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16 December 1899, Teddington, Middlesex, England, d. 26 March 1973, Port Maria, Jamaica, West Indies. Coward began his professional career as a child actor, appearing frequently on the stage. As a teenager he made his first film appearance in D.W. Griffiths Hearts Of The World (1918), which was made in England and starred the Gish sisters, Dorothy and Lillian. By 1919 Coward was already writing plays and soon afterwards began his songwriting career. The revue, London Calling! (1923), included Parisian Pierrot, performed by Gertrude Lawrence, which became one of his most popular songs. In the same show Coward and Lawrence danced to You Were Meant For Me, for which special choreography was created by Fred Astaire. Although none was yet produced, Cowards stock of completed plays already included important works such as The Vortex, Fallen Ange ls, Hay Fever and Easy Virtue. When The Vortex opened in London in 1924, its frank approach...