(1899 - 1973)
Born fifteen days before the century turned, Noël Coward began acting professionally at the age of twelve and established himself as a playwright with the drama The Vortex in 1924. He starred in the Broadway version of his musical Bitter Sweet in 1929; the following year he wrote one of his most famous comedies, Private Lives. He played the secret agent in the Carol Reed–Graham Greene film Our Man in Havana in 1959. Coward died in Jamaica in 1973.