A successful model during her teens, Bergen debuted on the silver screen in 1966 with The Group, followed by The Sand Pebbles (opposite superstar Steve McQueen). Critics panned some of Bergen's early performances, but she came into her own with memorable turns in Carnal Knowledge (1971), The Wind and the Lion (1975) and 1979's Starting Over, for which she snagged an Oscar nod.
Bergen transitioned to series television in 1988 portraying the caustic title character in the sitcom "Murphy Brown." The move paid off, earning the actress five Emmy Awards during the show's 10-year run. She was also Emmy-nominated for her role on "Boston Legal."