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"Twenty years after his death, David Niven is remembered with warmth, affection, and as one of the funniest and most lovable men who ever lived." "For more than forty years, from the late 1930s, he portrayed on-screen the impeccable values of a lost breed of English gentlemen - handsome, beautifully spoken, elegantly dressed, witty, with perfect manners, and utterly charmi ...more
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Published June 14th 2004 by Orion (first published October 1st 2003)
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Stephanie Gillett
Nov 04, 2015 Stephanie Gillett rated it it was amazing
This is a very entertaining read for anyone with a love of old films. I've read so many biographies of stars: Grace Kelly, Robert Wagner, and more. All of them included wonderful, hilarious stories about David Niven, clearly he was an important part of their lives and someone to be adored. So, even though I'm not a huge fan of his work, I sought out this book and was not disappointed. I would have loved to have a drink with this guy.

Graham Lord tells a well-researched story and makes sound concl
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Joy H.
May 18, 2015 Joy H. rated it really liked it
Added 7/4/12.
Once I got into it, I enjoyed this biography of actor, David Niven.
Simon Binning
Nov 24, 2015 Simon Binning rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Having read Niven's autobiographical books, I thought it would be interesting to read this biography, and I'm glad I did. In his own books, David Niven comes across exactly as he appeared on chat shows, and indeed, in many of his films - a charming, typically English male, with a love of fun and adventure (and women). This biography shows that whilst this was true, the man himself was a lot more complicated. The man we think we know was really Niven playing Niven.
He comes across as deeply insecu
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Philip Davies
Dec 26, 2014 Philip Davies rated it it was ok
I found this book hard work. The style is very much like a final year dissertation, factually accurate, chronologically exact but lacking any feeling or emotion. The author has a fascination with the cost of things, reference to value or the present day equivalent seemingly on every other page.
OK Dad
Oct 21, 2009 OK Dad rated it really liked it
Wasn't a huge fan of Niven, but I was always aware of his work. This book made me a huge fan. Very "British" in writing style and pacing, however the triumph and tragedy (of course there's tragedy) of Niv's life makes for extraordinary literature. Don't even start the count the number of mega-starlets he slept with...
Bkwormmegs
Jan 30, 2015 Bkwormmegs rated it liked it
If you like old Hollywood this is a good read. And Niven is a great character to read about! Lots of fun and insight into what seemed a beautiful life but was sad in many ways.
Rajit
Nov 25, 2013 Rajit rated it liked it
Not especially gripping in its own right but a hugely valuable companion piece to Niven's own books.
Ben
Feb 22, 2008 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rupert Owen
Don't read his autobiographical work with out delving into this wonderful biography!
Julie
Jun 11, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Much sadder than 'the Moon's...'. Poor old Hjordis gets a real slating
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