Edna Best rightly shared all honors and the entire cast received good notices and immediate offers for jobs from all over. In March of , prior to Coward's appearance during the month of June at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn Casino and Hotel, Joe Glasser arranged a deal for him to star in a Paramount film of Terence Rattigan 's play "The Sleeping Prince" to film in Hollywood with Judy Holliday. Buy NOEL COWARD: A BIOGRAPHY by (ISBN:) from Amazon 's Book Store. Free UK delivery on eligible orders. Noël Coward, Writer: Easy Virtue. Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer. Armchair Theatre TV Series story - 1 episode, writer - 1 episode, - Mrs Capper's Birthday
Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. Noel Coward virtually invented the concept of Englishness for the 20th century. An astounding polymath - dramatist, actor, writer, composer, lyricist, painter, and wit -- he was defined by his Englishness as much as he defined it.
He was indeed the first Brit pop star, the first ambassador of "cool Britannia. Born in suburban Teddington on 16 DecemberCoward was on stage by the age of six, and writing his first drama ten years later.
A visit to New York in infused him with the pace of Broadway shows, codard he injected its speed into staid British drama and music to create a high-octane rush for the jazz-mad, dance-crazy s.
Coward's style was imitated everywhere, as otherwise quite normal Englishmen donned dressing gowns, stuck cigarettes in long holders and called each other "dahling"; his revues propagated the message, with songs sentimental "A Room With A View," "I'll See You Again" and satirical "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "Don't Put Your Daughter On the Stage, Mrs. His between-the-wars celebrity reached a peak in with amaozn Lives," by which time he had become the highest earning author cward the western world.
With the biogeaphy of World War II he redefined the spirit of the country in films such as This Happy BreedIn Which We ServeBlithe Spirit and, perhaps most memorably, Brief Encounter In the postwar period, Coward, the aging Bright Young Thing, seemed outmoded by the Angry Young Men, noel coward biography amazon, like any modern pop star, he reinvented himself, this time as a hip cabaret singer: By the s, his reappraisal was complete -- "Dad's Renaissance", called it -- and his "Hay Fever" was the first work by a living author to be produced at the National Theatre.
He was knighted -- at last -- inand died in his beloved Jamaica on 26 March Since his death, his reputation has grown. There is never a point at which his plays are not being performed, or his songs being sung. A playwright, director, actor, songwriter, filmmaker, novelist, wit. Born into a musical family he was soon treading the boards in various music hall shows where he met a young girl called Gertrude Lawrencea friendship and working partnership that lasted until her death.
His early writings were mainly short songs and sketches for the revue shows popular in the s, but even his early works often contained "noels coward biography amazon" of the genius to come "Parisian Pierrot" He went on to write and star with Gertie in his own revues, but the whiff of scandal was never far away, such as that from the drug addict portrayed in "The Vortex.
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HRH Prince Edward Wessex unveiled a noel coward biography amazon of Coward at a gathering of the Broadway theatre community on Monday, 1 Marchat the Gershwin Theatre West 51st St. The ceremony was the first in a year-long series of events in New York celebrating the th anniversary of the birth of the British playwright, songwriter, and performer. He was created a Knight Bachelor in the Queen's New Year Honours Neol for his services to noel coward biography amazon.
Godfather of actor Daniel Massey. Mother named him Noel because his noel coward biography amazon arrived so close to Christmas. Turned down the role of Humbert in Lolita The character of Eric Dare in Cole Porter 's musical "Jubilee" is based on Coward.
Turned down the role of the eponymous villain in the first James Bond film, Dr. Friend and neighbor of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Godfather of Juliet Mills. Portrayed by Harry Groener in the short-lived Off-Broadway musical "If Love Were All" He was director David Lean 's original choice for the role of Col.
Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai The noel coward biography amazon was ultimately played by Alec Guinnesswho won a Best Actor Oscar for his performance. Befriended the ten-year-old Peter Collinsonwhen he was the governor of the orphanage where Collinson cowxrd. Collinson later directed him in The Nodl Job He subsequently became Collinson's Was the first "tax exile," a British subject living outside the UK in order not to incur the income tax, to be knighted.
Won a Bkography Tony Award in "for his multiple and immortal contributions to the theatre. He once noep Edna Ferberwho was wearing a tailored suit. Mentioned in the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart' song, "The Lady is a Tramp". Kaufman play "The Man Who Cosard to Dinner" was based on Coward.
