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Esther Howard
Esther Howard
(4 April 1892 – 8 March 1965) was a stage and film character actress who played a wide range of supporting roles, from man-hungry spinsters to amoral criminals, appearing in 108 films in her 23-year career.


1 Career 2 Death 3 Selected filmography 4 Notes 5 External links

Career[edit] Howard was born in Helena, Montana
Helena, Montana
in 1892 and made her Broadway debut in 1917[1] in a play called Eve's Daughter, which was not a success.[2] She continued to appear regularly on Broadway for the next twelve years, performing in comedies and musicals, including the hit shows Wildflower (1923) and The New Moon (1929), which was her final Broadway production.[1] In 1930, Miss Howard was still slender and beautiful when she changed her focus to making movies,[3] appearing in a Vitaphone
comedy short, The Victim (1930).[4] From that point until her retirement in 1952, she worked regularly – at least one film she appeared in was released every year. She was often cast as an oversexed dowager, a decrepit old hag, and, occasionally, a glamorous society dame. Known for her versatility and expressive face,[5] notable among her many roles were the gorgeous Miss Prescott in Meet the Mayor
Meet the Mayor
(1932), frowsy Jessie Florian in Raymond Chandler's Murder My Sweet
Murder My Sweet
(1944), a murderer in Laurel and Hardy's The Big Noise (1944), diner waitress Holly in Detour (1945), bawdy Filthy Flora in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball (1946), the determined Mrs. Kraft out to solve a murder in Born to Kill (1947), and as Kirk Douglas’ mother in Champion (1949). Miss Howard's lovely singing voice was used to ghost sing (dub in) for bigger name stars who had no singing talent, but she never sang onscreen for herself.[citation needed] Beginning in the early 1940s, Howard was part of Preston Sturges' unofficial "stock company" of character actors, appearing in seven films written and directed by Sturges.[6] From 1937, Howard was a regular player in short-subjects produced at Columbia Pictures, where she was frequently cast opposite comedian Andy Clyde.[5] Her last film was a Columbia comedy short, Caught on the Bounce (1952), in which she played Joe Besser's aunt.[7] Death[edit] Howard died of a heart attack[8] in Hollywood, California
Hollywood, California
on 8 March 1965, aged 72. She is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. Selected filmography[edit]

Meet the Mayor
Meet the Mayor
(1932) Ready for Love (1934) M'Liss (1936) Sappy Birthday (1942) San Diego, I Love You (1944) Murder, My Sweet
Murder, My Sweet
(1944) Detour (1945) The Falcon's Alibi
The Falcon's Alibi
(1946) Born to Kill (1947) Champion (1949)


^ a b Esther Howard
Esther Howard
at the Internet Broadway Database ^ Eve's Daughter at the Internet Broadway Database ^ Esther Howard
Esther Howard
on IMDb ^ The Victim on IMDb ^ a b Erickson, Hal Biography (Allmovie ^ Howard appeared in The Great McGinty, Sullivan's Travels, The Palm Beach Story, The Miracle of Morgan's Creek, Hail the Conquering Hero, The Great Moment and The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend, Sturges' last American film. She also appeared in I Married a Witch, which Sturges produced. ^ Caught on the Bounce on IMDb ^ IMDb

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