|Noël Coward Quick Info|
|Date of Birth||December 16, 1899|
|Date of Death||March 26, 1973|
Noël Coward was an English playwright, composer, director, actor, singer, and stage artist who made his professional stage début at the age of 11. He eventually garnered acclaim as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards including Private Lives, London Calling!, Present Laughter, I’ll Leave It to You, Fallen Angels, Hay Fever, The Vortex, The Marquise, Design for Living, and Peace In Our Time. In addition to that, he also composed various sings as well as appeared in several films such as In Which We Serve, Around the World in 80 Days, Bunny Lake Is Missing, The Astonished Heart, Boom!, Brief Encounter, Our Man in Havana, Paris When It Sizzles, Surprise Package, The Scoundrel, and The Italian Job.
Sir Noël Peirce Coward
He was born on December 16, 1899.
On March 26, 1973, Noël Coward died of heart failure at the age of 73 at his home in Firefly Estate in Jamaica.
Teddington, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom
Noël Coward attended Chapel Royal Choir School. He also attended a dance academy in London.
Playwright, Composer, Director, Actor, Singer, Stage Artist
- Father – Arthur Sabin Coward (1856-1937) (Piano Salesperson)
- Mother – Violet Agnes Coward (1863-1954)
- Siblings – Russell Arthur Coward (Brother), Eric Coward (Brother)
- Others – Henry Gordon Veitch (Maternal Grandfather)
Noël Coward was managed by Jack Wilson.
6 ft or 183 cm
78 kg or 172 lbs
Girlfriend / Boyfriend / Spouse
Noël Coward had dated –
- Cecil Beaton – He had an affair with Cecil Beaton, a British fashion, portrait, and war photographer, diarist, painter, and interior designer.
- Laurence Olivier
- Louisa d’Andelot Carpenter
- Loomis Dean
- Richard Hageman
- Philip Tonge
- Marlon Brando
- W. Somerset Maugham
- James Donald
- Eva Gabor
- Tom Tryon – It is RUMORed that Noël Coward once had an encounter with American actor and novelist Tom Tryon.
- Prince George, Duke of Kent (1923-1942) – He allegedly had an affair with Prince George, Duke of Kent (a member of the British royal family who was the 4th son of King George V and Queen Mary) between 1923 and 1942. Although biographers differ on whether the relationship was platonic, Coward reportedly admitted to the historian Michael Thornton that there had been “a little dalliance”. Later, on the duke’s death, Noël Coward stated, “I suddenly find that I loved him more than I knew.”
- John C. Wilson (1924-1930) – He dated American theatre director and producer John C. Wilson from 1924 to 1930. John also served as Coward’s business manager.
- Graham Payn (mid-1940s-1973) – In the mid-1940s, Noël Coward started going out with South African actor and singer Graham Payn and they remained together until Noël Coward’s death in 1973.
Race / Ethnicity
Salt and Pepper
Following the convention of his times, his sexuality was never publicly mentioned.
- Flamboyant lifestyle
- Witty personality
He was agnostic and once said, “Do I believe in God? I can’t say No and I can’t say Yes, To me it’s anybody’s guess.”
Noël Coward Facts
- Alongside John Mills, Bernard Miles, and Celia Johnson, he co-starred as Captain E. V. Kinross in the 1942 patriotic war film In Which We Serve. This role won Noël Coward an Academy Honorary Award in 1943.
- For his services to drama, he was knighted in the 1970 Queen’s New Year Honours List.
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