Candice Bergen (Actress) - Murphy Brown
 
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Updated: 2/17/16

Name: Candice Bergen

Born: May 9, 1946, Beverly Hills, California

Claim To Fame: She is best known for portraying the title character on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown (1988?98).

Family Life: She married French film director Louis Malle in 1980. 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. She is now married to New York real estate magnate and philanthropist Marshall Rose.

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Info: Bergen landed her debut film in the 1966 drama The Group. She had an average film career before becoming a photojournalist. Finally, she landed the role of the title character on the sitcom Murphy Brown, which earned her two Golden Globes and five Emmys.

As a smart, sassy, outspoken and often difficult TV newsmagazine anchor who also happened to be a recovering alcoholic, Bergen won critical accolades.

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.

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Trivia: Speaks French fluently.

Older sister of Kris Bergen, a television film editor and actor.

First female host of Saturday Night Live (1975).

Is a vegetarian.

Made instant headlines in 1992 when then Vice President Dan Quayle criticized Murphy Brown (1988) for creating the storyline of Murphy having a baby out of wedlock.

At nine years of age, she auditioned for a role as one of the original Mousketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club (1955). Although her father, Edgar Bergen, personally lobbied his friend Walt Disney on her behalf, she was not hired.

Studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village in New York City.

Has played the same character (Murphy Brown) on four different series: Murphy Brown (1988), Seinfeld (1989), Ink (1996) and Family Guy (1999).

Her paternal grandparents were Swedish (from Skane, Sweden), while her mother had German and English ancestry.

Daughter of famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen.

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Where Are They Now: Bergen has 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. She has also appeared on Broadway in the 2012 revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man and the 2014 revival of Love Letters.

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