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OTRC: Candice Bergen, 65, confirms 2006 stroke ... 5 years later

Candice Bergen appears as Arlene Cuddy on an episode of the FOX series 'House' in 2011. (FOX)

Candice Bergen, known for her roles in the shows "Murphy Brown," "Boston Legal" and most recently, "House M.D.," has revealed that she did suffer a 2006 stroke, an ailment she had denied at the time.

Reports about the health scare surfaced online in September of that year. TMZ had quoted her publicist as saying that Bergen was hospitalized for several days after suffering from high blood pressure. The actress, who is now 65, confirmed to New York Magazine in a recent interview that she did suffer a minor stroke in the fall of 2006, the year she played Shirley Schmidt on the ABC series "Boston Legal," and explained why she denied it happened.

"I just don't want it to be a liability," she told the magazine, adding that she missed two weeks of shooting on the legal sitcom. She said that nowadays, her memory is "not quite the same."

Bergen is currently starring in a Broadway revival of Gore Vidal's play "The Best Man." She portrays Alice Russell, the neglected wife of a politician, and is set to perform in the show until the beginning of July. It also stars James Earl Jones, John Larroquette, Eric McCormack, Angela Lansbury, Kerry Butler and Michael McKean.

Bergen first appeared on Broadway in 1984, when she starred in the play "Hurlyburly." The actress, a native of Southern California, made her on-screen acting debut in 1966 with "The Group," a box office flop, and "The Sand Pebbles," which starred Steve McQueen and was nominated for eight Oscars, although none for her. The actress earned her first and only Academy Award nomination for the 1979 movie "Starting Over."

She also appeared in movies such as "Carnal Knowledge," "The Wind and the Lion" and Gandhi" before nabbing her breakout television title role on "Murphy Brown." The actress played a feisty TV personality on the series, which aired on CBS between 1988 and 1998. She earned five Emmys for her role and was nominated for two more. She also received two nods for her performances in "Boston Legal," which ended its five-season run in 2008.

Bergen's most recent role came in 2011. She on several episodes of the FOX medical drama "House M.D.," playing Arlene, the outspoken mother of Dr. Lisa Cuddy (pictured, above). Lisa Edelstein, the actress who played her, left the series last spring. "House M.D." was canceled in February after eight seasons.

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