Candice Bergen

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  • Birth Name: Candice Patricia Bergen
  • Birth Place: Beverly Hills, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Model, Writer, Photojournalist, Commercial spokesperson
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The daughter of famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, this cool beauty grew up in the public eye as the "little sister" of Charlie McCarthy, her father's famous wooden dummy. Still in college when she landed her debut film role in the 1966 ensemble drama The Group, Bergen went on to enjoy three very different careers: first as a so-so film actress, then as a celebrated photojournalist, and finally as a huge small-screen star as the title character on the sitcom Murphy Brown, a role that earned her two Golden Globes and five Emmys. Although Bergen had undisputed movie-star looks, her big-screen roles were mostly unrewarding, except for her Oscar-nominated turn as a tone-deaf aspiring singer in the 1979 romantic comedy Starting Over. Reportedly choosing her projects based on their filming locations, Bergen launched a concurrent career in journalism, contributing photos and articles based on her travels to numerous prestigious publications, including New York, Life and Playboy magazines. Disenchanted with her film offers in the '80s, Bergen did what many aging actresses do and turned to TV. But few former film players find such resounding success on the small screen. From the moment go, Murphy Brown captivated viewers. As a smart, sassy, outspoken and often difficult TV newsmagazine anchor who also happened to be a recovering alcoholic, Bergen won critical accolades and myriad awards, and incurred the wrath of then-vice president Dan Quayle in 1992, when her alter ego became a single mother. (During the run of the show, Bergen herself faced single parenthood when her husband, French film director Louis Malle, died of cancer in 1995.) In 1998, after a 10-year run, Murphy Brown left the airwaves, but Bergen remained a feminist icon and beloved personality, winning supporting film roles and even hosting her own TV talk show, Exhale With Candice Bergen. In 2005 she returned to the small screen as a series regular on Boston Legal, playing a high-powered lawyer.

Fast Facts

  • Left the University of Pennsylvania in 1965 after flunking art and opera; she ultimately received an honorary degree in 1992.
  • First female host of Saturday Night Live, on November 8, 1975.
  • Engaged in a well-publicized war of words in 1992 with Vice President Dan Quayle, who criticized her Murphy Brown character for having a child out of wedlock claiming it undermined traditional family values.
  • After winning her fifth Emmy for Murphy Brown, she took herself out of the running for future consideration.
  • Besides acting and modeling, she was also a photojournalist whose work appeared in Life, Esquire and Playboy magazines. Post-Murphy Brown, she turned down an offer to be a 60 Minutes correspondent.

Awards

  • 2006, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1989, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1989, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1995, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1996, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female TV Performer: Winner
  • 1993, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female TV Performer: Winner
  • 1992, People's Choice Awards — Favorite Female TV Performer: Winner
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1983, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 1967, Golden Globe — New Star of the Year - Actress: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1980, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1979, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Terry Melcher — Ex-significant Other
  • Chloe Malle — Daughter
  • Edgar Bergen — Father
  • Frances Bergen — Mother
  • Kris Bergen — Brother
  • Louis Malle — Husband (deceased)
  • Marshall Rose — Husband
  • Manuel Cuotemoc Malle — Stepson

College

  • Attended University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Details

  • Birth Name: Candice Patricia Bergen
  • Birth Place: Beverly Hills, California, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Model, Writer, Photojournalist, Commercial spokesperson

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