Happy Birthday: David Niven (1910–1983)

David Niven (1910–1983).jpgDavid Niven (1910–1983)

Born: March 1, 1910 in London, England, UK
Died: July 29, 1983 (age 73) in Château-d’Oex, Switzerland

Married to:
Hjördis Genberg (14 January 1948 – 29 July 1983) (his death) (2 children)
Primula Rollo (16 September 1940 – 21 May 1946) (her death) (2 children)

[on Audrey Hepburn] A great lady. It’s quite an achievement to spend that long in Hollywood and not become a Hollywood product. She always maneuvered around that–and that takes intelligence. She was always her own person.

[on Marlene Dietrich] Marlene, the most glamorous of all, she was also one of the kindest.

[on Humphrey Bogart] It took a little while to realize that he had perfected an elaborate camouflage to cover up one of the kindest and most generous of hearts. Even so, he was no soft touch and before you were allowed to peek beneath the surface and catch a glimpse of the real man, you had to prove yourself. Above all, you had to demonstrate conclusively to his satisfaction that you were no phony.

[on Lauren Bacall] Betty Bacall was the perfect mate for Bogey [Humphrey Bogart]–beautiful, fair, warm, talented and highly intelligent. She gave as good as she got in the strong personality department. Women and men love her with equal devotion.


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