Leslie Howard

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Leslie Howard Stainer was born on 3 rd April 1893 in London, England. After college, he took up work as a bank clerk but joined the forces on the outbreak of World War I. However, he was released from the war effort as a result of shell-shock and was advised that he should glean therapy by taking up acting.

This is just what young Howard did, and he managed to make a lucrative career of it. It didn’t take long for him to become well-known on both sides of the Atlantic as a suave, sophisticated, English stage actor. In 1930 he made his first movie, ‘Outward Bound’. This was followed by movies such as ‘Never the Twain Shall Meet’ in 1931, and ‘Smilin’ Through’ in 1932.

Perhaps Howard’s best-known role was his supporting role in ‘Gone with the Wind’ in 1939. He played the sophisticated Ashley Wilkes, and as always gave off the air of a perfect gentleman. However, it was not long after this movie that Leslie Howard decided to dedicate himself to the war effort again, and on the outbreak of World War II he braved the battlefields with the other soldiers.

On 1 st June 1943 the British Overseas Airways plane that he was on was shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay and Leslie Howard was killed.


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