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UPI Almanac for Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.
By United Press International
Angela Lansbury, 88, returning to the London stage

Angela Lansbury, 88, returning to the London stage

LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- British-American actress Angela Lansbury is to star in a West End revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit" in March, producers announced.
'Shakespeare in Love' to open on London stage next summer

'Shakespeare in Love' to open on London stage next summer

LONDON, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A stage production of the film, "Shakespeare in Love," is to open at London's Noel Coward Theatre next summer, producers announced Wednesday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.
By United Press International
Colin Firth to play Noel Coward in Vegas

Colin Firth to play Noel Coward in Vegas

HOLLYWOOD, May 19 (UPI) -- Colin Firth will play Noel Coward in "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," the producers announced in Cannes, France.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
By United Press International
Cattrall to star in Noel Coward play

Cattrall to star in Noel Coward play

NEW YORK, June 30 (UPI) -- Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross have signed up to star in a Broadway revival of Noel Coward's classic comedy "Private Lives," the show's producers said.

Playwright Coward's WWI record published

LONDON, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- British military records published online revealed playwright Noel Coward was discharged during World War I with "neuroasthenia."
Lansbury wins 5th Tony Award

Lansbury wins 5th Tony Award

NEW YORK, June 8 (UPI) -- Angela Lansbury, star of the Broadway revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit," picked up her fifth Tony Award in New York Sunday night.
Biel: Being American a 'Virtue' on film

Biel: Being American a 'Virtue' on film

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) -- Jessica Biel says being one of the only Americans on the British set of "Easy Virtue" helped her relate to her fish-out-of-water character Larita.
KAREN BUTLER
Firth extols Coward's 'Virtue'

Firth extols Coward's 'Virtue'

NEW YORK, May 19 (UPI) -- British actor Colin Firth says he was well-versed in Noel Coward's work long before he signed on to star in "Easy Virtue," a film based on a Coward play.
KAREN BUTLER

Actress Pat Kirkwood dead at 86

ILKLEY, England, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- British stage actress Pat Kirkwood, whose storied career spanned six decades, has died in a nursing home in Ilkley, England, at 86.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007.
By United Press International

Wilde, the Bard, Gallagher top Brit wits

LONDON, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Playwrights William Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde are on a list of great British wits that also includes rocker Liam Gallagher.

Philanthropist Brooke Astor dies at 105

NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Socialite Brooke Astor, the face of philanthropy in New York, died of pneumonia Monday at her Westchester County estate at the age of 105.
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NYP99101204 - 12 OCTOBER 1999 - VERONA, NEW YORK, USA: Tony Award winning actresses Rosemary Harris and Lauren Bacall, left, clown around with a camera before rehearsals in New York, October 12, for the Noel Coward play "Waiting In The Wings" which will open on Broadway on the 100th anniversary of Coward's birth. jr/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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Sir Noël Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 – 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".

Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set. Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works.

At the outbreak of World War II, Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service, seeking to use his influence to persuade the American public and government to help Britain. Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama, In Which We Serve, and was knighted in 1969. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs, such as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "London Pride" and "I Went to a Marvellous Party".

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