Candice Patricia Bergen (born May 9, 1946 in Los Angeles, California), daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, is a former fashion model and a darling of the television industry. A five-time Emmy winner for her title role in the early-1990s sitcom Murphy Brown, Bergen has since graced the small screen as a Special Guest Star in series such as Seinfeld, Law & Order, Sex and the City and Will & Grace. Younger tropers will most likely remember her as Shirley Schmidt, the foxy, feisty, brilliant attorney lusted after (and loved) by both Denny Crane and Alan Shore in the hit series Boston Legal.
Bergen is no stranger to the silver screen, either. She made her big-screen breakout in Carnal Knowledge and has since starred in critically acclaimed films such as Gandhi, The Wind and the Lion and A Night Full of Rain as well as such blockbusters as Miss Congeniality, Sex and the City and Sweet Home Alabama. She even earned herself an Oscar nomination in 1979 for the hit romance Starting Over, but lost to the acting tour de force that was Meryl Streep in Kramer vs. Kramer.
- And Starring: She gets the "with" in the Boston Legal credits, right before William Shatner.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Candice started out as a debutante with an Ice Queen reputation, but has softened over the years, largely thanks to her role in Murphy Brown, where she was finally able to showcase her comedic side.
- Former Teen Rebel: She was a political activist in her younger years, and was involved in a prank that resulted in the temporary shutdown of the New York Stock Exchange.