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Jean Howard (born Ernestine Mahoney; October 13, 1910 – March 20, 2000) was an American actress and professional photographer. She was born in Longview, Texas and died in Beverly Hills, California. Women Like Ann Page (later the wife of Jack Warner) and Lili Damita and Jean Howard, were actresses who partied with the "fey or gay boys" (Howard's words) and who were suspected of disrefarding sexual lines themselves.
Howard was born in 1910 in Longview, Texas. 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.
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. Inheriting a fortune in jewels from friends Linda Lee Thomas and Cole Porter, Howard lived on the island of Capri where she married Tony Santoro, an Italian musician. She died in 2000, aged 89 at her Coldwater Canyon home, in Beverly Hills, California. She is interred in the Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California.
With husband Charles Feldman at San Simeon
Jean Howard in later life, with Tony Santoro
Howard and Cole Porter in early 1954
In How to Marry a Millionnaire
Marlene Dietrich and Ann Warner, 1939, by Jean Howard
Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh, by Jean Howard
Marlon Brando by Jean Howard
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