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Polly Bergen (1930–2014)

In a six-decade-plus career (she started out as a radio performer at age 14), there are very few facets of entertainment that lovely singer/actress Polly Bergen has not conquered or, at the very least, touched upon. A nightclub and Columbia recording artist of the 50s and 60s, she is just as well known for her film and Emmy-winning dramatic ... See full bio »

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Cry-Baby Mrs. Vernon-Williams
Playhouse 90 Helen Morgan
Move Over, Darling Bianca Steele Arden
The Winds of War Rhoda Henry


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 2012 Struck by Lightning
 2007-2011 Desperate Housewives (TV Series)
Stella Wingfield
- Flashback (2011) ... Stella Wingfield
- I'm Still Here (2011) ... Stella Wingfield
- Connect! Connect! (2009) ... Stella Wingfield
- Home Is the Place (2009) ... Stella Wingfield
- Distant Past (2007) ... Stella Wingfield
 2006 Candles on Bay Street (TV Movie)
 2005-2006 Commander in Chief (TV Series)
Kate Allen
- Unfinished Business (2006) ... Kate Allen
- Happy Birthday, Madam President (2006) ... Kate Allen
- The Elephant in the Room (2006) ... Kate Allen
- Ties That Bind (2006) ... Kate Allen
- The Price You Pay (2006) ... Kate Allen
 2006 A Very Serious Person
Mrs. A
 2005 Early Bird (TV Movie)
 2005 Paradise, Texas
Beverly Cameron
 2004 The Sopranos (TV Series)
Fran Felstein
- In Camelot (2004) ... Fran Felstein
 1999 Twice in a Lifetime (TV Series)
Judge Deborah
- Blood Brothers (1999) ... Judge Deborah
- The Blame Game (1999) ... Judge Deborah
 1998 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
- Deconstructing Harry (1998) ... Stella
 1996 For Hope (TV Movie)
Molly Altman
 1996 In the Blink of an Eye (TV Movie)
 1995 The Surrogate (TV Movie)
Sandy Gilman
 1995 Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde
Mrs. Unterveldt
 1994 Leave of Absence (TV Movie)
 1994 Burke's Law (TV Series)
Rachel Doucet
- Who Killed the Starlet? (1994) ... Rachel Doucet
 1993 Arly Hanks (TV Movie)
Ruby Bee
 1993 Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal (TV Movie)
Barbara Fox
 1991-1992 Baby Talk (TV Series)
Doris Campbell
- Scenes from a Marriage (1992) ... Doris Campbell
- Wedding Bell Blahs (1992) ... Doris Campbell
- Pop Goes the Question (1992) ... Doris Campbell
- He Ain't Heavy Metal, He's My Super (1992) ... Doris Campbell
- The Littlest Shoplifter (1992) ... Doris Campbell
 1992 Lady Against the Odds (TV Movie)
Cleo Storrs
 1991 Lightning Field (TV Movie)
 1990 Steel Magnolias (TV Movie)
Clairee Belcher
 1990 Cry-Baby
Mrs. Vernon-Williams
 1990 Jake and the Fatman (TV Series)
Emma Julian
- By Myself (1990) ... Emma Julian
 1989 My Brother's Wife (TV Movie)
Myra Gilbert
 1989 The Haunting of Sarah Hardy (TV Movie)
Emily Stepford
 1988-1989 War and Remembrance (TV Mini-Series)
Rhoda Henry
- Part XII (1989) ... Rhoda Henry
- Part XI (1989) ... Rhoda Henry (credit only)
- Part X (1989) ... Rhoda Henry (credit only)
- Part IX (1989) ... Rhoda Henry (credit only)
- Part VIII (1989) ... Rhoda Henry
 1989 Mother, Mother (Short)
Barbara Cutler
 1988 She Was Marked for Murder (TV Movie)
Laura Lee Webster
 1988 Addicted to His Love (TV Movie)
Vivien Langford
 1988 My Two Dads (TV Series)
Evelyn Taylor
- Joey's Mother-In-Law (1988) ... Evelyn Taylor
 1987 Making Mr. Right
Estelle Stone
 1985 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Dr. Jocelyn Laird
- School for Scandal (1985) ... Dr. Jocelyn Laird
 1985 Hotel (TV Series)
Elizabeth Hastings
- Images (1985) ... Elizabeth Hastings
 1984 Velvet (TV Movie)
Mrs. Vance
 1984 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Esther Brandell
- Lady of the House/Mrs. Brandell's Favorites (1984) ... Esther Brandell
 1983 The Winds of War (TV Mini-Series)
Rhoda Henry
- Into the Maelstrom (1983) ... Rhoda Henry
- The Changing of the Guard (1983) ... Rhoda Henry
- Of Love and War (1983) ... Rhoda Henry
- Defiance (1983) ... Rhoda Henry (credit only)
- Cataclysm (1983) ... Rhoda Henry
 1977-1982 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Dana Pierce / Maisie Nolan
 1982 Born Beautiful (TV Movie)
Marion Carmody
 1981 The Million Dollar Face (TV Movie)
Jo Burns
 1978 How to Pick Up Girls! (TV Movie)
Dana Greenberg
 1977 Telethon (TV Movie)
