Wife Linda Lee Thomas

Queer Places:
Westleigh Farms, 2107 S Frances Slocum Trail, Peru, IN 46970
Worcester Academy, 81 Providence St, Worcester, MA 01604
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520
Garland Lodging House, 242 York St, New Haven, CT 06511
Schola Cantorum de Paris, 269 Rue Saint-Jacques, 75005 Paris
13 Rue Monsieur, 75007 Paris
Ca’ Rezzonico, 30100 Venezia VE
Château de la Garoupe, 515 Chemin des Contrebandiers, 06160 Antibes
Waldorf Towers, 301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022
416 N Rockingham Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049
Buxton Hill, 1411 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Mount Hope Cemetery, 411 N Grant St, Peru, IN 46970

Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter. Porter married Linda Lee Thomas, a wealthy socialite eight years his senior. Porter adored Linda's elegance and wealth and Linda found in Porter a witty and youthful companion who made no sexual demands. Linda's many friends, a majority of whom were gay or lesbian, soon became Cole's friends, and beginning in the early 1920s the Porters spent much of their lives traveling around the world or entertaining in the company of gay men such as Noël Coward, Jack Wilson, Howard Sturges, and Monty Woolley and lesbian such as Elsa Maxwell, Anne Morgan, Elsie de Wolfe, and Elisabeth Marbury. Hollywood is an American drama web television miniseries about a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers during the Hollywood Golden Age in the post-World War II era trying to make their dreams come true. Cole Porter is portraied as being one of the customers of Scotty Bowers' notorious gas station.

Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. He graduated from Worcester Academy in Massachusetts in 1909 and entered Yale University in the fall of that year. The slender and gregarious freshman became one of the best-known members of his class. He gravitated almost at once to a group of upper-classmen who were very much like himself: wealthy, homosexual, and devoted to theater, music, and with. Cole's lifelong friendships with Monty Woolley and Leonard Hanna date from this period.

Classically trained, he was drawn towards musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the 1920s, and by the 1930s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics, as well as the music, for his songs.

Cole Porter, Linda Lee Thomas, Bernard Berenson, and Howard Sturges in gondola, 1923

Gerald Murphy, Sara Murphy, Cole Porter, Linda Lee Thomas

242 York St, New Haven

Waldorf Towers

Cole Porter's piano inside the Waldorf Towers

Cole Porter met Darius Milhaud at the Princesse de Polignac’s house. Prompted by Gerald Murphy, Milhaud invited Porter to create a ballet for him and the Ballets Suédois. Porter invited the Murphys down to Venice so that he could work on it with Gerald, who wrote the scenario and painted the backdrop. Within the Quota (‘the first jazz ballet’) was premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. On 25 October 1923 Jean Börlin performed La Création du Monde and Within the Quota, the latter with a libretto by Gerald Murphy and music by Cole Porter. In 1925, while mixing with the Sergei Diaghilev set in Venice, Porter appears to have fallen in love with Boris Kochno. He made the advances, Kochno the retreats. Porter occasionally contributed funds to Kochno and the Ballets Russes.

After a serious horseback riding accident in 1937, Porter was left disabled and in constant pain, but he continued to work. His shows of the early 1940s did not contain the lasting hits of his best work of the 1920s and '30s, but in 1948 he made a triumphant comeback with his most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate. It won the first Tony Award for Best Musical.

Porter's other musicals include Fifty Million Frenchmen, DuBarry Was a Lady, Anything Goes, Can-Can and Silk Stockings. His numerous hit songs include "Night and Day", "Begin the Beguine", "I Get a Kick Out of You", "Well, Did You Evah!", "I've Got You Under My Skin", "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "You're the Top". He also composed scores for films from the 1930s to the 1950s, including Born to Dance (1936), which featured the song "You'd Be So Easy to Love"; Rosalie (1937), which featured "In the Still of the Night"; High Society (1956), which included "True Love"; and Les Girls (1957).

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