Frances Bergen

Frances Bergen

84 (passed away Oct. 2nd, 2006)
Sep. 14th, 1922
Born in
Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Frances Bergen's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Yancy Derringer TV Show
Yancy Derringer

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


The daughter of William and Lillie Mae Westerman, her father died of tuberculosis when she was ten years old. Her mother then moved the family to Los Angeles.

She suffered a skull fracture in an auto accident when she was 14. While recuperating, she was given a Charlie McCarthy (II) doll to cheer her up. Little did she know she'd later marry Charlie's "father" - comedian & ventriloquist Edgar Bergen.

Graduated from Los Angeles High School, where she was a pom-pom girl. At 19, Frances was in the audience of Edgar Bergen's radio program as the guest of a member of his staff. Sitting in the front row, her long legs caught the attention of the 39-year-old star, who asked to meet her. They were married in Mexico after a year of long distance courtship.

  • Once desire to become a chanteuse and had several engagements in major supper clubs but gave it up because she felt family came first.
  • Moved to Los Angeles with her mother at the age of 10 after her father died.
  • One of her best film roles came at age 68 as the matriarch in writer-director 'Henry Jaglom' (qv)'s drama _Eating (1990)_ (qv).
  • Mother of actress 'Candice Bergen' (qv) and actor 'Kris Bergen' (qv).
  • As a Powers model she was known as Frances Westcott

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