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By Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen’s bestselling 1984 memoir: an “engaging, clever, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography” (The long island Times).

Candice Bergen used to be born into the heady Hollywood of the Nineteen Fifties, the place “celebrity offspring” have been celebrities unto themselves. and since she was once the daughter of Edgar Bergen, vaudeville and radio’s maximum dignitary/comedian, her “sibling” was once Charlie McCarthy, the impudent dummy loved of thousands. Bergen—much as he enjoyed his daughter—was a guy who “kept his feelings pressed and smartly hung,” and was once more well-off conversing to—and through—his brainchild who by no means needed to develop up and depart the paradise that was once childhood.

Knock wooden is a ebook all approximately transforming into up—about the comedy of expectancies that governed Candice Bergen’s adolescence, in regards to the ironies that attended her unique rites of passage. She stepped out right into a international that provided her a wealth of techniques: youth in Swiss boarding faculties; at nineteen, costarring contrary Steve McQueen within the Sand Pebbles; fast access into the occupation of photojournalism; computerized attractiveness one of the esteemed corporation of the moment—be it the overseas jet set, Bel Air within the Nineteen Sixties, or the area that used to be radical politics within the Nineteen Seventies. yet continuously she carried the conviction that her presents have been untested, her good fortune unearned.

Told with wit, self-deprecation, and an extraordinary measure of braveness, Knock wooden is the intense checklist of Candice Bergen’s coming of age. it truly is right now the relocating fantasy of the affection among a father and a daughter, of a woman’s overcome self-doubt, and a stunning magazine of America’s lifestyles and instances over the last 4 decades.

About the Author

Candice Bergen’s movie credit contain The Sand Pebbles, Carnal wisdom, beginning Over (for which she obtained an Oscar nomination), and pass over Congeniality. On tv, she made headlines because the tough-talking broadcast journalist and superstar of Murphy Brown, for which she gained 5 Emmys and Golden Globes. She later starred with James Spader and William Shatner within the significantly acclaimed sequence Boston felony.

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It used to be flattering to my self-importance, if no longer positive to my personality, and that i justified the frivolousness of it by way of the possibility of economic independence, reasoning that it can allow me to shop for new cameras and kit. The a part of me that knew larger stored quiet; it had no longer had a lot perform talking up. Many types I met that summer season felt referred to as upon to rationalize their hugely ecocnomic participation within the occupation that used to be eventually degrading and self-denying—in which luck used to be accomplished for the entire flawed purposes: due to the way you appeared and regardless of who you have been. unique, long-limbed ladies could protect their intelligence defiantly, attempting desperately to climb out of the morass of “mindless types. ” Arriving for bookings at photographers’ studios that vibrated with rock song and popped with strobes, they might produce from their bulging types’ luggage the full Alexandria Quartet, the full phrases of Dostoevski in paperback, a quantity of Kierkegaard. The counters have been coated with them because the versions all started the chilling means of reworking themselves from clean, younger, doubtful ladies into modern, shellacked creatures, excellent birds of prey. those methods of the alternate have been received with time and never-ending self-dedication. One photographer solid down his digicam and threw up his arms despairingly, mentioning that until I had my tooth stuffed and my eyebrows plucked, i'll by no means wish to version. A hairdresser recommended electrolysis to enhance my low hairline and a trend attractiveness editor complained loudly that i used to be “much too fit” squeezing my shoulders and hands distastefully and asking accusingly, “Are you a swimmer? ” I neglected the remainder and went to paintings at the make-up; it took me time to get the hold of it. For weeks, I walked around—eyes glued half-shut with the surgical adhesive for my fake lashes, cheeks black and bruised from over the top shading, mouth light and parched with layers of lip gloss and Erace—looking no longer loads like a manner version as a sufferer of attack and battery. yet time more suitable those minor abilities and, inspite of a low hairline, asymmetric tooth, thick eyebrows and fit flesh, I did relatively good that summer time, operating progressively and receiving best pay. again in school within the fall, advertisements I posed for in the summertime all started working in magazines, showing on posters. It was once the “Tawny” advert specifically that did me in. A Revlon crusade for a brand new line of cosmetics referred to as Tawny confirmed me, head coyly cocked, mendacity on my abdominal, bare-backed, hugging a leopard-skin pillow to my beaded breast, my palms flashing fake crimson nails. It ran in significant magazines and grew to become up within the window of each drugstore on campus (there have been merely two). ladies could smirk and snort as they handed, “Hi, Tawny” and, as fraternity-pledge pranks, boys have been assigned to name me for espresso dates. I had definitely requested for it. With the tarnished Tawny funds i purchased new Nikons and have become picture editor of a faculty journal. I selected artwork heritage, portray, journalism and inventive writing as my optionally available classes, figuring the 1st could aid me with colour and composition in images and the second one with written reportage.

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