Somebody tried to explain Leslie Howard in 1933

I enjoy very much those articles and interviews about Leslie which were published on fan magazines during the Thirties. They always present–with slight variations–the same picture of him: a quiet and reserved man, a happy husband and loving father, uninterested in the bright and fatuous life of Hollywood stars. His children are always protagonists of these articles. Obviously, it is a carefully crafted picture which doesn’t say all the truth. But Leslie’s fans loved this softened image which surrounded him with a romantic halo. Leslie was very intelligent and shrewd, not at all naïve, and was able to preserve until the end this image of himself as a sober English gentleman.

This article was published in 1933 on a popular film magazine, Motion Picture. The portrait of Leslie is the same, but this time his wife upstages him. The article presents Leslie as a shy, boyish kind of man, lovingly cared for by a wife-mother who scolds him for his sport excesses. It is a curious article that makes you smile, but a glimmer of truth maybe emerges from it, unintentionally. Apart from all romantic memories, Ruth shows a compelling personality, and the way she describes her children–especially the little girl–make me feel rather uneasy. The family picture in which Leslie peeps only in the last paragraphs makes me a little sad…


Explaining Leslie Howard,
Who Needs Explaining!

By Jack Grant

He isn’t the Great Lover type—but he’s putting all the Great Lovers in eclipse. What’s the secret? When you read about his private life—never revealed before —you’ll have the explanation […]

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