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A Fine Romance
A Fine Romance | Candice Bergen
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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.
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SleepyDragon
A Fine Romance | Candice Bergen
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ (3.5)

I read this for the part on Murphy Brown, and that was very satisfying. Other parts about her personal life got a little boring, but it's worth it for the name dropping. I did wish for a bit more dirt on Shatner, but I guess she's too classy for that. Bergen is quirky/eccentric, but this isn't the best autobio I've ever read.

#MountTBR2019 #MurphyBrown #autobiography

My review on GR: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2351573789

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Regarding when Quayle admonished Murphy and the show for “glamorizing“ single motherhood, Diane English said,
“If the vice president thinks it's disgraceful for an unmarried woman to bear a child, and he believes that a woman cannot adequately raise a child without a father, then he'd better make sure abortion remains safe and legal.“

Suet624 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 7mo
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"There was not an ounce of submission, not a drop of passivity, no suggestion of shrivel."

??? This. I never wanted to be a journalist or investigative reporter, but I did want to be Murphy, deeply passionate with as many convictions as flaws. At the end of the pilot, she sings along with Aretha's "Natural Woman", as passionate as she was off key. I loved that.

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NovelGirl82 I loved Murphy!! I aspired to be that type of woman. 7mo
SleepyDragon @NovelGirl82 I was 12 when the series premiered, and used to watch it with my parents. I was at the age when a kid is just starting to figure out who they want to be. I also wanted to be Julia Sugarbaker on "Designing Women," but ended up more like Mary Jo. Lol 7mo
NovelGirl82 Yes! We loved Designing Women, too. Julia, Murphy, & Dorothy from Golden Girls were the TV women that I looked up to. 7mo
SleepyDragon @NovelGirl82 I also liked the way that Corky became Murphy-like in her own way by the end of the series, and consequently in the relaunch this past year. There's a scene in the season finale in which she corners Mike Pence in the men's room to ask him questions and gets carried out by Secret Service. I think it illustrates how you can be a feminine feminist, and Faith Ford shines in this capacity. 7mo
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SleepyDragon
A Fine Romance | Candice Bergen
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I'm finally at the section I am most anxious to read, and the real reason I bought the book! Yay!

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A Fine Romance | Candice Bergen

[While at an elegant ball surrounded by sophisticated French Aristocracy]
I farted discreetly under my magnificent gown. It was my secret.

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A Fine Romance | Candice Bergen

A friend told me, "May your daughter bring you all the joy you brought your mother." Was that a blessing or a curse?

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I have little in common with Candice Bergen, but we both waited till our 30s to get married and start a family. Though I was under 35 when my first came along, I was "elderly primigravida" or of "advanced maternal age" (AMA) when the twins were conceived. I can really identify with this part of her story, even though she went through it decades earlier and in a different social (and economic) climate.

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SleepyDragon
A Fine Romance | Candice Bergen
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Growing up, Murphy Brown, the original #NastyWoman, was one of my idols. I was so excited that they revised the show to comment on the trump presidency and the lunacy of the gop, and I watched and enjoyed every episode. This is her second memoir, a Dollar Tree find, and I started it yesterday instead of working on reviews and stats for April. I'll get to that, eventually.

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Broke my no book buying rule when I came across these two at Dollar Tree this morning. I'm interested in the memoir because Bergen talks about "Murphy Brown" in it. I loved that show and wish they would reboot it in today's climate. The other looked interesting for a middle school book, and I want to read more stuff set in a circus/sideshow type environment. Either way, at a dollar a piece, you can't really lose.