A Fine Romance - Candice Bergen

A Fine Romance

By Candice Bergen

  • Release Date: 2015-04-07
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
4 Score: 4 (From 82 Ratings)
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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.


  • Tedious

    By Thecrablet
    I purchased the audio book and was excited to hear Candace was the narrator and she is swell at it. I knew this was dangerous territory and knowingly going into it would be listening to an account of her marriage and likely the manifestation of her late life daughter. By chapter seven I already felt I had heard this story seven times and frankly I am bored. Skipped to further chapters to see if there was any improvement but at a point I couldn't give it the time of day. Disappointed but really what can you expect from such an account?
  • Not a great read

    By Gmblackcar
    Enjoyed the first half, but after a while the constant name-dropping became annoying. Her sharing of Louis Malle's letters was endearing, but the chapters on her daughter were not. I began skipping pages, then chapters. Not worth the time.
  • Great read!

    By moosmom75
    If you loved her first book, as I did you wi love this one!
  • Great Story

    By Polishmarinade
    Was so excited to read about her life. Read this on my vacation travels and kept me entertained from beginning to end as read on the Caribbean beaches.Highly recommend.
  • A Fine Romance

    By G3nana
    What a fantastic book!! I laughed, cried, and laughed some more. Beautifully written, and very relatable. I couldn't put the book down. I am going to give it to my mother for her birthday next week, she'll love it.
  • I enjoyed it despite itself

    By asapr212
    I grew up watching Murphy; I was excited to learn more about Ms. Bergen's life in that time. The stories were great but the editing was AWFUL. Repetitious, fractured and probably a third longer than necessary - I really can't believe the publisher let the book out in this condition. That said - when her voice came through it was a good story.
  • A Fine Romance

    By Maddie'sgrandma
    Totally loved this book! Will read "Knockwood" next. 👍📚😊
  • A Fine Romance

    By Ruthie 1947
    Wonderful book!!! I laughed and cried all the way through...highly recommended