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Leslie Howard ~ (1893-1943) English stage & film actor & director. Among his best-known roles was Ashley Wilkes in GONE WITH THE WIND (1939) and roles in BERKELEY SQUARE (1933), OF HUMAN BONDAGE (1934), THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (1934), THE PETRIFIED FOREST(1936), PYGMALION (1938), INTERMEZZO (1939), "PIMPERNEL SMITH (1941) and THE FIRST OF THE FEW (1942).

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Leslie Howard and Merle Oberon: The Scarlet Pimpernel, 1934

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Portrait of Leslie Howard (1893-1943) by Reginald G.Eves (British 1876-1941)....English stage and film actor. Among his best-known roles was Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind and roles in Of Human Bondage & The Scarlet Pimpernel. He was active in anti-Nazi propaganda and reputedly involved with British or Allied Intelligence. He died in 1943 when the plane he was travelling in was shot down over the Bay of Biscay... always a man of great elegance on and off the screen...

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Leslie Howard 1893-1943 (aged 50) Passenger on a plane shot down over the Bay of Biscay during WWII.

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Clark Gables, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia De Havilland on the set of Gone With The Wind, c. 1939.

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Bette Davis Leslie Howard The Petrified Forest (1936) ~ Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart had played the same roles in the stage version. Warner Bros. wanted to put Howard in the film but replace Bogart with Edward G. Robinson. Howard insisted on Bogart, and Robinson was happy to step aside from yet another gangster role. Bogart would later name his second child with Lauren Bacall Leslie, in honor of Howard, the man who gave him his first big break. IMDB

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