Polly Bergen

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Polly Bergen

Born

7/14/1930, Knoxville, Tennessee

Birth Name

Nellie Paulina Burgin

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Polly Burgin
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Biography

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Polly is acknowledged for her over 20 film roles but can be most remembered in the role of Peggy Bowden in the 1962 film Cape Fear. Polly has also mastered television, hosting The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse and her self-titled show The Polly Bergen Show as well as appearing in…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 1989, Polly was nominated for an Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special for her role in parts VI, VIII and XII of the 1988 miniseries War and Remembrance.

    • In 2007, Polly had to leave her role in the musical "Camille Claudel" because of a minor surgery. Polly was replaced by Joan Copeland.

    • On June 25, 1982, Polly married Jeffrey Endervelt. The pair divorced in 1990. The couple had no children together.

    • In 1973, Polly was part of the cosmetics crew on the film A Touch of Class. In 1974, Polly was part of the cosmetics crew on the film Hangup.

    • In 1961, Polly co-starred in an unsold action-series pilot called The Insider, which centered on Hollywood press agent Dan Castle and his attempts to help his clients with their troubles.

    • In 2001, Polly was nominated for Broadway's Tony Award in the category of Best Actress (Featured Role - Musical) for her role in the revival Follies.

    • In 1975, Bantam Books published Polly's paperback, health-related book Polly's principles; Polly Bergen tells you how you can feel and look as young as she does.

    • In 1958, Polly won the Emmy in the category of Actress - Best Single Performance - Lead or Support for role in the episode "The Helen Morgan Story" of the television series Playhouse 90. In 2008, she was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Desperate Housewives.

    • In 1954, Polly married actor Jerome Courtland. The couple divorced in 1955. The pair had no children together. It was the first marriage for both.

    • In 1983, Polly was nominated for an Emmy in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special
      for her role in the 1983 limited series The Winds of War.

    • Polly had her first film role in the 1949 film Champion in the uncredited voice-role of Radio/jukebox singer.

    • Polly is an ex-sister-in-law of Shep Fields.

    • In 1964, Polly was nominated for a Golden Globe in the category of Best Motion Picture Actress - Drama for her role in the 1963 film The Caretakers.

    • In 2007, Polly was nominated for a Satellite Award in the category of Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role on the television series Desperate Housewives.

    • Polly stands at 5' 5" or 1.65 m.

  • Quotes

    • Polly: I don't want to waste the rest of my life just earning a living. I want to do what's fulfilling for me. I want to play out my life doing what I enjoy, not just showing up for work.

    • Polly: I'm one of those people who always needs a mountain to climb. When I get up a mountain as far as I think I'm going to get, I try to find another mountain.

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