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Frances Bergen (1922–2006)


The daughter of William and Lillie Mae Westerman, her father died of tuberculosis when she was ten years old. Her mother then moved the family to Los Angeles. She suffered a skull fracture in an auto accident when she was 14. While recuperating, she was given a Charlie McCarthy doll to cheer her up. Little did she know she'd later marry Charlie ... See full bio »

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Known For

Titanic Madeleine Astor
(1953)
Yancy Derringer Madame Francine
(1958-1959)
American Gigolo Mrs. Laudner
(1980)
Murphy Brown Claire Forrest / Mrs. Payton
(1990-1998)

Filmography

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 1990-1998 Murphy Brown (TV Series)
Mrs. Payton / Claire Forrest
- Never Can Say Goodbye: Part 1 (1998) ... Mrs. Payton
- Goin' to the Chapel: Part 2 (1990) ... Claire Forrest
 1993 Made in America
White Woman #2
 1990 Eating
Whitney
 1988 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Janice Darrow
- A Little Night Work (1988) ... Janice Darrow (uncredited)
 1987 Out of This World (TV Series)
Janet Hunter
- Till Then (1987) ... Janet Hunter (as Francis Bergen)
 1987 Nutcracker: Money, Madness & Murder (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1987)
- Episode #1.2 (1987)
- Episode #1.1 (1987)
 1986 The Morning After
Mrs. Harding
 1986 MacGyver (TV Series)
Eleanor Kingman
- Slow Death (1986) ... Eleanor Kingman
 1985 Hollywood Wives (TV Mini-Series)
Pamela Lancaster
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Pamela Lancaster
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Pamela Lancaster
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Pamela Lancaster
 1984 The Muppets Take Manhattan
Leonard Winesop's Receptionist
 1983 The Star Chamber
Mrs. Cummins
 1983 The Sting II
Lady Dorsett
 1982 Bare Essence (TV Movie)
 1981 Rich and Famous
Literary Party Guest
 1980 American Gigolo
Mrs. Laudner
 1977 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Margaret Jason
- Testament of Power (1977) ... Margaret Jason
 1962 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series)
Hilda Swanson
- Special Assignment (1962) ... Hilda Swanson
 1959-1960 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series)
Frances Bergen
- Christmas Show (1960) ... Frances Bergen
- The Bergen Show (1959) ... Frances Bergen
 1960 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series)
Glinda the Good
- The Land of Oz (1960) ... Glinda the Good
 1960 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Eva Lewis Ames
- Millionaire Whitney Ames (1960) ... Eva Lewis Ames
 1958-1959 Yancy Derringer (TV Series)
Madame Francine
- V as in Voodoo (1959) ... Madame Francine
- Outlaw at Liberty (1959) ... Madame Francine
- A State of Crisis (1959) ... Madame Francine
- The Wayward Warrior (1959) ... Madame Francine
- Duel at the Oaks (1959) ... Madame Francine
 1958 Bachelor Father (TV Series)
Marcia Sutherlee
- Waiting Up for Kelly (1958) ... Marcia Sutherlee
 1958 Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Dr. Fran Mitchell
- The Doctor Was a Lady (1958) ... Dr. Fran Mitchell
 1957 Interlude
Gertrude Kirk
 1957 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
Hellene de Bursac
- To Have and Have Not (1957) ... Hellene de Bursac
 1956 Four Star Playhouse (TV Series)
Rita Raymond
- High Stakes (1956) ... Rita Raymond
 1954 Her Twelve Men
Sylvia Carlin
 1953 Titanic
Madeleine Astor
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Alternate Names:

Francis Bergen | Frances | Frances Westcott
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Personal Quote:

I was raised by a Southern lady in a mid-Victorian manner and that's the way it was in those days. I didn't talk back to my husband. I was taught that you do have to compromise and not assert yourself as much as you might want. FB - in discussing her unfulfilled career ambitions See more »

Trivia:

Mother of actress Candice Bergen and actor Kris Bergen. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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