Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/19
TitleJournal: 1960-1961
Extent1 file
DescriptionEntries dated Friday 1 January 1960 to Tuesday 26 December 1961.

During 1960 Coward reports on success with his London play 'Waiting in the Wings' and a novel 'Pomp and Circumstance'. Illness during the first part of the year kept Coward in his Swiss chalet, but later in the year he visited Morocco, London, New York and Jamaica. In February he comments on the death of Lady Edwina Mountbatten; and in May attended wedding of Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones. On 21 October he notes the death of Maybelle Webb [mother of Clifton Webb].

During 1961 Coward comments on the success of 'Sail Away' on Broadway staring Elaine Stritch, reflecting Coward's passion for travel and love of the sun. He attended the wedding of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Katharine Worsley; and on 2 November reports on the recent deaths of John 'Jack' Wilson and Guthrie McClintic.

People reference in the journal include Cole Lesley; Gladys Calthrop; Vivien Leigh; Alec Guinness; Carol Reed; Lady Pamela Mountbatten; Biddy Monckton; Otto Preminger; Lorn Loraine; William 'Bill' Holden; Fred Sadoff; Michael Redgrave; Peggy Webster; Ginette Spanier; Nancy Spain; Lord Louis 'Dickie' Mountbatten; Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Alexander, Marquess of Carisbrooke; Benita Hume; David Niven; Laurence Olivier; Joan Plowright; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; Harold Pinter; Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Princess Alexandra; Sybil Thorndike; Pamela Frankau; Marina Vlady; Mylene Demongeot; Leslie Caron; Liza and John Hope; Betsey Whitney; Harold Nicolson; Ian and Ann 'Annie' Fleming; Loelia, Duchess of Westminster; Diana Cooper; Lewis Casson; Rupert Croft-Cooke; Fred Sadoff; Joyce Carey; Maggie Leighton; Gladys Cooper; Larry Harvey; Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother; Queen Elizabeth II; Clementine Churchill; Sarah Churchill; Bob Menzies; Sybil Cholmondeley; Duncan Sandys; Pamela and David Hicks; Charlie and Oona Chaplin; Brian Aherne; Stanley Donen; Hester Chapman; Loel and Gloria Guinness; Salvador Dali; Lillian Gish; David and Hjordis Niven; Anthony and Clarissa Eden; Graham Payn; Josh Logan; Emlyn and Molly Williams; Margalo Gillmore; Louis and Kiki Jourdan; Norah Blaney; Edith Day; Micky Mac Liammoir and Hilton Edwards; Elizabeth Bowen; Anew and Marjorie McMaster; Yul and Doris Brynner; Isaac Stern; John Gielgud; Ralph Richardson; John Perry; Prince Littler; Irene Selznick; Clifton Webb; Hugh French; Lionel Bart; William 'Willie' Somerset Maugham; Sybil Payn; Lord Reith; Jack Merivale; Hedda Hopper; Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco; Leland and Pamela Heyward; Kay Thompson; Blanche Blackwell; Carmen Pringle; Charles Russell; Edward Molyneux; Marti Stevens; Elsa Maxwell; Frank Sinatra; Fred Werner; Roger Stevens; Oliver Smith; Carol Haney; Levy Lyder; Patrice Munsel; Dick Avedon; Joan Sutherland; Cyril Ritchard; Elaine Stritch; Joe Layton; John Wyndham; Dorothy Macmillan; Anna Massey; Walter and Biddy Monckton; Molly, Duchess of Buccleuch; Douglas Fairbanks Junior; Bobbie Helpmann; Prince and Princess Nicholas of Romania; Ram Gopal; Oskar Kokoschka; Paul-Emile Seidmann; Lena Horne; Sue Fonda; Nancy Spain; Nancy Mitford; Ned Rorem; Ruth Gordon; Gar Kanin; Katharine Hepburn; Spencer Tracy; Dirk Bogarde; Judy Garland; Virginia Sykes; Liza Hope; Grover Dale; Pat Harty; Richard Rodgers; Dorothy Hammerstein; Jacqueline 'Jackie' Kennedy; Paul Mellons; Nancy Hamilton; John Osborne; Charles and Mildred D'Costa; Sir Ralph Richardson and Meriel Forbes; Beverley Nichols; Victor Mature; Harold Fielding; Arthur Macrae; Adrianne Allen; Jeremy Brett
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 3
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