Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/11
TitleDiary: 1951
Extent1 file
DescriptionEntries dated Monday 1 January 1951 to Monday 31 December 1951.

During the year Coward records the deaths of Charles Cochran in January, and Ivor Novello in March. There is reference to a Garden Party for the Actors' Orphanage, where Coward and Norman Hackforth presented a sequence of medleys of Coward's own songs; and 'Relative Values' opened at the Savoy Theatre with a cast including Gladys Cooper, Angela Baddeley and Judy Campbell, with excellent reviews. In January he notes the closure of 'Ace of Clubs'; on 12 June he refers to the Festival of Britain fun fair; and throughout November discusses his cabaret performances at the Cafe de Paris.

People referenced in the diary include Ivor Novello; Robert 'Bobby' Andrews; Beatrice 'Beattie' Lillie; Olive Gilbert; Phyllis 'Phyl' Monkman; Alan Melville; Graham Payn; Max Beaverbrook; Jean Campbell; Linda Porter; Lily Pons; George Kaufman; Gertrude Lawrence; Tallulah Bankhead; Ann Rothermere; Ian Fleming; Cecil Beaton; Edward Molyneux; Rosamond Lehmann; Cecil Day Lewis; Oliver Messel; Cole Lesley; Joyce Carey; Roald Dahl; Errol Flynn and Patrice Wymore; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; John 'Jack' Wilson; Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt; Guthrie McClintic; Katharine 'Kit' Cornell; Yul Brynner; Natasha Wilson; Marlene Dietrich; Gladys Cooper; John Buckmaster; James Donald; Charles Boyer; Terence Rattigan; Dora Bryan; Joan Heal; Duke of Windsor; Douglas Fairbanks Junior; Mary Lee Fairbanks; Danny Kaye; John Mills; Laurence Olivier; Vivien Leigh; Lilli Palmer; Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Raymond Mortimer; Bob Boothby; Bette Davis; Gary Merrill; Bobbie Helpmann; Peter Finch; Mary Hayley Bell; Joan Fontanne; John Gielgud; Rene Clair; Arthur Macrae; John Perry; Toby Rowland; Molly Keane; Andre Roussin; Irene Browne; Marie Burke; Elsa Maxwell; Dickie Gordon; Judy Garland; Constance Collier; Katharine Hepburn; Norman Hackforth; Kenneth Tynan; Cyril Connolly; Tom Arnold; Lord Louis 'Dickie' and Edwina Mountbatten; Pamela Berry; Duff and Diana Cooper; Rene and Odette Massigli; Margot Fonteyn; Orson Welles; Alex Korda; Princess Margaret; Ivor Brown; Queen Mary; Lady Pamela Mountbatten; Princess Alice and Earl of Athlone; Lady Constance Milnes-Gaskell; Princess Elizabeth; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Sir Bernard and Lady Nora Docker; Mary Spears; Queen Elizabeth; Mary Martin; Sir Gerard 'Pops' d'Erlanger; Viscount Allenby and Daisy Neame
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 2
Access StatusOpen


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