Hollywood Is Make Believe, Romance Is a Part Of It Like Cameras and Lights, 1934

Another interesting interview with Leslie Howard, published on Modern Screen, October 1934. Leslie Howard talks about happy marriages and divorces, and explains his “Britishman’s” point of view; we can hardly imagine his wife’s point of view, though. In this interview Leslie sounds very matter-of-fact, almost cynical: marriage has little to do with romance, children are the chief reason for marriage; “if not, why marry?” he asks.
He is very proud of his origins, and of his children’s decision to continue their education in England, despite the separation. The family splits, the parents go to Hollywood, the children stay in England. Ruth follows his husband in America. The word “transgression” resonates in the air.


Leslie Howard claims that you can’t expect reality in a Make-Believe Town! And so, true values are discarded in the cinematic shuffle

[…] Everybody knows what Leslie Howard’s home life and his children mean to him. Without either, I think he would be a lesser artist than he is. Family and home haven’t been hindrances to him. They have been vital and contributing factors to his career, to his progress.
Why should his marriage survive, in the face of the disturbing influences that beset an actor’s life, when so many fail?

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Leslie Howard

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