Mother of Cissy Wellman, actress Gloria Wellman, Kathleen 'Kitty' Wellman, Maggie Wellman, actor Michael Wellman, and William Wellman Jr.. Mother-in-law of James Franciscus.

Freckle-faced Irish-American bit part actress of the 1930s. One of Busby Berkeley's principal chorus dancers and in Warner Brothers films from the age of fourteen. Became director William Wellman's fifth wife and bore him seven children.

A trained dancer who worked frequently in Hollywood musicals between 1929 and 1933, Coonan reportedly had no acting aspirations and left the screen after only one starring role.