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Jean Howard was born Ernestine Mahoney in Texas. Before studying photography at the Los Angeles Art Center, Howard was a Ziegfeld and Goldwyn girl, and also appeared on Broadway in ‘The Age of Innocence’ and ‘Evensong’. Whilst in Hollywood during the 1940s and 1950s, Howard photographed parties and gatherings with other actors such as Richard Burton (1925-1984), Grace Kelly (1929-1982), Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000), Ethel Barrymore (1879-1959), Laurence Olivier (1907-1989) and Vivien Leigh (1913-1967). A book of her photography - Jean Howard’s Hollywood - was published in 1989.

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