Joan Howard Maurer

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Joan Howard Maurer
BornJoan Sally Howard
(1927-04-02) April 2, 1927 (age 94)
Brooklyn, New York
OccupationWriter, actress
Years active1934–1980
(m. 1947; died 1986)
PartnerJack Klippenstein (1988; died 2019)
RelativesMoe Howard (father)
Shemp Howard (paternal uncle)
Curly Howard (paternal uncle)

Joan Howard Maurer (born April 2, 1927) is an American writer and actress. She is the daughter of Moe Howard of the Three Stooges.[1] She has written several books on the Three Stooges and appeared in a few films.

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 canceled 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 currently[when?] resides in Seattle, Washington, and regularly attends Three Stooges conventions held yearly in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Her sons, Michael Maurer and Jeffrey Scott (Maurer), are both animation writers.[citation needed]

All her books were originally published by Citadel Press.


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]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Takiff, Jonathan (April 4, 2016). "Three Stooges fans not fooling -- they love those nitwits". Philadelphia Daily News. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. p. 6. Retrieved 30 January 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 30 January 2019 – via
  3. ^ Williams, Jeff (August 13, 1989). "Dad was a Stooge". News-Press. Florida, Fort Myers. p. 2 F. Retrieved 30 January 2019 – via

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