Candice Bergen is an American actress who starred on ‘Murphy Brown’ in the title role as a smart, independent anchorwoman, winning five Emmys during the sitcom’s original 10-year run.
Candice Bergen, in full Candice Patricia Bergen, (born May 9, 1946, Los Angeles, California, U.S.), American actress, writer, and photojournalist who was best known for playing the smart but prickly and often unreasonable title character in the sitcom Murphy Brown (1988–98, 2018).
The daughter of famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and former actress and “Chesterfield Girl” model Frances Bergen (née Westerman), Candice Patricia Bergen was born in Beverly Hills, California, of Swedish, German, and English descent. At the age of six, she made her radio debut on her father’s show. She attended Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles, the Cathedral School in Washington D.C. and then went abroad to the Montesano (finishing) School in Switzerland. Although she began taking art history and creative drawing at the University of Pennsylvania, she did not complete her studies.
In 1988 Bergen assumed the role of the title character, a star television journalist, in Murphy Brown. The groundbreaking show was extremely popular and became a cultural touchstone. In the late 1980s, Candice hit a new career plateau on comedy giving great gripe as the cynical and competitive anchor/reporter of a TV magazine show. With a superlative supporting cast around her, the CBS sitcom went the distance (ten seasons) and earned Candice a whopping five Emmys and two Golden Globe awards.