Graham Payn

Graham Payn

Pietermaritzburg, uMgungundlovu District Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Death 4 Nov 2005 (aged 87)
Les Avants, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland
Burial Montreux, District de la Riviera-Pays-d’Enhaut, Vaud, Switzerland
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Actor and Singer. He was born at Pietermaritzburg, in Natal, South Africa. He played Curly in Peter Pan at the Palladium at age 13 and appeared in Coward's Words and Music, a 1932 revue, a year later. Later, he become his lover and literaty executor. His sweet-voiced appeared in pantomimes, plays and musicals in the 20th century and appeared in the 1948 Broadway run of Coward's Tonight at 8:30. Coward wrote roles for him in the West End musicals Pacific 1860 and Ace of Clubs. In 1954, he appeared in Coward's musical version of Oscar Wilde's Lady Windermere's Fan, called After the Ball. He sang a song called "Faraway Land." With Sheridan Morley, he edited "The Noel Coward Diaries" and ran Coward's estate from Switzerland. In the 1960s, Coward made him, his assistant director for the New York and London musical High Spirits, a version of Blithe Spirit but not written by Coward. After Coward's 1973 death, Graham Payn, Cole Lesley and Sheridan Morley wrote "Noel Coward and His Friends" (1979). "The Noel Coward Diaries" were published in 1982, and Payn retired at Coward's last home in Switzerland, Les Avants. He wrote an autobiography "My Life with Noel Coward." On films, he appeared in "Boys in Brown" (1949), "The Astonished Heart" (1949), "Jigsaw" (1962) and "The Italian Job" (1969).

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