DAVID NIVEN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/08/1972 - HFSID 259091
Sale Price $450.00
He tells Joan Crawford he "shall never forget your sweetness to me in my darkest hour"
Typed Letter signed: "Best love/ David" in black ink, 1p, 5¾x8¼. Chateau d'Oex, Vaud, Switzerland, 1972 March 8. Written to actress Joan Crawford. To "Darling Joan" in his hand as salutation. In full: "I can't thank you enough for your sweetness in sending me a Birthday telegramme (sic), and that marvelous reveiw (sic) about my book! I hope you will enjoy it, I shall never forget your sweetness to me in my darkest hour, and good luck always." Niven (1910-1983) had celebrated his 62nd birthday on March 1st. His book, The Moon's a Balloon, had just been published by Dell. ABOUT NIVEN'S "DARKEST HOUR": Niven and CRAWFORD had been neighbors in California. At the time, David Niven was married to his wife Primula Rolle. The couple had two sons, David, Jr. and Jamie.On May 20, 1946, his 28-year-old wife fell down some basement steps during a party at Tyrone Power's home. The night of the accident, Crawford made a kind offer to take in the two young Niven boys and Mr. Niven accepted. Primula was rushed to the hospital, but died the next day of a fractured skull and brain lacerations. In 1948, Niven married Hjordis Tersmeden and had two daughters. On the last evening before his own death in 1983, while in the company of his daughter Kristina, Niven suddenly started to recall how he had met Primmie, the love he had for her and how different his life would have been if she had not died. Acquaintances have often described David's six years with Primmie as the happiest of his life. 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). Lightly creased. Light purple stains at blank left margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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