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Long Island reflects strongly in Candice Bergen's new memoir

Actress Candice Bergen attends the Vanity Fair Oscar

Actress Candice Bergen attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter in West Hollywood, Calif. on March 2, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Pascal Le Segretain

Candice Bergen's memoir that arrives April 7 may be titled "A Fine Romance," but parts of it could be called "A Love Affair With Long Island."

Much of the pages of "A Fine Romance" (Simon & Schuster, $28), Bergen's sequel to 1984's "Knock Wood," focus on "Murphy Brown"; the illness and death of her first husband, director Louis Malle; raising her daughter, Chloe; and her second marriage to real estate developer Marshall Rose.

In between the name dropping (Easter egg hunts at Elizabeth Taylor's house, James Earl Jones sipping on oxygen before performances of "The Best Man"), Bergen also shares stories of her life in East Hampton, from redoing Rose's house (her husband planted six apple trees as a birthday gift to her) to dining at Nora Ephron's home to teaching Chloe how to drive. (And, yes, even celebrities and their families can get a speeding ticket on the Long Island Expressway.)

She also wraps the book with a memory of seeing "Maleficent" with her family at an East Hampton theater. Without giving anything away, it reads like a fairy tale ending.


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