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Overview (4)

Born in Beverly Hills, California, USA
Birth NameCandice Patricia Bergen
Nickname Candy
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

One cool, eternally classy lady, Candice Bergen was elegantly poised for trendy "ice princess" stardom when she first arrived on the '60s screen, but she gradually reshaped that débutante image in the '70s, both on- and off-camera. A staunch, outspoken feminist with a decisive edge, she went on to take a sizable portion of those contradicting qualities to film and, most particularly, to late 1980s TV.

The daughter of famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and former actress and "Chesterfield Girl" model Frances Bergen (née Westerman), Candice Patricia Bergen was born in Beverly Hills, California. She is of Swedish, German, and English descent. At the age of six, she made her radio debut on her father's show. She attended Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles, the Cathedral School in Washington D.C. and then went abroad to the Montesano (finishing) School in Switzerland. Although she began taking art history and creative drawing at the University of Pennsylvania, she did not graduate due to less-than-stellar grades.

In between studies, she also worked as a Ford model in order to buy cameras for her new passion--photography. Her Grace Kelly-like glacial beauty deemed her an ideal candidate for Ivy League patrician roles, and Candice made an auspicious film debut while still a college student portraying the Vassar-styled lesbian member of Sidney Lumet's The Group (1966) in an ensemble that included the debuts of other lovely up-and-comers including Kathleen Widdoes, Carrie Nye, Joan Hackett and Joanna Pettet.

Film offers started coming her way, both here and especially abroad (spurred on by her love for travel). Other than her top-notch roles as the co-ed who comes between Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel in Carnal Knowledge (1971) and her prim American lady kidnapped by Moroccan sheik Sean Connery in The Wind and the Lion (1975), her performances were deemed a bit too aloof to really stand out among the crowd. During this time, she found a passionate second career as a photographer and photojournalist. A number of her works went on to appear in an assortment of magazines including Life, Playboy and Esquire. Most of Candice's 1970s films were either unmemorable or dismissed altogether, including the campus comedy Getting Straight (1970) opposite the hip counterculture star of the era -- Elliott Gould; the disturbingly violent Soldier Blue (1970); the epic-sized bomb The Adventurers (1970); T.R. Baskin (1971); Bite the Bullet (1975); The Domino Principle (1977), Lina Wertmüller's long-winded and notoriously long-titled Italian drama A Night Full of Rain (1978); and the inferior sequel to the huge box-office soaper Love Story (1970), entitled Oliver's Story (1978) alongside original star Ryan O'Neal. Things picked up toward the second half of the decade, however, when the seemingly humorless Candice took a swipe at comedy. She made history as the first female guest host of Saturday Night Live (1975) and then showed an equally amusing side of her in the dramedy Starting Over (1979) as Burt Reynolds' tone-deaf ex-wife, enjoying a "best supporting actress" Oscar nomination in the process. She and Jacqueline Bisset also worked well as a team in George Cukor's Rich and Famous (1981), in which her mother Frances could be glimpsed in a Malibu party scene.

She made her Broadway debut in 1985 replacing Sigourney Weaver in David Rabe's black comedy "Hurlyburly". In 1980 Candice married Louis Malle, the older (by 14 years) French director. They had one child, Chloe. In the late 1980s, she hit a new career plateau on comedy television as the spiky title role on Murphy Brown (1988), giving great gripe as the cynical and competitive anchor/reporter of a TV magazine show. With a superlative supporting cast around her, the CBS sitcom went the distance (ten seasons) and earned Candice a whopping five Emmys and two Golden Globe awards. TV-movie roles also came her way as a result with colorful roles ranging from the evil Arthurian temptress "Morgan Le Fey" to an elite, high-classed madam -- all many moons away from her initial white-gloved debs of the late 60s. Malle's illness and subsequent death from cancer in 1995 resulted in Candice maintaining a very low profile for quite some time. Since then, however, she has returned with a renewed vigor (or should I say vinegar) on TV, with many of her characters enjoyable extensions of her "Murphy Brown" curmudgeon. Lightweight fare such as Miss Congeniality (2000), Sweet Home Alabama (2002) and The In-Laws (2003) have had her chomping again at the comedy bit. In 2005, she joined the cast of Boston Legal (2004) playing a brash, no-nonsense lawyer while trading barbs with a much less serious William Shatner, earning an Emmy nomination the following year. Her second husband (since 2000) is Marshall Rose, a Manhattan real estate developer.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh/Rms125a (updated)