Enjoyed the music of Sergei Rachmaninoff. Portrayed by Daniel Massey in Star! The War YearsJulian Fellowes in GoldeneyeJohn Mezon in DieppePip Torrens in Agatha Christie's Marple: McGillicuddy SawPip Torrens in Ian Fleming: Bondmakeretc.
Attended The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts. Other actors who also attended the academy include Kelly BrookRichard ToddLeslie PhillipsEmily LloydStephen Manwaring and Martine McCutcheon. He developed his trademark clipped, staccato manner of speaking in order to mask a lisp and because it made it easier for his partially deaf mother to hear what he was saying. Sir Winston Churchill personally blocked an awarding of the Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire to Coward, even though the playwright had spied for Britain during the war, according to never before seen letters.
In Churchill urged King Louise nevelson biography video VI to abandon his plans to bestow the honor on Coward, who was the King's personal friend. Upon his death, his remains were interred at the Firefly Estate in Montego Bay, Saint James, Jamaica. Coward and Gertrude Lawrence each began their British theatrical professional careers as children at ten years of age. They became acquainted in their early London noel coward biography amazon appearances.
In Lawrence was cast by director Basil Dean for the Liverpool Repertory Theatre production of Gerhart Hauptmann 's "Hannele", where she met Coward. In he developed his first musical review, "London Calling! Coward wrote his play "Private Lives" specifically for her. She, with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II while developing their musical "The King and I" asked Coward to perform the "King of Siam" role, but he refused.
He subsequently told Mary Martin about the proposed role; she in turn suggested her former co-star in the Broadway musical "Lute Song", Yul Brynnerto Noe and Hammerstein. The rest, as they say, is history. His nickname for Gertrude Lawrence was "Gertie". On Sunday April 29,news that Italian dictator Benito Mussolini had been captured by Italian partisans, executed, hung upside down from a street lamp and spat upon caused Coward to remark, "The Italians are a lovable race".
On September 13,the discovery of Adolf Hitler 's secret plan for the extermination of certain prominent British figures once England was taken over was made public. Among the figures were Winston ChurchillVic OliverDame Sybil Thorndikeauthor and journalist Rebecca West and Coward himself.
West, learning that she and Coward were on the amqzon of those to be executed, sent Coward a postcard, saying "Just think who we'd have been seen dead with! Coward had done occasional troop concerts with French actor and singer Maurice Chevalier. Chevalier had been accused of collaboration with the Vichy French government and the German occupiers, and, his allegiance had been questionable.
On 27 July he told Coward that he had appeared once in Germany, the only payment for which was the release of ten prisoners; that he had sung twice over the radio because he couldn't get out of it without getting into trouble with the Gestapo.
Coward was not a great admirer of the Duke of Windsorsuggesting at the time of his abdication that statues of the Duchess of Windsor be erected throughout England for the blessing she had bestowed on the country. Stein was an American physician and businessman who co-founded Music Corporation of America MCA. When Coward was visiting New York City in SeptemberStein and his MCA associate Charles Miller made a fantastic proposition: He visualized British newspaper headlines back in England: His instincts told him to refuse.
He did and they were astounded. Coward valued his freedom more than the money they were going to pay him. Jerome Kern was a close friend of Coward's and the two agreed to collaborate on a musical play project, but Kern's death on November 11,put an end to those noels coward biography amazon. After the Broadway closing of the musical "One Touch of Venus", 10 FebruaryRichard Halliday and Mary Martin bography in negotiations with Coward for Mary to appear in "Pacific ", reopening of the Drury Lane theatre after the war.
Coward was author, composer, lyricist, producer and director of the project, the first post-war pleasant and old fashioned lavish musical produced by Coward. The story is set in a fictional Pacific British Colony during the reign of Queen Victoria. The operetta involves a romantic and sentimental story about a visiting prima donna and her conflict between love and her career.
There is also the theme of snobbishness from the island's noel coward biography amazon. In New York, Coward's friend Jack Wilson had done everything to dissuade Martin and Halliday from going to London. Coward, who had the very successful--and profitable--production "Calvacade" at the Cowardd Lane in the s, paid for the ambitious restoration of the theatre after the war's end.
Building permits to repair bomb damage at the Lane were remarkably hard to come by and much of his year was spent cutting through reams of red tape before rehearsals could start in late autumn. In March Coward had cabled Martin--a Texas noel coward biography amazon who had first biograpyy her name in such Hollywood musicals as The Great Victor Herbert and with the song "My Heart Belongs To Daddy"--that rehearsals were to start on November The London production premiered on 19 Decemberstarring Martin as "Elena Salvador" opposite Graham Payn --who was also Coward's lover--as Kerry Stirling.
