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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

71 Groovy Things about Candice Bergen on her birthday

Today I'm celebrating Candice Bergen's 71st birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1) She was born in Beverly Hills, California, on May 9, 1946. Her father was Edgar Bergen, the famous ventriloquist.

2. In 1955, she auditioned to be one of the original Mouseketeers on ABC's The Mickey Mouse Club, but she was not hired (despite her father's friendship with Walt Disney).

3. On May 15, 1958, she made her first television appearance - with her father - on Groucho Marx's NBC quiz show, You Bet Your Life.

4. She and her father were the Mystery Guests on What's My Line? on September 12, 1965.

5. She made her feature film debut as lesbian Lakey Eastlake in the 1966 drama, The Group, which also starred Jessica Walter, Kathleen Widdoes and Larry Hagman.

6. She starred opposite Steve McQueen in the 1966 film, The Sand Pebbles.

7. She auditioned with Robert Redford for the roles of Elaine Robinson and Benjamin Braddock in the 1967 film, The Graduate.

8. In 1967, she made her stage debut (opposite Ann Margret's husband Roger Smith) in the play, Sabrina Fair, at the Westbury Music Fair.

9. On June 19, 1967, she made her television acting debut in an episode of the CBS series, Coronet Blue.

10. She played Electra Brown, an archaeologist's assistant, in the 1967 Greek-British comedy, The Day the Fish Came Out.

11. She played Candice in the 1967 French film, Live for Life.

12. She starred in the 1968 British mystery, The Magus, with Michael Caine and Anthony Quinn.

13. She wrote a one-act play, The Freezer, which was published in Best Short Plays, 1968.

14. She, Billy Graham and the 5th Dimension were guests on CBS's The Woody Allen Special on September 21, 1969.

15. She starred in the 1970 drama, The Adventurers, with Bekim Fehmiu, Charles Aznavour and Olivia de Havilland.

16. She played Elliott Gould's girlfriend in the 1970 film, Getting Straight, which also starred Harrison Ford.

17. She starred opposite Peter Strauss in the 1970 film, Soldier Blue.

18. She starred in Mike Nichols' 1971 film, Carnal Knowledge, with Jack Nicholson, Art Garfunkel and Ann-Margret.

19. She played Gene Hackman's wife in the 1971 film, The Hunting Party.

20. She played a young woman who becomes a prostitute in the 1971 drama, T.R. Baskin, which also starred Peter Boyle.

21. She played Charles Grodin's girlfriend in the 1974 British film, 11 Harrowhouse.

22. She starred in the 1975 film, The Wind and the Lion, with Sean Connery and Brian Keith.

23. She starred in the 1975 film, Bite the Bullet, with Gene Hackman, James Coburn and Jan-Michael Vincent.

24. On November 8, 1975, she became the first female host of Saturday Night Live. She then became the first person to host for a second time on December 20, 1975.

25. She was a special guest star on The Muppet Show on November 27, 1976.

26. On December 11, 1976, she was the host of Saturday Night Live for a third time.

27. She played Gene Hackman's wife for a second time in the 1977 thriller, The Domino Principle.

28. She played a feminist American photographer in Lina Wertmüller's 1978 film, A Night Full of Rain.

29. She starred opposite Ryan O'Neal in Oliver's Story, the 1978 sequel to Love Story.

30. She received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Burt Reynolds' ex-wife in the 1979 film, Starting Over.

31. She and Jacqueline Bisset starred in George Cukor's 1981 film, Rich and Famous.

32. She made a cameo appearance as documentary photographer Margaret Bourke-White in the 1982 film, Gandhi, which earned her a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

33. In October 1984, she made her Broadway debut replacing Sigourney Weaver in the play, Hurlyburly.

34. She starred in the 1985 ABC miniseries, Jackie Collins' Hollywood Wives, with Joanna Cassidy, Angie Dickinson, Anthony Hopkins, Stefanie Powers and Suzanne Somers.

