|Leslie Howard Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 10½ in|
|Date of Birth||April 3, 1893|
|Date of Death||June 1, 1943|
Leslie Howard was an English actor, stage artist, narrator, director, and producer who became one of the biggest box-office draws and movie idols of the 1930s. He worked in both Britain and Hollywood and his film credits include The Lackey and the Lady, Never the Twain Shall Meet, A Free Soul, Five and Ten, Secrets, Service for Ladies, Devotion, Smilin’ Through, The Animal Kingdom, Of Human Bondage, The Lady Is Willing, British Agent, Romeo and Juliet, Gone with the Wind, The Petrified Forest, The First of the Few, It’s Love I’m After, and Pygmalion. In 1981, Leslie Howard was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.
Leslie Howard Steiner
He was born on April 3, 1893.
On June 1, 1943, Leslie Howard was killed at the age of 50 in an aircraft shootdown at sea off the coast of Galicia (Spain), near Cedeira, Spain.
Upper Norwood, London, England, United Kingdom
Leslie Howard studied at Alleyn’s School in London.
Actor, Stage Artist, Narrator, Director, Producer
- Father – Ferdinand Steiner
- Mother – Lilian (née Blumberg)
- Siblings – Arthur Howard (January 18, 1910 – June 18, 1995) (Younger Brother) (Actor, Stage Artist), Doris Stainer (Sister) (Founded the Hurst Lodge School in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in 1945 and remained its principal until the 1970s), Irene Mary Steiner Howard (June 17, 1903 – December 1981) (Younger Sister) (Costume Designer, Casting Director for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
- Others – Berthold Samuel Steiner (Paternal Grandfather), Bertha or Cecilie Bodansky (Paternal Grandmother), Charles Nathaniel Blumberg (Maternal Grandfather), Mary Elizabeth Roworth (Maternal Grandmother), Jean Compton Mackenzie (Sister-In-Law, Arthur’s Wife) (Actor), Alan Howard (Nephew) (Actor, Stage Artist)
5 ft 10½ in or 179 cm
71 kg or 156.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Leslie Howard had dated –
- Helen Deutsch – RUMOR
- Ruth Evelyn Martin (1916-1943) – In 1916, Leslie Howard married Ruth Evelyn Martin and they had 2 children – a son named Ronald “Winkie” Howard (April 7, 1918 – December 19, 1996) and a daughter named Leslie Ruth “Doodie” Howard. The couple remained together until his death in 1943.
- Tallulah Bankhead (1927) – There were rumors that he hooked up with American actor Tallulah Bankhead when they appeared on stage in the United Kingdom in Her Cardboard Lover (1927).
- Conchita Montenegro (1931) – Leslie Howard had a fling with Conchita Montenegro in 1931 and they appeared together in the film Never the Twain Shall Meet (1931).
- Marion Davies (1931) – Howard and American actor Marion Davies were RUMORed to have hooked up in 1931. They co-starred in the film Five and Ten (1931).
- Myrna Loy (1932) – RUMOR
- Mary Pickford (1933) – RUMOR
- Katharine Hepburn (1933) – RUMOR
- Merle Oberon (1934-1935)
- Marlene Dietrich (1936)
- Violette Cunnington (1938-1942)
Race / Ethnicity
Leslie Howard was of Ashkenazi Jewish and English descent.
Often played the quintessential Englishman
He was raised as a Christian.
Leslie Howard Facts
- His family anglicized its name to “Stainer”, following the example of many others around the time of the First World War. Nevertheless, Howard’s name remained “Steiner” in official documents, such as his military records.
- When the First World War began, he was a 21-year-old bank clerk in Dulwich. He then voluntarily enlisted (under the name “Leslie Howard Steiner”) as a Private with the British Army’s Inns of Court Officer Training Corps in London in September 1914.
- Leslie Howard received a commission as a subaltern with the 3/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry in February 1915 and trained in England until May 19, 1916, when he resigned his commission. He was medically discharged from the British Army with neurasthenia.
- He gave public notice in The London Gazette in March 1920 that he had changed his surname and would thereafter be known as “Leslie Howard” instead of “Leslie Howard Steiner”.
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