Dorothy Goodwin
 1977 Harold Robbins' 79 Park Avenue (TV Mini-Series)
Vera Keppler
- Part 3 (1977) ... Vera Keppler
- Part 2 (1977) ... Vera Keppler
- Part 1 (1977) ... Vera Keppler
 1976 Ellery Queen (TV Series)
Dina Carroll-Winer
- The Adventure of the Tyrant of Tin Pan Alley (1976) ... Dina Carroll-Winer
 1975 Murder on Flight 502 (TV Movie)
Mona Briarly
 1974 Death Cruise (TV Movie)
Sylvia Carter
 1973 The Wide World of Mystery (TV Series)
Suzy Hunter
- An Echo of Theresa (1973) ... Suzy Hunter
 1973 Thriller (TV Series)
Suzy Hunter
- Anatomy of Terror (1973) ... Suzy Hunter
 1967 A Guide for the Married Man
Technical Adviser (Clara Brown)
 1966 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
- Episode #16.7 (1966) ... Teacher
 1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (TV Series)
Jennifer Randolph
- The Loving Cup (1965) ... Jennifer Randolph
 1964 Kisses for My President
Leslie McCloud
 1963 Move Over, Darling
Bianca Steele Arden
 1963 The Caretakers
Lorna Melford
 1963 Dr. Kildare (TV Series)
Janice Graham / Cathy Brandon
- The Dark Side of the Mirror (1963) ... Janice Graham / Cathy Brandon
 1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Paula Miles
- Tissue of Hate (1963) ... Paula Miles
 1962 Belle Sommers (TV Movie)
Belle Sommers
 1962 Cape Fear
Peggy Bowden
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
Kitty Allbright
- The Kitty Allbright Story (1961) ... Kitty Allbright
 1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series)
Crystal Coe
- You Can't Trust a Man (1961) ... Crystal Coe
 1960 The United States Steel Hour (TV Series)
Lillith Smalwood
- The Great Gold Mountain (1960) ... Lillith Smalwood
 1958 Lux Playhouse (TV Series)
- The Best House in the Valley (1958) ... Lamy
 1957 Playhouse 90 (TV Series)
Helen Morgan
- The Helen Morgan Story (1957) ... Helen Morgan
 1956 Star Stage (TV Series)
- Foundations (1956)
- White Night (1956)
 1956 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Susan Barry
- A Letter from the Queen (1956) ... Susan Barry
 1954-1955 The Elgin Hour (TV Series)
Betty West / Dawn Desmond
- San Francisco Fracas (1955) ... Betty West
- Falling Star (1954) ... Dawn Desmond
 1955 Appointment with Adventure (TV Series)
 1954 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series)
 1953 Escape from Fort Bravo
Alice Owens
 1953 Arena
Ruth Danvers
 1953 Fast Company
Carol Maldon
 1953 Cry of the Hunted
Janet Tunner
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Autumn in New York (1952) ... Dellie
 1951 The Stooge
Mary Turner Miller
 1951 Warpath
Molly Quade
 1951 That's My Boy
Betty 'Babs' Hunter
 1950 At War with the Army
Helen Palmer
 1950 The Men
Nightclub Singer (singing voice, uncredited)
 1950 The Alan Young Show (TV Series)
- Lina Romay (1950) ... (as Polly Burgin)
- Kay Starr (1950) ... (as Polly Burgin)
 1949 Across the Rio Grande
Cantina Singer (as Polly Burgin)
 1949 Champion
Radio and Jukebox Singer (voice, uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (12 credits)
Show Show Miscellaneous Crew (3 credits)
Show Show Writer (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)
Show Show Thanks (1 credit)
Show Show Self (92 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (7 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

CD: "Polly and Her Pop Sing the Top Songs from 'Do Re Mi' and 'Annie Get Your Gun' " (Columbia). See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Polly Burgin


5' 5" (1.65 m)

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On the loss of Elaine Kaufman: Every year, Elaine would come to my house for Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. She would stand in line with everyone else, because I always had so many people over. It was a great for me, as I got to feed her, because she was always the one feeding me. See more »


Polly Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut at 84 years of age. Her death was from natural causes. Bergen had a history of emphysema and circulatory problems that she attributed to 50 years of smoking. "I had a choice of quitting smoking or singing another chorus of 'Night and Day,' and I chose to continue smoking and quit singing," she told Charles Osgood on CBS News in 2001. "And it... See more »

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