Hollywood Hostess Dies

updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 12/15/1997 12:00AM

Jean Howard, 89, a one-time Ziegfeld girl and legendary Hollywood hostess, died in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. She had been the girlfriend of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer (who threatened to jump out of a Paris hotel window if she didn't marry him; she didn't, but he didn't, either), the wife of super-agent and producer Charles K. Feldman ("Casino Royale") and a recognized photographer. Her 1989 picture book, "Jean Howard's Hollywood," is still in print.

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