At the heart of this slide show celebrating the life and work of Candice Bergen are four words in the song she sings with Aretha Franklin in an episode of Murphy Brown: You-Make-Me-Feel. Look at her physical beauty over the years, and tell me you don't feel even a twinge of aesthetic arrest. Take a look at the telephone scene with Jack Nicholson in Carnal Knowledge. Look at the irony in the "I don't feel anything" dialogue, and tell me you don't feel something in the obvious lie behind her tears. Watch her flubbing her lines with Gilda Radner on Saturday Night Live, and when you've finished cracking up because they've cracked up, tell me the mirth you feel is not authentic. Look again at those three clips from the award-winning Murphy Brown, where the song itself is deservedly restated: "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman," each time conveying yet a different set of emotions. You. Make. Me. Feel. There are people out there who will tell you it's not okay to feel things - and if you do, it's best to hide the fact. Candice Bergen is not one of them. Hat's off today to one cool, eternally classy lady.
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