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Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen
Personal Information
Born: (1946-05-09) May 9, 1946 (age 78)
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Actress, fashion model
Years active: 1966-present
Related to: Frances Bergen (mother)
Edgar Bergen (father)
Spouse(s): Louis Malle, 1980-1995, (his death)
Marshall Rose, 2000-present
Children: Chloé Malle (daughter)
Character information
Appeared on: Boston Legal
Character played: Shirley Schmidt
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Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946) appears as Shirley Schmidt, a founding partner in the Crane, Poole & Schmidt law firm on Boston Legal. An actress, producer and former fashion model, Candice is known for starring in two TV series, as the title character on the situation comedy Murphy Brown, for which she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards; and her role as Shirley Schmidt on "BL", for which she was nominated for two Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Candice is the daughter of famed ventrilquist, actor and entertainer Edgar Bergen and Frances Westcott Bergen, a former Powers model.


Candice's first film was The Group (1965), which was based on Mary McCarthy's novel of the same name. She starred in several major films throughout the mid-1960s to early 1980s such as The Sand Pebbles, Carnal Knowledge, The Wind and the Lion, and Gandhi and received an Academy Award nomination for her role in the 1979 film Starting Over. Her later career includes character roles in Miss Congeniality (2000) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). In her later roles, she could often be seen playing an authority figure or social status symbol.

Personal life[]

A political activist, Bergen accepted a date with Henry Kissinger. During her activist days she participated in a Yippie prank when she, Abbie Hoffman, and others threw dollar bills onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 1967, leading to its temporary shut-down. In 1972, she served as a fundraiser and organizer]] for George McGovern's presidential campaign.[1]

In addition to acting, Bergen has written articles, a play, and a memoir, Knock Wood (1984). She has also studied photography and worked as a photojournalist.


  1. McGovern, George S., Grassroots: The Autobiography of George McGovern, New York: Random House, 1977, pp. 173, 247

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