Monthly Archives: October 2008

Philip French’s Screen legends: No 33: Ingrid Bergman 1915-82

No 33: Ingrid Bergman 1915-82She was born in Stockholm 10 years after Greta Garbo. Both lost their fathers when they were in their early teens, but Bergman had a theatrical training her fellow Swede was denied. She came to international stardom in the … Continue reading

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British film star was secret agent, claims author

• Leslie Howard ‘died after mission for Churchill’
• Franco meeting kept Spain out of war, says writer

He is remembered as the obsessive love interest of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind, but Leslie Howard should also be recalled as a British secret agent who died returning from a clandestine war mission, claims a Spanish author.

José Rey-Xímena said that Howard, who was in a passenger aircraft shot down by the Luftwaffe in 1943, had just been to a secret meeting with General Franco, allegedly on a special mission for Winston Churchill, who wanted to get a secret message to the Spanish dictator.

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