DAVID NIVEN - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH CIRCA 1938 - HFSID 289059
Sale Price $807.50
DAVID NIVENImage of the actor in jacket and regimental tie, inscribed in person to collector Saul Goodman Inscribed Photograph signed: "To Saul./ good luck/ David Niven./ 27 June 1938" in black ink, b/w, 8x10. Collector's ink note on verso confirms signature date. David Niven (1910-1983) served with the Highland Infantry in Malta before he worked as a lumberman, news reporter, gunnery instructor to Cuban revolutionists, representative of a London wine firm in the United States and finally, in 1935, an extra in Mutiny on the Bounty. After several strong supporting roles in the late 1930s, Niven had just had his first role as a leading man (opposite Ginger Rogers in 1939's Bachelor Mother), when World War II broke out. He became the first, and one of the few, British actors to leave Hollywood to re-enlist. After the war, all his roles were starring ones. He notched a Golden Globe for The Moon is Blue (1953), and played Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days (1956). Moreover, he won the 1959 Academy Award for Best Actor for Separate Tables (1958). Although often cast in light comedies, such as the Pink Panther series (1964 and after), Niven could also play strong action roles, one of which being his performance in The Guns of Navarone (1961). Saul Goodman (1919-2003), a New York business man by day, pursued his love of film and theatre in the evening, making friends with many celebrities. While other autograph seekers offered album leaves, Goodman presented stars with snazzy photographs, a rarity then, to sign in fountain pen. Light diagonal crease through lower section of face. Lightly rippling, visible only at an angle. Otherwise, fine condition.
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