Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/1
TitleDiary: 1941
Extent1 file
DescriptionEntries dated Wednesday 1 January 1941 to Wednesday 31 December 1941.

Entries discuss newspaper articles concerning Coward and his work during the Second World War; references to events during the war, including comments on the attack on Pearl Harbour, December 1941; and reference, in October, to a court case concerning Coward's alleged undeclared earnings from America. Coward attends a showing of 'Down Argentine Way' [1940 Technicolor musical film starring Betty Grable] and there are numerous references to 'Blithe Spirit' and 'In Which We Serve' [working title 'White Ensign'].

People referenced in the diary include Robert Menzies, Australian Prime Minister; Judy Campbell; Lord Louis Mountbatten; Lady Edwina Mountbatten; TRH Prince George and Princess Marina, Duke and Duchess of Kent; Darryl Zanuck; Michael Foot; Michael Redgrave; Lady Nancy Astor; Sir Laurence Olivier; Vivien Leigh; Norman Hackforth; Sir Gerald Campbell; Fruity Metcalfe [Major Edward Dudley Metcalfe]; Charles Thorpe; Filippo del Guidice; Lady Milford Haven; Major Brojah Brooking; Beatrice and Anthony Eden; Winston Churchill; Clementine Churchill; George Bernard Shaw; Winifred Ashton; James Mason; Prince Philip of Greece [later HRH The Duke of Edinburgh]; David Niven; Gwen ffrangcon-Davies; John Gielgud; Celia Johnson; Adrianne Allen; Peter Fleming; Jack Beddington
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 1
Access StatusOpen


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