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Jean Spangler

Here's our mystery guest with a couple of fine looking collies. The photographer (this is a handout shot) went for an arty look that left her hair buried in deep shadows, so the picture couldn't be used in the paper without lots of retouching by the art department. Our mystery guest was an actress and appeared on stage and in films.


Jean Spangler

  • Lassie and a stand-in with some model? No.
  • Andie MacDowell's mother? Oh, interesting guess! But no. At least I don't think so. (If that were true, it would be really bizarre).
  • Virginia Hill? No.
  • Kathleen Freeman? No.
  • Jean Spangler. Absolutely right!

Here's another picture of our mystery guest, taken in 1948. Her life has been discussed in several books about Los Angeles.   You have most definitely heard of this actress.


Photograph by Bruce Cox / Los Angeles Times

Yes, this is Jean Spangler, the actress who mysteriously vanished in 1949. Her purse, with a cryptic note, was found in Griffith Park.


Here's another photo of her, a still from "Wabash Avenue," 1949.

And, as a special bonus for Daily Mirror readers, here is The Times' photo of Spangler's purse and the note (which was retouched, by the way, so it would be readable in the photograph) found in Griffith Park. Nobody can say the Daily Mirror doesn't deliver goodies.

Photograph by Jack Carrick / Los Angeles Times

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Comments (6)

Gail Russell, tipsy driver into diners?

--Sorry, no.

Jan Clayton

Virginia Hill?

Jean Spangler

Is she Kathleen Freeman?

Is it your opinion the Jean Spangler was romantically involved with Kirk Douglas ?

--I haven't researched the Spangler case in enough depth to form that kind of opinion.



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