Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00154321: LESLIE HOWARD

Rare and choice vintage inscribed black fountain pen signature on a 4x6-inch tan album page, acquired in-person by an inveterate New York City-based autograph hound, at the time he was appearing in the Broadway production of Robert Sherwood's "The Petrified Forest" in 1936. In very good condition and accompanied by a small book image. English-born Leslie Howard played slim, tall, dreamy-eyed types in films like Of Human Bondage (1934), The Petrified Forest (1936) and Pygmalion (1938), earning two Oscar nominations. In 1939, he landed the role for which he will forever be remembered; that of disillusioned Southern gentleman Ashley Wilkes, the object of Vivien Leigh's unrelenting devotion, in Gone with the Wind (1939). He died serving his country in World War II, shot down in a KLM plane over the Bay of Biscay. He was only 50 years old.