Frances Howard

Frances Howard Biography

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


Born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1903, to James and Maureen Howard, Howard was raised Catholic. She married Samuel Goldwyn on April 23, 1925. They remained married until Goldwyn's death. They had one son, Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. 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.


Frances 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.


She made 4 films between 1925 - 1935:

  • Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935) as Landlady
  • The Shock Punch (1925) as Dorothy Clark
  • The Swan (1925) as Alexandra, The Swan
  • Too Many Kisses (1925) as Yvonne Hurja

See also (filmography)

  • List of film remakes N-Z

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