‘I’m clearly in need!’ Candice Bergen jokes she ‘doesn’t care enough’ to have …

6 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

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.

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. 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. 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. 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.

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. 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 were taking care of him while you were doing “Murphy Brown.” Were you surprised when the “Murphy Brown” pregnancy was turned into a political hot potato in 1992 by Vice President Dan Quayle, who said that Murphy opting for single motherhood was “ignoring the importance of fathers”?

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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