Dorothy Coburn

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Dorothy Coburn (June 8, 1905 – May 15, 1978) was an American film actress who appeared in a number of early Laurel and Hardy silents. She was a niece of author Walt Coburn[citation needed], and granddaughter of Robert Coburn Sr., founder of the Circle C Ranch in Montana.

Early years[edit]

Coburn was born to cowboy-poet and Western film producer Wallace Coburn and Ann Reifenrath Coburn in Great Falls, Montana but raised in Prescott, Arizona.[citation needed]


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[citation needed], and as a stand-in for Ginger Rogers in several of her dancing films with Fred Astaire.[citation needed] Coburn retired from the movie business in the early 1930s. 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 Rogers at RKO.

Later years[edit]

After leaving the movie business in 1936, she found employment as a receptionist for an insurance company. She was married twice and died in 1978, aged 72, from emphysema.[citation needed]

She is interred in Grand View Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California (Plot: Section B, Lot 31, Grave 7).[1]



  1. ^ Dorothy Coburn profile,; accessed March 24, 2015.

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