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Noël Coward


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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 ... more »

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  • ''Extraordinary how potent cheap music is.''
    Noël Coward (1899-1973), British actor, playwright, composer. Amanda, in Private Lives, act 1 (1930), published in Play Parade (1931). In the 1930...
  • When Mabelle Webb died, Clifton began the mourning that lasted until his own death. Noel Coward noted in a letter, . . . "Poor Clifton . . . is still, after two months, wailing and sobbing over Mabell...
    Noël Coward (1899-1973), British playwright and actor. As quoted in The Mother Book, "Sing Out Louise" by Liz Smith (1978).
  • ''Things that we do
    'Neath the Red, White and Blue,
    Though they can't be called happy or glorious,
    Certainly keep us notorious.''
    Noël Coward (1899-1973), British playwright, actor, composer. Bright Young People, Collected Sketches and Lyrics (1931).
  • We give lovely parties that last through the night,
    I dress as a woman and scream with delight,
    We wake up at lunch time and find we're still tight.
    What could be duller than that...
    Noël Coward (1899-1973), British playwright, actor, composer. Bright Young People, Collected Sketches and Lyrics (1931).
  • ''Certain women should be struck regularly like gongs.''
    Noël Coward (1899-1973), British actor, playwright, composer. Elyot, in Private Lives, act 3 (1930), published in Play Parade (1931).
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