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Candice Bergen

Candice BergenAKA Candice Patricia Bergen

Born: 9-May-1946
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, CA

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Photographer, Model
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Murphy Brown

Candice Bergen played the title character on TV's Murphy Brown. She won five Emmys in the role, playing a smart, ballsy TV reporter whose work often reflected issues in the news. In 1992, she was caught up in controversy when American vice president Dan Quayle criticized Bergen's TV character for becoming a single mother on the sitcom. In a noteworthy 1997 episode, Murphy, undergoing chemotherapy, smoked marijuana to ease her pain.

Bergen is the daughter of Edgar Bergen, a ventriloquist, and Frances Westerman, a model who posed for billboards advertising Chesterfield cigarettes. As a child, Bergen was jealous of her father's famous dummy, Charlie McCarthy -- the room where McCarthy and his props were stored was bigger than her bedroom. For a time, she and the dummy had matching pajamas, which, Bergen has said, "felt strange", and it stung when reporters mentioned her as "Charlie McCarthy's little sister".

Her father was at his peak of fame during Bergen's childhood. Frequent houseguests included Jimmy Stewart, Walt Disney, and Ronald Reagan, and Bergen's playmates included the children of such luminaries as Gregory Peck and Judy Garland. Predictably, she became something of a wild teenager, and she was eventually booted from college for lack of interest in her studies. She was cute enough to find easy work as a model, and inspired by famed Life photographer Margaret Bourke-White, she also worked on the other side of the camera.

Bergen was already semi-famous as a model when she began acting on a lark, after director Sidney Lumet asked her to play the icy lesbian in The Group with Joan Hackett. As Bergen became better known as an actress, she continued working as a photographer, and eventually used her fame to garner prestige assignments. In her most famous work as a photographer, she shot Charlie Chaplin for a Life magazine cover.

As a film actress, she starred with Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel in Carnal Knowledge, played the missionary in The Sand Pebbles with (ambiguous link, Steve McQueen), and she played her hero, the photographer Bourke-White, in Gandhi with Ben Kingsley.

At 33, she married film auteur Louis Malle, and they spent much of their marriage living in France, but unlike many movie couples they never worked together. After Malle died of cancer on Thanksgiving Day in 1995, Bergen spent years battling insomnia, anxiety, and grief. She has said she was definitely not looking for romance when, three years later, friend and 60 Minutes producer Don Hewitt introduced Bergen to the man who would be her second husband, real estate tycoon Marshall Rose.

In the 1960s, young Bergen shared a house in Southern California with songwriter Terry Melcher. When they moved out, Sharon Tate moved in, and it was in that house where Tate was eventually murdered by followers of Charles Manson.

Father: Edgar Bergen (ventriloquist)
Mother: Frances Westerman (model, d. 2-Oct-2006)
Brother: Kris Bergen (b. 1962, film editor)
Boyfriend: Terry Melcher (musician, dated and cohabited, 1960s)
Boyfriend: Henry Kissinger (Secretary of State, dated in early 1970s)
Husband: Louis Malle (filmmaker, m. 1981, d. Nov-1995, cancer)
Daughter: Chloe Malle (journalist, b. Nov-1985)
Husband: Marshall Rose (real estate developer, dated 1998-2000, m. 15-Jun-2000)
Slept with: John DeLorean (auto designer)

    High School: Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles, CA
    University: University of Pennsylvania (expelled)

    Norton Simon Museum celebrity endorsement
    Al Franken for Senate
    Bill Bradley for President
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Friends of Hillary
    Gore 2000
    Hillary Clinton for President
    Hillary Rodham Clinton for US Senate Committee
    John Kerry for President
    New Leadership for America PAC
    Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority
    Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame 2003
    Emmy 1989 for Murphy Brown (lead actress, comedy)
    Emmy 1990 for Murphy Brown (lead actress, comedy)
    Emmy 1992 for Murphy Brown (lead actress, comedy)
    Emmy 1994 for Murphy Brown (lead actress, comedy)
    Emmy 1995 for Murphy Brown (lead actress, comedy)
    Endorsement of Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera
    Endorsement of Sprint
    Expelled from School
    Roast: Lorne Michaels (2004)
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Smoking, Insomnia, Yoga

    TELEVISION
    Boston Legal Shirley Schmidt (2005-08)
    Law & Order: Trial by Jury Judge Amanda Anderlee (2005)
    Sex and the City Enid Mead (Vogue, 2002-04)
    Murphy Brown Murphy Brown (1988-98)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    A Merry Friggin' Christmas (17-Oct-2014)
    Scatter My Ashes at Bergdorf's (3-May-2013) · Herself
    The Romantics (24-Jan-2010) · Augusta
    Bride Wars (5-Jan-2009)
    The Women (12-Sep-2008)
    Sex and the City (12-May-2008)
    The In-Laws (17-May-2003)
    View from the Top (21-Mar-2003) · Sally Weston
    Sweet Home Alabama (20-Sep-2002)
    Miss Congeniality (14-Dec-2000)
    Mary & Tim (3-Nov-1996)
    Stick (25-Jul-1985) · Kyle
    2010 (7-Dec-1984) · SAL 9000 [VOICE]
    Gandhi (6-Dec-1982) · Margaret Bourke-White
    Rich and Famous (23-Sep-1981)
    Starting Over (5-Oct-1979)
    Oliver's Story (Dec-1978)
    A Night Full of Rain (17-Jan-1978)
    The Domino Principle (25-Jul-1977)
    Bite the Bullet (20-Jun-1975) · Miss Jones
    The Wind and the Lion (22-May-1975) · Eden Pedecaris
    11 Harrowhouse (2-Oct-1974) · Maren
    T. R. Baskin (20-Oct-1971)
    The Hunting Party (16-Jul-1971)
    Carnal Knowledge (30-Jun-1971) · Susan
    Soldier Blue (12-Aug-1970)
    Getting Straight (13-May-1970)
    The Adventurers (25-Mar-1970)
    The Magus (10-Dec-1968)
    The Day the Fish Came Out (2-Oct-1967)
    Live for Life (14-Sep-1967)
    The Sand Pebbles (20-Dec-1966)
    The Group (4-Mar-1966) · Lakey


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