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Polly Bergen dies at 84; Emmy-winning actress, nightclub singer
Polly Bergen dies at 84; Emmy-winning actress, nightclub singer

Polly Bergen, an outspoken actress who also gained acclaim as a nightclub singer, a cosmetics entrepreneur and a ubiquitous quiz-show panelist, did not start out as an overnight smash. When her first film — a Dean Martin-and-Jerry Lewis comedy called "At War With the Army" — came out in 1951, Los Angeles Times reviewer Philip K. Scheuer allowed that there might be hope for the attractive but inexperienced newcomer. "Miss Bergen looks like a nice person, and her voice is pretty good, but she doesn't know how to face a camera," Scheuer wrote. "Give her time. She's new." Seven years later, Bergen won a best-actress Emmy for her...

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