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Leslie Howard

Leslie Howard

  • Romeo and Juliet (1936) April 27 (ET) - Reminder REMINDER
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Also Known As: Died: June 1, 1943
Born: April 3, 1893 Cause of Death: airplane shot down by Nazis during WW II
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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1914:
Joined the British cavalry at the age of 21
1916:
Diagnosed as shell-shocked during World War I; turned to stage acting as therapy (date approximate)
1917:
British film acting debut in "The Happy Warrior"
1918:
Made London stage debut in a small role in Arthur Pinero's "The Freaks"
1919:
Had supporting parts in two London stage comedies: "Our Mr. Hipplewhite" and A A Milne's "Mr Pim Passes By"; also had larger role in an English film, "The Lackey and the Lady"
1920:
Formed Minerva Films, Ltd with three partners; served as director while Adrian Brunel acted as producer; produced a few critically acclaimed films on a shoestring budget including "Bookworms", "Five Pounds Reward" and "The Bump"
1920:
Was critically panned in Broadway debut in "Just Suppose"
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Wrote articles and stories for <i>The New Yorker, Vanity Fair</i> and <i>Reader's Digest</i>
1921:
Appeared in the Broadway productions "The Wren", "Outward Bound", and "A Serpent's Tooth"
1925:
Starred in first Broadway smash "The Green Hat"
1927:
Wrote, produced, directed and starred in the Broadway play "Murray Hill"
1927:
Solidified popularity with theater critics in the bedroom farce "Her Cardboard Lover"
1929:
Produced "Berkeley Square" in London; later brought play to NYC
1930:
American movie debut in "Outward Bound", reprising stage performance
1931:
Featured in "Never the Twain Shall Meet"
1931:
Served as actor, director and co-producer of Philip Barry's adult stage drama "The Animal Kingdom"; was responsible for having the then-unknown Katharine Hepburn fired from the production
1931:
Co-starred with Clark Gable and Norma Shearer in "A Free Soul"
1932:
Re-teamed with Shearer for the film "Smilin' Through"
1933:
Received first Oscar nomination for performance in "Berkeley Square"
1935:
Starred as the titular swashbuckler in "The Scarlet Pimpernel"
1935:
Appeared in the stage production "The Petrified Forest" opposite Humphrey Bogart
1936:
Joined Bogart and Bette Davis in the film version of "The Petrified Forest"
1936:
Co-starred with Shearer as star-crossed lovers in "Romeo and Juliet"
1937:
Acted in "It's Love I'm After" opposite Davis and Olivia de Havilland
1938:
Received Venice Film Festival Best Actor Award and an Oscar nomination for lead performance as Henry Higgins in "Pygmalion"
1939:
Played Ashley Wilkes, the whiny, intellectual object of Scarlett O'Hara's affections, in the epic "Gone With the Wind", co-starring Gable and de Havilland
1939:
Produced "Intermezzo"; David O Selznick purportedly bribed him with this project in order to secure his participation in "Gone With the Wind"
1941:
Acted in World War II U-boat movie "The Forty-Ninth Parallel"
1941:
Starred in, directed and produced "Pimpernel Smith", an updated version of the "Scarlet Pimpernel" character, now set during World War II
1942:
Last feature film "First of the Few"
1942:
Directed documentary "White Eagle", which was nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar
1943:
Helmed the documentary "War in the Mediterranean"
1943:
Narrated the film "The Gentle Sex", about the sacrifice women were being called upon to make during the war effort
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Devoted most of his time and energy to the war effort, directing films, writing articles and making radio broadcasts
1943:
Died when plane was shot down by Nazi fighters

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