Spouse (2)

Marshall Rose (15 June 2000 - present)
Louis Malle (27 September 1980 - 23 November 1995) ( his death) ( 1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Husky resonant voice

Trivia (35)

Older sister of Kris Bergen, a television film editor and actor.
When her birth occurred, Edgar Bergen and Frances Bergen become parents, on Thursday, May 9, 1946, at 9:52pm Pacific Daylight Time.
First female host of Saturday Night Live (1975).
Auditioned for the role of Elaine Robinson in The Graduate (1967).
She was kicked out of the University of Pennsylvania after failing two subjects. She said that she failed one of those classes, art, because she simply could not get to her 8am class on time.
Current husband Marshall Rose is a New York real estate magnate (2000).
She came to Sidney Lumet's attention for The Group (1966) when the director spotted her in a Revlon advertisement hawking lipstick. He thought she was clutching a leopard, though it was really just a leopard print pillow.
In the late 1960s, she was the companion of Columbia record producer Terry Melcher. In 1968, they lived together at a house at 10050 Cielo Drive, Beverly Hills. In 1969, they moved to Malibu, and the house at 10050 Cielo Drive was leased to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate. On August 9, 1969, it was the site of the grisly Manson murders, where Tate and four other people were murdered while Polanski was out of the country. The fact that Melcher had talked to Charles Manson about a record deal that did not go through led to initial speculation that Melcher was the intended target of the killers. However, it was later learned that Manson knew Melcher no longer lived there but wanted to "send a message". Manson had told his followers to "kill anyone they found there". The house has now been demolished.
Good friends with actress Christine Kaufmann.
In 1995, after receiving her fifth Emmy Award for the title role on Murphy Brown (1988), she declined any future nominations for that role. She received a total of seven consecutive nominations for the role.
Speaks French fluently.
A photographer and photojournalist as well, Candice had a brief but telling cameo as famed photographer Margaret Bourke-White in Richard Attenborough's grand-scale biopic Gandhi (1982).
She 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. Quayle suffered a fair amount of backlash and ridicule for his remarks and "Murphy Brown" continued to be a highly popular show, right up to its last season in 1998. Speaking to TV reporters in 2002, Bergen stated, "I never have really said much about the whole episode, which was endless, but his speech was a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did".
Hospitalized for high blood pressure. She stayed in hospital for a few days for observation. At the time, there was speculation that she had suffered a stroke, which her publicist quickly denied. However in 2011, Candice gave an interview to Harry Smith of CBS-TV in which she admitted that she had indeed had a stroke, from which she was fully recovered. [September 2006]
Appeared in Miss Congeniality (2000) with her Boston Legal (2004) co-star William Shatner.
Appeared on You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.34 (1958), an episode of Groucho Marx's game show, at age 12 and actually sang with Groucho on the show.
The French language dubbing of Miss Congeniality (2000), when aired in Quebec, Canada contains both hers and William Shatner's voices.
Stepmother of Manuel Cuotemoc Malle and Justine Malle. Mother of Chloe Malle.
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 Herbert Berghof HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
Has played Meg Ryan's mother in two separate films: Rich and Famous (1981) and The Women (2008).
Ex-sister-in-law of Dorothy Lyman. Sister-in-law of Vincent Malle.
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, with her grandfather being from Vanneberga, Vinslov, and her grandmother from Rattelov, Stoby, both in Skåne. Candice's mother was of German and English ancestry.
In addition to being the first female host of Saturday Night Live (1975), she is also the first person to host for a second time.
Acting mentor to Faith Ford.
Gave birth to her only child, at age 39, a daughter, Chloe Malle, via Caesarean section on November 8, 1985. Child's father was her husband, Louis Malle.
She appeared on The Muppet Show: Candice Bergen (1976), and her father, Edgar Bergen, appeared on The Muppet Show: Edgar Bergen (1977). They were the only parent and child to each make guest appearances on the series.
According to June Allyson in her biography, she saved young Candice Bergen when she was invited at a party whilst Candice almost drowned in the family swimming pool.
Very good friends with fellow actress Ali MacGraw.
During her college years she once dated Donald Trump who showed up dressed in a 3-piece burgundy suit, burgundy patent leather loafers, driving a burgundy limousine. The date was uneventful with no physical contact whatsoever.
Sherrie Hewson named Bergen as one of her favorite actresses.
Was considered for the Faye Dunaway role in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968).
She and her Book Club (2018) co-stars Jane Fonda and Diane Keaton have each dated Warren Beatty at some point in their lives.
Nominated for the 2019 Golden Globe Award in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy category for her role as Murphy Brown in Murphy Brown (1988), but lost to Rachel Brosnahan for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017).

