Marianna Paulette Howard is the 56-year-old daughter of American actress Gloria Graham and her third husband, Cy Howard. Although she keeps away from the limelight, fans of her parents speculate about her life.
Gloria Graham was often cast in film noir projects in films like Crossfire, The Bad and the Beautiful, In A Lonely Place, and Human Desire. Cy Howard also worked as a director, producer, and screenwriter in the film and television industry. He was a one-time winner of the Primetime Emmy Award for the series The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
This article will cover more details of Marianna’s life and that of her parents and siblings.
Marianna Paulette Howard Bio
Marianna Paulette Howard was born on 1 October 1956 to Gloria Graham and Cy Howard. Although her parents worked in the film industry and their personal life was open book, they still managed to keep their child away from the public eye. In that light, little information is available about Marianna’s childhood and educational background.
After her parents divorced in 1957, Marianna’s mother got involved in a scandal resulting in the battle for her custody. Marianna’s mother married her former stepson, rumored that she started the relationship when Anthony “Tony’ Ray was thirteen. She was married to Antony’s father, Nicholas Ray, when this allegedly happened. The ensuing scandal made Marianna’s father battle for her sole custody. However, it is unclear what the terms of the settlement were.
Even as an adult, Marianna managed to keep under the radar, and it is a mystery what she does for a living.
Marianna Paulette Howard’s Siblings
Although she was the only child from her mother’s third marriage, Marianna has three siblings. They include Timothy Ray, born on 12 November 1948, Anthony Ray Jr., born on 30 April 1963; and James Ray, born on 21 September 1965. Timothy is Nicholas Ray’s son and has worked as an actor and composer for California Dreaming, Death Valley, and Revenge of the Street Warrior. Anthony Jr. and James are Anthony Ray’s sons.
Despite their mother’s robust career, all four siblings have maintained a low profile.
Marianna Paulette Howard Parents
Marianna’s father was a composer, director, screenwriter, and producer born on 27 September 1915. He is best known for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Cy Howard was married thrice: first to Nan Wynn in 1944 and divorced in 1947, then to Gloria Grahame and later to Barbara Warner. He wedded Gloria in 1954 and had a daughter together. He died in April 1993 of a heart attack aged 77.
Marianna’s mother got signed to MGM, where she worked on her first film with the firm. Her acting career peaked between 1946 and 1955 but began to wane afterward. She would appear in television productions and films in supporting roles as she worked on the stage.
Her relationship with her second husband’s son caused uproar and her eventual downfall as an actress. Despite the scandal, her union with Anthony Ray was the only one of her four marriages that lasted more than four years. They divorced a few days before their 14th anniversary in 1974.
It is common to see children of celebrity couples choose a life away from their parents’ way of life. Marianna is a perfect example of children who decides to remain unrecognized.