Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen

Born May 9, 1946

Candice Patricia Bergen is an American actress and former fashion model. She is known for starring in two TV series, as the title character on the situation comedy Murphy Brown (1988–1998), for which she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards; and as Shirley Schmidt on the comedy-drama Boston Legal (2004–2008), for which she was nominated for two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.… Read More

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1946 Birth Born on May 9, 1946.


1958 12 Years Old She began appearing on her father's radio program at a young age, and in 1958, at age 11, with her father on Groucho Marx's quiz show You Bet Your Life as Candy Bergen. … Read More


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Bergen began her career as a fashion model and appeared on the front cover of Vogue magazine, before making her screen debut in the 1966 film The Group. … Read More
1970 24 Years Old She was featured in a 1970 political satire, The Adventurers, playing a frustrated socialite. … Read More
1971 25 Years Old It led to Bergen's being voted by British exhibitors as the seventh most popular star at the British box office in 1971. … Read More
1972 26 Years Old …  In 1972, she served as a fundraiser and organizer for George McGovern's presidential campaign. … Read More


1980 34 Years Old On September 27, 1980, she married French film director Louis Malle. 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. … Read More
1982 36 Years Old In 1982, Bergen appeared in the Oscar-winning film Gandhi in which she portrayed documentary photographer Margaret Bourke-White. … Read More
1984 38 Years Old She made her Broadway debut in the 1984 play Hurlyburly. … Read More
1985 39 Years Old Turning to television, Bergen appeared in the 1985 miniseries Hollywood Wives. … Read More


1988 42 Years Old In 1988, she took the lead role in the sitcom Murphy Brown, in which she played a tough television reporter. … Read More
1989 43 Years Old …  The show ran for ten seasons and between 1989 and 1998, Bergen was nominated for an Emmy Award seven times and won five. … Read More
1992 46 Years Old In 1992, Vice President Dan Quayle criticized prime-time TV for showing the Murphy Brown character "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice."


1998 52 Years Old After playing the role of Murphy Brown, Bergen was offered a chance to work as a real-life journalist. After the run of Murphy Brown ended in 1998, CBS approached her to cover stories for 60 Minutes, an offer she declined, with the conviction that she didn't personally want to blur the lines between actor and journalist at the time. … Read More
2003 57 Years Old In 2003, she appeared in the Gwyneth Paltrow flight-attendant comedy, View from the Top.
2005 59 Years Old In January 2005, Bergen joined the cast of the television series Boston Legal as Shirley Schmidt, a founding partner in the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. … Read More


2006 60 Years Old In 2006 and 2008, she received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. … Read More
2009 63 Years Old 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. … Read More
2010 64 Years Old In 2010, she appeared in a one-night only concert semi staged reading of Evening Primrose by Stephen Sondheim.
2012 66 Years Old 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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