Candice Bergen

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Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen 1993-2.jpg
Candice Bergen in 1993
BornCandice Patricia Bergen
(1946-05-09) May 9, 1946 (age 67)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
OccupationActress, fashion model
Years active1966–present
Spouse(s)Louis Malle (m. 1980–1995)
Marshall Rose (m. 2000)
ChildrenChloé Malle
ParentsFrances Bergen
Edgar Bergen
 
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Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen 1993-2.jpg
Candice Bergen in 1993
BornCandice Patricia Bergen
(1946-05-09) May 9, 1946 (age 67)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
OccupationActress, fashion model
Years active1966–present
Spouse(s)Louis Malle (m. 1980–1995)
Marshall Rose (m. 2000)
ChildrenChloé Malle
ParentsFrances Bergen
Edgar Bergen

Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946) is an American actress, producer and former fashion model. She is known for starring in two TV series, as the title character on the situation comedy Murphy Brown, for which she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards; and as Shirley Schmidt on the comedy-drama Boston Legal, for which she was nominated for two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Her first film was The Group (1965), which was based on Mary McCarthy's novel of the same name. She starred in several major films throughout the mid-1960s to early 1980s such as The Sand Pebbles, Carnal Knowledge, The Wind and the Lion, and Gandhi and received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1979 film Starting Over. Her later career includes character roles in Miss Congeniality (2000) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). In her later roles, she could often be seen playing an authority figure or social status symbol.

Early life[edit source | 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.

Career[edit source | edit]

Early years[edit source | edit]

Bergen made her screen debut playing an aloof university student in The Group (1966), which delicately touched on the then-forbidden subject of lesbianism. Her second film in 1966 was The Sand Pebbles, in which she played Shirley Eckert, an assistant school teacher and missionary opposite Steve McQueen. The film was nominated for several Academy Awards. After starring in the French film Live for Life (1967) and The Magus (1968) with Michael Caine and Anthony Quinn, she was featured in a 1970 adventure movie, The Adventurers, playing the main character's sweetheart. In 1975 she starred with Sean Connery in The Wind and the Lion, as a headstrong American widow kidnapped in Morocco in 1904 along with her two young children.

Bergen at the 60th Academy Awards in 1988.

Despite initial rocky reviews, 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.

Murphy Brown[edit source | 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 as if he were talking about the Murphy Brown character, who was depicted 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 source | 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.

She hosted Exhale with Candice Bergen on the Oxygen network. She also appeared in character roles in films, most notably Miss Congeniality (2000) as a former beauty queen alongside Sandra Bullock; and as the mayor of New York who disapproves of her son marrying Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama (2002). She also appeared in the comedies View from the Top with Gwyneth Paltrow and The In-Laws with Michael Douglas, both released in 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.

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 source | 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 shut-down. In 1972, she served as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern's presidential campaign.[9]

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.

Relationships and marriages[edit source | edit]

During the 1960s, Bergen dated and lived with Terry Melcher, a music producer and the son of Doris Day. The couple 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 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 (Bergen herself has traveled extensively and speaks French fluently). 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.

Since June 15, 2000, she has been married to New York real estate magnate and philanthropist Marshall Rose.

Awards won[edit source | edit]

Emmy Awards:

Golden Globe Awards:

Television Academy Hall of Fame:

Filmography[edit source | edit]

Film[edit source | edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1947Unusual Occupations: Film Tot HolidayHerselfUncredited
1966Group, TheThe GroupLakey
1966Sand Pebbles, TheThe Sand PebblesShirley EckertNominated—Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer – Female
1967Day the Fish Came Out, TheThe Day the Fish Came OutElectra Brown
1967Vivre pour vivreCandiceaka Live for Life (US)
1967Flash 02Herself
1968Magus, TheThe MagusLily
1968Wedding of the DollHerself
1970Adventurers, TheThe AdventurersSue Ann Daley
1970Getting StraightJan
1970Soldier BlueKathy Maribel Lee, 'Cresta'
1971Carnal KnowledgeSusan
1971Hunting Party, TheThe Hunting PartyMelissa Ruger
1971T.R. BaskinT. R. Baskinaka A Date with a Lonely Girl (UK)
197411 HarrowhouseMaren Shirell
1975The Lion Roars AgainHerselfUncredited
1975Wind and the Lion, TheThe Wind and the LionEden Pedecaris
1975Bite the BulletMiss Jones
1977Domino Principle, TheThe Domino PrincipleEllie Tuckeraka The Domino Killings (UK)
1978Night Full of Rain, AA Night Full of RainLizzy
1978Oliver's StoryMarcie Bonwit
1979Starting OverJessica PotterNominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1981Rich and FamousMerry Noel Blake
1982GandhiMargaret Bourke-WhiteNominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
19842010SAL 9000voice only (credited as Olga Mallsnerd)
1985StickKyle McClaren
1989Frames from the EdgeHerself
1996Belly TalkersHerself
1997Who Is Henry Jaglom?Herself
2000Miss CongenialityKathy MorningsideNominated—Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
2002Sweet Home AlabamaMayor Kate Hennings
2003View from the TopSally Weston
2003In-Laws, TheThe In-LawsJudy Tobias
2008Sex and the CityEnid Frick
2008Women, TheThe WomenCatherine Frazier
2009Bride WarsMarion St. ClaireNominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
2010Romantics, TheThe RomanticsAugusta
2013A Friggin' Christmas MiracleDonna MitchlerPost-production

