A Fine Romance

A Fine Romance

Book - 2015
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In the follow-up to Knock Wood -her bestselling "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 soulmate. 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. Readers who pull up a chair will feel like they've just made a best friend.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780684808277
Characteristics: x, 350 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates :,illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour) ;,24 cm.


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May 11, 2019

A candid, well-written show business memoir. I was sorry to be finished with this one; by the end, I felt like Candice was a friend. Interesting to me how her two marriages were very different (she and her first husband spent much time apart, while her second husband wants to spend every minute together) yet she has managed to make both of them work.

Aug 05, 2018

I really enjoyed reading about Candice Bergens life. I had a smile on my face often as I was reading. Interesting life in Hollywood, yet quite an interesting personal life as well.

Jun 09, 2017

I found it a bit indulgent, but I was very moved by her brief chapter on her mother's death.

Aug 18, 2016

Very good read. Reading about her husband's is very interesting. Taking care of a loved one in pain is hard. I really liked how she wrote about.

Dec 12, 2015

A heartfelt tribute to Candice Bergen's two husbands: director Louis Malle and philanthropist Marshall Rose. Also goes into detail about the Dan Quayle controversy - her viewpoint as the actress playing the role of the single mother is itself worth reading, It's not that common to see an actor go from the movies to TV to Broadway, in that order ... but Bergen seems to have done that quite well.

rufus_red4 Aug 22, 2015

Candice Bergen is at her self deprecating best in this her follow up memoir to the extraordinary Knock Wood. Though I started to trail off a bit as she begins the dating process, and eventual marriage , with the second love of her life, the book regained my interest at the conclusion. She credits someone for putting this book together after a 4 year process and if I have any criticism, it's that I felt she started to repeat herself somewhat. Nonetheless, she's an insightful and brutally honest writer in her recollections and observations. An entertaining read.

JMFlaherty Jul 16, 2015

I think Candace really does have a lot of Murphy Brown in her.
She's a wonderful writer and her memoir was interesting, informative and fun to read, even tho I couldn't relate to hardly a thing in her life. She has a gift within this book: she can be hilariously funny and make you laugh out loud at 3 o'clock in the morning. :)

Jun 18, 2015

A great read. Very informative and funny. Candace is a good writer. Was surprised to hear her life was so sad and disappointing throughout but funny was always weaved through it. Loved reading about her place in France with her first husband Louis. I related with her with the tragic health of her husband. I enjoyed the book so much will read the first book Knock on Wood.

May 23, 2015

Candid memoir about the actress's life after meeting and marrying film director Louis Malle.

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