Leslie Howard: The Lost Actor

Leslie Howard: The Lost Actor

by Estel Eforgan


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ISBN-13: 9780853039150
Publisher: Valentine Mitchell
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Estel Eforgan completed her BSc. in Psychology, MSc. in Social Research Methods and Postgraduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies. She is a researcher and has worked at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword Jeffrey Richards xiii

Preface to the Second Edition xvii

1 1893-1914: An Englishman 1

2 1914-1916: A Small Adventure 17

3 1917-1920: Early Film and Theatre 30

4 1921-1931: Broadway 47

5 1931-1939: Film Star 79

6 1935-1943: Leslie Howard - Secret Agent 127

7 August 1939-June 1941: Pimpernel Smith 140

8 July 1940-April 1942: Propaganda 170

9 1942-1943: The Gentle Sex 194

10 April 1943: Last Trip 217

11 June 1943: Lost Actor 231

Leslie Howard's Theatre and Film Work 246

Bibliography 251

Index 259

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A lot of research went into this biography of actor Leslie Howard. However, I still found the author to have the attitude that Howard could do no wrong in anything he attempted. In the film Of Human Bondage, it was Howard¿s performance that stood out, not Davis¿ memorable turn as the cockney waitress and the only time the Motion Picture Academy received write-in votes when a player (Davis) was not nominated. Howard¿s turn in Pygmalion was better than Wendy Hiller¿s most remembered film role. The book also mentions that Howard, as co-director on Pygmalion was the one who held cast and crew together yet Gene Phillips book on David Lean indicates that Howard was only on the set for the scenes in which he appeared. Even Howard¿s extra-marital affairs were brushed off became he was looking for intelligent and exciting women. It was mentioned that Howard¿s numerous affairs caused unhappiness and complications with his family but it really did not mention what these complications were. Additionally, the book made no mention of Howard having his wife take care of his mistress during the mistresses¿ final illness, as daughter Ruth reported in the documentary Leslie Howard, The Man Who Gave a Damn. All in all, I did learn some new things about Howard but found the book hard to read with a lot of background information that I felt really did not matter. It was obvious the book was written by a fan of Howard¿s, which is not a criticism, but the writing should have been more balanced. It would have been nice to learn what happened to his wife, son, and daughter after Howard¿s untimely death but that is not to be. Nor is there any mention of any memorial services for Howard or any protests that should have been made by the British government for the shooting down of a civilian aircraft.