Ivor Novello Davies
- March 6
), better known as Ivor Novello
, was one of the most popular entertainers of the 20th century
. He was born in in Cardiff
to a Clara Novello Davies, a moderately successful singer. 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.
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.
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