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Leslie Howard/Violette Cunnington
by mortieau (mortieau)
at January 20th, 2007 (10:53 am)

Hi I suppose I am coming to this in a rather round about way, which is family history.

I have read that Violette Cunnington was the mistress of Leslie Howard for 4 years before his death 1/6/1943. Violette was left in Howard's will his Beverly Hills house, unfortunatly Violette had died in London in the autumn of 1942.
She was born 1910 in Maisons Laffitte just NW of Paris and was baptised Charlotte Cunnington.

Her stage name was Suzanne Clair, as such she appeared in 2 Leslie Howard's films:
1.As a salesgirl in a cosmetic shop in Pimpernel Smith (1941)
2.As Madeleine , in the German dinner scene in The First of the Few (1942)

My question is does anyone have or know how to get a photo of her. I have ordered a copy of The First of the Few but as it is a tape I do not think I'll be able to get a good digital image from it.

Thank you


Posted by: Mrs. Sam Jones (bibliophile1887)
Posted at: January 20th, 2007 04:51 pm (UTC)
Leslie: Pygmalion

I honestly don't know. I think there may be a pic of her in "A quite Remarkable Father" but I' don't know. I'll look around and see what I can find.

Posted by: sydjames (sydjames)
Posted at: February 22nd, 2007 01:47 am (UTC)
Violette Photo

Hi John,

Man, I had to jump through some hoops to post this reply to you! ;-) You should enable "anonymous" posting if you want people to come back to you quickly. There is a nice photo of Violette in Ronald Howard's book "In Search of my Father" - a still from Pimpernel Smith. I have it ready to paste in but apparently one can't paste into "Comments". :-( - I'll try putting it on the leslie Howard page that you originally posted on. Anyway, does this mean you're a relative of Violette? Do you have any knowledge of what happened to the Beverley Hills house that Leslie left her? (We have highlights of Leslie's will posted on the MSN LH Society. http://groups.msn.com/LeslieHowardSociety/_whatsnew.msnw - You have to apply for membership, but you will find it worthwhile. Just follow the prompts from the link above.) Also do you know anything about Josette Ronserail, the Special Operations Executive Agent that Leslie tried to leave his Stoke Poges house to? (This was the house he shared with several other cinema types, including Violette when she was alive, during the week, about 30km away from his family home but it turns out that he didn't actually own it at the time he died.) And are you sure that the cause of Violette's death was not actually suspicious? Cheers from James.

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