HEADLINES Published April6, 2015 By Bernadette Strong

Candice Bergen Writes that She Has Gotten “Fat”

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Candice Bergen's new memoir mentions her weight gain in passing, but that is getting all the attention.
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Candice Bergen is a celebrated actress, a noted photographer, a fashion model, and a very skilled writer. Her new memoir, A Fine Romance, is about her relationships with her first husband, famed director Louis Malle, with her daughter Chloe, and with her second husband, developed Marshall Rose and about starring in the iconic sitcom Murphy Brown. But all the talk about her latest memoir is about the one chapter in which she mentions that she has gained 30 pounds and loves to eat.

The chapter notes that she loves to eat, rather than eats to live and that no carb or fat is safe from her. Admittedly, not many actresses are willing to write about their weight, but the attention on the one chapter has surprised Bergen, 69.

"I am not going to be the patron saint of overeaters, let me tell you," she said in an interview with the New York Times.

The commotion about her weight has taken some of the attention away from what is her second well-received memoir. She was hailed for her first memoir, Knock Wood, written in 1984, about her relationship with her father, Edgar Bergen, a famed comedian and ventriloquist. The title refers to the fact that, as a child of Hollywood, she had often been referred to as the little sister of her father's famed wooden partner, Charlie McCarthy.

The noise about the one chapter is also obscuring the fact that Bergen is still exquisitely beautiful and could probably do another cover for Vogue magazine easily. She was a cover model for Vogue before she started on her acting career.

Bergen won an Emmy award for lead actress five times in the 10 years that Murphy Brown was being made and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2010. She also has starred on Boston Legal, Sex and the City, and on Broadway.  

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