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A Fine Romance

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  2,329 ratings  ·  356 reviews
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
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Simon Schuster
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Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, reviews
God, I love Candice Bergen. I watched Murphy Brown religiously when I was a kid and she has become a symbol of the kind of woman I want to be. I was too young to know her from anything else so she will always be Murphy for me. Candice Bergen is truly a gifted writer, and it's not difficult to see where her daughter's talent for words comes from. Despite her many accomplishments Candice is surprisingly down-to-earth. I have developed an insane friend crush on her and I deeply identified with her. ...more
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
A very odd book, that needed massive editing. The first part of this autobiography was excellent, a full 4 Star novel. This section was honest & funny. The second part of the book was disjointed & vague to the point of being uncomfortable to read. The final 10% of the book was just a hot mess.
Cynthia Dunn
Apr 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This should have been titled "Love Letter to Chloe." Much too much about her daughter; how amazing she is, how smart and beautiful, how much she adores her, and on and on. And loads of namedropping. I loved "Knock Wood" but I thought this was just not as good. She is very honest about her own faults. I have to give her that.
May 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bio-show-biz
A disappointment.

Read her first book, even just a chapter or two of it, and then read some of this one. They are overtly not by the same woman. The first is intelligent, thoughtful, amusing, lyrical, humble, interesting.... The second is a crotchety, self-centered woman speaking in plain, even bald, English. It's apparent from the afterward of the second that she used a ghostwriter. Was the ghost to blame or has the woman herself changed? A little of both I think.

I did not want to know that she
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
I would give this book a 4.5.I have been a fan of Candice Bergen for a long time. I read her first book "Knock Wood" years ago. A Fine Romance picks up after Knock Wood. She spends a lot of the book discussing the three loves of her life. Her first husband Louis Malle, Her daughter Chloe, the child she had with Louis Malle, and her second husband Marshall Rose.
She is very candid about her life. I like that she did not paint herself as "flawless".She writes about the fifteen years she was marri
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Dear book club,

I'll never forgive you for forcing me to read this overly braggy and terribly written book.


Andrea Sue
Lois R. Gross
Nov 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I must admit that I cast aside another review book that I actually get paid for to read the sequel to Ms. Bergen's earlier memoir, "Knock Wood." I was rewarded with a surprisingly chatty, sometimes uncomfortably revealing book about someone who has always seemed to have it all but reveals a life with flaws, albeit high class flaws. This book charts her unconventional marriage to French film director, Louis Malle; her unexpected and late arrival at motherhood; the death of her husband; and her re ...more
Elly Sands
Apr 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
A candid look at "Candy". Yes, I've always been an admirer and more so now. She doesn't leave much unsaid about her marriages to Louis and Marshall and most of all her love for her daughter Chloe. Candice comes off a bit like Murphy Brown, a smart ass, sharp with edges, cranky, but also very cozy, personable and someone you would enjoy as a friend. She admits to her privileged life but it wasn't without challenges. I loved her openness, sometimes startling honesty, her dry sense of humor and of ...more
Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Fine Romance" is a funny, frank, warm memoir of Candice Bergen's life that picks up where her first memoir, "Knock Wood," left off. It chronicles her marriages to director Louis Malle and businessman Marshall Rose, her relationship with her daughter, her acclaimed TV run as "Murphy Brown," and her experiences (and insights) about aging.

Bergen is a good storyteller with a self-deprecating style and a keen sense of irony. Her humor (especially about herself) and the fact that she pulls no punc
Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored this book! I listened to the audiobook and what a treat to have Candace narrate it! I am a fan and was just thrilled to listen to her anecdotes, lessons learned, stories on career and relationships. She is inspiring. The book starts around age 39, and her relationship with her daughter takes centre stage, I think, but there is also lots of time spent on Murphy Brown, her stint on Broadway while in her 60s, her first and second marriages, and lots of other goodies. My only cri ...more
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Let me be frank...I'm not a fan of Candice Bergen, didn't watch Murphy Brown, and am not familiar with her work, except for Boston Legal and Miss Congeniality. Just wasn't my cup of tea, and I'm on the back side of my mid-50s. So, having not been familiar with Knock Wood (or even curious about it), I had no expectations of this book or its author.

Having said that, I was kind of taken aback by the first several chapters of the book and all the travel, parties, etc, that were described. This was a
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Susanne by: read about it in NYTimes
I thought Bergen's new memoir was just ok. The only word I can think of is breezy, and "diary-like".
eSome memoirs are impactful, or excellent reads or a few, like Alan Cumming's recent book, give me a true insight into the person. I just didn't feel that with this book. It felt chronological or reportorial. I think highly of the work Bergen did in "Murphy Brown"; I learned tht she dealt with tough challenges in her personal life at that same time. I admired that. I guess I couldn't believe that
Judy Bart
May 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
really 4 1/2 stars. This was so much fun, like talking to a girlfriend- one who lives an exciting, glamorous life yet one who remains candid, witty and self-effacing. I was surprised at how honest she was about her husbands. Louis Malle seemed to be a handful, yet she loved him dearly, and her new husband sounds wonderfully enamored with her, but also somewhat controlling. This is a quick delightful book that makes you long for more. A definite recommendation.
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
An easy, enjoyable read. I was, at first, a little put off by all the name dropping. I then realized it was Ms. Bergen's way of thanking people for being there for her during the ups and downs of her life.
Pat Empson
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read! Moves along quickly but has lots of insight into her life, marriages and daughter. I enjoyed it very much. She is someone I would like to know personally.
W. Whalin
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard the audio version of this memoir and enjoyed it. The entire book is well told and interesting. If you like memoir, I recommend A FINE ROMANCE.
Jan 04, 2016 rated it liked it
January 2016 so far is a foray into biographical (real & imagined) and autobiographical explorations. All five titles i've read have put me in an eerie yet comfy little feathered nest of making new friends.

