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Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen played the title character on the critically acclaimed hit television series Murphy Brown, for which she received five Emmys and two Golden Globe awards. Bergen had earlier received extraordinary critical and audience responses for her performance as a college student caught up in turmoil of a campus revolt in the film Getting Straight, as the personification of the clean cut all-American dream girl of the '40s in Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge, and as a newly liberated wife in Starting Over, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

Bergen currently portrays the role of smart, sexy dignified lawyer Shirley Schmidt on the David E. Kelly drama Boston Legal, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and Emmy. She recently had a role in the motion picture remake of The Women, which reunited Bergen with Murphy Brown creator Diane English. Bergen reprised the character of Enid Mead in the box-office hit Sex & the City, having portrayed the character in the series on which the film was based.

The daughter of Frances and the late Edgar Bergen, Bergen attended the Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles, the Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., as well as school in Switzerland and the University of Pennsylvania; at the latter, she majored in art history and creative writing. While still in college, she commuted to New York for modeling assignments. Bergen was still a student at the University of Pennsylvania when she made her motion picture debut as the mysterious, glamorous Lakey in The Group.

Combining her acting career with an insatiable desire to see the world, Bergen traveled to Formosa to star opposite Steve McQueen and Sir Richard Attenborough in Robert Wise's The Sand Pebbles; to Greece to appear in The Day the Fish Came Out; and to France to star with Yves Montand in Claude Lelouche's Vivre Pur Vivre. She also starred in T.F. Baskin, The Adventurers, Soldier Blue, The Magus, The Hunting Party, 11 Harrow House, The Wind and the Lion, Bite the Bullet, The Domino Principal, A Night Full of Rain and Oliver's Story.

More recent film credits include The In-Laws, Sweet Home Alabama, and Miss Congeniality. She also co-starred with Jacqueline Bisset in Rich and Famous, appeared in the role of Margaret Bourke-White in Richard Attenborough's Gandhi, and starred opposite Burt Reynolds in Stick.

Over the years, Bergen has achieved great success in the worlds of photography and journalism. She has produced magazine articles and photographic essays filled with intelligence and wit, observing the world with a keen eye for detail and humor. She wrote a cover story for New York magazine about working with Lina Wertmuller on A Night Full of Rain, articles about the Maasai Tribe of Kenya and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia, and for Playboy, an account of her four-week trip to Red China entitled "Can a Cultural Worker from Beverly Hills Find Happiness in the People's Republic of China?" She also wrote the cover story on Charlie Chaplin's return to the United States for Life magazine.

Her articles on her first film, The Group, the mayhem of roller derbies, a social history of Bel Air, profiles of Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty, Oscar Levant, Paul Newman and Lee Marvin, and the presidential primaries in 1968, have appeared in Esquire, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Ladies Home Journal.

Bergen made her Broadway debut starring as Darlene in the critically acclaimed Hurly Burly, directed by long-time friend Mike Nichols, which also starred William Hurt, Judith Ivey and Ron Silver. In addition to Murphy Brown Bergen's other television credits include the movies Mayflower Madam, Murder: By Reason of Insanity and Mary & Tim. She was also seen in the highly-rated mini-series Hollywood Wives, based on the best selling novel by Jackie Collins. In addition, Bergen had two shows on The Oxygen Network - Exhale and Candice Checks It Out.

Bergen's autobiography Knock Wood, which she worked on for five years, was released in April 1984 to critical acclaim and spent several weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2009.
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Candice Bergen Facts

Birth NameCandice Patricia Bergen
BirthdayMay 9, 1946 (76)
BirthplaceBeverly Hills, California, USA
Height5' 8" (1m73)  How tall is Candice Bergen compared to you?
Awards1992 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Murphy Brown)
1989 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy (for Murphy Brown)

Selected Filmography

Sweet Home Alabama
Bride Wars
Miss Congeniality
The Women
2010: The Year We Make Contact
Boston Legal Season 1-5 Complete Collection
The Romantics
A Merry Friggin' Christmas
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