Emmy Winner Polly Bergen Dead at 84 Appeared in Cape Fear , Desperate Housewives By Matt Cantor, Newser User Posted Sep 20, 2014 5:30 PM CDT 9 comments Comments In this April 15, 1958, file photo, writer Carl Reiner and actress Polly Bergen pose with their statuettes at the Emmy Awards presentations in New York. (AP Photo/File) (Newser) – Actress and singer Polly Bergen, known for roles in productions ranging from Cape Fear to Desperate Housewives, has died at 84 of natural causes, reports say. Bergen won an Emmy for her role as Helen Morgan in the series Playhouse 90 in the late 1950s, the AP reports. She also appeared on Broadway, earning a Tony nomination in a revival of Follies in 2001, the New York Times reports. She penned three advice books, the AP notes, and she made millions through a cosmetics company she headed. "All I ever wanted to be was a star. I didn't want to be a singer. I didn't want to be an actress. I wanted to be a star," she said in 2001.