The prep school-reared beauty was a Ford Model in New York for a spell. She made her movie debut in the 1966 film "The Group," in which she played a wealthy lesbian. She would later star in "Carnal Knowledge" opposite Jack Nicholson and "Gandi," directed by Richard Attenborough.
Bergen debuted on Broadway in 1985 in the comedy "Hurlyburly."
Bergen played a tough journalist in "Murphy Brown," her CBS-TV series that ran for 10, beginning in 1988.
In 1992, the show was at the center of controversy when Vice President Dan Quayle criticized Bergen's character for having a child out of wedlock. The actress received five Emmys for that role.
She joined the ensemble cast of ABC's series "Boston Legal" in 2005.