Other players were Sylvia Cecil as "Rosa Cariatanza" and Winifred Ingram as "Trudi". Sets and costumes were biogrxphy by Coward's friend amazoh regular designer G. The show, unfortunately, was not a success and ran for only four months, closing on 12 April Martin and Halliday departed London April 18, Coward's initial reaction to Martin's singing was favorable, citing her projection technique with stage personality. During rehearsals she and Halliday presented problems, however. She approached the role of Elena with great earnestness, and Coward instructing her amazzon lighten her character with more comedy.
After the closing of the operetta he came to the sad conclusion that the fundamental problem with "Pacific" is that Martin, sweet and charming as she was, knew noel coward biography amazon about Elena, never had and never would. He noted that although she has a delicious noel coward biography amazon, she could not sing.
He believed her to be "crammed" with talent but was too "little" to play sophisticated parts. He and Marlene Dietrich had become, and remained, close friends since their first conversation--by transatlantic telephone--in The Theatre Guild, on 28 Julyoffered Coward the dubious task of doing the music, book and lyrics for "Pygmalion" with Mary Martin.
He decided against the project, which four years later Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe cooward into "My Blography Lady". The cabaret concert engagement, honed during his wartime tour entertaining the troops, was a triumphant supreme success--"tore the place up. Glittering audience headed by Princess Margaret and the Duchess of Kent. Subsequent bookings because of his popularity amaxon special cabaret appearances with his audience. Richard Rodgers ' and Oscar Hammerstein II 's musical "South Pacific" opened in the fall of at the Drury Lane with Mary Martin in her original role.
On 26 May a third four-week concert engagement aamzon with Coward performing night. It was again a noel coward biography amazon success, with Coward controlling his nerves and his material.
During the engagement he appeared on 11 June at 'Stars at Midnight at the Palladium" charity event, going on at 3: During the engagement he appeared on 1 November for an Orphanage Charity Gala. The offer proved irresistible.
In March ofprior to Coward's appearance during the month of June at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn Casino and Hotel, Joe Glasser arranged a noel coward biography amazon for him to star in a Paramount film of Terence Rattigan 's play "The Sleeping Prince" to film in Hollywood with Judy Holliday.
A second Paramount film with Danny Kaye was also part of the film deal. MGM wanted him to play the Prince in the film version of Ferenc Molnar 's play "The Swan. The "Sleeping Prince" was eventually made in England with Laurence Blography and Marilyn Monroe as The Prince and the Showgirl In early May ofwhile in New York prior to his Las Vegas concert engagement, he learned that his English piano accompanist, Norman Hackforthhad been refused a work permit to work in the US.
Peter Matzon his arrival in New York City in from his two-year sojourn in Paris, France, returned to New York to study music theory and piano. Matz gained a job as rehearsal pianist for Harold Arlen 's Broadway musical "House of Flowers", based on the celebrated Truman Capote novella about love in a brothel in the West Indies, opening 30 December and running performances.
Matz provided the vocal and dance arrangements for the musical. His varied noel coward biography amazon skills were obvious, as the job expanded to writing orchestrations and vocal arrangements for Arlen's next musical, "Jamaica", starring Lena Horne.
It was Arlen who introduced Matz to Marlene Dietrichwho needed someone to help construct and accompany her cabaret concert act. Frantic, running out of prep time for the Las Vegas casino engagement, Coward confided to Dietrich about his long time collaborator-pianist's work permit denial by the State Department. Matz had been introduced to Coward by Marlene. She urged him to grab Matz at all costs.
At Idlewild Airport renamed John F. Kennedy Airport inafter seeing Dietrich off, Coward was desperate to find a replacement for Hackforth. Coward called Matz from the airport and went to his apartment to audition him. The test came when Coward asked Matz to play the "Trolley Song". Coward asked, "Can you be in Los Angeles tomorrow? What followed at Clifton Webb 's noel coward biography amazon in Beverly Hills over the next ten days was that they worked on the Las Vegas material all day every day.
Matz learned from Coward not only the songs but a whole new style of performance. A couple of times he screamed, 'Don't play when I am making a joke', [and] I gradually learned that this was a whole other kind of music". Matz was writing the orchestral arrangements for 'Carlton Hayes''' band, a typical Las Vegas dance band with saxophones and many trumpets and trombones that cowatd finesse and much discretion if Coward's lyrics were to be clearly heard.
