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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/15
TitleJournal: 1955
Extent1 file
Date1955
DescriptionEntries dated 1 January 1955 to 25 December 1955.

During the year Coward rewrites 'South Sea Bubble' and starts work on a novel, 'Pomp and Circumstance'. He experiences a profitable season signing and performing cabaret at Desert Inn, Las Vegas. CBS television arranged a special cabaret concert with Mary Martin and success in America [coupled with bad press in England] leads to thoughts about emigration. In January he notes that he has read the proof of Ian Fleming's latest book ['Moonraker']; and in February and March comments on Princess Margaret's visit to the Caribbean. He records the closure of 'Quadrille' in March; and on 1 May notes the death of Constance Collier.

People referenced in the journal include John 'Jack' Wilson; Claudette Colbert; Cole Lesley; Paul-Emile Seidmann and Ginette Spanier; John Parachini; Sylvia Foot and Sir Hugh Foot; Princess Margaret; Norman Manley; Irving and Ellen Berlin; Ian and Ann 'Annie' Fleming; Adlai Stevenson; Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; Charles Russell; Lance Hamilton; Mary Martin; Judy Holliday; David and Hjordis Niven; Pat Marr-Johnson; Bill Paley; Norman Hackforth; Joe Glaser; Natasha Wilson; Marlen Dietrich; Katharine Cornell; Tyrone Power; Valentina; Greta Garbo; Madeleine Sherwood; Graham Payn; Lady Nancy Astor; Rebecca West; Johnnie Ray; Terry Moore; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; Constance Collier; Joyce Carey; Vivien Leigh; Lord Louis 'Dickie' and Edwina Mountbatten; Edwige Feuillere; Micheline Presle; Pierre Fresnay; Yvonne Printemps; Lorn Loraine; Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Beatrice Lillie; Clifton Webb; Hermione Gingold; Yvonne Arnaud; Alfred Dixon; Guthrie McClintic; Charles 'Charlie' Feldman; Judy Garland; Rita Hayworth; Peter Matz; Zsa Zsa Gabor; Greer Garson; Jean Simmons; Louella Parsons; Monty Woolley; Michael Wilding; Rosemary Clooney; Jane Powell; Sammy Davis Junior; Laurence Olivier; Frank Sinatra; Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Joan Fontaine; Joe Cotten; Peter Glenville; Larry Harvey; William and Edie Goetz; George Burns and Gracie Allen; Kay Thompson; Jeanette MacDonald; Goddard Lieberson; Cole Porter; Tallulah Bankhead; Van Johnson; Jeanne Gregory; Ethel Merman; Mike Todd; Danny Kaye; Fred Astaire; Merle Oberon; Kirk Douglas; Marlon Brando; Rex Evans; Charles Vidor; Tom Tryon; Chuck Bowden and Richard Barr; Lilli Palmer and Carlos Thompson; Evelyn Waugh; Diana Cooper; Frederick 'Freddie' Ashton; Raymond Mortimer; Cecil Tennant; Tarquin Olivier; John Gielgud; June Whitfield; Juliet Duff; Ninette de Valois; Sol Hurok; Richard Halliday; Pete Matz; Ann Todd; Jerry Shaw; Margaret 'Maggie' Case; Gladys Cooper; Siobhan McKenna; Bennet Korn and Moura Lympany; Theo Seely; Max Beaverbrook; William Somerset Maugham
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 3
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