Edgar Bergen Was No Dummy


While many today might know Edgar Bergen only as father to actress Candice Bergen, who starred in Murphy Brown, at one time this famous ventriloquist was a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment field. 

With Charlie McCarthy, his beloved ventriloquist dummy, at his side, Edgar starred in radio programs, television shows, Vegas acts, and a comic strip, among other things. He also dated Ava Gardner and socialized with the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Roger Moore

But did Edgar’s partnership with Charlie take an odd turn? 

In this episode Candy and Ashley not only discuss the life of this ground-breaking comedian, but also the circumstances that led daughter Candice Bergen to comment upon the difficulty of being the younger sister to a dummy, and the pain of learning that it was Charlie McCarthy–not she– who was remembered in her father’s will. 

#Cornucopia #EdgarBergen #CharlieMcCarthy #CandiceBergen

Show Notes for Episode 60!


“Charlie McCarthy: The Dummy Only Dummies Didn’t Listen to,” ripleys.com, by Colton Kruse, January 22,  2020

“Candice Bergen: One of a Kind,” Sunday Morning (CBS News), November 28, 2021

“Almanac: Edgar Bergen,” Sunday Morning (CBS News), February 16, 2014

“Candice Bergen Reveals Twisted Details About Relationship WIth Her Father,” Woman’s Day, by Alyssa Fiorentino, April 7, 2015

“Original Charlie McCarthy Ventriloquist Dummy Used by Edgar Bergen,” Smithsonian: National Museum of American History

“Frances Bergen, 84; Actress’ No. 1 Role Was as Wife and Mother to Stars,” Los Angeles Times, by Dennis McLellan, October 4, 2006

‘Bergen and McCarthy’ episodes, Internet Archives

“Edgar Bergen,” ventriloquistsociety.com, Ventriloquist Hall of Fame

Encore: Candice Bergen Talks About Her Dummy Brother,” NBC News, June 10, 2012

“Candice Bergen Holds Nothing Back in Memoir That Discusses Weight, Beauty,” Washington Post, by Karen Heller, April 8, 2015

“Edgar Bergen, the Ventriloquist, Dies,” Washington Post, by Martin Weil, October 1, 1978

1937 Clip from “Chase and Sanborn Hour,” youtube

Published by ashley raymer-brown

Ashley is an award-winning Independent Filmmaker from Northern Kentucky. Her first film, “No Lost Cause” is currently internationally distributed and was recently featured on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). Her memoir recalling her experience creating a film on a micro budget, “The Why Not Philosophy or How We Learned to Let Go, Trust God and Defeat the Raptors,” was released February 2015 and is available on Amazon.com. Her second feature film, “The Hepburn Girls” was released on Amazon.com and Vimeo.com in the summer of 2016. Ashley is also a long-time lover of all things theatre and in the spring of 2014, she helped found and became the Vice-President of the theatre company, “The Theatre Downstream.” Their first large scale summer musical, “Beauty and the Beast” was awarded Best Musical (Local), Best Actor in a Musical (Local), Best Actress in a Musical (Local), and Best Set Design by the BroadwayWorld Louisville awards in 2016, and their 2017 production of "Annie" sold over 2,100 tickets, a company record-breaking number! No matter what the project, Ashley is happiest when she is able to bring talented people and their art together for the consumption and appreciation of the public. While her taste remains vintage, she is grateful for the technology of the modern world and the opportunity to share her thoughts, aspirations, and misadventures. Her lofty dreams are to create things that people remember and to one day own an alpaca. Above all, she loves God, her family, her friends, her cats, and brownies. External websites: “No Lost Cause”- NoLostCausedvd.com The Theatre Downstream- TheTheatreDownstream.com “The Why Not Philosophy”- http://www.amazon.com/Why-Not-Philosophy-Learned-Raptors/dp/1508557004/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1455555613&sr=8-1&keywords=ashley+raymer-brown

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: