Polly Bergen, Emmy winning actress dies at 84

By: Funeralwise | Date: Sun, September 21st, 2014


Polly Bergen, whose career spanned more than 60 years, died peacefully at her home in Connecticut on Saturday, September 20, 2014. According to reports by the Associated Press, she died of natural causes. Ms. Bergen is survived by her children Peter Fields, Kathy Lander and Pamela Fields and three grandchildren.

As a performer, Polly Bergen was known for her versatility as both an actress and singer. Her first film performance was in 1949 in the Western “Across the Rio Grande”. She went on to appear in more than 80 films and television programs. She was nominated for an Emmy four times, winning in 1968 for her work in the CBS program, “Playhouse 90”. Her most recent nomination was for her role in Desperate Housewives.

Ms. Bergen’s career highlights included a chilling turn as the menaced wife of a lawyer (Gregory Peck) stalked by a psychopathic convict (Robert Mitchum) in the 1962 film “Cape Fear,” five years as a panelist on the CBS game show “To Tell the Truth” and a Tony-nominated performance as a gritty former showgirl in the 2001 revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Follies.”

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