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.
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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 doesn't know how...