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My Grams: Candice Bergen Loves Torturing Her Daughter with Her Instagram

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In this series, celebrities crack open their Instagram accounts and break down the inspiration and meaning behind some of their favorite photos.

Candice Bergen’s daughter, Vogue contributing editor Chloe Malle, made her mother an Instagram profile about two years ago. At the time, Bergen, said she had no idea what the app was (“I’m extremely old,” she said in a recent phone call), and she wasn’t sure what to do with it. Over time, she crawled up to a few thousand followers—many of them personal friends, or possibly fans of her “Bergen Bags” creations—purses custom painted by Bergen herself. (Pro tip from Bergen: little white dogs, a frequent request, are “the worst to paint because they take forever. You have to do every hair and every layer”).

On August 21, the day of the solar eclipse, Bergen posted a photo with her co-stars in the upcoming film The Book Club, Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, and Diane Keaton. By the end of the day, her followers grew to more than 30,000. The best thing to come out of that viral post? Her new bio, courtesy of an Instagram troll, who wrote that the Oscar nominee and Murphy Brown star was just a “tired-ass honkey ho.” Bergen immediately changed her bio from “From one old bag to another”: “I was just so thrilled,” she said.

One of Bergen’s primary uses of Instagram is to embarrass Malle, whose comments can be found under nearly every selfie or purposely blurry shot. But, Bergen said, she’s just trying to join the culture. “People have gram-able faces on all the time,” she said. “I saw a woman in the hairdresser; there was no one else in the hairdresser but me, and I was over in the corner. She was looking at herself in the mirror. Her lips were pursed, and she was cocking her head, and I thought, ’We’ve all gone insane.’”

Below, Bergen describes some of her most recent notable Instagrams—and some from the vault—starting with the eclipse photo that truly launched her into social-media stardom.

Jane came to the set, and she gave the four of us these eclipse-viewing glasses. I had no interest in this, by the way. And then I thought, well, this is the kind of thing that if I hadn’t taken a picture of it, my daughter would have said, “You moron!” I asked someone to take a picture, and of course, it was huge.

The Fry Photo was at Bibendum in London. One of my favorite spots for lunch. I packed my mouth with my daughter’s fries and shamelessly asked her to take it.

The TSA Jail was really asking a lot since every time I travel, I get searched because I have not one but two artificial hips. I’d gotten up at 3 for an 8:00 A.M. flight and then after she finally let me out, the security agent insisted on reading me my rights on being body-searched. Every time I said I know this speech by heart, she started over from the top. At 6:00 in the morning! She was so cruel. Of course Chloe, intrepid Instagram reporter, took a shot of me in the glass box. Then finally, I was allowed to leave. It was harsh.

I was desperate for content that day. I’ve been desperate for content every now and then. And I just sort of go back into the files. That was taken on the set on Catch 22 in Mexico. That was taken by a real guy, a photographer named Bob Willoughby.

I love those guys. I think that might be a year or two old—in Provincetown. Summer before last. They just make me so happy. They are all doing Murphy Brown—with a lot of chunky necklaces, and the wavy hair.

That was actually after a tribute to Diane Keaton, and I was standing on Hollywood Boulevard. I was with Nancy Meyers and Diane English, who wrote Murphy Brown. We were opposite Wolverine about to get in our car, and I said to Nancy Meyers, “Oh, can you please take my picture with the Wolverine?” And of course, I had no money—I had nothing reasonable on me—so he was just like, “Get this old woman away from me,” and he hung the claw over my shoulder. It was just a wonderful moment for me. Of course he had no clue.

I mortified everyone in my family with that. My daughter said, “It looks like you’re wearing a penis on your head!” Well, it’s the worst photograph anyone has ever taken. That’s my selfie; I don’t believe in flattering myself. That’s my dog’s chicken suit. It was around last Halloween, and that’s how bored I get when I’m not working.

My daughter and I took the [Hampton] Jitney together, and I was bored. Chloe commented, “Yes, it’s like traveling with a toddler.”

I do take particular delight in torturing her. A lot of my friends who follow look for Chloe’s comments because of course she has very pointed comments. [Editor’s note: Malle’s comment this time was “Seriously?!”] It enriches the experience.

It was just a lunch with Warhol and Dali . . . very casual, except there was a photographer there of course . . . Well, [Warhol] was always wafting around New York, but it was the first time I had sat next to him, and he had a tape recorder on his lap the whole time. I think it was just kind of his M.O.

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