Barbara Bates

born: 06 August 1925
Denver, Colorado,
United States of America
died: 18 March 1969
Denver, Colorado,
United States of America
(suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning, age 43)

Shy, demure American actress who later became a pin-up girl. In her later years she suffered from depression, especially after her husband Cecil Coan (whom she married in March 1945) suddenly died of cancer in January 1967. Although she did remarry - a childhood sweetheart William Reed, she ended her own life just three months later. Barbara was found dead in her mother's garage from carbon monoxide poisoning. She was only 43 years old.
Real name: Barbara Jane Bates
Films listed on this page: complete Hal Roach filmography.


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