A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen

By Candice Bergen

Within the follow-up to Knock Wood—her bestselling “engaging, clever, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography” (The big apple Times)—Candice Bergen stocks the massive occasions: her marriage to a well-known French director, the start of her daughter, Murphy Brown, widowhood, falling in love back, and staring at her daughter blossom.

A effective Romance starts with Bergen’s fascinating first husband, French director Louis Malle, whose large urge for food for all times broadened her horizons and whose occasional darkness by no means lowered their love for every different. yet her genuine romance starts whilst she discovers overpowering love for her daughter after years of ambivalence approximately motherhood. As Chloe grows up, Bergen reveals her comedian genius within the greatest television position of the 80s, Murphy Brown, and makes undesirable headlines whilst Dan Quayle pulls her into the 1992 presidential campaign.

Fifteen years into their marriage, Malle is clinically determined with melanoma, and Candice is unflinching in describing her and Chloe’s melancholy over his dying. yet after years of widowhood, she feels the candy surprise of discovering a distinct type of soulmate. Candice takes us in the course of the first years of her new marriage and stocks the bittersweetness of staring at Chloe depart domestic and flourish—and the comedy of a wasting conflict opposed to these rattling wrinkles and additional pounds.

A common author, Candice is hilarious, brutally sincere, down-to-earth, and clever. She could be a attractive Hollywood actress with a charmed existence, yet Candice is anyone who can speak frankly approximately notable occasions. Readers who pull up a chair will consider like they’ve simply made a top friend.

About the Author

Candice Bergen’s movie credit contain The Sand Pebbles, Carnal wisdom, beginning Over (for which she got an Oscar nomination), and omit Congeniality. On tv, she made headlines because the famous person of Murphy Brown, for which she received 5 Emmys. She later starred with James Spader and William Shatner within the significantly acclaimed sequence Boston felony. A talented author, Bergen has penned various articles and a play, in addition to her first bestselling memoir, Knock wooden.

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Then my father formed a more modern orchestra for the Iraqi Broadcasting Authority which also played on the radio and was a little bigger and played more modern music, which he composed. But this entire affair lasted only four years. Why did it end? One day, in 1942, the prime minister, Nuri el-Said—who treasured Iraqi music and was said to have loved their broadcasts—turned on the radio and there was no music. ” They told him, “It’s Yom Kippur. ” he exclaimed. “Jews don’t work so there is no radio today?!

My father came along and broke the existing pattern: instead of five fasl, he did seven. My father didn’t come from a background of Western music, so he didn’t integrate it into his music to the extent that Abdul Wahab did, but my father did listen to waltzes and so on, on records, and he did make use of some of those Western elements. And he did it in a way that the Arab ear would appreciate. He also integrated Western rhythms and tones and half tones. Middle Eastern music has quarter tones and eighth tones, so this was an addition that made the music richer.

He feared that this group or others like it would try to harm the family or continue to steal from us, so that’s when he decided to leave Iraq for Beirut. He left the bank to be run by the managers who had worked with him and my father moved the family to Beirut, but he kept our home in Baghdad which was sold many years later. I never returned to Iraq. We left by car to Damascus over western Iraq’s and eastern Syria’s desert terrain, as there were no roads yet in those areas. From Damascus to Beirut, we drove on proper roads.

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