Barbara Bates and Cecil Coan

Barbara Bates and Cecil Coan

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(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 ... View All »

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