Polly Bergen

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to announce that Polly Bergen will be unable to attend.

Polly Bergen has enjoyed an illustrious career spanning over six decades of appearances on stage, screen, television, radio and recordings. She received her first Emmy award in 1958 for her portrayal of Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story (1958). Ms. Bergen also received an Emmy nomination for her role as Stella Wingfield (Felicity Huffman’s mother) on the hit ABC series Desperate Housewives. She co-starred opposite Geena Davis and Donald Sutherland on the ABC drama series Commander-in-Chief, as well as starred in Hallmark Hall of Fame’s Candles on Bay Street (2006) and gave an acclaimed performance in The Sopranos. Ms. Bergen wrote the story and co-produced the NBC movie of the week, Leave of Absence (1994), which starred Jacqueline Bisset, Blythe Danner and Brian Dennehy. She received Tony and Drama Desk nominations for her performance in the Roundabout’s Broadway revival of Follies. She starred on Broadway in Cabaret with Raul Esparza.

Other Broadway credits include Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Love Letters, First Impressions, Champagne Complex and John Murray Anderson’s Almanac, as well as Plaza Suite at Chicago’s Theatre in the Round. She starred in Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues at the New York Westside Theatre, A Little Night Music at Center Stage in Baltimore and has appeared at the 92nd Street Y in The Man That Got Away: Ira After George for the Lyrics and Lyricists Series. Last year Ms. Bergen returned to the 92nd Street Y and appeared in Rex Reed’s It’s Magic: 90 Years of Songs from Warner Brothers. She performed her award-winning closer song “Why Was I Born” from the Emmy-winning Helen Morgan Story. Ms. Bergen has accumulated more than 300 film and television credits, including the original CAPE FEAR (1962), opposite Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck, Move Over, Darling (1963) with James Garner and Doris Day, John Waters’ Cry Baby (1990) with Johnny Depp, and in 1964 she starred as the first woman president of the United States in Kisses for My President. Most recently, Ms. Bergen appeared in Chris Colfer’s (Glee) film Struck by Lightning (2012). Besides receiving an Emmy for The Helen Morgan Story, she also received Emmy nominations for The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

She has recorded numerous successful albums, including the award-winning Bergen Sings Morgan, and has written three bestsellers. She hosted The Polly Bergen Show on NBC and was an original panelist on To Tell the Truth. Ms. Bergen is also well-known as a woman’s activist since the 1960s, and she is involved with both NARAL and Planned Parenthood. She is also listed in Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.

Polly Bergen