Sunday, March 28, 2010
Leslie Howard Steiner (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943), better known by his stage name Leslie Howard, was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. One of his best-known roles was as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939) along with his roles in Berkeley Square (1933), Of Human Bondage (1934), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), The Petrified Forest (1936), Pygmalion (1938) and Intermezzo (1939).-wikipedia
leslie howard died during wartime. there are many theories as to why his plane was shot down by germans, one being that he was traveling with a man who may have been mistaken for churchill. another theory is that leslie, being a great british star, was killed in a scheme to demoralize his home country.
when i first fell for this most charming of all actors i was simply very sad to know how he died. his legacy lives on in so many terrific films as well as performances. my personal favorite remains 'pygmalion.'