‘The Conners’ Reveal First Look at Candice Bergen in Guest Starring Role

by Joe Rutland
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Emmy Award-winning actress Candice Bergen is going to make an appearance on the third season-opening episode of ABC’s “The Conners.”

Bergen will appear as Ben’s mother, Barb. The third season’s opener will air on Jan. 13, 2021.

Ben and Barb apparently don’t have a close relationship, one which might be termed as cool or distant.

“The Conners” stars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, and Michael Fishman. It is a spinoff of the popular comedy “Roseanne,” which starred Roseanne Barr.

Recently, Bergen appeared with Meryl Streep and Dianne Wiest in “Let Them All Talk,” a movie for HBO Max, directed and filmed by Steven Soderbergh with a hand-held camera onboard the Queen Mary 2 as actual passengers wandered about.

Take a look at this clip highlighting Bergen in “The Conners” season opener.

Bergen Brings Stellar Career Back to TV on ‘The Conners’

Bergen made a name for herself in modeling, movies, and TV. Being on the small screen in “The Conners” is not her first time around sitcoms.

She captured five Emmys for her sitcom, “Murphy Brown,” during its initial run in 1988-98 on CBS. An attempt to bring the show back in 2018 only lasted 13 episodes.

Her name, though, is recognizable to people both young and old alike. Bergen’s father, Edgar Bergen, was a famous ventriloquist who made a name for himself in Vaudeville and on radio shows and early TV with his sidekick, Charlie McCarthy.

In fact, Candice Bergen was the first female host for “Saturday Night Live.” She grew up around famous people like singer Frank Sinatra, author Truman Capote, dancer Fred Astaire, actor Rex Harrison, and pianist Henry Mancini, among others.

Bergen Isn’t Worried About Vanity at This Point in Her Life

Vanity is not something the 74-year-old Bergen concerns herself with too much. Just ask her daughter, Chloe Malle, a writer and contributing editor at Vogue.

“She really doesn’t care and would rather eat the cookie,” Malle said as part of a feature story on Bergen in The New York Times. “She has eaten mocha ice cream and Cheetos for her entire dinner. Most of quarantine, she has been strolling through Central Park with Bruce in her pajamas and the coat she got on Amazon, her hair sticking up, going into a Big Edie and Little Edie vibe.”

After her 1967 Vogue cover in her modeling days and her movie debut in “The Group” in 1966, where she played the risky role of Lakey, a lesbian — “People saw posters of me in gay bars after that,” she said, pleased — Bergen’s perfect nose spurred a flood of plastic surgeries.

“Doctors used to come up to me and say could they take a cast of my nose,” she said. “I said, ‘Go away.’ My nose was very important to people. I never even thought about it. It’s strange.”

H/T: Pop Culture, New York Times

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