Barbara Bates and Cecil Coan



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    Couple Profile

    (27 March 1945 - 25 January 1967) (his death)
    1944 two days before returning to Denver, she meets Cecil Coan, publicist for United Artists. She decides to stay in Los Angeles.

    Coan introduces her to producer Walter Wanger, who is looking for "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" for his upcoming Salome Where She Danced

    falls for Coan, who is much older, married, and father of three sons. The Coans separate and divorce.
    27 March 45 marries Coan secretly a few days after his divorce. She's 19; he's 45.

    Summer 1949 Harry Cohn offers her a career at Columbia on the condition that she divorce Coan. Drunken, he calls her two nights later to invite her to his yacht. She refuses and signs at Fox.

    December 1951 attends the premiere of David and Bathsheba with husband Cecil Coan

    1956 is off to England as a contract player at Rank. The studio lists her age as 24 despite the fact she's 31. The Coans sell their Beverly Hills home and their yawl Bayadere and move to London, where he becomes publicity director at United Artist's London office.

    when Rank cancels her contract, the Coans move back to the States

    the Coans lose some money in bad land investments in Spain
    60 the Coans move to a Beverly Hills apartment at 445 North Doheny Drive and convert to Catholicism
    when Coan is diagnosed with cancer, she never leaves his side. She moves to Saint Victor's Catholic Church, working as a volunteer.

    25 January 1967 Coan dies; she's at his bedside.


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    27 March 1945
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    25 January 1967
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