An Ode To Candice Bergen

Back in the day, I adored “Murphy Brown,” the sitcom that starred Candice Bergen as an investigative journalist and newscaster at “FYI,” returning to work at the show after a stay at the Betty Ford Clinic. Murphy was like Mary Tyler Moore with more attitude, a tough, wise-cracker who always got herself into hijinx — not to mention kicked out of the White House every year. Through “Murphy Brown”‘s 10-year run, I came to love Candice. So I was happy to hear that she has a new role on TV—playing Cuddy’s mother on “House.” Here’s hoping that the role will be meaty and could net Candice her sixth Emmy. [EW]

After the jump, some of our favorite Candice Bergen moments.

Not only was Murphy Brown hysterical. But as a newscaster, she always had the best guests. Like Julia Roberts, Bette Middler, and Aretha Franklin.

A moment that cemented my love for Candice. Dan Quayle wagged his finger at the character Murphy Brown for “mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice.” The ordeal was written into an episode. Genius!

Candice Bergen was the first woman to host “Saturday Night Live.” And she was also the first repeat host. And during this scene, she totally broke character because she couldn’t stop laughing.

Candice appeared in the first season of “The Muppet Show.” How cool!

And on “Sesame Street,” where she taught Elmo how to do an interview.

Candice got rave reviews a few years back for her role on “Boston Legal.” Here she is with Betty White.

Are you a Candice fan?