Polly Bergen

Polly Bergen

Highest Rated: 96% Cape Fear (1962)

Lowest Rated: 14% Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde (1995)

Birthday: Jul 14, 1930

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

One of the most diversely talented of American performers, Polly Bergen was an Emmy-winning actress, singer and entrepreneur who found success in nearly every medium over the course of a half-century in show business. A professional singer while still in her teens, she transitioned from nightclub chanteuse to film actress in the 1950s, but found her early roles lacking. She returned to singing while keeping a hand in acting via television and Broadway. The former proved to be Bergen's best showcase, and an Emmy win in 1957 led to her own variety series, "The Polly Bergen Show" (NBC, 1957-58). It also improved the quality of her film choices, which by the 1960s included an acclaimed turn in "Cape Fear" (1962). In the late 1960s and 1970s, she shifted her interest to the business world, where she founded her own fashion lines. Emmy-nominated turns in the epic miniseries "The Winds of War" (ABC, 1983) and its sequel "The Winds of Remembrance" (ABC, 1988) revived her profile in the 1980s, and she was an active and vibrant presence on countless television series - most notably "Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 2004-2012). Her Emmy nomination for an appearance on the latter series was a clear indication that an actress with a breadth of talent like Bergen would never go out of style. Her death at the age of 84 on September 20, 2014 saddened friends and fans alike.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
32% 53% Struck by Lightning Grandma (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet 50% A Very Serious Person Mrs. A (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet 70% Candles on Bay Street Rosemary (Character) - 2006
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paradise, Texas Beverly Cameron (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet For Hope Molly Altman (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the Blink of an Eye Murial (Character) - 1996
71% 87% Once Upon A Time... When We Were Colored Miss Maybry (Character) $65.1K 1995
14% 21% Dr. Jekyll and Ms. Hyde Mrs. Unterveldt (Character) $2.5M 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Surrogate Sandy Gilman (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave of Absence Janet (Character),
Screenwriter
- 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal Barbara Fox (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady Against the Odds Cleo Storrs (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Lightning Incident Carol (Character) - 1991
73% 77% Cry Baby Mrs. Vernon-Williams, Allison's Grandmother (Character) $7.5M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Haunting of Sarah Hardy Emily Stepford (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Brother's Wife Myra Gilbert (Character) - 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet She Was Marked for Murder Laura Lee Webster (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Addicted to His Love Vivien Langford (Character) - 1988
50% 36% Making Mr. Right Estelle Stone (Character) $444.8K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Velvet Mrs. Vance (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet Telethon Dorothy Goodwin (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet 79 Park Avenue Vera Keppler (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 33% Murder on Flight 502 Mona Briarly (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Cruise Sylvia Carter (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anatomy of Terror Suzy Hunter (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet 31% Kisses for My President U.S. President Leslie Harrison McCloud (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 17% The Caretakers Lorna Melford (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 77% Move Over, Darling Bianca Steele Arden (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Belle Sommers Belle Sommers (Character) - 1962
96% 86% Cape Fear Peggy Bowden (Character) - 1962
No Score Yet 77% The Stooge Mary Turner (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Company Carol Maldon (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 50% Cry of the Hunted Janet Tunner (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 54% Escape From Fort Bravo Alice Owens (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Half a Hero Self - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Arena Ruth Danvers (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 29% That's My Boy Betty `'Babs'` Hunter (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 57% Warpath Molly Quade (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 58% At War With the Army Helen (Character) - 1950

TV

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72% 89% Desperate Housewives Stella Wingfield (Guest Star) 2011 2009 2007
82% No Score Yet Commander in Chief Kate Allen (Guest Star) 2005-2006
92% 98% The Sopranos Fran Felstein (Guest Star) 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
43% No Score Yet Burke's Law Rachel Doucet (Guest Star) 1994
0% No Score Yet Baby Talk Doris Campbell (Character) 1991-1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jake and the Fatman Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet War and Remembrance Rhoda Henry (Character) 1988-1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Two Dads Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1973 1966 1962 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Suzy Hunter (Character) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Red Skelton Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dick Powell Theatre Unknown (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown (Character) 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet I've Got a Secret Guest 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Startime Unknown (Character) 1959-1960

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