Frances Howard (actress)

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Frances Howard
Born Frances Howard McLaughlin
(1903-06-04)June 4, 1903[1]
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Died July 2, 1976(1976-07-02) (aged 73)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active 1925-1935
Spouse(s) Samuel Goldwyn
(m. 1925; d. 1974)
Children Samuel Goldwyn Jr.
Relatives Tony Goldwyn (grandson)
John Goldwyn (grandson)

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


Born Frances Howard McLaughlin[2] in Omaha, Nebraska in 1903 to James and Maureen[citation needed],[note 1][3] and raised as a Roman Catholic.

She married Samuel Goldwyn on April 23, 1925.[4]

They remained married until Goldwyn's death. They had one son, Samuel Goldwyn Jr.[5] 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.[6]


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.[7]


She made 4 films between 1925 - 1935:


  1. ^ A. Scott Berg, in his book Goldwyn: A Biography, gives Howard's mother's name as "Helen Victoria Howard (known as Bonnie)" and her father's name as "Charles Douglas McLaughlin".


  1. ^ Born in 1903 per Intelius
  2. ^ Easton, Carol. The Search for Sam Goldwyn. (2014)
  3. ^ Berg, A. Scott (2013). Goldwyn: A Biography. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 9781471130069. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ Magill, Frank N. (2014). The 20th Century Go-N: Dictionary of World Biography. Routledge. p. 1417. ISBN 9781317740605. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2016). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2015. McFarland. p. 135. ISBN 9780786476671. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ Catalena, Mark A. Goldwyn: The Man and His Movies (2005)
  7. ^ Ellenberger, Allan R. (2001). Celebrities in Los Angeles Cemeteries: A Directory. McFarland. p. 55. ISBN 9780786409839. Retrieved October 9, 2017. 

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