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Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)COW/4/I/2/14
TitleAllen, Adrianne
Extent15 items
Date[1950s-1960s]
DescriptionCorrespondence from Adrianne Allen, signed 'Planny', 'Plannette', 'Planny Anny', 'A Plan', 'Planette', or 'Pla' [born 1907 and died 1993, English actress, wife of Raymond Massey, mother of Daniel and Anna Massey].

1/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Hotel De La Mamounia, Marrakesh addressed to 'My Darling P and B' (Prettiest and Best), dated February 26, 1966. Detailing 'adventures' recently experienced including 'the Frontier', Sintra, Lisbon and Algerciras. Mentioning Noël Coward being an 'Arsenic Eater' and Allen's desires to read 'In Cold Blood' [by Truman Capote].

2/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Hotel Palacio dos Seteais, Sintra, Portugal, dated February 26. Refers to the recipient as 'Prettiest and Best' Briefly discusses her time in Portugal and her impending return to London to 'tackle fairly mountainous family problems' Mentions 'Lynnie and Alfred [Lunt?]' and their book 'Stage Struck', 'Pressie and L-Bird', 'the Beutlers,' 'Derek Rose' and 'Dotty Dickson.' The 'Soft Roe Factory' news concerns 'Dennis and Tom' and the film 'Get Your Girl a Gun'.

3/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of 784 Park Avenue, dated March 31st. Letter is addressed to 'Darling Noval' and concerns the relationship between 'Edna Best,' 'Bart' and 'Gloria Swanson.' Mentions Guthrie production of 'Yellow Jack' and Paul de Kruiep's 'Microbe Hunters'.

4/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of 56 Welbeck Street, London, dated Sunday December 9th. Letter is addressed to 'Noval darling' and talks about her feelings for Ray. Mentions Mrs M and going to see 'La Flamme' at the theatre.

5/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of 56 Welbeck Street, London, undated. Letter is addressed to 'Noval darling'. Letter expresses concern for Ray and how Peg could ruin Ray’s career if they stay together. She is glad Ray is leaving to be with Noel. Begs Noel to return to London and put her into Opera.

6/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Pebbles, Sasco Hill, Fairfield, Connecticut, dated Sunday May 21st. Letter is addressed to 'darling Noel'. Letter concerns her divorce from Ray and his upcoming wedding to a lawyer. She is going away for six weeks to stay in Reno Nevad.

7/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of 34 South Street, dated March 15th, 1952. Letter is addressed to 'My darling P and B'. She tells him that she is enjoying playing Helen and is happy about the good reviews the play has received from the 'critics'. She is annoyed at Miss Isabel Jeans who has become tiresome. She is happy with how Dirk performed the part of Nicky but in her opinion it wasn't as good as Noel. She goes onto the write in detail about the other actors who performed in the play with her.

8/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Beekman Hotel, 575 Park Ave, NYC, undated. Letter is addressed to 'My darling P and B'. Ask for if he would be happy to write a little forward to her cookery book which is going to be published in London by Sedgwick and Jackson and which she has co-authored with Marjorie Salter.

9/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Henry Miller's Theatre, NYC, dated December 17th, 1956. Letter is addressed to 'My darling P and B and B and B'. Offers thanks for the Forward that Noel has done for her cookery book.

10/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Hotel de La Mamounia, Marrakech, dated Friday February 3rd, 1960. Letter is addressed to 'Dear darling P and B'. Expresses sadness at Noel's ill-health and recommends 'Hirudoid', a new medicine to treat his phlebitis. She is enjoying her stay in Marrakech and accepts his invitation to stay with him between May 6th to May 9th.

11/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Brenner's Park Hotel, Baden-Baden, dated October 5th, 1960. Letter is addressed to 'May darling P'est & B'est'. Praises the performance of his play, Private Lives.

12/ Transcript of a short note from Adrianne Allen of Hotel Victoria, Glion, s/Montreux, dated Thursday November 9th, 1960. The note is in non-English and is not addressed to anyone. It states, 'Quan, Kweed Peckle- Beckles- Kway gumple packle pinta! Eka mos, mor tom too - ette e coom dinkle tag fer quam? Penk deckle ani hist am post- Looka, Banja.

13/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Hotel Victoria, Glion, s/Montreux, dated January 14th, 1961. Letter is addressed to 'My darling P and B' - est'. Has returned from her holiday in Portugal and is disappointed that he is not in Victoria. She has been visiting his house to see how the renovations are going on.

14/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Chalet Ermitage, Glion sur Montreux, Switzerland, dated March 22nd, 1961. Letter is addressed to 'Dear, Darling Monsieurs'. Expresses happiness about the Musical and praises Anna's performance in it. She went to dinner at the Caprice and longed for them both to have been with them.

15/ Transcript of a letter from Adrianne Allen of Highland Heading Post Office, Montego Bay, Jamaica, West Indies, dated Sunday. Letter is addressed to 'My Dear Darling W. P. & B -'. Thanks him for his hospitality when she was in staying with him.
NotesFormer reference: Section I Personal Correspondence of Noël Coward, Box 1
Access StatusOpen