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15 responses to “Friday Hoyden: Candice Bergen and her singing voice”

  1. Purrdence

    I still rememeber the episode of Murphy Brown where they looked at the way people think that another woman’s hair ( especially’s if they’re famous) is public property and that they should have a say in what a woman does with.

  2. MsLaurie

    I sing in public when I’m with my brownie guides. Nothing like a rousing chorus of “going on a bear hunt” to get random strangers eyebrows raised.

  3. Louise

    This also reminds me of the scene from The Simpsons where Selma sings Natural Woman to Jub Jub the iguana. :)

    I’d like to think Patty and Selma count as at least hoyden-ish. I know they’re played for laughs as “desperate and dateless” and ill-mannered, but they’re usually doing exactly what they want to do, and know that even if they’d like to be in a relationship, a bad one’s not worth it, they’re not conventionally attractive and they don’t care, they’re prepared to tell it like it is, and so on.

  4. Anna

    I sing in public all the time. I often sing (sometimes loudly, but only in non residential areas) on my way home from work in the morning. I sing along to the music I listen to on the walk home from school. I’ll sing when waiting for the bus. I sing songs to Don (not with Don) about history.

    I can’t carry much of a tune, and I’m awful and I don’t care. The only thing better than singing songs in public is blowing bubbles in public. Which I also do, but less, because bubble solution is leaky.

    Purrdence, I totally remember that episode. She “cut” her hair and people freaked out.

  5. Anna

    Oh! Has anyone here read the Murphy Brown fic “but liquor is quicker“? It was a Yuletide fic a few years back.

  6. mimbles

    One of my favourite public places to sing is underground carparks, fun with echo-y acoustics. The kids sometimes join in :) Admittedly it’s not a very public space given that there aren’t often all that many other people around. I also often find myself singing (quietly) when I’m doing the grocery shopping, can’t resist joining in when the shop’s playing catchy songs over the PA.

  7. tigtog

    Mim, I occasionally find myself not only doing exactly the same, but occasionally discovering another person with a trolley doing the exact same thing! It’s a lovely moment of rapport when a stranger sings along with you in the crackers aisle.

  8. Quixotess

    Ooh, Candace Bergen! It seems as though many women get more and more excellent and admirable as they age, and she’s one of them.

    Boston Legal was such a disappointment for me, because the writing is sharp and clever; the characters, compelling. But even the compromiser in me can’t put up with so much patriarchal sexuality. Eurgh.

  9. the crystal shard

    She sang a song when she hosted Saturday Night Live!

    Just let me make one thing clear
    it’s gonna be one hot night
    so let me do my thing here
    inside a hot spotlight
    everything will be dandy if you leave it to Candy

    That’s all I remember, but a neon sign came down from the ceiling–dazzling lights spelled “Candy”–and she was in Las Vegas showgirl garb; male dancers were in top hats and tails. They all picked her up a few times. It was great.

  10. Renee

    I am not familiar with any of her earlier works. I only really discovered her on Boston Legal. When the show descended into the ridiculous she kept me coming back. I love the way she was strong, thoughtful, whole and complete. I hope that now that the show is canceled she will make her way back to television. I miss her already.

    Renee’s last blog post..Fox News Loves The Magic Negro

  11. Fine

    You might want to check out this Candice Bergen film ‘Starting Over’ in which her horrible singing is a key, comedic plot point.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079948/

    She was married to the great French film director Louis Malle, for many years.

  12. Bene

    I love to sing in public. Fortunately, I’m a bit better than Bergen, but I have to admire her guts–not only the character’s, but also hers herself, to do that on national television.

  13. su

    It isn’t public really but I love to sing in the car and I also love noticing other drivers who are singing. I like that feeling of having peeked beneath their public persona for a moment.

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