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The book's a balloon,
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This review is from: Niv: The Authorised Biography of David Niven (Paperback)
This is a mean-spirited book populated by a number of not very likable characters including, if you read between the lines of this account, Niven himself. There are also some serious double standards at work here. His second wife is exorciated for her infidelities while Niven's are laughed off as a part of his incurable randyness (and how tiresome were the constant references to the size of his you-know-what)?. The fact that he cheated on 'the love of his life', his first wife, while the sheets on their marriage bed were still warm is put down to serial laddishness. Long before the end of this book I was firmly on the side of Hjordis, the unfortunate second Mrs Niven, but the author and Niven's close friends clearly do not believe the old adage that there are two sides to every story. Every vaguely favourable comment on Hjordis (and there are plenty) has a codicil from the author pointing out that, these admirers had it all wrong and she really was a nasty piece of work. To hear her rubbished by Lauren Bacall (sleeping with Frank Sinatra while her husband Humphrey Bogart was dying of cancer) was cant of the highest order. But, hey, that's show business.
Maybe someone should write a biography of Hjordis, if only to set the record straight.
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Initial post: 30 Oct 2012 17:36:00 GMT
Mr. C. Morris says:
It's odd because Roger Moore, Niven's friend, damns Hjordis, but then of course he is also contributing to a book where Niven himself comes across as a two-faced social climber and neurotic, the sort of bio Sir Rog abhors. I wonder how he feels about that. I think Hjordis did have the Hollywood set down as phonies, that coloured her whole attitude. Maybe Niv stuck with her because he had a freelancer's fear of instability.
Posted on 2 Sep 2013 12:18:09 BDT
Annie W says:
Hadn't heard the story about Lauren Bacall sleeping with Frank Sinatra before her husband died. What reliable source did that one come from?
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