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Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".

Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works.

At the outbreak of World War II, Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service, seeking to use his influence to persuade the American public and government to help Britain. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama, In Which We Serve, and was knighted in 1969. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs, such as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "London Pride" and "I Went to a Marvellous Party".

His plays and songs achieved new popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, and his work and style continue to influence popular culture. Coward did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward's diaries and letters, published posthumously. The former Albery Theatre (originally the New Theatre) in London was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre in his honour in 2006.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Noël Coward, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".

Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works.

At the outbreak of World War II, Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service, seeking to use his influence to persuade the American public and government to help Britain. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama, In Which We Serve, and was knighted in 1969. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs, such as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "London Pride" and "I Went to a Marvellous Party".

His plays and songs achieved new popularity in the 1960s and 1970s, and his work and style continue to influence popular culture. Coward did not publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, but it was discussed candidly after his death by biographers including Graham Payn, his long-time partner, and in Coward's diaries and letters, published posthumously. The former Albery Theatre (originally the New Theatre) in London was renamed the Noël Coward Theatre in his honour in 2006.

Description above from the Wikipedia article Noël Coward, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Personal Info

Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 57

Birthday 1899-12-16

Day of Death 1973-03-26

Place of Birth Teddington, Middlesex, England, UK

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Also Known As

  • Noël Peirce Coward
  • Sir Noël Peirce Coward
  • Sir Noël Coward
  • Noel Coward
  • Sir Noel Coward

Writing TV ShowsMovies

2017 Present Laughter Screenplay
2014 West End Theatre Series: Private Lives Writer
2008 Easy Virtue Theatre Play
2000 Relative Values Story
1987 Sidste akt Writer
1985 Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill Writer
1985 Bon Voyage Story
1985 Me and the Girls Writer
1985 What Mad Pursuit Writer
1985 What Mad Persuit Writer
1985 Mrs. Capper's Birthday Writer
1985 Star Quality Writer
1984 Hay Fever Writer
1982 A Song At Twilight Writer
1982 Come Into The Garden Maud Writer
1981 Present Laughter Writer
1979 Design for Living Writer
1976 Private Lives Writer
1974 Brief Encounter Author
1969 The Vortex Writer
1968 Interlude Writer
1967 Pretty Polly Story
1964 A Choice of Coward: Design for Living Writer
1957 Witness for the Prosecution Dialogue
1956 Blithe Spirit Writer
1952 Meet Me Tonight Writer
1950 The Astonished Heart Writer
1945 Brief Encounter Writer
1945 Blithe Spirit Screenplay Theatre Play
1944 This Happy Breed Theatre Play
1942 In Which We Serve Writer
1942 We Were Dancing Theatre Play
1940 Bitter Sweet Theatre Play
1933 Design for Living Theatre Play
1933 Bitter Sweet Novel
1933 Cavalcade Screenplay Writer Novel
1933 Tonight Is Ours Author
1931 Private Lives Theatre Play
1928 The Vortex Author
1928 Easy Virtue Adaptation

Acting

1969 The Italian Job as Mr. Bridger
1968 Boom! as The Witch of Capri
1967 Androcles and the Lion as Caesar
1965 Bunny Lake Is Missing as Horatio Wilson
1964 Paris When It Sizzles as Alexander Meyerheim
1960 Surprise Package as King Pavel II
1959 Our Man in Havana as Hawthorne
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days as Roland Hesketh-Baggott
1956 Blithe Spirit as Charles Condomine
1950 The Astonished Heart as Dr. Christian Faber
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show (2 episodes)
1947 The Tony Awards (1 episode) as Recipient
1945 Brief Encounter as Train Station Announcer (uncredited)
1945 Blithe Spirit as Narrator (uncredited)
1945 Le Journal de la Résistance as Himself - Narrator (English version)
1942 In Which We Serve as Captain E. V. Kinross R.N. / Captain 'D'
1936 Men Are Not Gods as Passer-by (uncredited)
1935 The Scoundrel as Anthony Mallare
1918 Hearts of the World as The Man with the Wheelbarrow / A Villager in the Streets

Production

1963 The Caretaker Associate Producer
1945 Brief Encounter Producer
1945 Blithe Spirit Producer
1944 This Happy Breed Producer
1942 In Which We Serve Producer

Sound

1999 Twentieth Century Blues: The Songs of Noël Coward Music
1942 In Which We Serve Music
1933 The Little Damozel Music

Directing

1956 Blithe Spirit Director
1942 In Which We Serve Director

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