the Doll Herself
1970 Adventurers, TheThe Adventurers Sue Ann Daley
1970 Getting Straight Jan
1970 Soldier Blue Kathy Maribel Lee, 'Cresta'
1971 Carnal Knowledge Susan
1971 Hunting Party, TheThe Hunting Party Melissa Ruger
1971 T.R. Baskin T. R. Baskin aka A Date with a Lonely Girl (UK)
1974 11 Harrowhouse Maren Shirell
1975 The Lion Roars Again Herself Uncredited
1975 Wind and the Lion, TheThe Wind and the Lion Eden Pedecaris
1975 Bite the Bullet Miss Jones
1977 Domino Principle, TheThe Domino Principle Ellie Tucker aka The Domino Killings (UK)
1978 Night Full of Rain, AA 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
1982 Gandhi Margaret Bourke-White Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
1984 2010 SAL 9000 voice only (credited as Olga Mallsnerd)
1985 Stick Kyle McClaren
1985 Arthur the King Morgan le Fay Television movie
1985 Murder: By Reason of Insanity Ewa Berwid Television movie
1987 Mayflower Madam Sydney Biddle Barrows Television movie
1989 Frames from the Edge Herself
1994 Understanding Sexy Narrator Television movie
1996 Belly Talkers Herself
1996 Mary & Tim Mary Horton Television movie
1997 Who Is Henry Jaglom? Herself
2000 Miss Congeniality Kathy Morningside Nominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Mayor Kate Hennings
2003 View from the Top Sally Weston
2003 Footsteps Daisy Television movie
2003 In-Laws, TheThe In-Laws Judy Tobias
2008 Sex and the City Enid Frick
2008 Women, TheThe Women Catherine Frazier
2009 Bride Wars Marion St. Claire Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2010 Romantics, TheThe Romantics Augusta
2014 Beautiful and Twisted Bernice Novack Television movie
2014 Merry Friggin' Christmas Donna Mitchler Post-production
2015 Untitled Warren Beatty project Nadine Henly Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1958 You Bet Your Life Herself Episode: "7.34"
1967 Coronet Blue Enid Toler Episode: "The Rebels"
1969 The Kraft Music Hall Various Episode: "The Woody Allen Special"
1975-2013 Saturday Night Live Herself 6 episodes
1976 The Muppet Show Herself/Clara Cartwell Episode: "#1.15"
1985 Hollywood Wives Elaine Conti 2 episodes
1987 Trying Times Barbara Episode: "Moving Day"
1988-1998 Murphy Brown Murphy Brown 247 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)
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)
1992 Seinfeld Murphy Brown Episode: "The Keys"
1995 Understanding Narrator 2 episodes
1997 Ink Murphy Brown Episode: "Murphy's Law"
2000 Family Guy Gloria Ironbox 2 episodes
2002 Sex and the City Enid Mead 2 episodes
2004 Sex and the City Enid Splick Episode: "Splat!"
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
2005-2008 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 Mike's Mom Episode: "Thanksgiving"

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Candice Bergen Biography (1946–)
  2. ^ "So when I was born, it was only natural that I was known in the press not as Candice Bergen, but as "Charlie's sister."" (Bergen, "My Dad, Charlie and Me' in Jack Canfield, et al., A Second Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul 1998:36
  3. ^ "Bergen & McCarthy 55-12-25 Christmas (Guest Candice Bergen)", listed on Golden Age OTR's playlist on Live365.com
  4. ^ Peter Waymark. "Richard Burton top draw in British cinemas." Times [London, England] 30 Dec. 1971: 2. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 11 July 2012.
  5. ^ BAFTA (1983). "BAFTA Awards Database (Supporting Actress 1982)". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Then & Now: Dan Quayle". CNN. 2005-08-08. 
  7. ^ "Candice Bergen agrees with Quayle". CNN. 2002-07-11. [dead link]
  8. ^ Portantiere, Michael (2011). "Back into the light". The Sondheim Review (Sondheim Review, Inc.) XVII (3): 44. ISSN 1076-450X. 
  9. ^ McGovern, George S., Grassroots: The Autobiography of George McGovern, New York: Random House, 1977, pp. 173, 247
  10. ^ "Obituary Terry Melcher". telegraph.co.uk. 2004-11-23. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "Doris Day's son, musician, writer, record producer". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 2004-11-23. pp. A–15. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  12. ^ Nancy Adamson (June 8, 2013). "Mark Lindsay talks about new music, cats and Charlie Manson". Midland Reporter-Telegram. 
  13. ^ McKay (January 1983). "Two Faces of Cincinnati". Cincinnati Magazine. p. 94. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 

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