I believe it was Dame Ellen Terry who told a young Noel Coward, “You’ll never amount to anything unless you learn to curb your versatility.”
Now that we’ve established I am at least 125 years old…
I’m grateful The Master did not pay attention, and became the playwright/composer/actor/singer/dancer/novelist/diarist/painter whose work has given me such inspiration.
I don’t know what he wanted to be “when he grew up,” other than to be Noel Coward. Would he have written those plays had they not included beautiful parts for himself? Would he have written those unforgettable songs had they not been perfectly tailored to his own voice?
Noel Coward’s greatest creation was Noel Coward.
I don’t know what my point was when I felt compelled to write this. When I figure it out, I’ll get back to you.