12/19/2012 09:02 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Candice Bergen Dresses For Her Dream Job (PHOTO)

Candice Bergen is best known for her roles as a journalist in both "Murphy Brown" and "Gandhi," which is no happy coincidence. The journalist she played in "Gandhi," Margaret Bourke White, was a personal hero of Bergen's. When she accepted the role she still hoped to one day become a photojournalist herself.

Bergen fell in love with the field while she was studying at the University of Pennsylvania. It was at the same time that her modeling career in New York took off. Her first purchase with her hard earned money was a Nikon camera, of course. She carried it everywhere, and later even chose parts in movies based on their filming locations -- the more interesting to photograph the more likely she was to accept the role. When traveling, she listed her occupation as "photojournalist" on her passport.

Although she eventually decided to pursue acting wholeheartedly, that didn't stop her from wearing her favorite accessory: a camera. In this 1969 photograph Bergen strolls on the beach in a classic winter look, with not one, but two cameras. She also sports a gorgeous (and cozy-looking) shearling coat and a cream turtleneck that she manages to make look cool. The definition of effortless chic, Bergen left her hair down and went makeup-free for the photo.

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