By Candice Bergen
“Candice Bergen is unflinchingly sincere” (The Washington Post), and in A fantastic Romance she describes her first marriage at age thirty-four to well-known French director Louis Malle; her overpowering love for her daughter, Chloe; the unleashing of her internal comedian with Murphy Brown; her trauma over Malle’s demise; her pleasure at discovering new love; and her satisfaction at gazing Chloe blossom.
In her decidedly nontraditional marriage to the insatiably curious Louis, Bergen takes readers on global travels to the units the place each one made movies. Pregnant with Chloe at age thirty-nine, this mature primigravida additionally recounts a trip via motherhood that comes with plundering the Warner Bros. gown closets for Halloween getups and not leaving her ever-expanding menagerie out of the joys. She deals useful, behind-the-scenes appears at Murphy Brown, from caterwauling with Aretha Franklin to the surreal event of changing into headline information whilst Dan Quayle took exception to her personality turning into a unmarried mom. Bergen tackles universal rites of passage with relocating honesty: the trials of taking good care of a wife in his ultimate disorder, aging, and falling in love back after she was once tricked right into a blind date.
By the time the final web page is grew to become, “we’re all prone to be wishing Bergen herself—funny, insightful, self-deprecating, mistaken (and no longer particularly all for that), and slugging her approach via her older years with bemused determination—was dwelling round the corner” (USA TODAY).
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