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Actress Candice Bergen Speaks About Her Date With Trump (Photo)

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Actress Candice Bergen wore a "Free Melania" sweater on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" and opened up about the time she went on a date with President Donald Trump in the 1960s.

Bergen, best known for her role as a journalist in the decade-long series "Murphy Brown," spoke to host Andy Cohen to promote her new film, "Home Again," which costars Reese Witherspoon.

Wearing a blue sweater with a cursive inscription reading "Free Melania," Bergen recounted a blind date she went on with Trump back when the two were both students at the University of Pennsylvania. 

She said that she was 18 when Trump called her in her dorm room and asked if she'd like to go on a date, according to the Daily Mail. Bergen agreed and Trump picked her up in a limousine.

"He was wearing a burgundy three piece suit, with burgundy patent leather boots, and he was in a burgundy limousine," she recalled.

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The date reportedly didn't go so well, and Bergen said that she left early.

When Cohen asked if she and Trump kissed, Bergen said that "there was no physical contact, whatsoever."

Bergen was both the Homecoming Queen and Miss University at Penn, and she caught Trump's eye.

"She was so beautiful," Trump said of Bergen in a 2015 interview, according to the New York Daily News. "She was dating guys from Paris, France, who were 35 years old, the whole thing.

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"I did make the move. And I must say she had the good sense to say, 'Absolutely not.'"

Bergen eventually dropped out of Penn after two years, having failed an art and opera class. From 1980 to 1985, she was married French director Louis Malle. She later married her current husband of 17 years, philanthropist and real estate developer Marshall Rose, the Mail reports.

Bergen has been a longtime supporter of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, campaigning for her ever since Clinton first ran for the U.S. Senate in 1999. 

Although the actress never liked Trump, she does admit that he was attractive.

"He was a good looking guy and a douche," she said.

Cohen responded to her story, in jest: "She wears this 'Free Melania' shirt with some authority here."

The phrase "Free Melania" became an internet meme shortly after the inauguration. Many thought that the soon-to-be president largely ignored his wife for the entire ceremony, with some speculating that the first lady looked uncomfortable and felt trapped in her marriage. 

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Instagram via Daily Mail, via Wikimedia Commons

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