In her latest memoir A Fine Romance, Candice Bergen controversially reveals that not only does she believe she’s fat, she also couldn’t care less and has never been happier.
In what appears to be a blatant middle finger to the industry and the pressure they place women under to be consistently thin and beautiful, Bergen is quoted in a recent New York Post article as saying “Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat,”
Once an in-demand fashion model and best known for her role as the ambitious and sharp tongued journalist in Murphy Brown, 68-year-old Bergen isn’t shy about her new body shape, declaring that in the last 15 years, she’s put on 30 pounds (approximately 14kg). She goes on to tell readers that “Dieting is out of my purview. I crave cookies .?.?. all the things that dilate my pupils.”
A Fine Romance is the follow-up to Bergen’s 1984 memoir Knock Wood which focused on her 15-year marriage to French director Louis Malle and remarriage to former New York Public Library Chairman, Marshall Rose.
Yet in her latest memoir, it is expected that Bergen's own thoughts and revelations on body image and the condemnation and perception of the industry and those close to her, will be what proves most controversial.
Bergen goes on to confesses that "Women over 50 must choose between preserving either their face or their butts". An impossible position.
Here's Bergen playing one of our favourite characters, Murphey Brown:
She also boasts that “At a recent dinner party I shared bread and olive oil, followed by chocolate ice cream with my husband. A woman near me looked at me, appalled, and I thought, ‘I don’t care." She goes to say “They maintain their weight by routinely vomiting after major meals consisting of a slice of steak or a filet of fish,” she writes. “I am incapable of this.