Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/23
TitleJournal: 1965
Extent1 file
DescriptionEntries dated Tuesday 5 January 1965 to Thursday 16 December 1965.

In January Coward comments on the notes he is making for 'Past Conditional' [the volume of 1930s memoirs he never finished]. During February Coward refers to the visit of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother to Jamaica. He refers to his last major play 'A Song at Twilight'; and a holiday to the Seychelles left Coward with ill-health. On 4 April he records the death of Winifred 'Winnie' Ashton [Clemence Dane]. In May and June he comments on the Homosexual Bill in the House of Lords; and on 4 July notes that he saw The Beatles and met Brian Epstein backstage.

People referenced in the journal include Johan Castberg; Katharine 'Kit' Cornell; Nancy Hamilton; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; Cole Lesley; Graham Payn; Winston Churchill; Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne; Lex Barker; Sophia Loren; Peter Ustinov; Edward Molyneux; Ginette Spanier; Maurice Chevalier; Sophie Desmarets; Jean Poiret; Nicole Courcelle; Gaby Sylva; Francois Perrier; Paul-Emile Seidmann; Maria Callas; Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones; Sharman Douglas; Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother; Vivien Leigh; Jack Merivale; Beatrice 'Bumble' Dawson; Billy Chappell; Bob Menzies; Nureyev; Margot Fonteyn; Phyllis Monkman; Lionel Bart; John Gielgud; Blanche Blackwell; Lorn Loraine; Nicky Malabre; Clementine Churchill; Dick Addinsell; Victor Stiebel; Irene Brown; Patrick Woodcock; James Pope-Hennessy; Peter Sellers and Britt Ekland; Gladys Cooper; Maggie Leighton; Joe Layton; Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer; Adrianne Allen; Dorothy Hammerstein; Kay Thompson; Merle Oberon; Brian Epstein; Wendy Hanson; Diana Cooper; Liz and Raimund von Hofmansthal; Princess Olga; Prince Paul; Sarah Churchill; Bob Ardrey; Joyce Carey; William Fairchild; David Stone; Julie Andrews; Robin Maugham; Glen Byam Shaw; Gladys Calthrop; Danny La Rue; Joan Littlewood; Peter Arne; Willis Hall; Keith Waterhouse; Irene Worth; Anna Neagle; Nigel Patrick; Avice Landon; Maxine Audley; Phyllis Calvert; Vivien Leigh; Michael Wilding; Lilli Palmer; David and Hjordis Niven; William Somerset Maugham; Alan Searle; Sam Spiegel; Burt Lancaster; Evelyn Baring; Graham Sutherland; Carlo Palmucci; Franco Zeffirelli; Bob Stephens; Maggie Smith; Vivian Matalon; Patrick Guinness; Gerry Le Grand
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 4
Access StatusOpen


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