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Actor, Director, Producer

Leslie Howard (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. Probably best remembered for playing Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939), his other films include Berkeley Square (1933), Of Human Bondage (1934), The Scarlet...Wikipedia

Age: 50 (age at death)
Born: 3rd April, 1893, Forest Hill, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1st June, 1943, At The Sea Over Bay Of Biscay
Height: 5' 10½" (179 cm)
Nationality: English
Claim to Fame: The Green Hat

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The Gentle Sex

The Gentle Sex (1943)

This film tells the stories of seven 'gentle' British girls who decide to "do their bit" and help out during World War II.

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British film star was secret agent, claims author:  Leslie Howard `died after mission for Churchill;  Franco meeting kept Spain out of war, says writer - He is remembered as the obsessive love interest of Scarlett O`Hara in Gone with the Wind, but Leslie Howard should also be recalled as a British secret agent who died returning from a clandestine war mission, claims a Spanish author. José Rey-Xímena said that Howard, who was in a passenger aircraft shot down by the Luftwaffe in 1943, had just been to a secret meeting with General Franco, allegedly on a special mission for Winston Churchill, who wanted to get a secret message to the Spanish dictator. "Thanks to him, at least in theory, Spain was persuaded to stay out of the war," Rey-Xímena claimed of the actor famous for his portrayal of the unattainable southern gentleman Ashley Wilkes, in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. The alleged message conveyed by Howard was just one of the British attempts to keep Franco, who had come to power with the support of Hitler and Mussolini, from joining the wartime Axis alliance, Rey-Xímena said yesterday. Howard used his contacts with a former lover, Conchita Montenegro, to get through to Franco and deliver the message, the writer said. Montenegro, a Spanish actor, told Rey-Xímena the full story of Howard`s visit to Madrid shortly before her death at the age of 95 last year. Montenegro, once dubbed the Spanish Greta Garbo, allegedly had an affair with Howard whom she met while shooting Never the Twain Shall Meet in 1931. She later married Ricardo Giménez-Arnau, who was in charge of foreign relations for the far-right Falangist party, which backed Franco`s military uprising against the Republican government. It was through her husband`s family, whose members occupied several posts under Franco, that Howard managed to see Spain`s ruler, the actor said. Montenegro told Rey-Xímena that Howard`s interview with Franco was supposedly about whether he would take the role of Columbus in a Spanish film. Franco was interested in cinema. The arrival in Madrid of a Hollywood star, at a time when Spain`s rightwing dictatorship meant the country was widely shunned, caused a stir. Howard enraged British officials in Madrid, however, by refusing to attend many events organised for him. This, Montenegro said, was because he was preparing to meet Franco behind the back of the British ambassador. Rey-Xímena, who has just published a book on the subject, has not revealed the full contents of the meeting. Howard left Madrid in June 1943 for Lisbon, and then boarded a DC-3 passenger airliner bound for London. The plane was intercepted off Spain by German fighters and went down in the Atlantic, killing all on board. A rumour later circulated that the Germans thought Churchill himself was on board. Howard`s manager, who also died in the crash, was said to resemble the British war leader. Rey-Xímena said Howard`s secret went down with the plane: "He has never been recognised either as a spy or as a hero. - Giles Tremlett, in Madrid- The Guardian, Monday 6 October 2008 source


In 1934, he accepted the Oscar for "Best Actor in a Leading Role" on behalf of Charles Laughton, who was not present at the awards ceremony.


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Giulietta48 - I simply love him since I was ten years old (2 years ago)
Silverbluestar - The epitome of the true British gentleman and a wonderful actor - I absolutely love Leslie Howard! (4 years ago)
Violeta - Que los angeles iluminen tus sue�os en el cielo y en el fondo del mar las caracolas te susurren mi cancion,hasta que nos volvamos a encontrar.Buenas noches dulce principe. (4 years ago)
Yolanda - Saludos a todos desde Espa�a.Soy una admiradora incondicional de Leslie Howard,uno de los actores mas guapos y elegantes del cine.Me tiene completamente fascinada y hechizada.Dios te bendiga Leslie. (4 years ago)
alohagal - Leslie did insist that Bogey play the part of Mantee, if not, then he would not play Alan. Great movie! (4 years ago)
alohagal - I love Leslie Howard. He was a nice looking man, and a very good actor. (4 years ago)
Maria Grazia - I agree witn the GingerOnMars comment. Leslie wanted Bogie fot that part and that`s why Bogie called his daughter Leslie (5 years ago)
Maria - Perhaps sombody can help me clear up a mystery. Several years after the death of Leslie Howard, probably in 1951, my grandmother and my mother made a strange encounter on the beach of Alassio on the Italian Riviera. They met a gentleman in every respect equal to actor Leslie Howard. This gentleman spoke a little Italian and had a brief conversation with the two ladies. My mother and my grandmother did not see him anymore and were never able to know who that mysterious man could be. That was especially exciting for my grandmother who had been a big fan of the died actor. Does anybody know if Leslie Howard had a double? Thanks for the help you can give me. (5 years ago)
GingerOnMars - I`m not allowed to edit the biography section of this page, but I`d like to say to anyone interested: It wasn`t Bogie who helped Leslie get the part in The Petrified Forest; It was Leslie who insisted Bogie be case, stating `No Bogart, No Howard`. Leslie was a lot more famous than Bogie at that time (1936). (7 years ago)

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