ANN WOODWARD (1915-1975)

“She Was A Great Shot”


Ann and Bill Woodward, early 1950s

Heir to a banking fortune, William (Billy) Woodward Jr. married the infamous Ann Crowell, a Manhattan showgirl. In what Life Magazine called “the shooting of the century” Ann fatally shot Billy in 1955. She, as well as both their sons, eventually committed suicide. René’s family was intertwined with the Woodwards’. René went to boarding school with both of Ann’s sons in Switzerland, and the widowed Ann had an on-again, off-again relationship with René’s father. The story is the subject of Dominick Dunne’s book and mini-series, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.

(This presentation is about 30-40 minutes)

Ann as showgirl

“Ann Eden”

Ann at Grand jury

Ann arriving for the Grand Jury, 1955

Ann and Elsie

Ann and Elsie arriving in Europe, 1956