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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/16
TitleJournal: 1956
Extent1 file
Date1956
DescriptionEntries dated Sunday 1 January 1956 to Monday 31 December 1956.

During the year Coward reports on the London stage successes of 'South Sea Bubble' and 'Nude with Violin', both receiving poor press reception but popular with public. He spent much of the year in America, starring in live TV broadcasts of 'Blithe Spirit' and 'The Happy Breed', and recorded album of his own songs. He comments on a television interview with Ed Murrow; and narrated Ogden Nash's verse for 'Carnival of the Animals' at Carnegie Hall. A number of entries refer to the negative press reaction following Coward's decision to live abroad, in Bermuda [in part, for tax reasons].

In January Coward resigned the Presidency of the Actors' Orphanage, on account on relocating to Bermuda. In July and August he reports on the pregnancy of Vivien Leigh, her departure from 'South Sea Bubble' and then, shortly afterwards, her miscarriage. In November he comments that Beatrice Eden [former wife of Anthony Eden] is gravely ill. A number of entries continue to be concerned with the failing health of John 'Jack' Wilson.

People referenced in the journal include Graham Payn; Frank 'Frankie' Sinatra; Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall; Danny Kaye; Mike Romanoff; Samuel Goldwyn; Lucille Ball; Mike Todd; Irving Lazar; Claudette Colbert; Mildred Natwick; Ethel Barrymore; Fritzi Massary; Charles Russell; Harry Ackerman; Clifton Webb; Gladys Calthrop; Joyce Carey; Marlene Dietrich; Sir Dingwall 'Dingo' Bateson; Cole Lesley; Lorn Loraine; Patience Erskine; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; John Gielgud; Alec Woollcott; Winifred Ashton [Clemence Dane]; Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh; Peter Finch; Ronald Lewis; Sylvia Cecil; Lance Hamilton; David Holtzmann; Elsa Aarons; Bill Paley; John 'Jack' Wilson; Ed Sullivan; Edna Best; Kay Kendall; Rex Harrison; Patricia Cutts; Katharine Cornell and Guthrie McClintic; Gladys Cooper; Cathleen Nesbitt; Julie Andrews; Diana Cooper; Olga Lynn; Iris Tree; Edward Molyneux; Pamela Churchill; Wendy Russell; Loel and Gloria Guinness; Duke and Duchess of Windsor; Joe and Mary Huber; Captain Jewell; Edith Evans; Ginette Spanier; David Horne; Pete Matz; Rudolf Bing; Maria Callas; Bill Stephenson; Anthony and Clarissa Eden
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 3
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