David Hartnell: Memoirs of a Gossip Columnist

By David Hartnell | Paperback
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David is well-known by all New Zealanders. His gossip columns and much awaited annual 'Best and Worst Dressed' lists are legendary, and we read with bated breath his behind-the-scenes Hollywood tattletale reports in the weekly magazines! David Hartnell is David's life story in his own words. It covers his difficult early family life, his awkward teenage years as a New Zealand roller skating champion, to becoming the first male makeup artist in Australasia, and his rise to become New Zealand's most famous interviewer of the stars. Bursting with remarkable photos and stories of his encounters, including a surprise lunch with Alfred Hitchcock and Bette Davis, his close friendship with the legendary Phyllis Diller, little-known secrets about the Royal Family's crown jewels and many, many more, this book is for anyone who loves behind-the-scenes gossip and enjoys a rollicking good read. 

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FormatPaperback 
Pages192 
PublisherPenguin Group (NZ) 
Release Date2 May 2011 
ISBN-139780143206477 

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5 May 2011, 3:58pm | Review by Kerre Woodham
It can’t have been easy growing up in 50s New Zealand, gay and with a mum who‘d been abandoned by her husband. But from these unprepossessing beginnings David Hartnell has fashioned an extraordinary life for himself. A talent for roller skating unleashed the performer within and propelled him into a world of sequins, glitter and spotlights. He became the first male makeup artist in Australia, went on to design looks for the most prominent and secretive cross-dressers in the upper echelons of British society and eventually returned home to carve out a career in the media. This is the story of a wonderful life, gossipy, naughty and full of extraordinary snippets of information. The book is beautifully produced - other local authors will be grinding their teeth in envy at the quality of the paper and the number of photographs so yet again David Hartnell has found a way to break the rules and achieve the best possible result.
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