Edgar Bergen [1903-1978]

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Born in Chicago of Swedish immigrants, John and Nellie Berggren, Edgar Bergen became a ventriloquist as a boy, designing his famous dummy, Charlie McCarthy, when he was eleven years old. (He used a history book illustration of a cocky Irish newsboy as his model.) Bergen attended the School of Speech at Northwestern. He got his start in radio in 1937 and in the same year, he was awarded a special Academy Award for his short films and musicals. Bergen continued an active career until 1978, when after performing his last scheduled show at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, he died soon after. His daughter Candice plays the eponymous role in the "Murphy Brown" television series.

Bergen and McCarthy
Edgar Bergen