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Wrote "Mad Dogs And Englishmen,” among many other classics


Noel Coward was born in Teddington, Middlesex, England on December 16, 1899 into what he referred to as “genteel poverty”. Principally a playwright, Coward also wrote a whole catalog of hit popular songs with an elegant, sophisticated style. As a young child, Coward would give little performances in front of his family and was encouraged onto the stage by his mother. His career started with an advertisement in the Daily Mirror his mother saw and answered and auditioned by Lilla Field for whom he sang the song "Liza".

By age 11, Noel was already on the stage acting in minor roles. He worked with actor Claude Hawtrey who Noel would later say had an enormous effect upon his grasp of acting. In 1913, he met and worked with Gertrude Lawrence and in 1915, he appeared in his first adult role in Charley's Aunt. This same year, Coward also composed his first song "Forbidden Fruit".

In 1916, he had his first cabaret appearance and in 1917, in collaboration with Esme Wynne, he wrote his first play entitled Ida Collaborates. In 1918, Coward produced Women and Whiskey, joined the British Army, wrote another play The Rat Trap, and made his first film appearance (as an extra). In 1919, "The Baseball Rag", with music by Doris Joel became Noel's first published tune and in 1921, he his play I'll Leave It To You starring the playwright himself, premiered in London's West End.

In 1921, Coward traveled to America and in 1922, his novel The Withered Nosegay was published. 1923 saw Noel's first musical Revue London Calling in which he…

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