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By Candice Bergen

Candice Bergen’s bestselling 1984 memoir: an “engaging, clever, and wittily self-deprecating autobiography” (The manhattan 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 liked of thousands. Bergen—much as he enjoyed his daughter—was a guy who “kept his feelings pressed and well hung,” and used to be more well-off talking to—and through—his brainchild who by no means needed to develop up and go away the paradise that used to be childhood.

Knock wooden is a ebook all approximately transforming into up—about the comedy of expectancies that governed Candice Bergen’s formative years, in regards to the ironies that attended her unique rites of passage. She stepped out right into a global that provided her a wealth of concepts: formative years in Swiss boarding colleges; at nineteen, costarring contrary Steve McQueen within the Sand Pebbles; speedy access into the occupation of photojournalism; computerized popularity one of the esteemed corporation of the moment—be it the foreign jet set, Bel Air within the Nineteen Sixties, or the area that used to be radical politics within the Nineteen Seventies. yet constantly she carried the conviction that her presents have been untested, her success unearned.

Told with wit, self-deprecation, and a unprecedented measure of braveness, Knock wooden is the extreme list of Candice Bergen’s coming of age. it truly is instantaneously the relocating delusion of the affection among a father and a daughter, of a woman’s overcome self-doubt, and a stunning magazine of America’s existence and occasions over the last 4 decades.

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Candice Bergen’s movie credit contain The Sand Pebbles, Carnal wisdom, beginning Over (for which she acquired an Oscar nomination), and omit 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 seriously acclaimed sequence Boston criminal.

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