Frances Howard-Goldwyn

Frances Howard-Goldwyn

1903 - 1976

The actress Frances Howard-Goldwyn began her acting career on Broadway where she successfully appeared on stage during the 20s. 

She only appeared sporadically in front of the camera, among others for "Too Many Kisses" (25) with William Powell and Richard Dix, "The Swan" (25) with Ricardo Cortez and Adolphe Menjou and "The Shock Punch" (25) with Richard Dix.

In the sound filme era she only took part in one more movie called "Mary Burns, Fugitive" (35) at Melvyn Douglas's and Sylvia Sidney's side. 

Frances Howard was married with the legendary film producer Samuel Goldwyn since 1925. After her acting career she also worked for his company. 
She was first married with the director Robert Stevenson.

Her son Samuel Goldwyn jr. Became a producer and her grandson John Goldwyn became president of the Paramount Studios.

When Frances Howard-Goldwyn died in 1976 she wanted to be buried at the side of director George Cukor in whom she felt in love. But her love could not be returned by George Cukor who was homosexual.

On the left hand side is a document pictured which besides Samuel Goldwyn and Frances Howard Goldwyn also had been signed by  A. R. Evans, Abraham Lehr (Vice President of Goldwyn Pictures Corporation) and the lawyer Herman Selvin.

Herman Selvin was born in 1904 and made a distinguished career as a lawyer.

When he got his Juris Doctor degree from the Boalt Hall in 1927 he worked for "The State Bar of California", an administrative branch of the "California Supreme Court".

Finally he changed to Loeb and Loeb where he soon became the head of the department for lawsuit.

During World War II he served for the Navy where he survived a kamikaze attack at the end of the war.

After the war he returned to Loeb and Loeb where he worked as a lawyer for the next 20 years.

In 1967 he became partner of the company Kaplan, Livingston, Berkowitz, Goodwin and Selvin. Besides the court room he made a name for himself with concisely thoughts and powerful writing about the topic justice.

Other engagements followed for the "U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committe" and for "The California Law Revision Commission". Beside it he also was president of the "Los Angeles County Bar Association" and of the "Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners".

Abraham LehrAbraham Lehr joined Goldwyn Pictures Corporations shortly after the founding in 1916. He soon became an important member of the company. Finally he became vice president and was responsible for the financial part of the studio.

Because of his experiences in this environment he shares a large part of the success of Goldwyn.