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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 Fifties, the place “celebrity offspring” have been celebrities unto themselves. and since she used to be the daughter of Edgar Bergen, vaudeville and radio’s maximum dignitary/comedian, her “sibling” was once Charlie McCarthy, the impudent dummy cherished of hundreds 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 conversing to—and through—his brainchild who by no means needed to develop up and go away the paradise that was once childhood.

Knock wooden is a booklet all approximately growing to be up—about the comedy of expectancies that governed Candice Bergen’s formative years, concerning the ironies that attended her unique rites of passage. She stepped out right into a global that provided her a wealth of concepts: early life in Swiss boarding faculties; at nineteen, costarring contrary Steve McQueen within the Sand Pebbles; quickly access into the career 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 was once radical politics within the Seventies. yet consistently 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's immediately the relocating myth of the affection among a father and a daughter, of a woman’s conquer self-doubt, and a stunning magazine of America’s existence and instances over the last 4 decades.

About the Author

Candice Bergen’s movie credit comprise The Sand Pebbles, Carnal wisdom, beginning Over (for which she acquired an Oscar nomination), and pass over Congeniality. On tv, she made headlines because the tough-talking broadcast journalist and celebrity 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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