Dorothy Coburn

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Dorothy Coburn

Dorothy Coburn (June 8, 1904 – May 15, 1978) was a dark-haired actress, who appeared in a number of the early Laurel and Hardy silents. She was a niece of author Walt Coburn, and granddaughter of Robert Coburn Sr., founder of the Circle C Ranch in Montana.

Raised in Prescott, Arizona, Coburn was born to cowboy-poet and Western film producer Wallace, and Ann Reifenrath Coburn in Great Falls, Montana. Her documented film repertoire consisted of sixteen silent short subjects for the Hal Roach studios, but she was also in scores of films where she acted as horseback-stuntwoman opposite such stars as Gary Cooper and Joel McCrea, and as a stand-in for Ginger Rogers in several of her dancing films with Fred Astaire. Coburn retired from the movie business in the early 1930s. She was buried in Glendale, California's Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery.

A feisty, attractive silent screen actress, who worked for Hal Roach in the 1920s. The daughter of western actor-producer Wallace Coburn, she was a popular opponent to Laurel and Hardy. Never afraid to get herself covered in mud, pies or paint; a real good sport. An accomplished rider and a fit athlete, Coburn also occasionally worked as a stunt performer in westerns. After the advent of sound, she was sometimes engaged as a stand-in for Ginger Rogers at RKO. After leaving the movie business in 1936, she found employment as a receptionist for an insurance company. She was married twice: her first husband was a Mr. Maier and her second was Harry W. Heap, whom she married in 1973. She is buried in Grand View Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, USA (Plot: Section B, Lot 31, Grave 7).

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