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LevelFile
Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/4
TitleDiary: 1944
Extent1 file
Date1944
DescriptionEntries dated Saturday 1 January 1944 to Sunday 31 December 1944.

There are numerous references to events during the Second World War including, in August, the fall of Paris [to the French]. In August Coward attended the first night of 'Peer Gynt' by Ibsen and, in September, a performance of 'Richard III' by Laurence Olivier in the title role. There are various comments about Maurice Chevalier being suspected of collaborating with the Germans.

People referenced in the diary include Fred Astaire; David Niven; Michael Redgrave; Maurice Chevalier; Sacha Guitry; J. Arthur Rank; Mistinguett; Josephine Baxter; Loelia, Duchess of Westminster; Laura Corrigan
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 1
Access StatusOpen