Candice Bergen was born Candice Patricia Bergen in Los Angeles, in 1946. Her father was the acclaimed ventriloquist and actor Edgar Bergen (1903-1978) and her mother was the actress Frances Bergen (1922-2006).
While still at university, Bergen worked as a fashion model and made her big screen debut under the direction of Sidney Lumet (1924-2011) in 1966 at the age of 20. She followed that quickly with a co-starring role opposite Steve McQueen in The Sand Pebbles (1966).
She has appeared in more than 20 feature films.
She married the French director Louis Malle (1932-1995) in 1980 and the couple raised one child. She married real estate developer Marshall Rose in 2000.