Born in 1899 English playwright Noel Coward was known for his charm and multi-talents in the field of entertainment. He composed music, sung, directed, acted and wrote some of the most memorable plays of the 20th century. He appeared on stage at the ripe old age of 14…more
Noel's neighbour was Ian Fleming, the man behind James Bond.
Noel was given his name due to the fact that he was born so close to Christmas.
Noel was offered the role of Humbert in Lolita but he turned it down.
During World War II, Noel worked undercover for British Intelligence.
Noel was godfather to actors Juliet Mills and Daniel Massey.
Noel was 6' tall.
Noel's diary records that on June 23, 1965 he met John Lennon and Paul McCartney at Alma Cogan's London flat.
Noel was a well-known British playwright, composer and actor.
Noel was knighted in 1970.
Noel: The day when I shall begin to worry is when the critics declare: 'This is Noël Coward's greatest play.' But I know they bloody well won't.
Noel: Certain women should be struck regularly, like gongs.
Noel: My life really has been one long extravaganza.
Noel: I can accept anything in the theatre provided it amuses me or moves me. But if it does neither, I want to go home.
Noel: My importance to the world is relatively small. On the other hand, my importance to myself is tremendous. I am all I have to work with, to play with, to suffer and to enjoy. It is not the eyes of others that I am wary of, but of my own. I do not intend to let myself down more than I can possibly help, and I find that the fewer illusions I have about myself or the world around me, the better company I am for myself.
Noel: Everybody worships me, it's nauseating.
Noel: I don't much care for Hollywood, I'd rather have a nice cup of cocoa.
Noel: Wit is like caviar - it should be served in small portions and not spread about like marmalade.
Noel: People are wrong when they say opera is not what it used to be. It is what it used to be. That is what's wrong with it.
Noel: The Beatles have all four been awarded MB's, which has caused a considerable outcry. Furious war heroes are sending back their bravely-won medals by the bushel.