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1967: Bergen prefers pen to stage

Candice is candid about career

July 25, 1967:

GOOD MORNING: Candice Bergen, on the brink of stardom, sez she’d chuck it for a writing career. Candy’s currently embarked on it via her latest pen assignment, covering rich hippies of Bel-Air for Esquire’s Christmas issue, devoted to their hangouts in the U.S. And Miss B’s qualified — she’s now a hippie herself…As for her choice of careers: “I like writing more than acting — it’s more pleasant.” …The talented 21-year-old adds, “I was 40 until I was 20, and now I’ve bridged the generation gap — and joined my own. I know the Bel-Air hippies — like the Mamas and Papas, and Beach Boys. Rich hippies are more fun.” Yesterday she met with Sonny & Cher… Meanwhile Candy’s “readying her next film, “The Magus,” trying to acquire an English accent (with the assistance of Pamela Danova). “Not only do I have to learn that for the film,” she says, “but I play a schizophrenic nymphomaniac in two eras.” She said it — writing is more pleasant…(2007 update:. “Candy” says she continued to write many articles — for Life, Esquire, etc. Her subjects ranged from Oscar Levant, Haile Selassie, Jane Goodall, the Roller Derby to “Is Bel-Air Burning?” and China. Then, she admits, ” I started enjoying acting.” She’s followed her Emmy-filled “Murphy Brown”character with Shirley Schmidt in “Boston Legal.” In the upcoming season, Candy tells me “Shirley” will have yet another romance — this time with a new member of the law firm. In previous seasons, Shirley’s marriage-divorce relationships with Tom Selleck provided lots of comedy — and anxiety. “I can’t believe what David (Kelley) has gotten me into,” laughed Candy. “I’m 61 for God’s sake.” She also says she has a (small) role in “The Women” playing Meg Ryan’s mother (for the second time). “I’m working a little bit more than I should!” Candy laughed.

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