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. He is married to dancer Tamara Hurwitz and has three children. 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. Bill continues to act in both theatre and in movies, independent and big budget. It was alleged by W. Somerset Maugham that Winston Churchill confided in him that he had once been to bed with Novello. Other notable films included the lead in Spaceballs (1987), The Serpent and the Rainbow (opposite Zakes Mokae),While You Were Sleeping (1995) and Independence Day (1996). 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. His first prominent movie role was in the film Ruthless People, starring Danny DeVito.

However, he continued to appear on stage until the day before his sudden death. In the 1980s, he primarily worked with theatre companies around New York and Los Angeles. This downfall from his luxurious lifestyle completely broke his spirit, and he was never the same man after his release. Born in Hornell, New York, he attended State University of New York and University of Massachusetts. During World War II, Novello was convicted of illegal use of rationed petrol (gasoline) and was briefly imprisoned. Bill Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American actor. He generally composed his music to the librettos of Christopher Hassall. Earl Mott.

Novello wrote his musical shows in the style of operetta, and was one of the last major composers in this form. Ruthless People (1986) ... He also went to Hollywood and appeared in films, but the stage remained his first love and the medium for his major successes. Lone Starr. 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). Spaceballs (1987) ... 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. Dennis Alan.

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King's Rhapsody (1949). Nicholas Meany. Perchance to Dream (1945). Sibling Rivalry (1990) ... Arc de Triomphe (1943). Biff Banner. The Dancing Years (1939). Capt.

Crest of the Wave (1937). Going Under (1990) ... Careless Rapture (1936). Bob. Glamorous Night (1935). Bright Angel (1991) ... Paul Kessler.

Liebestraum (1991) ... Bryan Denton. Newsies (1992) ... Bob Hinson.

League of Their Own, A (1992) ... Nick Symonds. Crazy in Love (1992) (TV) ... Doctor Jamison.

Singles (1992) ... York Daley. Nervous Ticks (1992) ... Orin Meecham.

Sommersby (1993) ... Walter. Sleepless in Seattle (1993) ... Andy Safian.

Malice (1993) ... Construction Site Foreman. Jones (1993) (uncredited) ... Mr.

Peter. Favor, The (1994) ... Ed Masterson. Wyatt Earp (1994) ...

Clay Gregory. Last Seduction, The (1994) ... Jack Callaghan. While You Were Sleeping (1995) ...

James Harvey. Dr. Casper (1995) ... Whitman Crawford.

Wrong (1996) ... Mr. Whitmore. President Thomas J.

Independence Day (1996) ... Steve Donohue. Mistrial (1996) (TV) ... Fred Madison.

Lost Highway (1997) ... Independence Day (1997) (VG). Mike Max. End of Violence, The (1997) ...

George Bailey. Merry Christmas, George Bailey (1997) (TV) ... Daryl Zero. Zero Effect (1998) ...

Jack Wells. Lake Placid (1999) ... 'Yankee' Hank Green. Brokedown Palace (1999) ...

Harry Howe/Ernie Halliday. History Is Made at Night (1999) ... The Virginian. Virginian, The (2000) (TV) ...

Callum Crane. Guilty, The (2000) ... Joseph Korso. Capt.

(2000) (voice) ... Titan A.E. Pat Lakewood. Det.

Lucky Numbers (2000) ... Co-Host. Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies: Live (2000) (TV) ... Parking Fascist.

Man Is Mostly Water, A (2001) ... Conor Gallagher. Ignition (2001) ... Jason Slocumb.

Igby Goes Down (2002) ... The Ticket Clerk. 29 Palms (2002) ... Rick.

Rick (2003) ... Dolan. Cmdr. Tiger Cruise (2004) (TV) ...

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