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Edgar Bergen

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Edgar Bergen

American actor and radio performer, best known as a ventriloquist add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1903.

Countries: United States (87%), (7%), Mexico (3%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Mae West, Frances Bergen, Bob LeMond

Linked to: Lake View High School, National Broadcasting Company, Smithsonian Institution, NBC

 

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Edgar Bergen was born in 1903 add something


1930

Throughout the run of "The Waltons"—which took place in the late 1930s through the 1940s—the voices of Bergen and Charlie McCarthy were sporadically heard from the Walton family's radio, as family members regularly tuned in for that program add something

 

Joan Bennett - She made a number of radio appearances from the 1930s to the 1950s, performing on such programs as "The Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy Show", "Duffy's Tavern", and the anthology series "Lux Radio Theater"


1937

Under various sponsors , they were on the air from May 9, 1937 to July 1, 1956 add something

 

Charlie and Mae West had this conversation on December 12, 1937 add something

 

Arch Oboler - But in 1937, that sketch and a subsequent routine featuring West trading suggestive quips with Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy cause a furor that resulted in West being banned from broadcasting and from being mentioned at all on NBC programming for 15 years

 

Mae West - On December 12, 1937, West appeared in two separate sketches on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's radio show "The Chase and Sanborn Hour"


1938

At the height of their popularity in 1938, Bergen was presented an Honorary Oscar for his creation of Charlie McCarthy add something

 

Bergen and McCarthy are sometimes credited with "saving the world" because, on the night of October 30, 1938, when Orson Welles performed his "War of the Worlds" radio play hoax that panicked many listeners, most of the American public had instead tuned in to Bergen and McCarthy on another station and never heard Welles' play add something


1939

He established the syndicated comic strip "Mortimer & Charlie", which ran in newspapers from July 1939 to May 1940, illustrated first by Ben Batsford and by Carl Buettner add something


1940

Bob LeMond - LeMond's other blossoming television and radio credits during the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s included "Leave It to Beaver", "The Red Skelton Show", " Red Skelton", "Bat Masterson", "Our Miss Brooks", "My Friend Irma", " Spike Jones", Edgar Bergen's "Do You Trust Your Wife-" and "Life with Luigi"


1941

In 1941, Bergen met 19 year old Frances Westerman, who had graduated from Los Angeles High School the year before, in the audience of Bergen's radio program as the guest of a member of his staff add something

 

Bill Erwin - Erwin began his theatrical career as ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's stage manager for Bergen's 1941 tour of the country

 

Frances Bergen - In 1941, Westerman met Edgar Bergen after a radio program when he was 38 and she was 19


1945

The two were married in Mexico after years of long-distance courtship, on June 28, 1945 add something

 

Spike Jones - After appearing as the house band on "The Bob Burns Show," Spike got his own radio show on NBC, "The Chase and Sanborn Program", as Edgar Bergen's summer replacement in 1945

 

Max Mason - On May 2, 1945 he appeared on Edgar Bergen's radio show to chat about the new observatory and trade jokes with Charlie McCarthy


1946

On May 9, 1946 Frances gave birth to future actress Candice Bergen, whose first performances were on Bergen's radio show add something

 

Bill Thompson (voice actor) - He returned to "Fibber McGee" full-time in 1946, however, and became a semi-regular on Edgar Bergen's radio series as lecturer "Professor" Thompson


1947

Luana Patten - In 1947, she appeared with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd during the live action scenes in "Fun and Fancy Free"


1948

Mary Costa - Between 1948 and 1951, she appeared with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy on the Bergen radio show


1949

In 1949, Bergen went to CBS, with a new weekly program, "The Charlie McCarthy Show", sponsored by Coca-Cola add something


1950

After public outrage, the Federal Communications Commission stated, "the exchange is indecent"; the National Broadcasting Company , banned Mae West from NBC radio until 1950 add something

 

In a filmed Thanksgiving special, billed as his TV debut, sponsored by Coca-Cola on CBS in 1950, the new character Podine Puffington was introduced add something


1955

Darla Hood - In 1955, she was a leading lady in the act of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen

 

CBS - The high-rated Jack Benny Program ended its radio run in 1955, and Edgar Bergen's Sunday-night show went off the air in 1957


1956

Bergen hosted the television game show "Do You Trust Your Wife-" in 1956-57, later succeeded, in a daytime edition, by Johnny Carson add something

 

Frank De Vol - De Vol was musical director on Edgar Bergen's 1956-57 CBS prime-time game show, "Do You Trust Your Wife-"

 

Ed Reimers - Reimers was the original announcer for "Do You Trust Your Wife-" when Edgar Bergen hosted, but was replaced by Bob LeMond in the fall of 1956


1957

He appeared in the Christmas 1957 episode of NBC's "The Gisele MacKenzie Show" add something


1958

In 1958 Bergen appeared with his 12 year old daughter Candice on an episode of "You Bet Your Life" starring Groucho Marx add something


1959

In 1959, he appeared in the second episode entitled "Dossier" of the NBC espionage series "Five Fingers" starring David Hedison add something

 

On May 21, 1959, he guest starred with Charlie McCarthy on NBC's "The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford add something


1960

Bergen continued to appear regularly on television during the 1960s add something

 

He guest starred as Charlie in the 1960 episode "Moment of Fear" of CBS's "The DuPont Show with June Allyson" add something

 

Stephen McNally - He was thereafter cast as Jim in the 1960 episode "Moment of Fear" of the CBS and Four Star Television Production, "The DuPont Show with June Allyson", with episode co-stars Edgar Bergen and Darryl Hickman


1961

They became the parents of film and television editor Kris Bergen, born on October 12, 1961 add something


1965

In 1965, he gave that church a generous contribution, a thoughtful letter, and a photograph of himself which had been requested by the minister and was displayed in the church's assembly room which was dedicated to Bergen add something


1966

Art Gilmore - With a group of notable Hollywood radio stars, including Edgar Bergen, Ralph_Edwards and Jim "Fibber McGee" Jordan, Gilmore founded Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters in 1966


Edgar Bergen died in 1978 add something

 

It was in mid-September 1978 that he announced that he was retiring after 56 years in show business and sending his monocled, top-hatted partner to the Smithsonian Institution add something

 

On September 30, 1978, Bergen died in his sleep of kidney disease at age 75 add something


1990

In 1990, Bergen was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame, the same year that "The Charlie McCarthy Show" was selected as an honored program add something


2006

Edgar Bergen's wife of 33 years, Frances Westerman Bergen, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, on October 2, 2006, aged 84, from undisclosed causes add something


2009

Jeff Dunham - November 4, 2009 and doing more to promote the art form than anyone since Edgar Bergen