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'Cape Fear' actress Polly Bergen is dead

Los Angeles: Emmy-award winning 84-year-old actress and singer Polly Bergen, still remembered for playing the terrorised wife in the original 'Cape Fear', has died, according to her publicist.

Polly Bergen. Pic/AFP
Polly Bergen. Pic/AFP 

Bergen died Saturday from natural causes at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, surrounded by family and close friends, said publicist Judy Katz, reports people.com.

A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals and TV dramas.

She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panellist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.

In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman's mother on 'Desperate Housewives' and the past mistress of Tony Soprano's late father on 'The Sopranos'.

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