So sad. Screen and stage actress Polly Bergen died Saturday, Sept. 20, at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, HollywoodLife.com’s sister site Deadline reports.
Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who is best known for playing the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear, died Saturday, Sept. 20, according to her publicist, Judy Katz, HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Deadline reports.
Polly Bergen Dead — ‘Cape Fear’ & ‘Desperate Housewives’ Actress Dies At 84
Polly died of complications from emphysema in her Southbury, Connecticut home at the age of 84. She was surrounded by family and close friends.
Polly, who had a long and illustrious career, was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums, played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas. The brunette beauty also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a beauty products company.
Polly won an Emmy award in 1958 for portraying actress-singer Helen Morgan on Playhouse 90. She was nominated for another in 1989 for War and Remembrance. However, she’s best known for her roles in To Tell The Truth (1956), Cape Fear (1962), and Move Over, Darling (1963), and Cry-Baby (1990).
In recent years, Polly played Felicity Huffman’s mom on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, the mistress of Tony Soprano’s father on HBO’s The Sopranos, and Geena Davis’s mother in ABC’s Commander in Chief.
Polly was an outspoken critic of Hollywood’s lack of great roles for women, Deadline notes. She will sorely be missed throughout the Hollywood community.
Her fans will likely remember her for her warm, sultry singing voice and stellar acting chops.
Our thoughts go out to Polly’s family and friends during this difficult time.
— Chris Rogers