Record

LevelFile
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/26
TitleJournal: 1968-1970
Extent1 file
Date1968-1970
DescriptionEntries dated Wednesday 23 January 1968 to Sunday 25 January 1970.

During 1968 Coward comments on his role in 'The Italian Job'. He made an ambitious journey including a visit to Hong Kong. There is reference to a television appearance with David Frost and comments about the stage success of 'Brief Encounter' in Paris. There are references to Coward's enjoyment of painting, time spent in Jamaica during the winter and Switzerland during the summer. On 3 November he comments on the memorial service for Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent [following her death on 27 August 1968].

1969 was the final full year in which Coward kept a diary, although entries are more sporadic than previous years. On 27 April he reports the death of Queen Victoria Eugenie of Spain. In December he comments on the BBC television celebrations scheduled to mark his 70th birthday; and he also comments of the government's offer of a knighthood to him.

People referenced in the journal include Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; John Perry; Gladys Calthrop; Graham Payn; Cole Lesley; Peter Bridge; Celia Johnson; Danny La Rue; Ted Seago; Joyce Carey; Jeremy Thorpe; Larry Harvey; Linda Sursock; Edward and Mary Spears; Ginette Spanier; Billie More; Lauren 'Betty' Bacall; David Pelham; Dorothy 'Dottie' Dickson; George Baker; Stanley Hall; Carol Channing; Ross Taylor; John Neville; George Cukor; John Dexter; Michael Caine; Tony Beckley; Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother; Adrianne Allen; Cathleen Nesbitt; Merle Oberon and Bruno Pagliai; Field Marshall Sir Claud Auchinleck; Hester Chapman; George Balanchine; Julie Andrews; Daniel 'Danny' Massey; Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Ali Forbes; Dorothy Hammerstein; Mireille Matthieu; Peter Collinson; Jill Bennett; John Osborne; Claudette Colbert; Diana Cooper; Brian and Eleanor Aherne; Mollie, Duchess of Buccleuch; Peter Coates; Michael and Dulcie Denison; Joan Hirst; Joe Layton; Hal Burton; Robert 'Bobby' Andrews; Maggie Leighton; Michael Wilding; Anna Massey; David Niven; Lynn Fontanne and Alfred Lunt; Natasha Wilson; Katharine 'Kit' Cornell; Nancy Hamilton; William 'Bill' Whitney; Lionel Bart; Fabia Drake; Patrick Woodcock; Sybil Cholmondeley; Loel and Gloria Guinness; Joe Losey; Valentina; Josephine Chaplin; Evelyn 'Boo' Laye; Radie Harris; John Gilpin; Pat Dolin; Queen Elizabeth II; Princess Margaret and Antony Armstrong-Jones
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 4
Access StatusOpen