Actress Candice Bergen says she’s fat and lives to eat

Updated: March 23, 2015
Actress Candice Bergen says she's fat and lives to eat

Candice Bergen is well rounded — and proud of it.
“Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat,” the “Murphy Brown” star declares in her new memoir, “A Fine Romance.”

“In the past 15 years … I have put on 30 pounds (13.6kg). I live to eat. None of this ‘eat to live’ stuff for me. I am a champion eater. No carb is safe — no fat, either,” she boasts.

The follow-up to Bergen’s 1984 memoir “Knock Wood” focuses on her 15-year marriage to French director Louis Malle and remarriage to former New York Public Library Chairman Marshall Rose.

But Bergen, 68, is at her most revealing when discussing body image.

“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 writes.

Women over 50 must choose between preserving either their face or their butts, she writes. She chose the former.

“Dieting is out of my purview,” she writes. “I crave cookies … all the things that dilate my pupils.”

But her thin friends only reinforce her need to nibble.

“They maintain their weight by routinely vomiting after major meals consisting of a slice of steak or a fillet of fish,” she writes. “I am incapable of this.”

After her fifth Emmy for her performance as Murphy Brown, Bergen declined future nominations for the role, which she said was “written for me”

“The lead was a television news reporter. She was big, she was brassy, she was fearless.

“Smart, fast-paced, and funny, the dialogue was similar to the great comedies of the 1940s.

“There was something in the writing of the Murphy character that hooked me, as she eventually hooked many women.

“Is it that she was, in many ways, who we wished we could be as women? Successful in a field dominated by men? Free of the need to please? Impolitic, impolite, yet in some weird way, irresistible?”