Noel Coward's
partner dies at 87

Graham Payn, Noel
Coward's partner and literary executor, who went on to
write about Coward's life, died November 4 at age 87.
Payn was a teenager when he met Coward; he auditioned
for a Coward revue. Payn, a singer-dancer who appeared
in pantomimes, plays, and musicals during a career
that began at age 13, went on to appear in various works by
Coward. The multitalented Coward, who never publicly
acknowledged his sexual orientation, wrote roles for
Payn in the West End musicals Pacific 1860 and Ace
of Clubs.

After Coward's
death, Payn collaborated with Sheridan Morley on The Noel
Coward Diaries
and with Morley and Cole Lesley
on Noel Coward and His Friends; he
also ran Coward's estate from Switzerland.

Born in South
Africa, Payn retired at Coward's last home in Switzerland,
where he died. (Kenneth Jones, Playbill On-Line)

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