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November 24, 2022

35 Beautiful Photos of Polly Bergen in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1930 as Nellie Paulina Burgin in Knoxville, Tennessee, American actress, singer, television host, writer and entrepreneur Polly Bergen appeared in many film roles, most notably in the original Cape Fear (1962) opposite Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. She won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her performance as Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story.

For her stage work, Bergen was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carlotta Campion in Follies in 2001. Her film work included Cape Fear (1962) and The Caretakers (1963), for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Bergen hosted her own weekly variety show for one season (The Polly Bergen Show), was a regular panelist on the TV game show To Tell the Truth, and later in life had roles in The Sopranos and Desperate Housewives. She wrote three books on beauty, fashion, and charm. She is also the inspiration behind Mother Goose in The Land of Stories.

Bergen died of natural causes in 2014 at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, aged 84. Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portraits of young Polly Bergen in the 1950s and 1960s.


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