Jean Howard

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This article is about the actress born 1910. For the actress born 1927, see Jean Speegle Howard.

Jean Howard (born Ernestine Mahoney; October 13, 1910 – March 20, 2000) was an American actress and photographer.[1] She was born in Longview, Texas and died in Beverly Hills, California.


A former Ziegfeld Girl and a Goldwyn Girl, Howard studied photography at the Los Angeles Art Center. Howard appeared on Broadway in three productions: The Age of Innocence with Franchot Tone; Ziegfeld Follies of 1931 with Iris Adrian and Harry Richman; and Evensong.

She often used her camera to capture moments from Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s. She photographed parties, gatherings, sports tournaments, etc., shooting Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, Richard Burton, Cole Porter, Judy Garland, Grace Kelly, Hedy Lamarr, Jennifer Jones, Deborah Kerr, Geraldine Page, Ethel Barrymore, Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh. In 1989, a book of her photography was published, Jean Howard's Hollywood, a tribute to the golden days of Hollywood.

Personal life[edit]

Divorced from Jewish American Hollywood talent agent Charles K. Feldman in 1948, the couple continued to live together until his death in 1968. The union was childless.[2]

Inheriting a fortune in jewels from friends Linda and Cole Porter,[citation needed] Howard lived on the island of Capri where she married Tony Santoro, an Italian musician. She died in 2000, aged 89, in Beverly Hills, California. She is interred in the Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California.[3]


  1. ^ Martin, Douglas (March 24, 2000). "Jean Howard, the House Photographer For Hollywood's Glamour Set, Dies at 89". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Vanity Fair: "Pictures of Jean" by Ben Brantley February 3, 2014
  3. ^ Jean Howard at Find a Grave


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