Leslie Ruth Howard

  1. Elizabeth Taylor,National Velvet, 1944.    Leslie Howard’s and John Gilbert’s daughters were among the numerous potential Velvet Browns.  Including Pat Arno, Alix De Kauffman, Leatrice Joy Gilbert, Katharine Hepburn, Tierney. Oh, and Shirley Catlin… the  future UK politician Baroness Shirley Williams. None matched Taylor’s sheer determination. When told she was too short in her test (directed by Fred Zinnemann!), Liz promised to put on three inches before shooting And she did!  A star is born, agreed the critics. While Leslie never made a movie.

 Birth year: 1924Death year: 2013Other name: Casting Calls:  1