The results were impressive: Coward wrote in his diaries that Matz's "orchestral arrangements and variations are incredible--vital and imaginative. Sometimes they go too far for my personal taste, but I cannot fail to be impressed by biograph expert knowledge of instrumentation. Amason Matz, at the age of 26, amzon more about the range of various instruments and the potentialities of different noels coward biography amazon than anyone of any age I have ever met in England.
Coward, his secretary-manager Cole Lesley and Peter Matz departed Clifton Webb 's residence in Beverly Hills and arrived in Las Vegas, NV, on June 1,to prepare biogrraphy Coward's four-week engagement at Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn Hotel and Casino.
Frank Sennes the booking agent for the Desert Inn negotiated a deal with Coward in which he was to perform a supper club concert and a second concert every night, during the month of June through July 4, Opening night produced rave notices and, from a social-theatrical of view, was sensational.
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After opening night, the following Friday Coward was driven out into the Nevada desert, photographed by "Life" Magazine in his black dinner-jacket, black bow tie, red carnation in his lapel, sipping a cup of tea, the temperature at degrees Life Magazine, Amazkn 20, noel coward biography amazon Coward added Matelot" and "A Room with a View" to the repertoire, and also "Alice is at it Again" for the noel coward biography amazon concert performance session.
The tracks are as follows: What amazed many about Coward's Desert Inn Casino "noel coward biography amazon" show was his ability to convey with biogra;hy detectable effort all of the nimble diction and biographyy grace necessary to perform these intricate songs in a live setting--not a syllable out of place, not a line delivered but with noel coward biography amazon and precision.
He did in noel coward biography amazon share much with his live audience; he leaves them absolutely crackling in glee at the English stuffed shirts nol populate his comic pieces "Uncle Harry," "A Bar on the Piccola Marina" and his classic "Mad Dogs and Englishmen"--a vocal masterpiece. After conversations over transatlantic telephone lines, Joe Glasser--a New York City theatrical agent--flew into London to meet Coward in mid-November of Discussions ensued for a Las Vegas casino lounge concert engagement contingent on whether or not Coward liked the Las Vegas scenery.
He and Coward arrived in Las Vegas on nol Decemberand Coward's conclusion about Las Vegas was that every noel coward biography amazon and desire is concentrated on money, a curious noel coward biography amazon of a most curious adolescent country, and finding that their morals were bizarre in the extreme. He took a great shine to Joe Glasser, however, who at 58 noels coward biography amazon of age didn't drink, smoke and adored his mother, who was ecstatic about her son getting to put Noel Coward under his wing--having a client with the reputation of Noel Coward was a huge coup for someone who up until that time had booked hoel black acts and promoted prizefights.
The following week Glasser and Coward descended on Hollywood and Beverly Hills for the next noel coward biography amazon days, connecting with movie and television network moguls and partying with transplanted thespians. Between December through MarchWilliam S. Paley's Columbia Broadcasting System television network negotiated to inaugurate a new spectacular color television live bbiography program series to counter National Broadcasting Company Color Television network's live "Producers' Showcase".
NBC inaugurated the live series-program on 18 Octobera dramatic color broadcast production of "Tonight at 8: Both NBC and CBS networks scheduled these 90 minute color specials once a month.
During the early 's not all of NBC's television product was broadcast in cowarrd, NBC becoming a full color network in the late s. Mary delighted with the proposition, agreeing to noel coward biography amazon the CBS stage. Upon biobraphy hearing the newly composed songs "Together with Music" and "Ninety minutes is a long, long time", Mary objected to the opening first number.
The noel coward biography amazon "Ford Star Jubilee" special featured 1. This color television program broadcast was the first color show transmitted from the CBS noel coward biography amazon in New York City.
Afterwards, one of the first telephone calls came from Marlene Dietrich, in Las Vegas, ecstatic and praising the performance. Arriving in Los Angeles on December 16,celebrating his 56th birthday, Coward was Clifton Webb 's house guest.
Webb had been touring the US in "Blithe Spirit" and "Present Laughter" with immense success; he and Coward had first met on a Davos, Switzerland, skiing holiday in Coward would begin rehearsing his second CBS Ford Star Jubilee minute production of his play "Blithe Spirit".
Using Webb's residence as both a social and business operation base, Coward turned Webb's living bigoraphy into a rehearsal stage-setting, directing and blocking his cast until the sets were finished and decorated on stage 43 at CBS Television City. A successful first cast reading of the play on 18 December at the home of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall pleased Coward, and he noted that Betty Bacall, playing "Elvira" opposite Coward's "Charles",was "word perfect considering she was shooting a film".
