Barbara Niven

Actor, Media Trainer, Motivational Speaker

"I don't have a lot of time..."
A Perfect Ending

[in the park, with Rebecca Staab, at 1:33:30]
Perhaps the finest scene in Ms. Niven's filmography

This is a fan site of Barbara Niven resources.
You won't find a carousel of pictures, or a slide show that fades one into another;
but there are books, articles, and interviews to be perused. Thank you for stopping by!



Ms. Niven authored "111 Star Power Tips".
For the other books—except Highly Paid, Pivot & the bio—she was a contributor.

Feeding the Fame : Celebrities Tell Their Real-Life Stories of Eating Disorders
  (pp. 96-107; p. 96 is a photo, p. 97 is a brief career sketch, p. 107 is free verse from Perfect, by Ms. Niven)
   "I was always a chubby kid, and . . ."
by Gary Stromberg and Jane Merrill
Table of contents
Hazelden (September 1, 2006)
Hardcover, 241 pages
ISBN 9781592853502 / 1592853501

How Did You Do That! Stories of Going for It
  "ACT AS IF!" (pp. 99-104; p. 104 bot is a brief career sketch)
   "My dream began when I . . ."
presented by Gail Kingsbury
Yinspire Media (December 10, 2009)
Paperback, 216 pages
ISBN 9780981970882 / 0981970885

111 Star Power Tips – Insider Secrets From A Hollywood Pro: For Videos, Audios, On-Camera Interviews, TV, Radio & Presentations
by Barbara Niven
Shadoeworks (October 2011)/CreateSpace (2017: a new edition expected 2020)
Paperback, 126 pages
ISBN 9781460912331 / 1460912330

Get Your Woman On! Embracing Beauty, Grace & the Power of Women
  "Shine Your Light" (pp. 41-46; p. 46 is a brief career sketch)
   "I'm sitting on a toilet in front of hundreds of . . ."
presented by Kimber Lim
Yinspire Media; 1st edition (August 31, 2011)
Paperback, 256 pages
ISBN 9780981970837 / 0981970834

(Wake Up Women Be You, Book 4) Spread Your Wings and Fly Emotionally
  "A Perfect Ending...and a New Beginning" (pp. 32-39; P. 39 is a brief career sketch)
   "OMG. I had a BIG birthday . . ."
compiled by Karen Mayfield
Wake Up Women (2013)/CreateSpace (2015)
ISBN 9781508705420 / 1508705429

The Highly Paid Expert
  "Learn How to Get Good on Video" (p. 147)
    "...I highly recommend Barbara's video coaching and workshops..."
by Debbie Allen
Career Press (July 21, 2014)
Paperback, 288 pages
ISBN 9781601633217 / 1601633211

Experts Wisdom : Life Changing Principles and Transformational Business Strategies from the Go-To Authorities
  "Success, Goosebumps & Your Next Evolution" (pp. 203-218; pp. 217/8 is a brief career sketch)
   "Do you ever have a nagging feeling that . . ."
by Debbie Allen
Authentic Endeavors Publishing (December 18, 2015)
Paperback, 238 pages
ISBN 9780692522646 / 0692522646

Pivot : The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life
  "Enter the Pivot Phone Booth", plus additional chapters (pp. 63//195, var. pages; index p.254 has specifics)
    Ms. Niven shared her story of career 'pivot'/realization with the author.
     (this summation considered "a fair representation" by Mr. Markel's rep)

by Adam Markel
Atria Books (April 19, 2016)
Hardback, 288 pages
ISBN 9781476779478

Great Credit Now : Set Your GPS for Positive Success
  "Taking a Leap of Faith, Dreams, Money, & Show Biz" (pp. 105-116; p. 116 is a brief career sketch)
   "I am still pinching myself that . . ."
compiled by Patricia Giankas
Authentic Endeavors Publishing (October 16, 2016)
Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN 9780998210506 / 0998210501

Famous People : Barbara Niven Biography
   (webmaster's impression: fragmentary, undeveloped, incomplete)
by "Farah" Services LLC (January 18, 2020)
Kindle, 2721 KB



Empowered Woman, May 2014 (pp. 24-31), [cover story], interview by M. Dawson: "
Unleashing Her Star Power"
Life After 50, January 2015 (pp.22-24; p. 22 is a photo), article by Ms. Niven: "Follow Your Goosebumps to Your Next Evolution"
Closer Weekly, November 2, 2015, article by Gregg Goldstein: "A Magical Home & Garden"
Exceptional People, November/December 2015 (pp. 5-15), [cover story], interview by Monica Davis: "The Power of Making a Choice and Taking a Chance"


