Joan Howard Maurer

Joan Howard Maurer (born April 2, 1927) is the daughter of Moe Howard of the Three Stooges.[1] She has written several books on the Three Stooges and appeared in a few films.

Joan Howard Maurer
BornJoan Howard
(1927-04-02) April 2, 1927
Brooklyn, New York
OccupationWriter, actress
Years active1934–1980
Norman Maurer
(m. 1947; his death 1986)
RelativesMoe Howard (father)
Shemp Howard (paternal uncle)
Curly Howard (paternal uncle)

In the 1980s, Maurer helped to raise funds for a cancer center dedicated to her father at the City of Hope National Medical Center by providing his autographs as incentives for donors to the facility in Duarte, California. After she discovered about 4,000 canceled checks that had been signed by Howard, she offered to give one of the checks to each donor who gave $10 or more to the center.[2]

She was married to cartoonist/director Norman Maurer, who wrote, produced, and directed many Stooges films,[3] for 39 years until his death in 1986.

Maurer currently resides in Seattle, Washington, and regularly attends Three Stooges conventions held yearly in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Her sons, Michael Maurer and Jeffrey Scott (Maurer), are both animation writers.

Books by Joan Howard Maurer

  • The Three Stooges Book of Scripts ISBN 0-8065-1018-8; April 1984
  • Curly: An Illustrated Biography of the Superstooge ISBN 0-8065-1086-2; April 1985

Books co-authored by Joan Howard Maurer

All books originally published by Citadel Press.


  1. Takiff, Jonathan (April 4, 2016). "Three Stooges fans not fooling -- they love those nitwits". Philadelphia Daily News. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. p. 6. Retrieved 30 January 2019 via
  2. Wong, Annie (November 10, 1983). "Stooge's Autographs on Checks Benefit Hospital". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. p. SGV 2. Retrieved 30 January 2019 via
  3. Williams, Jeff (August 13, 1989). "Dad was a Stooge". News-Press. Florida, Fort Myers. p. 2 F. Retrieved 30 January 2019 via
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