Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Musical Dandy

Noël Coward
The Musical Dandy

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by Sasha Soren
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Born December 16, 1899, Noël Coward was a playwright, actor, composer, director and singer, famed for his flamboyance, cheeky elegance and quick wit.

He started writing in his teens, and his body of work includes 50 plays, among them mostly light and airy concoctions like Private Lives and Present Laughter, both which are still performed today.

He was also a cabaret performer, performing his own tongue-in-cheek and jolly songs like ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ and ‘I Went to a Marvellous Party.

By the end of the 1960s, he suffered from arteriosclerosis and struggled with bouts of memory loss. This affected his work in The Italian Job, and he retired from acting.

He died of heart failure in 1973, at his home in Jamaica, and was buried three days later in Firefly Hill, Jamaica, overlooking the north coast, his favorite view of his adopted island home.



Listen to a 1969 interview with Noël Coward.

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by Sasha Soren
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6 comments:

  1. Noel Coward was certainly one of the Greats! That video was wonderful - and you could faintly discern the hint of vibrato in his singing voice! I felt like I'd just stepped back in time ~ :D Very Cool

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  2. Mister Coward was the KING of the dandies!! :-)
    xx

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  3. Wonderful addition to the Dandies.

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  4. Wonderful video!
    I am getting great new notions from these Dandy's posts!

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  5. Didn't knew him, but I know one of his compositions.
    I will be more alert on him now.

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