Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/H/9
TitleDiary: 1949
Extent1 file
DescriptionEntries dated Saturday 1 January 1949 to Saturday 31 December 1949.

Coward refers to his work on 'The Astonished Heart' and the production of the film during the summer. In January he visits New York and then Jamaica, during which time he worked on lyrics, plays and short stories as well as painting. He visits America again in May and comments on a meeting of the Actors' Orphanage in September. Coward continues to work on 'Future Indefinite' and, in May, records the death of Neysa MacMein.

People referenced in the diary include Joyce Carey; Gladys Calthrop; Sir Dingwall 'Dingo' Bateson; Lorn Loraine; Fanny Holtzmann; Graham Greene; Robb Stewart; David Niven; Frank Owen; Sibyl Colefax; Gertrude Lawrence; Graham Payn; Violet Coward; Evelyn Waugh; Coco Chanel; John 'Jack' and Natasha Wilson; Neysa McMein; Cole Porter; Arnold Weissberger; Milton Goldman; Tallulah Bankhead; Elsa Maxwell; Leonora Corbett; General Dwight Eisenhower; Mike Todd; Margaret 'Maggie' Case; Charles Boyer; Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin; Valentina; Cecil Beaton; Beverley Nichols; Irene Selznick; Max Beaverbrook; Ivor Novello; Bill and Barbara Paley; Vincent and Minnie Astor; Gladys Cooper and John Buckmaster; Sir William 'Bill' Stephenson; Robert 'Bobby' Andrews; Oliver Gilbert; Zena Dare; Mary Martin; Gower Champion; Tony Darnborough; J. Arthur Rank; Ann Rothermere and Ian Fleming; Daphne du Maurier; Teddie Thompson; HRH Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent; Countess Torring; Ivor Novello; Hugh 'Binkie' Beaumont; Elsie Randolph and Vernon Page; Marlene Dietrich; Alfred Hitchcock; Michael Wilding; Jane Wyman; Tyrone Power; Ann Todd; Isabel Jeans; Celia Johnson; Maggie Leighton; Edith Evans; John Gielgud; Cyril Ritchard; Madge Elliott; Rebecca West; Charles Russell and Lance Hamilton; Kay Hammond; John Clements; Paul-Emile Seidmann and Ginette Spanier; Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret Rose; Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh; Muir Mathieson; Eric Ambler; J. B. Priestley; William Somerset Maugham; Prince Littler; Peter Daubeny; Edna Ferber; Danny Kaye; Richard 'Dick' Halliday; Valentina
NotesFormer reference: Section H Diaries of Noël Coward, Box 2
Access StatusOpen


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