Claudette Colbert played "Ruth". Coward commented that neither woman was easy to work with; Colbert was "extremely tiresome", and Bacall was "no comedienne". Colbert complained that Coward "was unremittingly difficult".
When she apologized for fluffing her lines by saying, "I knew them backwards last night", Coward retorted, "Yes, and that's the way you're amszon them this morning". Colbert had always doward the fact that the distance between her nape and shoulders was short: Coward demanded rehearsals on biogralhy fully furnished studio stage cowarc in the poltergeist scenes of the play, even the furniture had to be rehearsedand all but essential personnel were barred "That's so the men spending their money won't bother their ulcers", he told a journalist.
He also requested a studio audience for an early rehearsal so that he could judge their reactions. These were unprecedented demands for a medium used to casual drama production methods. However, just as camera rehearsals began, an abscess was discovered on Coward's sciatic nerve in his right leg.
A doctor was sent for "and injected the damn thing eight times with the thickest needle I have ever seen". Numbed with Novocaine, Coward continued, although he seemed bad-tempered for much of the rehearsals, but the minute show was "played without nerves and on nerves. The studio invited audience was described as "very hep" by the New York Herald-Tribune, which likened it to "a smart Broadway opening with a terribly fashionable cast, in front of an upper-drawer audience".
Upon completion in January of of Ford Star Jubilee: Blithe SpiritCoward he narrowed down prospective plays considered for his third CBS special. In Jamaica he sprang at his play "Present Laughter", cutting the script down for TV, planning for camera shots, angles and close-ups from the very beginning. CBS chief William Paley was anxious for him not to do "Present Laughter", instead proposing his London noel coward biography amazon "This Happy Breed".
The play was written in but, because of the outbreak of World War II, was not staged untilwhen it was performed on alternating nights with his play, "Present Laughter. In early March, Ford Motor Co. He flew to New York on 13 Marcharriving at 9: Meeting Paley the next morning at Paley received him, and hiography agents "Russel and Ham", with twitching apprehension. After the meeting CBS issued a press release announcing Coward's next CBS appearance had been postponed until October, when he would CBS' new Playhouse 90 series with him starring in his play "This Happy Breed".
Ford and the J. Walter Thompson Advertising Agency had made their announcement to the press without consulting CBS, but had not taken into account the fact that Coward's previous CBS appearances had been triumphant successes. Paley declared Ford's press release about ratings for Coward's television special ratings being inadequate to be untrue.
By the end of March, all was changed again--Coward was now to do "This Happy Breed" on May 5th per the original network contract. To add to its discomfiture, Ford realized that it had nothing prepared for the May 5th broadcast schedule and that it was, as the saying went, "up the creek without a paddle". Remaining in New York City, Coward--overruling CBS and Ford--determined not to return to Hollywood's CBS Television City facility. This caused a sensation in noel coward biography amazon circles.
He began editing the script for television, planning camera shots, angles and close-ups, as he had prepared "Present Laughter"; casting, in production meetings, directing and rehearsing the television play "This Happy Breed" with CBS-assigned director Ralph Nelson. He cast stage actress Edna Best as "Ethel", despite cowardd fact that she had recently had a mental breakdown several months previously; her doctors promised that she would be all right for her appearance and that it would be therapeutically the best thing in the world for her.
There was much controversy over whether Kay Kendall should play "Queenie". Kendall was coming to New York City to stay with her secret lover Rex Harrisonthe knowledge of which would have seriously damaged her career. Coward managed to get Harrison to agree to her playing the role, but "then the silly bitch refused", so Coward engaged Patricia Cutts. Rehearsals began on 16 AprilEveryone was word-perfect in noels coward biography amazon, with a week biogra;hy go before airtime.
Coward was playing his role better than he performed originally, probably because he was older, knew more, and seemed to feel right as Frank Gibbons the moment he entered the first scene.
Best gave an noel coward biography amazon performance as Ethel--true, uncompromising and infinitely touching. Coward noted that she was a fine actress and gave no trouble at all. When he reflected back on the hell that Colbert put him through, he could hardly believe his good fortune in having a leading lady who goes through her business calmly and methodically and ibography on getting every ounce of reality out of the character rather than fussing about her angles, her clothes, and not troubling to learn her lines.
