Jean Speegle Howard
Jean Speegle Howard
Jean Frances Speegle
January 31, 1927
Duncan, Oklahoma, US
|Died||September 2, 2000 (aged 73)|
|Cause of death||Heart and respiratory illness|
|Other names||Jean Howard|
Rance Howard (m. 1949)
|Children||Ron Howard |
|Relatives||Bryce Dallas Howard (granddaughter)|
Paige Howard (granddaughter)
Jean Frances Speegle Howard (January 31, 1927 – September 2, 2000) was an American actress who acted primarily in film and on television. Howard made appearances in over 30 television shows, mostly sitcoms, such as Married... with Children (1994–1996), but she also had guest spots on such series as Grace Under Fire (1993) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) beginning from 1975 (mostly during the 1980s and 1990s) until her death.
In the 1986 Christmas film A Smoky Mountain Christmas, Howard appears as Old Lady Jezebel alongside her husband who plays Dr. Jennings. In a 1995 episode of Roseanne, Howard appeared as an elderly neighbor who prefers to be nude while in her own home, much to the chagrin of Dan and Roseanne, who often see her from their own bedroom window. She acted in the 1996 film Matilda as the librarian, Mrs. Phelps. Howard also starred in Two of a Kind alongside Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. One of her last on-camera speaking roles, Howard portrayed astronaut Jim Lovell's mother in the 1995 motion picture Apollo 13. When circumstances appear bleak for the crew, Howard's character says confidently, "If they could get a washing machine to fly, my Jimmy could land it."
She married actor Rance Howard, also from Duncan, Oklahoma, in 1949. Their sons are actor and filmmaker Ron Howard and actor Clint Howard. Among her grandchildren are actresses Bryce Dallas Howard and Paige Howard, Paige's twin Jocelyn Carlyle, and their brother Reed Cross.
The 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas, directed by her son Ron, includes a dedication to her at the beginning of the end credits, saying that she was "who loved Christmas the most." The film includes performances by her son Clint (as Whobris), her husband Rance (as the Elderly Timekeeper) and her granddaughter Bryce (as the Surprised Who).
|1986||Gung Ho||Lady in Market|
|1992||I Don't Buy Kisses Anymore||Elderly Woman|
|1994||The Paper||Hospital Volunteer|
|1995||Apollo 13||Blanch Lovell|
|1996||Black Sheep||Elderly Woman|
|1996||Where Truth Lies||Mrs. Gloria Smith|
|1996||My Fellow Americans||Asthmatic Woman on Tour|
|1997||Los Locos||Mother Superior|
|1997||Sparkle and Charm||Patricia|
|1998||Spoiler||Jillian / Jennifer|
|1998||The Night Caller||Olivia|
|2000||The Hiding Place||(final film role)|
|1993-1996||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Bertha Emory / Elderly spectator||2 episodes|
|1995||Roseanne||Elderly Nudist Neighbor||Episode: "Rear Window"|
|1997||Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Real Natalie French||Episode: "Teacher's Pet"|
|1997-1998||Fired Up||Mrs Morton||3 episodes|