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Frances Howard Goldwyn (McLaughlin)

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Omaha, Douglas, NE, USA
Death: July 2, 1976 (73)
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Place of Burial: Glendale, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of James McLaughlin and Maureen
Wife of Samuel Goldwyn
Mother of Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.

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About Frances Howard Goldwyn

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 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

Frances Howard Goldwyn

Birth: Jun. 4, 1903 Omaha Douglas County Nebraska, USA

Death: Jul. 2, 1976 Beverly Hills Los Angeles County California, USA

Actress. Credited as Frances Howard during her acting career, she appeared mostly on Broadway, but did make a few films in the 1920s and 1930s, most notably "Shock Punch," "The Swan," and "Too Many Kisses" all in 1925. Her last film role was in "Mary Burns, Fugitive" in 1935. Best known as wife of Hollywood Mogal/Producer Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974). The couple were married over 50 years at the time of his death. Mother of producer Samuel Goldwyn Jr and grandmother of actor Tony Goldwyn. Frances Goldwyn was very much in love with director George Cukor, (who was known for being openly gay), and ultimately, was buried next to him upon her death in 1976. (bio by: The Perplexed Historian)

Burial: Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Glendale Los Angeles County California, USA Plot: Garden of Honor Next to George Cukor [unmarked]

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: The Perplexed Historian
  • Record added: Mar 11, 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 10597379
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Frances Howard Goldwyn's Timeline

June 4, 1903
Omaha, Douglas, NE, USA
September 7, 1926
Age 23
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA
July 2, 1976
Age 73
Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Glendale, Los Angeles, CA, USA