Monday, April 6, 2015

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

Candice Bergen in Manhattan last week when she discussed her new memoir, “A Fine Romance,” which focuses on the past 35 years of her life. Credit Damon Winter/The New York Times

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.
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.

Ms. Bergen, who will turn 69 on May 9, is O.K., more or less, with the 30 pounds she has gained above her fighting weight as a professional beauty.

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