Frances Howard (actress)

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Frances Howard
Born Frances Howard McLaughlin
June 4, 1903[1]
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.
Died July 2, 1976 (aged 73)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1925-1935
Spouse(s) Samuel Goldwyn (m. 23 April 1925, until his death: 31 January 1974; 1 child)

Frances Howard (June 4, 1903 – July 2, 1976) was an American actress and the second wife of Academy Award-winning producer Samuel Goldwyn and the paternal grandmother of Tony Goldwyn.


Born Frances Howard McLaughlin[2] in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1903, to James and Maureen[citation needed], Howard was raised Catholic. She married Samuel Goldwyn on April 23, 1925. They remained married until Goldwyn's death. They had one son, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. Among their grandchildren is actor Tony Goldwyn.

Reportedly worried that Hitler was going to invade the United States, Howard made plans to fake the drowning of her son, set up a false identity, and escape to Mexico where she had money waiting.[3]


Frances Howard died in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, aged 73. She was interred next to her husband at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale in Glendale, California.


She made 4 films between 1925 - 1935:


  1. ^ Born in 1903 per Intelius
  2. ^ Easton, Carol. The Search for Sam Goldwyn. (2014)
  3. ^ Catalena, Mark A. Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies (2005)

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