Thursday, April 18, 2024

5 Time Emmy Winner Candice Bergen Diversifies Her Merch, Starts Selling RBG-Inspired Line of Masks, Fanny Packs, Phone Cases


Once upon a time, Candice Bergen had a small business called Bergen Bags, where she decorated handbags for friends. But nothing succeeds like success!

The five time Emmy Award winner of “Murphy Brown” fame (not to mention movies and theater) is branching out. Now she’s got a line of RBG-inspired products on her website,

Embroidered with a logo that reads “The Notorious” with a drawing of Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s famous lace collar, the products include face masks, phone covers, pouches and fanny packs. There are also pillows and coffee cups.

Bergen has other designs, too, including a signature hot dog featured on fleece blankets.

What’s next? I’m surprised she hasn’t launched a line of Charlie McCarthy designs. Who was Charlie McCarthy? He was her famous ventriloquist father Edgar Bergen’s “dummy.” Bergen wrote in her great memoir “Knock Wood,” that her dad kept a whole room of the puppets, and she thought when she was little they were her brother(s)!

Good for Candy! In these pandemic times, with no movies or TV shooting, you’ve got to pivot!



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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