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Candice Bergen: “I Am Fat” and “I Don’t Care”

Candice Bergen and Marshall Rose
Candice Bergen, who spoke about aging, poses with her husband Marshall Rose 

Happy how she is! Beloved star Candice Bergen opened up about her body image in her upcoming memoir A Fine Romance, happily acknowledging and embracing her weight gain.

“Let me just come right out and say it: I am fat,” the Murphy Brown actress, 68, writes in the book, excerpted by The New York Post‘s Page Six. “In the past 15 years… I have put on 30 pounds.” 

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“I live to eat,” the Boston Legal star adds. “None of this ‘eat to live’ stuff for me. I am a champion eater. No carb is safe — no fat, either.”

The Oscar-nominated actress — whose costars over the years have included Burt Reynolds, William Shatner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Steve McQueen, and Reese Witherspoon — went on to compare her own eating habits to those of her friends and contemporaries, calling out the unhealthy practices utilized to maintain trim figures.

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Candice Bergen on “Murphy Brown” in 1994

“At a recent dinner party I shared bread and olive oil, followed by chocolate ice cream with my husband,” Bergen began. “A woman near me looked at me, appalled, and I thought, ‘I don’t care’… [Thin women] maintain their weight by routinely vomiting after major meals consisting of a slice of steak or a filet of fish. I am incapable of this.”

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

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The prolific actress, who had an early turn as an in-demand fashion model, has been outspoken about her desire to embrace aging. As she celebrates her life and progression, Bergen has continued her career on the Broadway stage, appearing in the 2012 revival of The Best Man, and 2014’s Love Letters reboot. 

“People complain about parts for women, people complain about getting old,” Bergen told New York magazine in 2012. “It’s a privilege to get old… The reality is that I don’t look like I used to look. I just don’t care enough, and in a way it’s saved me.”

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