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Movie star mystery photos


Photograph by the Los Angeles Times

Update: The woman below is indeed Veda Ann Borg. The above photo was put in her folder by mistake and I didn't notice when I was scanning the pictures! She's not Veda Ann Borg. Any guesses as to whom she might be?

Los Angeles Times file photo

Veda Ann Borg in a 1941 photograph taken while she was making "Two Yanks in Trinidad."
OK, who is she?

Is it Veda Ann Borg? (L.C.) Absolutely! Congrats!

Can you guess the identities of our mystery Hollywood movie stars


We have a correct answer! Betty Healy? (D. Webb).

Yes, this is Betty Braun (or Betty Healy) with Ted Healy of Ted Healy and His Stooges. She was sometimes known as the "girl stooge."


She came out of retirement to play Stan Laurel's wife, Bubbles, in "Our Relations."

Can you guess the identities of our mystery Hollywood movie stars


To recap: Our mystery guest was brought to Hollywood to appear in "Murder at the Vanities." However he is NOT listed the imdb entry for the movie. To make it even more difficult, his name is misspelled in the listing of the Broadway production of "Murder" so he's even harder to find. 

Wait! Wait! This just in: Paul Gerrits? (Alexa Foreman). Yes, this is skater Paul Gerrits (or Gerrish in ibdb), who was a sensation in the Broadway version of "Murder at the Vanities." He appeared in several movies and worked in Los Angeles as a master of ceremonies, often for Earl Carroll.

Nice work, Alexa!

Can you guess the identities of our mystery Hollywood movie stars

The identity of our mystery artist was guessed by Nathan Marsak: Actress Gail Russell, star of "The Angel and the Badman."  Congratulations, Nathan!

Below left, the signature of Gail Russell. The Daily Mirror thanks Jackie Lugo of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for the picture of Russell's painting. After Russell died, her brother gave the painting to Johnny Grant. Upon Grant's death, the picture passed to Lugo.

I have no idea how many other Gail Russell paintings there are. I suspect not too many.

Who is eating dinner with the Reagans? And who is the Reagans' mystery dinner companion?

Hint: Hoosier hoopster. NBA. Now ask yourself, does this gent look like an athlete? Someone said something about the Pacers.... You're red hot!
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Comments (11)

If she wasn't Mrs. Lottie Chase Hardy, then she was Mrs. Betty Laurel, played by Dorothy Christy. Is that right?

A Saint named Eva Marie?

Mystery star: Alida Valli

Madeline Carroll? - the 30's and 40's and 50's version, not the 'tween star of today.

Ted Healy always looked like the kinda guy who would keep Stooges around. Don't think he could of handled the Marx boys though.

Moira Shearer.

With the Reagans--Herb or Mel Simon, Indiana Pacers owners of the 1960s?

Is dance hall girl Veda Ann Borg?

Someone suggested to me (since I know nothing about basketball) that the Reagan's dinnermate might be Dick Tinkham.

With the Reagans--Larry Staverman, the original Pacers coach of the ABA years?

With the Reagans: a young Donnie Walsh.


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