Ivor Novello

David Ivor Davies (January 15, 1893 - March 6, 1951), better known as Ivor Novello , was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. He was born at Llwyn-yr-Eos (Grove of Nightingales), Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales, to Dame Clara Novello Davies (1861-1943), a well-known singer and teacher, and David Davies, a tax collector. He first became well known as a result of the song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which he composed during World War I. After the war, he appeared on stage in the West End, in musical shows of his own devising, the best known being The Dancing Years (1939). He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall.

During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death.

Novello was a homosexual, well known for some of his more glamorous affairs. For 35 years, he was the lover of the British actor Bobby Andrews, and he had an affair with the British poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello.

The Ivor Novello Award is a prize awarded for songwriting, named for Ivor Novello, and awarded each year by the record industry to song writers and arrangers rather than the performing artistes.

Novello was portrayed in the fictional film Gosford Park (2001) by Jeremy Northam and several of his songs were used for the film's soundtrack.

Principal Shows

  • Glamorous Night (1935)
  • Careless Rapture (1936)
  • Crest of the Wave (1937)
  • The Dancing Years (1939)
  • Arc de Triomphe (1943)
  • Perchance to Dream (1945)
  • King's Rhapsody (1949)
  • Gay's the Word (1951)

Outstanding Songs

  • "Keep the Home Fires Burning"
  • "Fold Your Wings"
  • "Shine Through my Dreams"
  • "Rose of England"
  • "I can Give you the Starlight"
  • "My Dearest Dear"
  • "When I Curtsied to the King"
  • "We'll Gather Lilacs"
  • "Someday my Heart will Awake"
  • "Yesterday"

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Novello was portrayed in the fictional film Gosford Park (2001) by Jeremy Northam and several of his songs were used for the film's soundtrack. John Ritter has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6631 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood. The Ivor Novello Award is a prize awarded for songwriting, named for Ivor Novello, and awarded each year by the record industry to song writers and arrangers rather than the performing artistes. He is interred in Forest Lawn - Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello. He passed away the same day as the death of country musician, Johnny Cash. Novello was a homosexual, well known for some of his more glamorous affairs. For 35 years, he was the lover of the British actor Bobby Andrews, and he had an affair with the British poet and writer Siegfried Sassoon. He collapsed during a taping of his TV series, 8 Simple Rules, on September 11, 2003, and died of an aortic dissection at the hospital in Burbank at the age of only 54.

However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death. Ritter's final movie role was as the store manager in Bad Santa (2003), starring Billy Bob Thornton and Bernie Mac. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. In 2002, he made a TV comeback with the ABC family sitcom 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. John Ritter won the Theatre World Award in 2001 for his performance in The Dinner Party. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall. It ran for three hundred and sixty-four perfomances.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. Ritter played Claude Pichon in The Dinner Party (2000) at the Music Box Theatre on Broadway, which was written by Neil Simon. He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes. He and Yasbeck had one daughter, Stella Ritter. He first became well known as a result of the song, "Keep the Home Fires Burning", which he composed during World War I. After the war, he appeared on stage in the West End, in musical shows of his own devising, the best known being The Dancing Years (1939). He and Morgan had three children, Carly Ritter, Tyler Ritter and Jason Ritter. He was born at Llwyn-yr-Eos (Grove of Nightingales), Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, Wales, to Dame Clara Novello Davies (1861-1943), a well-known singer and teacher, and David Davies, a tax collector. Ritter had two wives, actress Nancy Morgan (married 1977-divorced 1996) and actress Amy Yasbeck (married 1999-his death 2003).

David Ivor Davies (January 15, 1893 - March 6, 1951), better known as Ivor Novello , was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century. He also provided the voice for Clifford in the animated children's show Clifford the Big Red Dog, a role for which he received two Emmy nominations. "Yesterday". He starred in many made-for-TV movies and made guest appearances on shows such as Ally McBeal and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. "Someday my Heart will Awake". After Three's Company, he appeared in a number of movies, notably Problem Child, Academy Award winning Sling Blade and Noises Off. "We'll Gather Lilacs". In 1978, he played Ringo Starr's manager on the television special Ringo.

"When I Curtsied to the King". Ritter went on to star in several stage performances before he was made a star by appearing in the hit TV series Three's Company in 1977, playing a single ladies man and culinary student, Jack Tripper, who lived with two female roommates. "My Dearest Dear". Under Nina Foch, he studied acting with Stella Adler and the Harvey Lembeck Comedy Workshop. "I can Give you the Starlight". Ritter soon changed his major to Theater Arts, graduating in 1971 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drama. "Rose of England". After two years, he was persuaded to join a drama class given by leading drama coach and actress, Nina Foch.

"Shine Through my Dreams". He went on to the University of Southern California, where he majored in psychology and minored in architecture. "Fold Your Wings". Ritter attended Hollywood High School, where he was Student Body President. "Keep the Home Fires Burning". He was born Jonathan Southworth Ritter in Burbank, California, the son of Country singer/actor Tex Ritter and former actress Dorothy Fay. Gay's the Word (1951). John Ritter (September 17, 1948 – September 11, 2003) was an American actor.

King's Rhapsody (1949). Bad Santa (2003). Perchance to Dream (1945). Tadpole (2002). Arc de Triomphe (1943). Panic (2000). The Dancing Years (1939). Terror Tract (2000).

Crest of the Wave (1937). Tripfall (2000). Careless Rapture (1936). 10 Things I Hate About You (1999). Glamorous Night (1935). Dead Husbands (1999). It Came From the Sky (1999).

The Million Dollar Kid (1999). Bride of Chucky (1998). A Gun, a Car, a Blonde (1997). Sink Or Swim (1997).

Sling Blade (1997). Mercenary (movie) (1996). The Colony (1995). My Brother's Wife (1993).

Prison for Children (1993). Noises Off (1992). Stay Tuned (1992). Problem Child 2 (1991).

Everybody Wins (1990). It (1990). Problem Child (1990). The Last Fling (1989).

Skin Deep (1989). Tricks of the Trade (1988). Real Men (1987). Unnatural Causes (1987).

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986). Letting Go (1985). Sunset Limousine (1983). In Love With An Older Woman (1982).

Pray TV (1982). They All Laughed (1981). The Comeback Kid (1980). Hero at Large (1980).

Americathon 1998 (1979). The Other (1972). 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter (2002-2003). Scrubs (2002) Guest Appearance.

Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000-2003) voice. Ally McBeal (1998) Guest Appearance. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) Guest Appearance. Hearts Afire (1992-1995).

The Cosby Show (1991) Guest Appearance. Hooperman (1987-1989). Three's a Crowd (1984-1985). Flight of Dragons (1982) voice.

Ringo (1978). Three's Company (1977-1984). The Waltons (1973-1976).

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