Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #00154321: LESLIE HOWARD

Rare vintage 5x7-inch matte-finish sepia-tone portrait, boldly signed and inscribed in August of 1937, just before he began filming his most famous role, in Gone with the Wind, released in 1939. In very fine condition. 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.