By Patrick Kavanagh
History of Women in Forest Lawn Lawn Cemetery
Section 25, Lot 101
Born in 1879 at Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.
At an early age, Ms. Howard resided in Buffalo where she was a contralto soloist at St. Paul's Cathedral.
In 1916 she was the first Metropolitan Opera Singer from Buffalo. In 1928, Ms. Howard left the Met and became fashion editor for Harper's Bazaar. At that time she wrote articles for the Saturday Evening Post, and wrote the book Confessions of an Opera Singer.
As a result of her acting talents, she went to Hollywood, where she played
character roles in at least 43 films including It's a Gift (1934) and The Man on the
Flying Trapeze (1935). In two films she played opposite W. C. Fields. She also played in Laura and Death Takes a Holiday. Articles about her appeared in Harper's Bazaar and the Saturday Evening Post. She claimed to be a descendent of Edward III of England. Ms. Howard died in Los Angeles at the age of 77 on August 16, 1956.