Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen

  • Highest Rated: 100% Starting Over (1979)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% The Hunting Party (1971)
  • Birthday: May 9, 1946
  • 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

54% Book Club Sharon 2018
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Actor 2017
33% Home Again Lilian $26.4M 2017
55% Rules Don't Apply Nadine Henly $3.7M 2016
52% Live From New York! Actor 2015
No Score Yet The Novack Murders Bernice Novack 2015
14% A Merry Friggin' Christmas Donna 2014
No Score Yet Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s Actor $4.2K 2014
50% Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's Actor $0.6M 2013
No Score Yet Elusive Justice: The Search for Nazi War Criminals Narrator 2011
14% The Romantics Augusta $0.2M 2010
11% Bride Wars Marion St. Claire $58.7M 2009
14% 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
33% 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
29% 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
65% 2010 SAL 9000 1984
84% Gandhi Margaret Bourke-White 1982
57% Rich and Famous Merry Noel Blake 1981
100% Starting Over Jessica Potter 1979
29% 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
63% The Wind and the Lion Eden Pedecaris 1975
73% Bite the Bullet Miss Jones 1975
No Score Yet 11 Harrowhouse Maren 1974
86% Carnal Knowledge Susan 1971
0% The Hunting Party Melissa Ruger 1971
0% T.R. Baskin T.R. Baskin 1971
25% 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
60% The Group Lakey Eastlake 1966
94% The Sand Pebbles Shirley Eckert 1966

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murphy Brown
1988
Murphy Brown Executive Producer
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
  • 1994
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2014
96% Battle Creek
2015
Constance
  • 2015
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest
  • 2015
  • 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
91% House
2004-2012
Arlene Arlene Cuddy
  • 2011
  • 2010
86% Boston Legal
2004-2008
Shirley Schmidt
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Judge Amanda Anderlee
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Herself
  • 2003
71% Sex and the City
1998-2004
Enid Mead
  • 2002
71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2000
38% Ink
1996-1997
Murphy Brown
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1990
  • 1987
  • 1976
  • 1975
100% The Muppet Show
1976-1981
Guest
  • 1976
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest

QUOTES FROM Candice Bergen CHARACTERS

Mayor Katherine Hennings
You are just like your father. One minute you're brilliant and you're controlled, the next thing you're throwin' it away on some piece of ass!
Mayor Katherine Hennings
You are just like your father. 1 minute you're brilliant and so controlled, the next thing you're throwing it away on some piece of ass!
Mayor Katherine Hennings
You are just like your father. One minute you're brilliant and so controlled, the next thing you're throwing it away on some piece of ass!
Merry Noel Blake
Was it any good?
Liz Hamilton
Why do they always end up alone?
Merry Noel Blake
Who?
Liz Hamilton
Those ladies. In those stories. They always end up...alone.
Liz Hamilton
Those ladies. In those stories. They always end up alone.
Merry Noel Blake
Did you like my book?
Liz Hamilton
It knocked me out.
Merry Noel Blake
Is that good?
Liz Hamilton
The Mona Lisa never knocked me out.
Merry Noel Blake
I don't want you to tell me any lies, Liz.
Liz Hamilton
Don't worry. I need to get some sleep before I can tell a believable lie.
Catherine Frazier
I ordered you a gimlet. I know you don't drink in the afternoon, but you will eventually, so why not start now?
Catherine Frazier
Don't be bitter. It leads to Botox.
Sally Weston
Paris. First Class. International, Donna say it.
Marion St. Claire
Sometimes in life there really are bonds formed that can never be broken. Sometimes you really can find that one person who will stand by you no matter what. Maybe you'll find it in a spouse and celebrate it with your dream wedding. But theres also the chance that the person you can count on for a lifetime, the person who knows you sometimes better than you know yourself, is the same person who's been standing beside you all along.
Eden Pedecaris
(playing chess with Raisuli) You are in a lot of trouble! You should never have moved that knight or kidnapped me - both will see you undone.
Eden Pedecaris
[playing chess with Raisuli] You are in a lot of trouble! You should never have moved that knight or kidnapped me - both will see you undone.
Raisuli the Magnificent
It is not I who determine the outcome of these events - it is the will of Allah.
Sally Weston
"No matter where you're from, no matter who people think you are, you can be whatever you want. But you've gotta start right now"
Sally Weston
No matter where you're from, no matter who people think you are, you can be whatever you want. But you've gotta start right now.
Kathy Morningside
New Jersey, as you may know, there are many who consider the Miss United States Pageant to be out dated and... and de-feminist. What would you say to them?
Victor Melling
Oh my God.
Gracie Hart
Well, I would say that I used to be one of them. And then I came here and I realized that, these women are smart, terrific people who are just trying to make a difference in the world. And we've become really good friends. I mean, I know that we secretly wish the other one to trip and fall on her face, but oh, wait a minute, I've already done that! [everyone laughs and applause] And for me, this experience has been one of the most, rewarding and liberating experiences of my life.
Victor Melling
My, God, I did it.
Gracie Hart
And if anyone, anyone, tries to hurt one of my new friends, I would take them out. I would make them suffer so much, that they'd wish they were never born. And if they ran, I would hunt them down. Thank you Kathy. [Stan claps, but everyone mutters amongst themselves]
Victor Melling
A brief shining moment, and then that mouth.
Kathy Morningside
Well, I earned it, honey. 25 years of bitch and beauty queen and what do I get? Fired, they steal my life, they steal my beauty pageant.
Gracie Hart
Hey! Hey, it is not a beauty pageant, it is a scholarship program.
Kathy Morningside
Yeah, yeah.
Gracie Hart
Yes.
Kathy Morningside
Frank. Frank. FRANK!
Mayor Katherine Hennings
There is nothin' wrong with poor people, I get elected by poor people?.
Mayor Katherine Hennings
There is nothin' wrong with poor people, I get elected by poor people?
Mayor Katherine Hennings
Why don't you go back to your doublewide and fry somethin'.
Melanie Carmichael
(hitting Kate) Nobody talks to my momma like that?.
Melanie Carmichael
[hitting Kate] Nobody talks to my momma like that?
Marion St. Claire
Angela for example will die dead.
Marion St. Claire
Angela, for example, will die dead.