'Desperate Housewives' & 'Sopranos' Actress Polly Bergen Dead at 84

Polly BergenCelebrated actress Polly Bergen died of natural causes on Saturday, September 20. The Broadway star also made a name for herself on the screen -- both big and small -- and had a career that spanned decades.

According to reports, she was surrounded by family and close friends at her Southbury, Connecticut home. She was 84 years old.


The actress and singer was best known for playing terrorized wife Peggy Bowden in the original Cape Fear in 1962, and her portrayal as the first woman president in 1964's Kisses for My President.

More recently, Bergen captured a new generation of fans by playing Felicity Huffman's mother on Desperate Housewives, and Tony Soprano's late father's past mistress on The Sopranos.

The Emmy winner's last big role was playing Chris Colfer's grandmother in his movie Struck By Lightening in 2012. The Glee star took to social media on Saturday after he heard the news, to pay tribute to his friend and co-star.

Alongside a vintage picture of Bergen looking glamorous and gorgeous, Colfer wrote, "Farewell to my dear friend, Polly. I'm so blessed to have had you in my life. No one could make me smile or laugh like you. I will miss you with all my heart. 'Grandma' for a movie, but family for life."

It's obvious Bergen touched lives everywhere she went, and more than accomplished her goal of making it in show biz. She said in a 2001 interview, "I was fanatically ambitious ... all I ever wanted to be was a star. I didn't want to be a singer. I didn't want to be an actress. I wanted to be a star."

What's your favorite Polly Bergen role?


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