Candice Bergen on Love, ‘Murphy Brown’ and an Affinity for Food

6 Apr 2015 | Author: | One comment »

Candice Bergen offers a second memoir, ‘A Fine Romance’.

“Maybe it’s shocking for an actor to admit to being overweight,” said Candice Bergen about the tabloid response to “A Fine Romance,” her new memoir, in which she writes that she’s fat — and doesn’t really care. The 68-year-old Emmy Award-winning daughter of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen discusses with candor, humor and poignancy her unconventional marriage to the late French film director Louis Malle, becoming a mother at age 39 to daughter Chloe, finding success on the 1988-98 CBS sitcom “Murphy Brown,” losing Malle to cancer and then finding love and marriage again with New York real-estate developer Marshall Rose. What perplexes her is that out of 350 pages, it is Chapter 30 — a sort of glib afterthought about her affinity for food (“I live to eat,” she writes. “No carb is safe — no fat either.”) and ambivalence toward Hollywood beauty standards — that has gotten the most attention.

Along the way, she deals with Chloe leaving the nest — her daughter is now the social editor for Vogue — and the vagaries of growing older, including suffering a stroke in 2006. But “I am not going to be the patron saint of overeaters, let me tell you,” she nearly roared, glowing from her morning workout as the noon sun beamed into her airy former duplex — now her daughter’s — at the Gainsborough Studios on Central Park South on Thursday. “I draw the line.” Ms. And on April 21, Bergen and “Murphy Brown” creator Diane English will be reuniting for a Writers Bloc discussion at the New Roads School in Santa Monica. Bergen, who brought her heady blend of California warmth and Scandinavian cool to Sidney Lumet’s “The Group” and Mike Nichols’s “Carnal Knowledge,” married Mr. None of this ‘eat to live’ stuff for me.” It was something that I didn’t want to do for the reason that I didn’t want to open up a lot of things about my late husband that I knew would be very painful to go into and relive.

I thought if I am going to write another memoir, I think the only antidote to the narcissism of it is that you are as honest as you are capable of being. Two weeks after that, on March 17 — the day they considered their anniversary — they went to see “Manon Lescaut,” Puccini’s tale of a fatal beauty torn between love and money, at the Metropolitan Opera. “It moved very quickly; we were older,” Ms. She was 34 and he was 47 when they exchanged their vows. “And I had sort of given up finding anybody I wanted to marry, so when you make a connection at that point, you move on it.” For the next five years, the couple divided their time among New York, France and movie locations, devouring opera houses, museums, cloisters and cathedrals in what Ms. I also think that it should in a way be required homework for people, because you are excavating your life and sort of examining it and taking responsibility. Bergen called “cultural clinics.” “A lot of people think I wrote it for her because it fit so well, but that actually wasn’t the case,” Diane English, the creator of “Murphy Brown,” said by telephone from Los Angeles on Friday. “She wasn’t on any list of actresses for the part.

English flew to New York and was met by a kindred spirit wearing the same outfit, lipstick and even perfume. “I pulled out the list of potential actresses and said, ‘I want you to point to one name who would be better than Candice Bergen,’ ” Ms. Then Vice President Dan Quayle, in a 1992 speech, castigated Murphy’s decision to become a single mother in her 40s as irresponsible and blamed her for mocking the importance of fathers — landing Murphy in the headlines, and leaving Ms. I think it is very hard to have it all and what paid the price was my marriage. “Murphy Brown” was not only a job with a salary, but it was a fixed job. She did, however, feel strongly that Murphy not make it look easy. “It’s like, ‘You can have it all,’ ” she said. “Well, you can’t quite. When they were writing the scripts for Murphy, I fought tooth and nail that she not look like someone whose child was second priority to her career.” In November 1995, Mr.

I remember seeing you and Louis at an opening night at a play in Los Angeles, and it was lovely just seeing how in sync you were as a couple and how you looked at each other. You are going to send a message that can be very dangerous to young women who don’t know better and who don’t have the advantages and means of your target audience.” Of course, I thought he was exaggerating, but he was right as usual.

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