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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/17
TitleJournal: 1957
Extent1 file
Date1957
DescriptionEntries dated Sunday 6 January 1957 to Sunday 29 December 1957.

Coward reports on a long winter spent in Jamaica and a visit to London during the summer. He comments on replacing John Gielgud with Michael Wilding in 'Nude with Violin', Coward then later rehearsing the role himself for Broadway. There is reference to negative publicity in the UK press regarding Coward's emigration to Bermuda.

In February he comments on the resignation of Anthony Eden as Prime Minister, stating 'a tragic figure who had been cast in a star part well above his capacities'. In May he refers to the production of the 'Theatrical Companion to Coward' by Gog and Magog [Coward's name for Raymond Mander and Joe Mitchenson]. On 29 September he offers comments on the Wolfenden Report on Homosexuality.

People referenced in the journal include Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; John Perry; Terence 'Terry' Rattigan; Laurence Olivier; Winifred 'Winnie' Ashton [Clemence Dane]; Gladys Calthrop; Edward Molyneaux; Cole Lesley; Phyllis Calvert and Peter Murray Hill; Natasha Wilson; Lorn Loraine; Rebecca West; Walter Lippman; Joe Alsop; Lew Douglas; William 'Willie' Somerset Maugham; Lord Hailes; Sir Hugh Foot; Jack Buchanan; Michael Wilding; Charles Russell; Lance Hamilton; Gladys Cooper; John Williams; Mildred 'Millie' Natwick; Margaret 'Maggie' Leighton; John 'Jack' Wilson; Eddie Fisher; Debbie Reynolds; Madeleine Sherwood; Howard Lindsay; Dorothy Stickney; Lord Montgomery [of Alamein]; Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; John Gordon; Graham Payn; Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Prince Edward 'Eddie', Duke of Kent; Kenneth Rose; Beatrice Eden; Randolph Churchill; Pam Berry; Loelia, Duchess of Westminster; Ann 'Annie' Fleming; Virginia Cowles; Malcolm Muggeridge; Patrick Kinross; Sylvia Foot; Dorothy Dickson; Deborah Kerr; Mike Todd; Elizabeth 'Liz' Taylor; Oliver Messel; Freddie Carpenter; Kenneth 'Kenny' More; Lord Louis 'Dickie' and Edwina Mountbatten; Teddie Thompson; John Counsell; Daniel Massey; Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret; Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Princess Mary, The Princess Royal; Princess Alexandra; Prince Henry and Princess Alice, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester; Norman Hartnell; Winnifreda, Countess of Portarlington; Vivien Leigh; Molly, Duchess of Buccleuch; Marilyn Monroe; Rosie Dolly; Pam Frankau; Peggy Webster; George Schlee; Greta Garbo; Gary Cooper; Mike Todd; Van Johnson; Alan Searle; Louis 'Loulou' Jourdan; Barbara Hutton; Marie McDonald; Richard Hearne; Marlene Dietrich; Clifton Webb; George Cukor; Cole Porter; Kay Kendall; Tyrone Power; Billy Wilder; Charles Laughton and Elsa Lanchester; Fred Astaire; Joe Cotton; Robert Mitchum; Fritzi Massary; Barbara Stanwyck; Frank 'Frankie' Sinatra; Roger Edens; Billy Graham; Ethel Waters; Irving Lazar; Virginia Zanuck; Joan Copeland; Katharine Cornell and Guthrie McClintic; Lillian Gish and Dorothy Gish; Johnnie Ray; Ed Sullivan; Pete Matz; Joyce Carey; Sam Spiegel; Eleanor Roosevelt
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 3
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