Today happens to be (Sir) David Niven‘s 103rd Birth Anniversary.

Born today, Saint David’s Day, on the 1st of March, Year 1910, he was named after this patron Saint. It’s not clear whether David Niven ever received a Knighthood, but some reports hint that Niven was knighted by the Queen of England somewhere in the 1970’s. If so he would have earned the title ‘Sir David Niven’. None the less, being one of the greatest British exports to Hollywood, he is entitled to the ‘Sir‘ title, knighted or not.

David Niven (1910-1983)

Niven was an actor, a classy sophisticated Gentleman, and a writer.  I’ve known him through his films since I can remember. He was a class apart.

Most of the movies of his that I was familiar with were of a more mature Niven of the 60’s and 70’s. It’s only about a decade go that I watched Wuthering Heights (1939), with a much younger Niven. Having read/studied the condensed version of the novel about a hundred times as a kid, I was a tad bit disappointed when I watched the 39′ movie version, especially ’cause a whole generation was eliminated from the film. But as a film buff, I realised if I hadn’t known the story, would I have loved this as a movie. And Voila!! I realised I would have, and thus I do love the movie, ’cause Director William Wyler has done a great job, with a great cast, including Sir Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in the lead. And I’ve heard of many latter versions with the whole story intact, that hasn’t necessarily worked so well as a screen adaptation.  Niven is one actor who has done it all, from very intellectual roles to light hearted comedy. His last movie role was his reprisal of his famed character of the ‘Pink Panther’ in Curse of the Pink Panther (1983). He died the same year the movie was released.

Niven Films

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From the collage (clockwise from bottom left) Wuthering Heights (1939), 55 Days at Peking (1963), Casino Royale (1967), Lady L (1965), The Pink Panther (1963) and The Guns of Navarone (1961).


Other Star B’day’s

Film Stars

Lana Wood, Javier Bardem and Jack Davenport.

Film Director

Ron Howard

TV Stars

Alan Thicke, Catherine Bach, George Eads, Mark Paul Gosselaar and Jensen Ackles.

…. to name a few other stars born on the 1st of March.


Beatle News # ÔÔööôôÔÔ……………………………………..

From this month onwards I shall be posting significant news applicable to my favourite band, The Beatles, on what they were up to – This month That year, each month.

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