Newspaper account of Hazel Coyan Timberman's death

This newspaper account appeared (most likely, but I'm still trying to confirm it) on about February 11, 1935 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, which would have been the day after she passed away. From this obituary, one can estimate that Hazel was involved in the Hollywood film making business from ca. 1920 until 1928. I am working on trying to find out which films she may have appeared in but I've had no luck thus far. My belief is that she played "bit roles" but it would be fun to actually see her in one of those silent comedies, especially since she is a blood relative - one who most likely knew Charlie Chaplin, Mack Sennett, and the legendary people in the early days of film.


Twice forced down by airplane engine trouble in an attempt to reach Council Bluffs before the death of his wife, Hazel (Betty) Coyan Timberman, former motion picture actress, Harry C. Timberman of Los Angeles lost his race when Mrs. Timberman expired late Friday.

Death took place at the home of Mrs. Timberman’s parents, Mr. And Mrs. C.F. Gardner, 605 North Sixth Street. Mrs. Timberman’s death was due to a general breakdown. Six months ago doctors at Los Angeles advised her to return to home in Council Bluffs to recuperate. She had been confined to her bed at the home of her mother ever since her return.

Advised by wire that his wife was not expected to live, Mr. Timberman boarded an airplane at Reno, Nev., trouble developed and the plane was forced down. He took a train. A short time later a second plane overtook the train and Mr. Timberman boarded it. At Elko more trouble developed and he was forced down again. Nothing further was heard from him Saturday.

The body of Mrs. Timberman is at the home of her mother. Funeral arrangements are awaiting the arrival of her husband. The Cutler mortuary will have charge.

Mrs. Timberman was born and educated in Council Bluffs. She worked at the Union Pacific railroad headquarters and at the office of the Council Bluffs Gas company. She became a dancer on the Orpheum circuit and then went into motion picture work. She went under the stage name of Hazel Betty Coyne.

For eight years she was engaged in motion picture work appearing in more than fifty pictures for Mack Sennett, the old Fox-Laskey company and the Hal Roach studios in Hollywood.

Six years ago she was forced to leave the movies because of ill health. She turned to stenographic work. At the time she left Los Angeles for Council Bluffs six months ago she had been employed in a brokerage firm as a secretary.

She is also survived by her sister, Frances Gardner, at home, and her brother, George Coyan of Omaha.