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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/12
TitleDiary: 1952
Extent1 file
Date1952
DescriptionEntries dated Tuesday 1 January 1952 to Wednesday 31 December 1952.

On 6 February Coward reports on the death of King George VI; on 24 March Coward and Cole Lesley act as witnesses at the marriage of Ian Fleming and Ann Rothermere [following the latter's divorce from Lord Rothermere]; there are references, in April, to Vivien Leigh's mental exhaustion; on 26 April Coward attended a performance of 'Gigi'; in August there are comments on a trip to France and Italy, including driving along the Appian Way; on 16 October Coward reports on the christening of Caspar Fleming, son of Ann and Ian Fleming, Coward being his godfather.

There is reference to a new West End comedy, 'Quadrille', written for Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; a season of cabaret at the Cafe de Paris; and, on 6 September, comments concerning the death of Gertrude Lawrence.

People referenced in the diary include Michael MacOwan; Cole Lesley; Mary Martin; Anthony Forwood; Violet Coward; Norman Hackforth; Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Lorn Loraine; John 'Jack' Wilson; Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; Natasha Wilson; Goddard Lieberson; Valentina; Greta Garbo; Dorothy Stickney; Marlene Dietrich; Dick Rodgers; Guthrie McClintic; Katharine Cornell; Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh; Gertrude Lawrence; Beatrice 'Beattie' Lillie; David Niven; Ian Fleming and Ann 'Annie' Rothermere; Aggie de Mille; Megan Lloyd George; Thelmas Cazalet Keir; Gladys Calthrop; Gertrude 'Gertie' Millar, Countess of Dudley; Leslie Banks; Yul Brynner; Ethel Merman; Tallulah Bankhead; Johnnie Ray; Adrianne Allen; Robert and Madeleine Sherwood; Bridget and Walter Monckton; Cecil Beaton; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; David Holtzmann; Esme Wynne; Gladys Cooper; Lena Horne; Gene Kelly; Joyce Carey; Danny Kaye; Errol Flynn; Douglas Fairbanks Junior; Mary Lee Fairbanks; Leonard Lyons; Randolph Churchill; John Gielgud; Arnold Weissberger; Emlyn Williams; Queen Elizabeth; Princess Margaret; Richard Halliday; Jose Ferrer; Jack Benny; Daniel Massey; Boy Browning; Tennessee Williams; Fanny Holtzmann; Graham Payn; Simon Lack; Douglas Glass; Michael Benthall; Dorothy 'Dotty' Dickson; Doris Dalton; Daphne du Maurier; Charlie Chaplin; Oona Chaplin; John and Mary Mills; Rachel Redgrave (nee Kempson); Hester Chapman; Angus Wilson; Derek Hill; Pearl Bailey; Oliver Messel; Pierre Balmain; Ginette Spanier; Ruth Gordon; Gar Kanin; Margaret 'Maggie' Leighton; Arthur Rubinstein; Alex Korda; Irwin Shaw; Lady Alexandra Korda; Marcel Achard; Sybil Payn; Edith Evans; Eileen Herlie; Cyril Connolly; Fiona and Peter Quennell; Patricia and John, Lord Brabourne; Doreen, Lady Brabourne
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 2
Access StatusOpen