David Niven: The Man Behind the Balloon
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY: FILM, TELEVISION, MUSIC, THEATRE. David Niven appeared in films for over 50 years of his life, from swashbucklers such as The Prisoner of Zenda to playing the part of the 'bogus gentleman' (which, he claimed, was his only acting talent) in Paper Tiger. Despite his on-screen persona, Niven would later admit that he wasn't always the perfect gentleman. He was insecure both privately and professionally. He used people for his own ends, which was something he learned in Hollywood, but he did, he said, 'at least try to be a decent man.' He knew he often failed, although it isn't easy to find people who ever had a bad word to say about him. In this fascinating biography of the star, Munn looks at the funny stories and the sad underlying truth. Funny, poignant and told with the compassion of one who knew him, this is a fascinating portrayal of a legend that really gets behind the screen and autobiographical persona.
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