Jennifer Goldwyn (Howard)

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Clare Jenness Goldwyn (Howard)

Also Known As: "Jennifer Howard", "Clare Jenness Howard"
Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: NYC, USA
Death: December 14, 1993 (68)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States (lung cancer )
Place of Burial: Tyringham Cemetery, Tyringham, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sidney Coe Howard and Clare Eames
Wife of Mortimer V. Halpern and John Ery Coleman
Ex-wife of Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
Mother of Rebecca Goldwyn; John Howard Goldwyn; Tony Goldwyn; Private; Private and 2 others
Half sister of Walter Damrosch Howard

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About Jennifer Goldwyn (Howard)

Jennifer Howard (March 23, 1925 - December 14, 1993), born Clare Jenness Howard, was the daughter of prominent author and screenwriter Sidney Howard (1891-1939) and actress Clare Eames (1896-1930). She was married to producer film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. from 1950-1966. They had four children, including business executive Francis Goldwyn, actor Tony Goldwyn and studio executive, John Goldwyn.


Jennifer Howard (March 23, 1925 - December 14, 1993) was an American stage and film actress active between the mid-1940s and early 1960s. Howard appeared in a number of classic television shows during the American Golden Age of Television and was also an accomplished watercolor and acrylic artist.

Early life

Clare Jenness Howard was born in New York, the daughter of Pulitzer Prize winning author, playwright and screenwriter Sidney Howard and stage and screen actress Clare Eames. She was a great-niece of the American soprano opera singer, Emma Eames and great grand-daughter of William Thomas Hamilton, a former governor of Maryland. In 1930 Howard’s mother died in Britain and the following year her father married Polly Damrosch, a daughter of the German-born American conductor and composer, Walter Damrosch. Howard lost her father nine years later in a tractor mishap on their farm near Tyringham, Massachusetts. Howard graduated from Milton Academy and attended classes at Barnard College and in May 1946 married Mortimer Halpern, a one-time actor known as “Morty Halpern” who became a Broadway stage and production manager. At the time of their marriage Howard was an actress with the Theatre Guild Shakespeare Repertory Company where Halpern was the stage manager. Their marriage ended a short while later, for in August 1950 she married film producer Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.. The couple would go on to have four children, including business executive Francis Goldwyn, actor Tony Goldwyn and studio executive, John Goldwyn. This marriage ended in divorce some sixteen years later.


Howard began in theatre, appearing in four Broadway productions over the latter half of the 1940s. She played the 1st lady in a revival of Shakespeare’s A Winter's Tale at the Cort Theatre between January and February 1946. She was Penny In the modest success, The Fatal Weakness by George Kelly, that ran for 119 performances over the 1947-1948 season at Manhattan's Royal Theatre (today the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre). In September 1947, Howard became one of the founding members of the Actors Studio. One year later, she played Vanilla in the short lived Studio production, Sundown Beach by Bessie Breuer at the Belasco Theatre. In November of the following year, Howard played Louise Ulmer in Love Me Long, a comedy by Doris Frankel that had a run that lasted about a fortnight at the 48th Street Theatre. Love Me Long was directed by Brock Pemberton who also directed the 1921 play Swords, which began her parents' Broadway careers.

Howard played The Nurse in Portrait of a Madonna from the play by Tennessee Williams, the first teleplay produced by the early television series, Actors' Studio, airing on September 26, 1948. Over the late 1950s she would appear in such American classic television series as Cheyenne playing Ellen Ellwood in Land Beyond Law, (1957), Suspicion, as The Mayor's Secretary in Meeting in Paris (1958), Alfred Hitchcock Presents, as the Nun in The Foghorn, (1958), The Thin Man, as Joyce in Jittery Juror, (1958), The Twilight Zone, as Janet's Nurse in Eye of the Beholder, (1960), Checkmate, as Corinne Marsdon in Laugh Till I Die, (1961) and Perry Mason, as Lorraine Selkirk Jennings in The Case of the Deadly Toy, (1959), Judith Thatcher in The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma, (1959), Milly Nash in The Case of the Envious Editor, (1961), Winifred Dunbrack in The Case of the Renegade Refugee, (1961) and lastly Madelon Haines Shelby in The Case of the Fickle Filly, (1962).

Howard appeared in at least four films, Return to Peyton Place (1961) as Mrs. Jackman (uncredited), All Fall Down (1962) as Myra (uncredited), House of Women (1962) as Addie Gates and The Chapman Report (1962) as Grace Waterton.

Later life and death

On July 28, 1972 Howard married in Los Angeles the American artist, John Ery Coleman, whom she would remain with until his death at the age of 69 on April 25, 1993. Howard died that December in Los Angeles at the age of 68 after battling lung cancer. Over her later life Howard was known as an artist in the medium of watercolor and acrylic that were displayed at art galleries in Santa Monica, California

Jennifer Howard

Birth: Mar. 23, 1925 New York New York County New York, USA

Death: Dec. 14, 1993 Los Angeles Los Angeles County California, USA

Actress. Born in New York, she was the daughter of actress Clare Eames and screenwriter Sidney Howard. She made her screen debut in "Return To Peyton Place" (1961), followed by "All Fall Down" (1962), "House Of Women" (1962) and "To All a Good Night" (1980). For television she appeared on "The Twilight Zone", "Perry Mason", "The Thin Man", "Alfred Hitchcock's Presents", "Cheyenne" and "Checkmate". (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith)

Family links:

 Sidney Coe Howard (1891 - 1939)
 Clare Eames (1896 - 1930)

 John Ery Coleman (1923 - 1993)*
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Burial: Tyringham Cemetery Tyringham Berkshire County Massachusetts, USA

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Record added: May 19, 2003
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Jennifer Goldwyn (Howard)'s Timeline

March 23, 1925
August 15, 1955
Age 30
August 10, 1958
Age 33
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
May 20, 1960
Age 35
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States
December 14, 1993
Age 68
Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, United States