Television[edit source | edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1958You Bet Your LifeHerself/Contestant (as "Candie Bergen")
1967Coronet BlueEnid TolerEpisode: "The Rebels"
1969The Kraft Music HallVariousEpisode: "The Woody Allen Special"
1975-2013Saturday Night LiveHerself6 episodes
1976The Muppet ShowClara CartwellEpisode: "#1.15"
1985Arthur the KingMorgan le FayTV movie
1985Murder: By Reason of InsanityEwa BerwidTV movie
1985Hollywood WivesElaine Conti2 episodes
1987Mayflower MadamSydney Biddle BarrowsTV movie
1987Trying TimesBarbaraEpisode: "Moving Day"
1988-1998Murphy BrownMurphy Brown247 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 (1989-1990, 1992, 1994-1995)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1990-1991, 1993-1996)
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 (1995-1996)
1992SeinfeldMurphy BrownEpisode: "The Keys"
1994Understanding SexyNarratorTV movie
1995UnderstandingNarrator2 episodes
1996Mary & TimMary HortonTV movie
1997InkMurphy BrownEpisode: "Murphy's Law"
2000Family GuyGloria Ironbox2 episodes
2002Sex and the CityEnid Mead2 episodes
2003FootstepsDaisyTV movie
2004Sex and the CityEnid SplickEpisode: "Splat!"
2004Law & OrderJudge Amanda AnderleeEpisode: "The Brotherhood"
2004Will & GraceHerselfEpisode: "Strangers with Candice"
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryJudge Amanda Anderlee3 episodes
2005-2008Boston LegalShirley Schmidt91 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 (2007-2009)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
2011HouseArlene Cuddy3 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit source | edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1967Golden Globe AwardsMost Promising Newcomer – FemaleThe Sand PebblesNominated
1980Academy AwardsBest Supporting ActressStarting OverNominated
1980Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureStarting OverNominated
1983BAFTA AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleGandhiNominated
1989American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female in a Television SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
1989People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV PerformerMurphy BrownNominated
1989Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1989Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1990American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female in a Television SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
1990Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMurphy BrownNominated
1990People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV PerformerMurphy BrownNominated
1990Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1990Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1991American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female in a Television SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
1991Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
1991Viewers for Quality TelevisionBest Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1992Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMurphy BrownNominated
1992American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female in a Television SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1992Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMurphy BrownWon
1992People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV PerformerMurphy BrownWon
1992Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1993Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMurphy BrownNominated
1993People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV PerformerMurphy BrownWon
1993Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
1994Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMurphy BrownNominated
1994People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV PerformerMurphy BrownNominated
1994Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1995Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMurphy BrownNominated
1995People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV PerformerMurphy BrownNominated
1995Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownWon
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
1996American Comedy AwardsFunniest Female in a Television SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
1996Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series Musical or ComedyMurphy BrownNominated
1996People's Choice AwardsFavorite Female TV PerformerMurphy BrownWon
1996Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesMurphy BrownNominated
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a ComedyMiss CongenialityNominated
2003Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie VillainSweet Home AlabamaNominated
2006Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmBoston LegalNominated
2005Satellite AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmBoston LegalNominated
2006Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesBoston LegalNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesBoston LegalNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBoston LegalNominated
2007Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBoston LegalNominated
2008Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesBoston LegalNominated
2008Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBoston LegalNominated
2009Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesBoston LegalNominated
2010Golden Raspberry AwardsWorst Supporting ActressBride WarsNominated

References[edit source | 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 (Saturday, June 8, 2013 7:15 pm). "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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