(April 25, 1918 - November 4, 2005) South Africa
Graham Payn was born in Pietermaritzburg, Johannesburg. He had been taught piano from an early age and his teacher found that he had a good singing voice. He started entering competitions and by the age of about eleven had won three singing competitions in a row as a boy tenor.
In 1932, when he was fourteen Graham went to the Adelphi Theatre to audition for Noel Coward's new review, Words and Music. He auditioned for the playwright by tap dancing while singing "Nearer My God to Thee."
He later became Coward's longtime companion. Payn knew better than anyone the personal side of Noel Coward, whose public personae had the trappings of an enchanted life but whose private life has been more difficult to capture.
Graham performed as an actor and singer in several Coward plays, and lived with the playwright, his parner for 30 years and after Coward's death he administered his estate.