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John Chapman Wilson

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, USA
Death: October 29, 1961 (62)
Manhatten, New York, USA
Immediate Family:

Husband of Countess Natalia Paley
Partner of Sir Noel Coward

Occupation: American theatre director and producer
Managed by: Douglas John Nimmo
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About John C. Wilson

John C. Wilson (August 19, 1899 - October 29, 1961) was an American theatre director and producer

Born in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Wilson started out his working life as a stockbroker.

During the run of The Vortex by Noël Coward in 1924, Wilson met Coward and soon became his business manager and lover. Wilson used his position to steal from Coward, but the playwright was in love and accepted both the larceny and Wilson's heavy drinking. Wilson began his theatre career in 1931 as General Manager for the original Broadway production of Coward's hit play Private Lives. He began producing shows on Broadway in 1935, including Coward's Tonight at 8:30 in 1936 and Set to Music in 1939. Wilson's first project as a director was another Coward work, Blithe Spirit, in 1941.

Additional credits

  • 1952: The Deep Blue Sea (Producer)
  • 1951: Make a Wish (Director)
  • 1950: The Lady's Not for Burning (Producer)
  • 1949: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Director)
  • 1948: Kiss Me, Kate (Director)
  • 1947: The Winslow Boy (Producer)
  • 1946: Present Laughter (Producer and Director)
  • 1945: The Day Before Spring (Producer and Director)
  • 1944: Bloomer Girl (Producer)
  • 1942: The Pirate by S. N. Behrman (Director)
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John C. Wilson's Timeline

August 19, 1899
Trenton, New Jersey, USA
October 29, 1961
Age 62
Manhatten, New York, USA