35. She promoted her 1984 memoir, Knock Wood, on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on March 21, 1985.

36. She played the evil sorceress Morgan Le Fay in the 1985 CBS movie, Arthur the King, which was filmed in 1982.

37. She starred opposite Burt Reynolds for a second time in the 1985 film, Stick.

38. In 1987, she became the sister-in-law of actress Dorothy Lyman (All My Children, Mama's Family), who married Vincent Malle, the brother of Bergen's first husband, film director Louis Malle (Bergen was married to Malle from 1980 until his death in 1995; Lyman divorced Malle in 2001).

39. She promoted her CBS movie, Mayflower Madam, during her first appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on November 12, 1987.

40. On November 21, 1987, she was the host of Saturday Night Live for a fourth time with musical guest Cher.

41. She promoted her new CBS sitcom, Murphy Brown, during her second appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on November 23, 1988.

42. She received five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for Murphy Brown, which ran for 10 seasons (1988-98) on CBS. After her fifth Emmy win, she declined future nominations for the role.

43. She was interviewed on The Barbara Walters Special on March 29, 1989.

44. She made several guest appearances on Sesame Street in 1989-90.

45. On May 19, 1990, she was the host of Saturday Night Live for a fifth time.

46. On May 6, 1992, she played Murphy Brown (opposite Kramer as Murphy's new secretary) in an episode of Seinfeld.

47. She was the first guest on CBS's The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder, which debuted on January 9, 1995.

48. On May 12, 1997, she played Murphy Brown in an episode of the CBS sitcom, Ink, starring Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen.

49. She played lawyer Gloria Ironbox and reprised her role as Murphy Brown in two 2000 episodes of the Fox animated sitcom, Family Guy.

50. She hosted two shows on Oprah's Oxygen network - a 2000-01 talk show, Exhale With Candice Bergen, and the 2002 magazine show, Candice Checks It Out.

51. She played beauty pageant director Kathy Morningside in the 2000 comedy, Miss Congeniality.

52. She played Patrick Dempsey's mother and the mayor of New York City in the 2002 romantic comedy, Sweet Home Alabama.

53. She played Carrie Bradshaw's Vogue editor Enid in three episodes (2002-04) of Sex and the City and in the 2008 feature film sequel.

54. She appeared in the 2003 romantic comedy, View from the Top, starring Gwyneth Paltrow.

55. She played herself and Karen's old friend/arch-nemesis in a 2003 episode of NBC's Will & Grace.

56. She played Michael Douglas' ex-wife and Ryan Reynolds' mother in the 2003 comedy, The In-Laws.

57. She played Judge Amanda Anderlee in a 2004 episode of NBC's Law & Order and in three 2005 episodes of Law & Order: Trial by Jury.

58. She received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her performance as Shirley Schmidt on the 2004-08 ABC series, Boston Legal.

59. She played Meg Ryan's mother for a second time in the 2008 comedy, The Women (the first time was in 1981's Rich and Famous).

60. She played New York's most sought-after wedding planner in the 2009 romantic comedy, Bride Wars, starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway.

61. She and the cast of Murphy Brown were reunited on CBS's The Early Show on November 3, 2009.

62. She played Lisa Edelstein's mother in three 2011 episodes of the Fox medical drama, House.

63. She played John Larroquette's wife in the 2012 Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's The Best Man.

64. She and Charles Grodin played Michael J. Fox's parents in a 2013 Thanksgiving episode of the NBC sitcom, The Michael J. Fox Show.

65. She and Alan Alda appeared together in the 2014 Broadway revival of the A.R. Gurney play, Love Letters.

66. She played Robin Williams' wife in the 2014 comedy, A Merry Friggin' Christmas.

67. She promoted her second memoir, A Fine Romance, on Charlie Rose on April 8, 2015.

68. She played a larger-than-life family matriarch in the 2016 ABC pilot, Pearl.

69. She played Howard Hughes' secretary in Warren Beatty's 2016 film, Rules Don't Apply.

70. She will play Reese Witherspoon's mother in the romantic comedy, Home Again, which will be released on September 8.

71. Her next film project is Book Club, in which she, Diane Keaton and Jane Fonda will play lifelong friends whose lives are "changed forever" after reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

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