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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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Scarlett O'Hara (Vivien Leigh) with Ashley Wilkes (Leslie Howard) in the scene at the lumber mill when they recall the days before the war in 'Gone With The Wind' (1939)

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Leslie Howard. Best known as playing "Ashley Wilkes" in Gone With The Wind. He died on June 1, 1943 at the age of 50. He was a pilot in the British airforce and was shot down during WWII.

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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)

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