Candice Bergen

The daughter of the world's most famous ventriloquist rebelled against her father and became a feminist, photojournalist and award winning comic actress. Not so wooden after all?

As the first child of popular radio ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his young wife Frances, Candice was a news item months before her birth.

She was born on 9 May 1946 in Beverly Hills, California and 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 her father's radio programme, demonstrating a precocious ability to throw her own voice.

However, she rebelled against the conservatism of her parents and adopted a well-publicised, free-wheeling lifestyle and a movie career. In her first film, The Group (1965), Candice played a wealthy young lesbian.

She next appeared with Steve McQueen in the big-budget The Sand Pebbles (1966); unfortunately, she was not popular with critics, who commented that Candice looked far better than she acted.

This reputation endured throughout most of her film appearances of the late 1960s. Even Candice admitted she wasn't much of an actress, though she claimed she was terrific when required to fake an orgasm.

Candice decided to take her career more seriously than did her critics, and emerged as a talented and reliable actress in such films as Carnal Knowledge (1971) and The Wind and the Lion with Sean Connery in 1975. Her true turnaround was her performance as a woman pursuing a singing career in the Burt Reynolds comedy Starting Over in 1979.

She married the French film director Louis Malle on 27 September 1980. and gave birth to daughter Chloe in 1985.

Her career, meanwhile, gained momentum with ever-improving movie and TV roles. In 1988, Candice began a run in the title role of the Murphy Brown television sitcom role that won her several Emmy Awards.

The role 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.

Her husband Malle died from cancer at Thanksgiving 1995. She remarried, wedding New York real estate magnate and philanthropist Marshall Rose on 15 June 2000.

Bergen has continued acting in both film and TV, with notable appearances in Miss Congeniality (2000), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), and in several episodes of Sex and the City between 2002 and 2004.

In 2004 and 2005, Bergen played a judge in Law And Order and sister series Law and Order: Trial By Jury. She revealed on 30 March 2012 that she had suffered a stroke in 2006.

In an interview with New York magazine, she revealed that it had been a minor stroke, which left her with some memory loss. Although her memory is back, it is not quite the same as before.

After recovering, she appeared in the film version of Sex and the City in 2008, followed in the same year by a role in The Women. Between 2005 and 2008, Bergen once again starred in a successful TV series in the form of 'Boston Legal'. In her recent interview, she revealed that she only took two weeks off from filming the show to recover from her stroke.

More recently, she appeared in Bride Wars (2009), The Romantics (2010) and the TV show House in 2011. She made her Broadway debut in March 2012 in Gore Vidal's The Best Man.