Book review: A Fine Romance by Candice Bergen - love in all its aspects
A Fine Romance
by Candice Bergen
Simon & Schuster
In her new memoir, Candice Bergen shares intimate details surrounding the loves of her life. A Fine Romance describes her marriage to an effervescent French director, depicts a deep bond with her daughter, provides an intricate look into the talented cast of her TV show, Murphy Brown, and concludes by celebrating a new chapter with a new man in New York.
Hailing from Hollywood, Bergen is well-equipped to manoeuvre the sometimes treacherous waters of celebrity life. Her fortunate upbringing enables her to adapt to the jet-setting ways of renowned director Louis Malle. While he is immersed in all aspects of the film world, Bergen focuses on being the best wife, homemaker and stepmother she can be. It's obvious she adores Malle.
Bergen's perspective changes after her daughter, Chloe, is born. Chloe travels to Los Angeles, New York and France as Bergen juggles motherhood and a hectic television career as a 1980s icon in fabulous shoulder pads. Unfortunately, she feels like a single mum as Malle spends most of his time working in Europe. It's no wonder Chloe later shines as Bergen's light after Malle loses his battle with cancer. Bergen's story embraces the good and the bad in her 15-year marriage, but the loss of her husband is devastating.
Bergen submerges herself in family life, movie roles and watching Chloe blossom into a beautiful young woman.
She even finds love again with real estate magnate Marshall Rose. Her life soon revolves around rescue animals, planning Chloe's wedding and fending off those stubborn extra pounds.
A Fine Romance is full of heart. Even though Bergen is surrounded by celebrity friends at the turn of every page, it's evident she is about as down-to-earth as they come. There is an honesty in her writing that is both refreshing and encouraging.
At the end of the day, she's the one who will laugh with you, cry with you and punch someone in the throat for you should the need arise.