Bergen, Edgar

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Bergen, Edgar Gender: M
Edgar John Bergen
born on 16 February 1903 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Chicago, Illinois, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 26°38' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 24°29 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 28°29'

Edgar Bergen


American ventriloquist who studied a 25-cent books on ventriloquism while in high school, and then paid a carpenter $35 to carve the head of his first dummy, Charlie McCarthy. He went on to vaudeville, radio, nightclubs, film and TV with his beloved characters, rated Number One in every radio popularity poll of his day. Within one year of his radio debut, he was making $6,000 a week from radio, $75,000 a year from movies, and $100,000 a year from dolls and paraphernalia. Much of his money went into Hollywood real estate.

Born to Swedish immigrant parents, he began to show off his dummy by entertaining at Saturday matinees at the theater where he worked as an after-school usher. After college, he found work easily with his unique act, not only in the U.S. but in the UK and Sweden, playing in his native language. Vaudeville was no longer current, so he adapted his act to nightclubs in the U.S. By 1937, he was a permanent radio star.

In 1939, Bergen added another dummy to his act, Mortimer Snerd, and later added Effie, a sort of hip old maid.

He lived a quiet private life with his mom until her death in1945. That year he married Frances Westerman, a former model. Their daughter Candice was born in 1946 and son Kris Edgar in 1961.

Bergen died of a heart attack on 9/30/1978, Las Vegas, NV.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Relationship : Marriage 1945 (Frances Westerman)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1946 (Daughter Candice born)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1961 (Son Kris Edgar born)

Source Notes

Sabian Symbols No.91


  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Heart (Terminal attack)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (One, lasting)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Daughter Candice)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Invest/ Property (Real estate)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (TV, film, vaudeville, night clubs and radio)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy (Ventriloquist)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Occult/ Misc. Collection