Take Candice, for example. A titan role-model for me in my formative years (1970s), I forgave the fact she couldn't act and just liked her for being so natural, so unpretentious. Then came Murphy Brown in the 1980s, and even though I was in Canada by then and the show wasn't airing there,
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Sandwiched between the slow beginning and the abrupt, anti-climatic ending I discovered lots I did not know about Candice Bergin. Not being a Hollywood star follower, many of the show biz names she dropped were lost on me. I'd forgotten that Candice Bergen played Murphy Brown for seven years. I enjoyed that show when it aired in the late 80's - early 90's. Great, edgy writing. Nice surprise.
This autobiography does not start at her beginning. Evidently Ms. Bergin wrote an earlier autobiography, K
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Actually I would rate this book 4.5 stars. It's pace is quick, it's interesting, especially if you're a fan, and well presented. Even though I thought I knew a decent amount about Candice Bergen, she really lets us into her private life and emotions much more than I expected. And just the right amount too.
No boring details that go on and on. That's just not her. Even though she's said many times that she's not really like the character that made her much more famous, "Murphy Brown," I still thi
Sharon Enright
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bio-autobio
While Candice Bergen is not a fine writer, she does tell an entertaining story. And for women of a certain age, she brings up many memories. This is her second autobiography--the first--KnockWood (I think that was the name) I read years ago. It focuses on her early life and her rather strange upbringing.

This book begins with the birth of her daughter Chloe, a great way to capture the reader. But then it goes backward in time and covers her meeting and eventual marriage to Louis Malle. She talks
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Review by Susan Williams

In this, her second memoir, Candice Bergen shares experiences from about the age of 34. This includes details of her marriage to the French director, Louis Malle, which ended in his untimely death. She also shares intimate anecdotes of her award-winning TV show, Murphy Brown and the birth of her daughter Chloe. Finally she describes her marriage to billionaire Marshall Rose, to whom she’s been married since 2000. A Fine Romance is a tender look at the great loves of Berge
Nancy Reynolds
Mar 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
A strange, oddly disjointed book that was amusing and interesting at times and almost hard to read at other times. I almost wonder if it wasn't actually written by multiple writers as certain parts of the book just didn't have the same feel as other parts.
Overall, it was a fairly interesting read. Though I am not really familiar with Candice Bergen or her work, she's not quite the person I thought she'd be, but that's not a bad thing. Come to think about it, I'm not really sure what kind of pers
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was rather disappointing. Many have cited Ms Bergen's adoration of Chloe...that did not bother me. I am glad that she adores her daughter. The negativity in the book is what bothered me. As much as she loved her first husband, he seemed very apathetic regarding his role as father and husband. There seems to be somewhat of a disconnect in her second marriage as well. I did laugh out loud when she described having gained weight and having hair that seems to belong to someone else! That i ...more
Nancy Rossman
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a true peek into the life of privilege. Very open in the telling but really a lot of "lists" of everyone famous in the world described in detail as to the major birthdays, weddings, funerals, and the like. Way, WAY too much of that. In fact, all I could think of while wading through what could be considered bragging rights was JoAnne Woodward's famous quote, "Never envy the life of a celebrity. There is more joy and happiness in an ordinary life."

Amen. And Candice couldn't be more more m
Christine Grant
Not a great book. I spent a good portion of the summer trying to finish this book. I tried it in print and then on audio. I had better luck with audio, though I literally fell asleep listening to it one afternoon at the pool. I didn't understand the title as Bergen painted both her first and second marriage as less than ideal. Her first husband was selfish and remote, and her second controlling. My problem with the book might stem from my misperception of who Bergen is as a person. I assumed tha ...more
Joan Eppehimer
Long, long, long

This was a well written book. If you really like Candice (how do you spell that last name?) Bergman, then you will probably love it. Otherwise, you may find it loaded with details and stories you are not really interested in - and you may skip whole chapters. What I enjoyed were glimpses into a person whose life was so different from mine. I particularly enjoyed reading about Marsh, her second husband, and the relationship he forged not only with Candice, but with her daughter. T
martha Boyle
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Can I relate to Candice's Bergen's ultra privileged life of beauty, wealth, adoration and glamour? Heck no and that's the treat of reading a movie star's autobiography. I remembered reading her first book, Knock Wood, many years ago and thought then that she was a talented writer with a good story. This second installment doesn't disappoint. She is quite honest about her marriage to Louis Malle (the difficult love of her life), her second marriage, her daughter, her health issues--and she writes ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
Broke my longstanding rule against reading celebrity memoirs because I loved "Murphy Brown" and wanted some behind-the-scenes reminiscences from star Candice Bergen. Bergen is funny, charming and very candid, and I enjoyed the parts of the book detailing her time on "Murphy," "Boston Legal," and on Broadway. There was also a lovely travelogue section about her life in France during the early years of her marriage to Louis Malle. In the end, though, it's still very much a celebrity memoir, filled ...more
Katherine Constable
An entertaining read

This is a very candid account of Candice Bergen s later years-don't miss an earlier autobiography, Knock Wood. She tells how she feels as an insecure actress who finds herself playing tough strong women in Murphy Brown and Boston Legal with a flair for comedy, for which she is well suited. It also goes Into detail her two loves, who were her husbands and the daughter whom she adores. I enjoyed it very much.
Apr 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
I enjoyed reading this book. Candace Bergen is a good writer. She is an honest broker who tells a good story. I adored Murphy Brown and she spends quite a bit of time discussing that show and the people involved. I bought the first Season of Murphy Brown on DVD (which is all I could find) and I'm having a great time remembering how good that show was.
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