Noel Coward

Playwright, Actor, Producer
A prolific British playwright, songwriter and actor whose work reflected both an acidic modern cynicism and a sentimental longing for his Edwardian childhood, Nol Coward became one of the most successful and influential ... Read more »
Born: 12/16/1899 in Middlesex, England, GB

Filmography

Writer (17)

Easy Virtue 2009 (Movie)

(from play "Easy Virtue") (Source Material)

Relative Values 2000 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)

Collins Meets Coward 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Writer

Flames of Passion 1988 (Movie)

(("Tonight at 8:30" episode "Still Life")) (Play as Source Material)

Bon Voyage 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

From Story

Me and the Girls 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

From Story

Mr. and Mrs. Edgehill 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

From Story

Mrs. Capper's Birthday 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

From Story

Sidste Akt 1987 (Movie)

("Waiting in the Wings") (Play as Source Material)

Brief Encounter 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Play as Source Material

Pretty Polly 1967 (Movie)

("Pretty Polly Barlow") (From Story)

Blithe Spirit 1945 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blithe Spirit 1945 (Movie)

("Blithe Spirit") (Play as Source Material)

Brief Encounter 1945 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Brief Encounter 1945 (Movie)

(("Tonight at 8:30" episode "Still Life")) (Play as Source Material)

Cavalcade 1932 (Movie)

("Cavalcade") (Play as Source Material)

Star Quality (TV Show)

From Story
Music (15)

Easy Virtue 2009 (Movie)

("Mad About The Boy") (Song)

A Good Year 2006 (Movie)

("A Room With A View") (Song)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

("Nina") (Song Performer)

Bright Young Things 2004 (Movie)

("Nina") (Song)

Paradise Road 1997 (Movie)

("Mad About the Boy") (Song)

The Misadventures of Margaret 1997 (Movie)

("Something to Do With Spring") (Song Performer)

The Misadventures of Margaret 1997 (Movie)

(Song)

Julie Andrews in Concert 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

("I'll See You Again") (Song)

Crimes and Misdemeanors 1989 (Movie)

("I'll See You Again") (Song)

Swastika 1974 (Movie)

(Song)

England Made Me 1973 (Movie)

(Song)

The Magic Christian 1969 (Movie)

("Mad About the Boy") (Song)

Star! 1968 (Movie)

songs("Forbidden Fruit" "Parisian Pierrot" "Somebody'll Find You" "Has Anybody Seen Our Ship?") (Song)

The Grass Is Greener 1960 (Movie)

songs (Song)
Actor (8)

The Italian Job 1969 (Movie)

Mr Bridger (Actor)

Boom! 1968 (Movie)

Witch of Capri (Actor)

Bunny Lake Is Missing 1964 (Movie)

Wilson (Actor)

Paris When It Sizzles 1962 (Movie)

(uncredited) Alexander Meyerheimer (Actor)

Surprise Package 1960 (Movie)

King Pavel II (Actor)

Our Man in Havana 1959 (Movie)

Hawthorne (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 1956 (Movie)

Hersketh-Baggot (Actor)

The Scoundrel 1934 (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (3)

The Caretaker 1964 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

Blithe Spirit 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Brief Encounter 1945 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A prolific British playwright, songwriter and actor whose work reflected both an acidic modern cynicism and a sentimental longing for his Edwardian childhood, Noël Coward became one of the most successful and influential performing artists of the 20th century. From his time as a childhood actor on the stage, Coward achieved great critical and financial success, particularly after coming into his own as a playwright in the early 1920s with risqué hits like "The Better Half" (1922), "The Vortex" (1924) and "Easy Virtue" (1926). Thriving during the Great Depression, Coward saw many of his plays adapted into successful films like "Cavalcade" (1933) and "Design for Living" (1933), as well wrote his best known work, "Private Lives" (1931). Though his career was sidetracked by World War II, where he began a fruitful collaboration with David Lean on the wartime propaganda film "In Which We Serve" (1942). Lean successfully adapted the play "Blithe Spirit" (1945) and commissioned Coward to write an original script for "Brief Encounter" (1945). But after the war, Coward struggled to regain his prewar success with his pen, though he appeared more frequently on the big screen in films like "Around the World in 80 Days" (1956) and "Our Man in Havana" (1959). Following his last onscreen performance in "The Italian Job" (1969), Coward retired from acting and died just a few years later. With his lisping speech, penchant for long cigarette holders, and elegant persona, Coward was a modern day Oscar Wilde whose charisma, talent and wit made him a major star both onstage and off.

Relationships

Russell Arthur Blackmore Coward

Brother
born in 1891 died of spinal meningitis in 1898

Arthur Coward

Father
born in 1856 died in 1937

Violet Coward

Mother
born in 1863 died in 1954

Eric Coward

Brother
born in 1905 died in 1933

James Coward

Grandfather
paternal grandfather born in 1824 died in 1880

Janet Coward

Grandmother
paternal grandmother born in 1833 died in 1890

Juliet Mills Actor

Godchild

Graham Payn

Companion
together off and on from 1945 was made heir to Coward's estate

Michael Redgrave Actor

Companion
had relationship in the late 1930s

Bill Traylor

Companion
together briefly in late 1950s

Henry Veitch

Grandfather
maternal grandfather born in 1814 died in 1863

Mary Veitch

Grandmother
maternal grandmother born in Ireland in 1837 died in 1908

Alan Webb

Companion
together in late 1930s

Jack Wilson

Companion
together from mid-1920s through mid-1930s later married Natasha Paley

EDUCATION

St Margaret's School

Sutton
girl's school Coward attended as child

Chapel Royal School

attended as day student

Milestones

1987

Five short stories adapted for TV (PBS)

1969

Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

1968

Last film appearance, "The Italian Job"

1967

Last TV appearance, as Caesar in "Androcles and the Lion" (NBC)

1955

First appeared on TV (also directed), "Together with Music", a CBS variety special

1955

Began nightclub appearances

1946

First work adapted for TV, "Blithe Spirit" (NBC)

1941

First film as producer and co-director (with David Lean), "In Which We Serve"; received special Oscar for the film

1935

Returned to film acting in "The Scoundrel"

1933

Wrote first screenplay, "Bitter Sweet"

1931

First US film adaptation, "Private Lives"

1929

Sketch "Early Mourning" adapted for talking short

1927

First plays (three) adapted for screen

1917

Screen acting debut in D.W. Griffith's "Hearts of the World"

1911

Stage acting debut in London children's show, "The Goldfish"

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