Joan Howard Maurer

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Joan Howard Maurer
BornJoan Sally Howard
(1927-04-02)April 2, 1927
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
DiedSeptember 21, 2021(2021-09-21) (aged 94)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationWriter, actress
Years active1934–1980
(m. 1947; died 1986)
RelativesMoe Howard (father)
Shemp Howard (paternal uncle)
Curly Howard (paternal uncle)

Joan Howard Maurer (April 2, 1927 – September 21, 2021) was an American writer and actress, and the daughter of Moe Howard of The Three Stooges.[1] She wrote several books on the Three Stooges and had several roles as a supporting actress during the Golden Age of Hollywood.


In the 1980s, Maurer helped to raise funds for a cancer center dedicated to her father at the City of Hope National Medical Center by providing his autographs as incentives for donors to the facility in Duarte, California. After she discovered about 4,000 cancelled checks that had been signed by Howard, she offered to give one of the checks to each donor who gave $10 or more to the center.[2]

She was married to cartoonist/director Norman Maurer, who wrote, produced, and directed many Stooges films,[3] for 39 years until his death in 1986.[citation needed]

Maurer regularly attended Three Stooges conventions held yearly in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Her sons, Michael Maurer and Jeffrey Scott (Maurer), are both animation writers.[citation needed]

All of her books were originally published by Citadel Press.

Maurer died in Los Angeles, California, on September 21, 2021, at the age of 94.[4]


By Joan Howard Maurer[edit]

  • The Three Stooges Book of Scripts ISBN 0-8065-1018-8; April 1984
  • Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge ISBN 0-8065-1086-2; April 1985

Co-authored by Joan Howard Maurer[edit]


  1. ^ Takiff, Jonathan (April 4, 2016). "Three Stooges fans not fooling -- they love those nitwits". Philadelphia Daily News. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. p. 6. Retrieved January 30, 2019 – via
  2. ^ Wong, Annie (November 10, 1983). "Stooge's Autographs on Checks Benefit Hospital". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. SGV 2. Retrieved January 30, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Williams, Jeff (August 13, 1989). "Dad was a Stooge". News-Press. Florida, Fort Myers. p. 2 F. Retrieved January 30, 2019 – via
  4. ^ "Joan Maurer, April 2, 1927 – September 21, 2021". Three Stooges. October 20, 2021. Retrieved October 30, 2021.

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