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Also Known As: Sir Noel Coward, Noel Peirce Coward Died: March 26, 1973
Born: December 16, 1899 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Middlesex, England, GB Profession: actor, playwright, novelist, screenwriter, singer, poet, director, producer, composer

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A prolific British playwright, songwriter and actor whose work reflected both an acidic modern cynicism and a sentimental longing for his Edwardian childhood, Noël Coward became one of the most successful and influential performing artists of the 20th century. From his time as a childhood actor on the stage, Coward achieved great critical and financial success, particularly after coming into his own as a playwright in the early 1920s with risqué hits like "The Better Half" (1922), "The Vortex" (1924) and "Easy Virtue" (1926). Thriving during the Great Depression, Coward saw many of his plays adapted into successful films like "Cavalcade" (1933) and "Design for Living" (1933), as well wrote his best known work, "Private Lives" (1931). Though his career was sidetracked by World War II, where he began a fruitful collaboration with David Lean on the wartime propaganda film "In Which We Serve" (1942). Lean successfully adapted the play "Blithe Spirit" (1945) and commissioned Coward to write an original script for "Brief Encounter" (1945). But after the war, Coward struggled to regain his prewar success with his pen, though he appeared more frequently on the big screen in films like "Around the World in 80...

A prolific British playwright, songwriter and actor whose work reflected both an acidic modern cynicism and a sentimental longing for his Edwardian childhood, Noël Coward became one of the most successful and influential performing artists of the 20th century. From his time as a childhood actor on the stage, Coward achieved great critical and financial success, particularly after coming into his own as a playwright in the early 1920s with risqué hits like "The Better Half" (1922), "The Vortex" (1924) and "Easy Virtue" (1926). Thriving during the Great Depression, Coward saw many of his plays adapted into successful films like "Cavalcade" (1933) and "Design for Living" (1933), as well wrote his best known work, "Private Lives" (1931). Though his career was sidetracked by World War II, where he began a fruitful collaboration with David Lean on the wartime propaganda film "In Which We Serve" (1942). Lean successfully adapted the play "Blithe Spirit" (1945) and commissioned Coward to write an original script for "Brief Encounter" (1945). But after the war, Coward struggled to regain his prewar success with his pen, though he appeared more frequently on the big screen in films like "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956) and "Our Man in Havana" (1959). Following his last onscreen performance in "The Italian Job" (1969), Coward retired from acting and died just a few years later. With his lisping speech, penchant for long cigarette holders, and elegant persona, Coward was a modern day Oscar Wilde whose charisma, talent and wit made him a major star both onstage and off.

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DIRECTOR:

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  In Which We Serve (1942) Director
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  Together With Music (1955) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Androcles and the Lion (1967) Caesar
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 Together With Music (1955) Host
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Milestones close milestones

1911:
Stage acting debut in London children's show, "The Goldfish"
1917:
Screen acting debut in D.W. Griffith's "Hearts of the World"
1927:
First plays (three) adapted for screen
1929:
Sketch "Early Mourning" adapted for talking short
1931:
First US film adaptation, "Private Lives"
1933:
Wrote first screenplay, "Bitter Sweet"
1935:
Returned to film acting in "The Scoundrel"
1942:
First film as producer and co-director (with David Lean), "In Which We Serve"; received special Oscar for the film
1946:
First work adapted for TV, "Blithe Spirit" (NBC)
1955:
First appeared on TV (also directed), "Together with Music", a CBS variety special
1955:
Began nightclub appearances
1967:
Last TV appearance, as Caesar in "Androcles and the Lion" (NBC)
1969:
Last film appearance, "The Italian Job"
1970:
Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
1987:
Five short stories adapted for TV (PBS)
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Education

St Margaret's School: -
Chapel Royal School: -

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companion:
Jack Wilson. Theatrical manager. Together from mid-1920s through mid-1930s; later married Natasha Paley.
companion:
Jack Wilson. Grocery store owner. Of Lebanese ancestry.
companion:
Alan Webb. Had two; survived him.
companion:
Alan Webb. Actor. Together in late 1930s.
companion:
Michael Redgrave. Actor. Had relationship in the late 1930s.
companion:
Michael Redgrave. Marernal grandparents had been performers in Germany.
companion:
Graham Payn. Had three.
companion:
Graham Payn. Actor, author. Together off and on from 1945; was made heir to Coward's estate.
companion:
Bill Traylor. Actor. Together briefly in late 1950s.
companion:
Bill Traylor. Had four; survived him.
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grandfather:
James Coward. Organist. Paternal grandfather; born in 1824; died in 1880.
grandfather:
James Coward. Grocery store owner. Of Jordanian ancestry.
grandmother:
Janet Margaret Coward. Paternal grandmother; born in 1833; died in 1890.
grandmother:
Janet Margaret Coward. Has three children.
grandfather:
Henry Gordon Veitch. British Navy lieutenant. Maternal grandfather; born in 1814; died in 1863.
grandfather:
Henry Gordon Veitch. Survived by a daughter and a son.
grandmother:
Mary Kathleen Veitch. Married.
grandmother:
Mary Kathleen Veitch. Maternal grandmother; born in Ireland in 1837; died in 1908.
father:
Arthur Sabin Coward. Clerk, salesman for music firm. Born in 1856; died in 1937.
father:
Arthur Sabin Coward. Survived him.
mother:
Violet Agnes Coward. Survived him.
mother:
Violet Agnes Coward. Born in 1863; died in 1954.
brother:
Russell Arthur Blackmore Coward. Born in 1891; died of spinal meningitis in 1898.
brother:
Russell Arthur Blackmore Coward. Survived him.
brother:
Eric Vidal Coward. Born in 1905; died in 1933.
brother:
Eric Vidal Coward. Survived by three.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Present Indicative" Heinemann
"Middle East Diary" Heinemann
"Future Indefinite" Heinemann
"The Life of Noel Coward" Jonathan Cape
"A Talent to Amuse" Pavilion Books
"Noel Coward" Simon & Schuster
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