Paula Murad Coburn

Paula Murad Coburn
Born (1955-10-31)October 31, 1955
Kingston, Jamaica
Died July 30, 2004(2004-07-30) (aged 48)
Beverly Hills, California
Occupation Actress, television host
Years active 1991–2004
Spouse(s) James Coburn (m. 1993; d. 2002)

Paula Josephine Murad Coburn[1] (October 31, 1955 - July 30, 2004), also known as Paula O'Hara[2] was a Jamaican-born American actress and television host.

Early life

Murad was born on October 31, 1955 in Jamaica to Leroy, a law professor, and Olive. She had three brothers, Claude, Mark and John, and three sisters, Ann, Catherine and Elizabeth. When she was a baby, the Murads moved to Cleveland.[1]


Prior to her acting career, Murad resided in Washington, D.C., where she hosted a television show called Real Estate Digest.[1] Murad was also a television newsreader.[3] She later moved to Los Angeles, where she studied with acting coaches Warner Loughlin and Howard Fine.[1]

She appeared in the films The Set Up (1995) and American Gun (2002), both of which feature her husband James Coburn. She also appeared in an episode of USA High.[1]

Personal life and death

Murad met her future husband, actor James Coburn, in Los Angeles.[1] They married on October 22, 1993[1][2] or November 22, 1993.[4] Their marriage made her stepmother of Coburn's two children from his first marriage: Lisa and James IV.[1][4]

Murad and her husband founded the James and Paula Coburn Foundation.[1]

Coburn, who won an Oscar for his performance in Affliction (1998), mentioned Murad in his acceptance speech: "This, for my beautiful wife, Paula. She finally got to come to the Academy Awards. This is for you, baby!"[5]

Murad and Coburn remained together until his death on November 18, 2002.[2] The couple were at their Beverly Hills home listening to music together when Coburn died of a fatal heart attack.[4][6][7] According to Coburn's manager, Hillard Elkins, Coburn died in Murad's arms.[8]

On July 30, 2004, Murad died of cancer at her home in Beverly Hills.[9] She was 48 years old.[2]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 "Actress Paula Coburn, Wife of Late Academy Award Winning Actor, James Coburn, Succumbs to Cancer at 48". PR Newswire. 4 August 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Jerry Roberts, The Hollywood Scandal Almanac: 12 Months of Sinister, Salacious and Senseless History!, The History Press, 2012 p309
  3. "James Coburn". The Daily Telegraph. 20 November 2002. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  4. 1 2 3 Paul Donnelley, Fade to Black: A Book of Movie Obituaries, Music Sales Group, 2003 p161
  5. "Actor James Coburn dies at age 74". United Press International. 19 November 2002. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  6. Grace, Francie (19 November 2002). "Actor James Coburn Dead At Age 74". CBS News. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  7. Borger, Julian (19 November 2002). "James Coburn, Hollywood tough guy, dies at 74". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  8. Sahagun, Louis (19 November 2002). "James Coburn, 74; Actor Won an Oscar Late in His Career". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  9. "Paula Coburn". Los Angeles Times. 7 August 2004. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
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