Polly Bergen dies at 84; Emmy-winning actress, nightclub singer

September 21, 2014 2:36 AM

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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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