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Actress vanishes, October 7, 1949

October 7, 2008 | 12:21 pm

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Los Angeles Times file photo

Jean Spangler in a photo published in The Times in 1949
Denise Hamilton writes:

It was 59 years ago today that brunette starlet Jean Spangler vanished, leaving behind a young daughter, gangster pals, movie star connections and a mystery that remains unsolved more than a half-century later.

On October 7, 1949, the beautiful 27-year-old divorcee, who lived in an apartment near Park La Brea, told her mother she was meeting her ex-husband, then heading off for a night movie shoot. Jean kissed her 5-year-old daughter Christina, waved goodbye to her mother and clip-clopped off in her high heels. She was never seen again.

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