Playhouse 90 (tv program)

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.

------------
FOR THE RECORD
An earlier version of this article said Bergen died Sunday. She died Saturday.
------------

"Miss Bergen looks like a nice person, and her voice is pretty good, but she...

88°