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Candice Bergen

Highest Rated:   93% The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Lowest Rated:   10% Bride Wars (2009)
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Birthplace:   Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California
American actress Candice Bergen was a celebrity even before she was born. As the first child of popular radio ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his young wife Frances, Candice was a hot news item months before her birth, and headline material upon that blessed event (her coming into the world even prompted magazine cartoons which suggested that Edgar would try to confound the nurses by "giving" his new daughter a voice). Candice made her first public appearance as an infant, featured with her parents in a magazine advertisement. Before she was ten, Candice was appearing sporadically on dad's radio program, demonstrating a precocious ability to throw her own voice (a skill she hasn't been called upon to repeat in recent years); at 11 she and Groucho Marx's daughter Melinda were guest contestants on Groucho's TV quiz show You Bet Your Life. Candice loved her parents and luxuriated in her posh lifestyle, though she was set apart from other children in that her "brothers" were the wooden dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd - and Charlie had a bigger bedroom than she did! Like most 1960s teens, however, she rebelled against the conservatism of her parents and adopted a well-publicized, freewheeling lifestyle - and a movie career. In her first film, The Group (1965), Candice played a wealthy young lesbian - a character light years away from the sensibilities of her old-guard father. She next appeared with Steve McQueen in the big budget The Sand Pebbles (1966), simultaneously running smack dab into the unkind cuts of critics, who made the expected (given her parentage) comments concerning her "wooden" performance. Truth to tell, Candice did look far better than she acted, and this status quo remained throughout most of her film appearances of the late 1960s; even Candice admitted she wasn't much of an actress, though she allowed (in another moment that must have given papa Edgar pause) that she was terrific when required in a film to simulate an orgasm. Several films later, Candice decided to take her career more seriously than did her critics, and began emerging into a talented and reliable actress in such films as Carnal Knowledge (1971) and The Wind and the Lion (1975). Most observers agree that Candice's true turnaround was her touching but hilarious performance as a divorced woman pursuing a singing career - with little in the way of talent - in the Burt Reynolds comedy Starting Over (1979). Candice's roller-coaster offscreen life settled into relative normality when she married French film director Louis Malle; meanwhile, her acting career gained momentum as she sought out and received ever-improving movie and TV roles. In 1988, Candice began a run in the title role of the television sitcom Murphy Brown, in which she was brilliant as a mercurial, high-strung TV newsmagazine reporter, a role that won Ms. Bergen several Emmy Awards. While Murphy Brown capped Candice Bergen's full acceptance by audiences and critics as an actress of stature, it also restored her to "headline" status in 1992 - when, in direct response to the fictional Murphy Brown's decision to become a single mother, Vice President Dan Quayle delivered his notorious "family values" speech.Murphy Brown finished its successful run in 1997, and Bergen would make a handful of big-screen appearances in the ensuing years including Miss Congeniality, Sweet Home Alabama, and The In-Laws. In 2004 she became part of the cast of Boston Legal, another hit show that ran for five often award-winning seasons. When that show came to a close, she appeared in films such as The Women, Sex and the City, and Bride Wars - where she portrayed the country's leading wedding planner.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Home Again
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Home Again
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet The Meyerowitz Stories
  • Actor
2017
55% Rules Don't Apply
  • Nadine Henly
$3.7M 2016
51% Live From New York!
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Novack Murders
  • Bernice Novack
2015
16% A Merry Friggin' Christmas
  • Donna
2014
No Score Yet Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s
  • Actor
$4.2k 2014
49% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's
  • Actor
$0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals
  • Narrator
2011
15% The Romantics
  • Augusta
$0.1M 2010
10% Bride Wars
  • Marion St. Claire
$58.7M 2009
13% The Women
  • Catherine Frazier
$26.9M 2008
49% Sex and the City
  • Enid Frick
$152.6M 2008
No Score Yet The Women
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Footsteps
  • Daisy Lowendahl
2003
34% The In-Laws
  • Judy Tobias
$20.4M 2003
14% View from the Top
  • Sally Weston
$15.6M 2003
38% Sweet Home Alabama
  • Katherine
$127.3M 2002
No Score Yet Beauty
  • Actor
2001
42% Miss Congeniality
  • Kathy Morningside
2000
No Score Yet Thunder over the Pacific: The Thunderbirds
  • Host
1998
No Score Yet Mary & Tim
  • Mary Horton
1996
No Score Yet Understanding: The Universe
  • Actor
1996
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom?
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet March of Dimes Presents: Take Charge of Your Pregnancy
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Mayflower Madam
  • Sydney Biddle Barrows
1987
33% Stick
  • Kyle
1985
No Score Yet Arthur the King (Merlin & the Sword)
  • Morgan Le Fay
1985
No Score Yet Murder: By Reason of Insanity
  • Ewa Berwid
1985
66% 2010
  • SAL 9000
1984
88% Gandhi
  • Margaret Bourke-White
1982
56% Rich and Famous
  • Merry Noel Blake
1981
No Score Yet Starting Over
  • Jessica Potter
1979
20% Oliver's Story
  • Marcie Bonwit
1978
No Score Yet A Night Full of Rain
  • Lizzy
1978
No Score Yet The Domino Principle
  • Ellie Tucker
1977
75% The Wind and the Lion
  • Eden Pedecaris
1975
71% Bite the Bullet
  • Miss Jones
1975
No Score Yet 11 Harrowhouse
  • Maren
1974
89% Carnal Knowledge
  • Susan
1971
No Score Yet The Hunting Party
  • Melissa Ruger
1971
33% Getting Straight
  • Jan
1970
No Score Yet The Adventurers
  • Sue Ann Daley
1970
43% Soldier Blue
  • Cresta Marybelle Lee
1970
No Score Yet The Magus
  • Lily
1968
No Score Yet The Day the Fish Came Out, (...Otan ta psaria vgikan sti steria!)
  • Electra Brown
1967
No Score Yet Vivre pour Vivre (Live for Life)
  • Candice
1967
No Score Yet The Group
  • Lakey Eastlake
1966
93% The Sand Pebbles
  • Shirley Eckert
1966

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Battle Creek
2015
  • Constance
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
70% The Michael J. Fox Show
2013-2014
  • Mike's Mom
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Arlene Arlene Cuddy
  • 2011
  • 2010
No Score Yet Boston Legal
2004-2008
  • Shirley Schmidt
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Judge Amanda Anderlee
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Herself
  • 2003
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
  • Voice
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Actor
  • 1990
  • 1987
  • 1976
  • 1975

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