Candice Patricia Bergen is an American actress and former fashion model. For her role as the title character on the CBS sitcom Murphy Brown, she won five Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards as Best Actress in a TV Comedy. She is also an Academy Award nominee.
Bergen began her career as a fashion model and appeared on the front cover of Vogue magazine, before making her screen debut in the 1966 film The Group. She went on to star in The Sand Pebbles and Carnal Knowledge. For her role in the 1979 film Starting Over, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, while for her role in the 1982 film Gandhi, she received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She made her Broadway debut in the 1984 play Hurlyburly.
After her ten seasons on Murphy Brown, she appeared in three episodes of the HBO series Sex and the City and earned two Emmy Award nominations for her role as Shirley Schmidt on the ABC legal comedy-drama Boston Legal. Her other film roles include The Wind and the Lion, Miss Congeniality, Sweet Home Alabama, The Women and Bride Wars.