Yvonne Howell was an actress whose career began in silent films. Her mother was vaudeville performer and silent actress Alice Howell (1886–1961). In 1930, she became the first wife of then cameraman George Stevens (1904–1975), an Academy Award-winning film director. They divorced in 1947. Their son, George Stevens, Jr. , was founding director of the American Film Institute. After her film career ended, Mrs.