- Was given the name Noël because he was born just before Christmas.
- Quit school at age 9 to become an actor and help his family financially.
- Met actress Gertrude Lawrence while performing and cultivated a lifelong friendship and working relationship with her.
- Made his first screen appearance opposite Lillian Gish in director D.W. Griffith's Hearts of the World (1918).
- Soared to fame in the early 1920s writing numerous hits including the revue London Calling, the comedy Hay Fever and the controversial drama The Vortex.
- Being constantly in demand coupled with the pressure of trying to top his previous successes led to a nervous breakdown by age 27.
- While working intelligence during World War II, wrote the enduring Blithe Spirit, considered the greatest hit of his career.
- Adapted one of his one-act plays into the tear-jerker Brief Encounter (1946) for director David Lean.
- In 1955, wowed audiences with a night club engagement in Las Vegas that resulted in a popular live recording.
- Finally knighted in 1970, after Winston Churchill blocked an earlier attempt.
- 1970, Tony — Special Award: Winner
- 1964, Tony — Director (Musical): Nominee
- 1943, Oscar — Best Writing (Original Screenplay): Nominee
- 1956, Emmy — Best Musical Contribution: Nominee
- 1964, Tony — Author (Musical): Nominee
- 1942, Oscar — Special Award: Winner
- Graham Payn — Significant Other
- Jack Wilson — Ex-significant Other
- Russell Arthur Coward — Brother
- Arthur Sabin Coward — Father
- Eric Vidal Coward — Brother
- Violet Veitch Coward — Mother
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