65-year-old actress Candice Bergen is perhaps best remembered as the leading character in the television sitcom “Murphy Brown” in the 1990’s. Her career didn’t stop there; she was featured in many movies and other television cameos as well. In 2006, it was rumored that she suffered a stroke, but her publicists and family kept it quiet. Now, she is more than willing to reveal that she did indeed have a stroke back in 2006, but she tried to conceal it because she felt it would be a “liability.”
As a matter of fact, Bergen was filming Boston Legal when she suffered the stroke, and she quickly brushed off media campaigns, opting to return to work after just two weeks’ rest. She was terrified that if the true nature of her medical condition were revealed, Hollywood casters would look differently at her and she would not continue to receive work. Fans have chimed in all over the Internet expressing their amazement by the actress, whose performances in Boston Legal post-stroke offered absolutely no evidence that she was suffering from anything at all.
The moral of the story is that Hollywood has strict guidelines, and it’s a shame that Candice had to conceal this major life event to try to get more work. Imagine if your job depended on such things. Thank goodness the whole world isn’t just like Hollywood.