In the follow-up to Knock Wood - her best-selling "engaging, intelligent, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography" (The New York Times) - Candice Bergen shares the big events: her marriage to a famous French director, the birth of her daughter, Murphy Brown, widowhood, falling in love again, and watching her daughter blossom.
A Fine Romance begins with Bergen's charming first husband, French director Louis Malle, whose huge appetite for life broadened her horizons and whose occasional darkness never diminished their love for each other. But her real romance begins when she discovers overpowering love for her daughter after years of ambivalence about motherhood. As Chloe grows up, Bergen finds her comic genius in the biggest TV role of the '80s, Murphy Brown, and makes unwanted headlines when Dan Quayle pulls her into the 1992 presidential campaign.
Fifteen years into their marriage, Malle is diagnosed with cancer, and Candice is unflinching in describing her and Chloe's despair over his death. But after years of widowhood, she feels the sweet shock of finding a different kind of soul mate. Candice takes us through the first years of her new marriage and shares the bittersweetness of watching Chloe leave home and flourish - and the comedy of a losing battle against those damn wrinkles and extra pounds.
A natural writer, Candice is hilarious, brutally honest, down to earth, and wise. She may be a beautiful Hollywood actress with a charmed life, but Candice is someone who can talk frankly about extraordinary events. Listeners will feel like they've just made a best friend.
©2015 Candice Bergen (P)2015 Simon & Schuster
There seemed to be a lot of complaints about Candace reading her story. I normally listen to books at1.25x's and on this book I upped it to 1.5 x's and it improved the listening pleasure ten-fold!!
Clearly written with love and appreciation for her daughter, Chloe Malle. Redefining one's self as age and appearance changes, Candy is honest about the pitfalls of feeling less relevant. Her candor and wit are her saving grace as she navigates this stage in life.
Excellent and selfless demonstration of a mothers' s love.... The greatest love between a parent and child, Bergen's love for Louis Malle, Murphy Brown, broadway, Marshall rose.... She takes us through her journey and she is appreciative, every step of the way, for her good fortune!
I enjoyed this immensely. Candice Bergen writes with s very heartwarming and open style. Highly recommended! I enjoyed her wit and candor.
I enjoyed this book that felt honest and direct in recounting Candice Bergen's experiences and feelings. Well worth the time and well read by the author.
Loved that the author was reading the book. It felt like she was telling me her story over a cup of tea. Bravo Ms. Bergen!
One of the finest!!! Hearing the author read her own autobiography is an tremendous added dimension over just reading the book. It is especially terrific when the author is a great writer and marvelous actress.
I am a fanatical watcher of "Murphy Brown" on the Encore channel. I daily watch 2 or 3 episodes. I was busy going to college and taking care of my mother in the late eighties and and through the nineties so I missed seeing it when it first ran. I enjoyed Candice explaining how the series was shot and her life during that period making the popular series.
My birthday is May 9 the same as Candice 's birthday I was born in 1948, two years after Candice was born but the same year Murphy was supposedly born. All the episodes she mentioned of Murphy Brown are fresh in my memory. All her celebrity friends she names are known to me. I just saw two of her movies on TCM. She is easy to relate to because she describes her experiences with total honestly. We are all in the ups and downs and the in and outs of her incredible life. Thank you, Candice!!!
I was eagerly anticipating April 7th when the audiobook came out. I started it that day yesterday and just finished.it. I enjoyed it immensely!!
Candice has lead a fascinating life. Her ability to be so open and to remember in such detail is remarkable. I think the reason she is so good at writing is because she has kept a journal throughout her life She is so in touch with her feelings and so willing to share them.
I found the stories themselves mostly interesting. But Ms. Bergen's reading leaves something to be desired. I just saw her on Today and she was so animated. But her read mostly sounded like she was in some sort of fog. Disappointing. I just wish her reading was as compelling as the stories themselves.
An Anjelica Huston memoir.
What a tiresome voice -- strained, like an old-time British broadcaster whose cadence drops at the end of every sentence.
These are not "characters" -- they're real people.
I don't know if Ms. Bergen realizes how truly uninspiring and vacuous her life has been. I had to forward some chapters, due to her insistence at describing tiny details ad nauseum, like what they served for breakfast, fashions she wore, and how important her life has been. It struck me as self-aggrandizing, name-dropping nonsense. She never delved into her childhood and competition with her father's dummy. It's just a recital of a very privileged life, including her obsession with her daughter, Chloe, who always strove for her mother's attention, and was even jealous of her father's presence in her mother's life, which wasn't very frequent. I don't know why this book is named "A Fine Romance" since it has very little of her relationship with husband Louis Malle. His eventual death is even a relief to her who felt put upon that he came home from France to die. This epitomizes her lack of empathy and leads me to believe that she is more like Murphy Brown than she would admit. In her mind, she's a legend and a gift to liberated women everywhere. When in essence, she is just an actress who played a part on television, made a fortune, and constantly had people taking care of her. Candice Bergen doesn't know how real people truly live and love.
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I have a long and intimate acquaintance with Candice Bergen ... she might not know it, but she and I have been in lock-step since she was 19 and I was 17. In a way I've always looked to her for a blueprint of how to be classy, tuned in and, most of all, funny. While talking about her Murphy Brown years, she is quite modest when talking about how the lines were written for her and she only read them, but in my mind she did more than that ... she inhabited them, brought them to life and made them so real that they touched me right where I live.
And now she gives the gift of this book ... I'm not going to say it's perfect. She is not a born narrator ... from interviews she's done, I think she's better in a dialogue than a monologue ... but she is never less than honest, intimate and funny. Thank you, Candy, and God bless you ... you're every intelligent, thoughtful, engaged woman's blueprint.
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