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LevelFile
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/21
TitleJournal: 1963
Extent1 file
Date1963
DescriptionEntries dated Saturday 12 January 1963 to Sunday 29 December 1963.

Coward references an Australian production of 'Sail Away'; and comments on taking over the Broadway production of 'The Girl Who Came to Supper' due to the ill-health of Joe Layton. He refers to the casting of 'High Spirits' [Hugh Martin and Timothy Gray's musical based on 'Blithe Spirit']; and notes that the revival of 'Private Lives' in London was successful.

In April Coward attends the wedding of Princess Alexandra and Angus Ogilvy; and in July comments on William 'Willie' Somerset Maugham's unsuccessful attempt to disinherited his daughter, Liza. During the summer he makes a number of references to the Profumo affair and Stephen Ward. On 5 November he notes the death of Elsa Maxwell; and on 24 November reports on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.

People referenced in the journal include Cole Lesley; Ian Bevan; Harold Fielding; Robin Maugham; Kate Hammond; John Clements; Joan Plowright; Laurence Olivier; Kenneth Tynan; Joan Sutherland; Harold Nicolson; Geoffrey Johnson; Jay Kramer; Florence Henderson; Herman Levin; Ruth Gordon; Gar Kanin; Kitty Hart; Betty Bacall; Vivien Leigh; Jose Ferrer; Keith Michell; Hugh Martin; Timothy Gray; Ann 'Annie' and Ian Fleming; Rebecca West; Joyce Carey; Walter Wanger and Joan Bennett; George Axelrod; Maggie Leighton; Tony Quinn; Elaine Stritch; Edward Albee; Gladys Calthrop; Lorn Loraine; Graham Payn; Joe Layton; Harry Kurnitz; Dick Quine; Edward and Kathleen Molyneux; David and Hjordis Niven; Linda Sursock; Sir Robert Black; John McCallum; Lady Tait; Maggie Fitzgibbon; Kevin Colson; John 'Jack' Profumo; Valerie Hobson; Bill Holden; Capucine; Adam Faith; William Somerset Maugham; Alan Seale; Beatrice 'Beattie' Lillie; Robert Ardrey; Pat Lawford; Jean Smith; Tom Roe; Tessie O'Shea; Skitch Henderson; Sally-Ann Howes; Robert 'Bob' Kennedy; Ted Kennedy; Sharman Douglas; Jean-Pierre Aumont; Katharine Cornell; Terence 'Terry' Rattigan; Grace Phillips; Sylvia and William Ormsby-Gore; Ginette Spanier; Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt; Lena Horne; Tammy Grimes; Mary Martin and Richard Halliday; Claudette Colbert; Cyril Ritchard; Richard Rodgers; Edna Ferber; Sam Spiegel; Otto Preminger; Josh Logan; Alec and Merula Guinness; Loel and Gloria Guinness; Norman and Rosita Winston; Valentina; Blanche Blackwell
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 4
Access StatusOpen