Personal Quotes (19)

[on Burt Reynolds]: I have always said Burt's sensitivity and generosity were in great measure responsible for my Academy Award nomination for Starting Over (1979).
...Hollywood has been vulgarized, mostly by television, which vulgarizes everything.
I may not be the greatest actress but I've become the greatest at screen orgasms. Ten seconds of heavy breathing, roll your head from side to side, simulate a slight asthma attack and die a little.
On her less-than voluptuous figure: I'd LIKE to have boobs.
People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectations onto you. People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart.
[on Elliott Gould] He was the first person to teach me to enjoy acting. He never throws a tantrum, never gets into a snit.
[on Gene Hackman] When acting is done well it is an extraordinary craft, and there are some who approach it like a job. It is breathtaking and inspiring to see someone like Gene Hackman, who is absolutely unpretentious and has never gone through the imbecilities and self-aggrandizement of other actors.
[on Lee Marvin] He was everything I hoped and feared he would be -- as unpredictable, honest, intimidating and inflammable as I had imagined. He is unusually interesting in the way that was more interesting than peace. I thought if I got out of there merely disfigured I'd be lucky.
There are moments when I perceive us as being on the brink of another dark age, a media blitzkrieg of mindlessness.
It takes a long time to grow up. Longer than they tell you.
Living in L.A. is not like having a date on Saturday night.
I find it endlessly fascinating that a reserved man, a man who had difficulty expressing his feelings, fell into the profession of a ventriloquist on radio. And that the person he created was this devil-may-care, no-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners dummy. It was the dummy that wouldn't die. All the fan mail initially went to Charlie. And Edgar wasn't really welcome at parties unless Charlie was with him. It was totally surreal.
[on doing love scenes] Suddenly, you wind up in bed with a guy on top of you that you wouldn't want to share a cab with.
Acting has never done anything for me except encourage my vanity and provoke my arrogance.
[observation, 2015] Let me just come right out and say it. I am fat. I live to eat. None of this 'eatin' to live' stuff for me. No carb is safe - no fat either. I crave cookies - all the thing that dilate my pupils.
It's very hard to have a marriage, a child and a career. I believe in putting the child first, quite frankly. That may be a politically incorrect thing to say, but that's how I feel about it.
[on hosting 'Saturday Night Live'] It was like being shot out of a cannon the first time I did the show. It's the purest, most exhilarating serum of terror. Lorne Michaels said that the expression in my eyes was like Patty Hearst when the Symbionese Liberation Army rang her doorbell. You just have to hang on for dear life. It's brilliantly run, but it's a miracle that the show could have ever existed, the demands are so insane.
[on perhaps being a perceived model for single mothers] We were very aware that the choice we were making was very loaded, and we discussed it at great depth. But 'Murphy' was very much a show for a slice of highly-educated aware people. So I don't take responsibility for the rise in single motherhood among uneducated women.
[on being considered beautiful] You have to work a little harder to find out who's underneath your face. You have to make people comfortable with you. Of course, I'm grateful beyond words that I had it, but beauty's very often the elephant in the room, and you're the elephant handler.

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