The Thursday and Friday night camera dress rehearsals, with an invited studio audience at CBS' Studio 72, were kinescope-copied and reviewed the next morning. Coward did a successful Person to Person impromptu interview with Edward R. Murrow from Charles and Ham's apartment on Friday night prior to the Saturday-night live broadcast. By May 6 it was all over and, it biogrqphy, a much greater triumph than either of the other two television productions. Saturday night, before the credits were over on the screen, CBS had over telephone calls.
CBS chairman William Paley called Coward immediately, telling him "it was the greatest thing. From Hollywood, Marlene Dietrich called. Coward also received calls from Clifton WebbHumphrey BogartLauren Bacallstage star Katharine Cornell and director Guthrie McClinticwho had been friends of his since the early s, "noel coward biography amazon". The notices for "This Happy Breed" were fabulous, the New York ones soberly enthusiastic and most heart-warming but nothing compared with the raves from Philadelphis, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Dallas, etc.
The general consensus of opinion was that "This Happy Breed" was the finest telecast ever noel coward biography amazon, with Coward's performance the best of all. Edna Best rightly shared all honors and the entire cast received good notices and immediate offers for jobs from all over. The one discordant note in all of this was that the ratings were lower than either of the previous two broadcasts. He first saw Elaine Stritch featured in the much vaunted musical "Goldilocks", written and directed by New York theater critic Walter Kerr and his wife Jean Kerr.
Coward's opinion of the musical: Elaine Stritch saved that show! An ardent Catholic, has been in analysis for five years! A girl with a problem. As he suspected, she began by noel coward biography amazon tiresome, full of suggestions and not knowing a word, but after a few rehearsal days she saw the light.
Coward had Stritch for five days of rehearsal. His assistant Coley was wonderful with Stritch and had given her a list of five words which must never again cross her lips--"guilt", "problem", "scared", "frightened", "insecurity".
Coward observed that she was completely confused about everything: Like most Americans, dreadfully noisy! Edward Albee 's dramatic original Broadway play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? From July through the closing performance, Elaine Stritch played Martha, although only in matinee performances. Coward went to see her in the noel coward biography amazon, and raved about her--"She was absolutely magnificent. A truly great performance.
If only she could play it in London. She is really a fine actress". Doolittle Theatre in Los Angeles, California was awarded the Drama-Logue Award for Production. Having to noel coward biography amazon a footnote resembles having to go downstairs to answer the door while in the midst of making love. Comedies of manners swiftly become obsolete when there are no longer any manners. I never care who scored the goal, or which side won the silver cup--I never learned to bat or bowl--But I heard the curtain going up.
Wit is like caviar - it should be served biiography small portions and not spread about like marmalade. 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 amxzon intend to let myself down more than I biogarphy 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. You finally are de-flowered. I love you now and every day.
I'll see you in the morning. I don't much care for Hollywood, I'd rather have a nice cup of cocoa. The day when I shall begin to worry is when the critics declare: I can accept anything in the theatre provided it amuses me or moves me. But if it does neither, I want to go home. Mayer ] ordered Nelson Eddy to marry. Eddy agreed, but he didn't want a virgin bride or some insatiable creature, and Mayer understood.
Sometimes the least sexual marriages last the longest, so long as it's mutual. Matthews ] He bumbled through the play like a charming retriever who has buried a bone and can't quite remember where. Brass bands have blared it, string orchestras have swooned it, Palm Court quartets have murdered it, barrel organs have ground it out in London squares, and swing bands have tortured it beyond recognition. I am still fond of it and very proud of it.
Simpson in every town in England for the blessing she has bestowed upon the country. A bout of influenza laid me low in Shanghai, and I lay, sweating gloomily, in my bedroom in the Cathay Hotel for several days. The ensuing convalescence, however, was productive, for I utilized it by writing amazkn Lives'. The idea by now seemed ripe enough to have a amazoon at it, so I started it, propped up in bed with a writing-block and an Eversharp pencil, and completed it, roughly, in four days.
It came easily, and with the exception of a few of the usual 'blood and tears' moments, I enjoyed writing nole. I thought it a shrewd and witty comedy, well constructed on the whole, but psychologically unstable.
I have a slight reforming biogarphy, but have rather cunningly kept it down. I was a brazen, odious little prodigy, over-pleased with myself and precocious to a degree.
I was a talented boy, God knows, and when washed and smarmed down a bit, passably attractive. The world has treated me very well.
But then I haven't treated it so badly, either. I behaved through most of the [Second World] war with gallantry tinged, I suspect, by a strong urge to show off.
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