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Candice Bergen

Boston Legal

Candice Bergen

Shirley Schmidt

Shirley Schmidt

Candice Bergen is the daughter of the late ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his wife Frances. The multitalented Bergen has worked as a model, writer, photographer and actress. Her photography has appeared in Life, Esquire and Playboy; she has written articles for the latter two in addition to penning her memoirs and a play entitled The Freezer. Bergen made her screen debut in Sidney Lumet's The Group. Highlights from her film career include starring roles in The Sand Pebbles and Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge, an Oscar-nominated turn in Starting Over; portraying a Jackie Collins-esque best-selling author in George Cukor's final film, Rich and Famous, appearing as real-life photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White in Oscar-winning epic Gandhi; and reteaming with Starting Over co-star Burt Reynolds in his adaptation of Elmore Leonard's Stick.

A truly gifted comedic actress, Bergen was the first woman to host Saturday Night Live, and she earned five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her work in Murphy Brown. She married French auteur Louis Malle in 1980, with whom she had a daughter. Malle died in 1995 from lymphoma, and Bergen is now married to businessman and philanthropist Marshall Rose. She hosted the Oxygen program Exhale and guest-starred on Sex and the City (the series and the movie). In January 2005 she joined the cast of Boston Legal, and went on to appear in Murphy Brown creator Diane English's 2008 film remake of The Women, as well as the 2009 romantic comedy Bride Wars with Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson.

Character Bio

Crane, Poole and Schmidt managing partner Carl Sack hails from the New York office of the firm, and it takes him some time to assess and adjust to the Boston office, where Shirley Schmidt has requested his presence to help the founders of the firm temper Denny Crane's antics. Sack is Shirley's former lover, and he still harbors strong feelings for her; when he considers returning to the New York firm, she talks him out of it for reasons both professional and personal. However, their love connection drives a wedge between Sack and Crane, who often bicker about anything and everything - though they begrudgingly respect each other as much as they do the firm itself.