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...
Vivien Leigh and Leslie Howard -- Gone with the Wind. Although in the movie her lifelong love was for Ashley, Vivian Leigh clashed with Leslie Howard, with whom she was required to play several emotional scenes.
Leslie HOWARD (1893-1943) * AFI Top Actor nominee. For a lot of his career played roles of an idealised, slightly old-fashioned type of civilised, genteel Englishness. In reality he could speak German before he learnt English and was brought up in Vienna. Notable Films: Gone With The Wind (1939); Of Human Bondage (1934); The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934); The Petrified Forest (1936); Romeo and Juliet (1936); Pygmalion (1938); Intermezzo: A Love Story (1939)
Leslie Howard, actor - "Ashley" in "Gone With The Wind." He & others died June 1, 1943, on a flight from Lisbon to London. Their aircraft was shot down by a German Junker over Bay of Biscay. Howard had been engaged in secret war work & the Germans believed Winston Churchill, who had been in Algiers, might also be on board.