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. Partial Filmography:. 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. by his wife for interrment in the Southborough Rural Cemetery. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello. Following cremation in Sweden, his ashes were brought back to the U.S. 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. Warner Oland and his wife made a historic farmhouse near the village of Southborough, Massachusetts their primary residence.

However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death. While there, he contacted bronchial pneumonia and hampered by the apparent onset of emphysema from years of heavy cigarette smoking, he passed away at a hospital in Stockholm. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. Signed to a new contract by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation to make three more Charlie Chan films, in early 1938 Oland's health problems worsened and he spent several weeks in hospital then took time off to travel to his native Sweden. During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. Despite his wealth and success, Oland suffered from alcoholism that severely affected his heath and his thirty-year marriage. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall. Although Oland did act in other films, the enormous worldwide box office success of his Charlie Chan film led to a Charlie Chan industry with Oland starring in sixteen films in total.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. Firmly locked into oriental roles, he was cast as Charlie Chan in the 1931 international detective mystery film, Charlie Chan Carries On and then in director Josef von Sternberg's 1932 film, Shanghai Express. He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes. Fu Manchu in three more films. 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). A box office success, the film made Oland a star and during the next two years, he portrayed the evil Dr. 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. Fu Manchu.

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. With a lack of skilled oriental actors available in Hollywood, he portrayed a variety of oriental characters in several movies before being offered the leading role in the 1929 film, The Mysterious Dr. "Yesterday". Oland's facial features, aided by makeup, allowed him to easily play the part of oriental characters. "Someday my Heart will Awake". Over the next fifteen years he appeared in more than thirty films, including a major role in 1927's The Jazz Singer, one of the first talkies produced. "We'll Gather Lilacs". He made several more films with Pearl White including his first portrayal of an oriental character in her 1919 film, The Lightning Raider.

"When I Curtsied to the King". As a result of his training as a Shakespearean actor and his easy adaptation to a sinister look, he was much in demand as a villain and in ethic roles. "My Dearest Dear". It would be another three years before he returned to film work with a role in The Romance of Elaine, an adventure film starring the extremely popular Pearl White. "I can Give you the Starlight". After several years in theater, including appearances on Broadway as Warner Oland, in 1912 he made his silent film debut in Pilgrim's Progress, a film based on the John Bunyan novel. "Rose of England". The brillant woman made an ideal partner for Oland and she mastered the Swedish language, helping him with the translation of Strindberg's works that they jointly had published in book form in 1912.

"Shine Through my Dreams". The following year he met and married the playright and portrait painter, Edith Gardener Shearn. "Fold Your Wings". Trained as a dramatic actor, in 1906, he was signed to tour the country with the troupe led by actress Alla Nazimova. "Keep the Home Fires Burning". As a young man he pursued a career in theater, at first working on set design while developing his acting skills. Gay's the Word (1951). An intellect educated in Boston, Massachusetts, he spoke English and his native Swedish, and eventually translated some of the plays of August Strindberg.

King's Rhapsody (1949). Born Johan Verner Ölund in the village of Nyby, Bjurholm Municipality, Västerbotten County, Sweden, at age thirteen his family emigrated to the United States. Perchance to Dream (1945). Warner Oland born October 3, 1879 - died August 6, 1938, was a Swedish actor most remembered for his role as "Charlie Chan.". Arc de Triomphe (1943). Pilgrim's Progress (1912). The Dancing Years (1939). The Romance of Elaine (1915).

Crest of the Wave (1937). The Fatal Ring (1917). Careless Rapture (1936). Mandarin's Gold (1919). Glamorous Night (1935). The Phantom Foe (1920). East Is West (1922).

The Fighting American (1924). Riders of the Purple Sage (1925). Don Q, Son of Zorro (1925). The Jazz Singer (1927).

The Drums of Jeopardy (1931). Dishonored (1931). Shanghai Express (1932). The Painted Veil (1934).

Werewolf of London (1935). Charlie Chan's Secret (1935). Charlie Chan in Paris (1935). Charlie Chan at the Opera (1936).

Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937). Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937). Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (1937).

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