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Then: Before Murphy Brown, Candice Bergen already had an impressive career: famous father, fashion model, Oscar-nominee (Starting Over, 1979), but it was with Murphy that she made her lasting marking on pop culture.Â She was smart, she was brash, she tackled the big issuesâ€”not only was she a recovering alcoholic, but she also became a single mother, much to Dan Quayleâ€™s chagrin, and also battled breast cancer on the showâ€”but she couldnâ€™t keep a secretary to save her life. (She had 93 in all!)Â Bergen earned an impressive five Emmy awards for the role before officially taking herself out of consideration, you know, to give some other people a shot!