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Polly Bergen, 'Cape Fear' Actress, Dies at 84

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Actress Polly Bergen of the film 'Struck by Lightning' visits the Tribeca Film Festival 2012 portrait studio at the Cadillac Tribeca Press Lounge on April 21, 2012 in New York City.Larry Busacca / Getty Images file

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Actress Polly Bergen, who's best known for her role in the original "Cape Fear" opposite Gregory Peck, died at her home in Connecticut on Saturday. She was 84.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary actress, friend and client, Polly Bergen. She died peacefully at her home in Southbury, Conn. this morning at 11:10 a.m., surrounded by her family, long-time manager, Jan McCormack and close friends,” her publicist, Judy Katz, said in a statement.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 for her role as Helen Morgan on the 1950s anthology series "Playhouse 90." She was a regular in TV movies and miniseries in the 1980s, most notably in the 1983 epic "The Winds of War" and the 1988 sequel, "War and Remembrance," for which she was nominated for a best supporting actress Emmy in 1989. She was also the star of her own short-lived NBC variety series "The Polly Bergen Show," which ran from 1957 to 1958.

She starred opposite Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in her first movie, "At War With the Army." She later joined them in two more comedies, "That's My Boy" and "The Stooge."

Bergen was cast as the first female U.S. president in 1964's "Kisses for My President." Among her other films was "Move Over, Darling" (1963) with Doris Day and James Garner, Susan Seidelman's 1987 "Making Mr. Right," and John Waters' 1990 "Cry-Baby," with Johnny Depp. Most recently, she played Felicity Huffman's mother on "Desperate Housewives" and the mistress of Tony Soprano's late father on "The Sopranos."

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 Actress Polly Bergen and actor James Garner go through a scene during the filming of “Move Over, Darling,” in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, on July 18, 1963. David Brinn / AP, file

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