NOËL COWARD

Noël Coward was an English playwright composer, director, actor, and singer known for his wit and what Time Magazine called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, posh and poise.” He was born in a suburb of London and made his professional stage debut at eleven. He wrote and published more than 50 plays including Fallen Angels, The Vortex, Hay Fever, Easy Virtue, Private Lives, Design For Living, Present Laughter, Blithe Spirit, and Waiting in the Wings. He is also the author of more than 300 songs including “Mad About the Boy,” “Mad Dogs and Englishmen,” and “London Pride,” more than a dozen musical theatre pieces, poetry, short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. His stage and film acting and directing credits spanned six decades and included many of his own works. He was knighted in 1969, elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and received a Lifetime Tony Award in 1970.

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