Soap Opera Digest, July 8, 2004, by SOD: Barbara Niven (ex-Liz, OLTL, 2002-03; ex-Brenda, B&B, 1996)
Michigan Live, September 13, 2008, by Elizabeth D. Lowe: Grand Blanc students captivated by actress Barbara Nivens' eating disorder struggle
Sex with Timaree, July 17, 2012, with Dr. Timaree: A Perfect Ending with Nicole Conn, Barbara Niven, and Marina Rice Bader (29:44 min.)
go|weho, September 3, 2012, by Laurie Schenden: Actress Barbara Niven Passionate About 'A Perfect Ending'
Digital Journal, March 22, 2013, by Anca Dumitru: Barbara Niven's role of a lifetime in 'A Perfect Ending'
Bullies Keep Out, April 2013, with Dana Jacoviello: Barbara Niven: BKO's First Podcast! (26:52 min.)
Celebrity United, April 2013, by Alex Graham: Barbara Niven 'Unleash Your Star Power!'
KCLA: The Dana Brenklin Show Podcast, December 13, 2013: The Barbara Niven Interview; Link #2 (30:23 min.)
The Oregonian, July 18, 2014, by Kristi Turnquist: Barbara Niven: From Portland's David Douglas High School to 'Cedar Cove'
Vancouver Courier, July 23, 2014, by Sabrina Furminger: Cedar Cove's Barbara Niven pays it forward, January 27, 2015, by Thom Rafferty: Actress Barbara Niven, YOU and Starpower. #Interview + More!
AfterBuzz TV's Spotlight On, October 31, 2016, with Marisa Serafini: Barbara Niven Interview (1:00:43 hr. video)
Be Humane on Pet Life Radio (ep.72), 2016, with Dr. Robin Ganzert: Pets Change Our Lives Forever (17:12 min.)
Loving Animals on Pet Life Radio (ep.92), 2017, with Dr. Robin Ganzert: Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond (21:23 min.)
Lady Parts TV, May 17, 2017, with Mimi Torchin & Liron Cohen: A Conversation with Barbara Niven (1:05:21 hr. video);
Lady Parts TV, September 29, 2017: Part 2 (27:32 min.); Part 3 (34:26 min.)
My Devotional Thoughts, August 27, 2017, by Ruth Mayer Hill: Interview With Actress Barbara Niven, "Chesapeake Shores"
starrymag, August 27, 2017, by Jamie Steinberg: Barbara Niven – Chesapeake Shores
Riveting Riffs, September 1st, 2017, by Joe Montague: Barbara Niven at Home on Chesapeake Shores
Hallmarkies Podcast, August 6, 2018, with Rachel: Actress Barbara Niven Interview (55:20 min.)
My Devotional Thoughts, November 18, 2018, by Ruth Mayer Hill: Interview With Actress Barbara Niven, "Christmas In Evergreen: Letters To Santa"
Best Friends For Frosting, December 24, 2018, with Melissa Johnson: How to Live Your Dreams with Barbara Niven – text intro & quote posters
Best Friends For Frosting, April 30, 2019, with Melissa Johnson: How to Live Your Dreams with Barbara Niven (54:28 min.)
Hallmark Channels' Bubbly Sesh, August 21, 2019, with Jacks and Shawl: Barbara Niven Interview-Chesapeake Shores (47:28 min.)
MediaVillage: Behind the Scenes in Hollywood, November 7, 2019, by Steve Gidlow: Hallmark Stars Barbara Niven and John Kapelos Hit the Stage in Los Angeles
Evertalk Live, November 15, 2019, with Rob Mack & Jezlan Moyet: Barbara Niven on EvertalkTV (5:40 min. video)
American-Humane, May 1, 2020, by Robin R Ganzert: Presidential Fireside Chat #7 with Barbara Niven
IndustryCentral, June 1, 2020, by Bruce Simon: Barbara Niven – Living her passion "Nesting Doll" info outdated, see following . . .
"Nesting Doll"   A movie that started one way . . . then morphed to another
Instagram, May 12, 2015: It's not just a movie. It's a movement.
EDGE Media Network, November 15, 2017: Nicole Conn Announces All-Star Cast for Film 'Nesting Doll'
CGiii Comment, 2019: "More Beautiful for Having Been Broken", original title: "Nesting Doll"
Parade Magazine, July 28, 2020, by Debra Wallace: Barbara Niven on Creating "Comfort TV" With Hallmark and Why It's Never Too Late for Love
Hallmarkies Podcast, September 20, 2020, with Kaycee Simpson: Actress Barbara Niven Interview #2 (1:00:57 hr. video)
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"Don't give up five minutes before the miracle!"

• Birthdate: February 26, 1953
• Dual US and Canadian citizenships
• Parents: George and Edie
• Sisters: Shelley and Kim
• Daughter: Jess, and 3 grandchildren
• Animal rights spokesperson


"Unleash your star power!"

• Actor, 1986–present
• Studied with Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse
• Billed as Barbara Lee Alexander from mid-80s through early-90s
• Served three years on Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors
• A media trainer and performance coach; example of a
• A media trainer and perfor(webmaster: not intended as an endorsement of SpeakerNet)
• Speaker on motivational themes and eating disorders

"Bulimia is a hidden disease. To fight it, first you have to
  recognize you have it. Then you need to start talking about it."
  Slide 20
Previous speaking engagements include: Dr. Keith Ablow Show, Detroit SAG Film Symposium, UAW-GM HR Conference, Michigan schools, Dr. Phil Show, Amazing Woman's Day and Women's Empowerment Conferences in S. California
Speaking on: "The Pressure to be Thin in Hollywood", "Eating Disorders & Pressures to be Perfect", "Giving up Perfect to Claim Your Dreams!", and "Paralyzed to Powerful" (tips learned to help save yourself from a stalker)

An Appreciation . . .
"Thank you very much, Miss Barbara Niven, for your excellent presentation to the employees at the UAW-GM Center for Human Resources and the UAW- GM Work / Family Representatives on Eating Disorders and the Pressures to be Perfect, March 17th and 18th 2008. I am certain that I can speak for both groups, when I say that seldom have we heard a topic presented so clearly and with so much passion. Several individuals approached me after the assembly and asked where they could find assistance for a family member or a friend who had been trying to cope with their disorder without professional involvement. Sharing your struggles and encouraging them to get control of their lives or to help others do so, had emboldened them to seek professional assistance. Your presentation made it clear that Eating Disorders were not limited to age, sex, color, religion or social class within our society, but it can be controlled with professional assistance. Today, you truly made a difference in the lives of those present and we very much appreciated your being able to join us."
Sincerely, Rick McKiddy, Assistant Director UAW International Union
• by permission, with Rick McKiddy adding, "Barbara is one of the most down to earth individuals I've ever met." •


September 28, 2020
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