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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Photograph by Frank O. Brown / Los Angeles Times

Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday. To keep the mystery photo from getting lost in the other entries, I move it from Monday to Tuesday to Wednesday, etc., adding a photo every day. I have to approve all comments, so if you're wrong your guess will be posted. If you're right, you'll have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights. 

Update: This is Pier Angeli at the age of 18 after receiving court approval for a movie contract in a photo published July 20, 1951.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Many people have recognized our mystery woman, above. Alexa Foreman was first, followed by William, Zabadu, Claire Lockhart, Jany, Gregory Moore, Nathan Marsak, Allison Berntsen, Dru Duniway, Eve Golden and John Marshall. Congrats!

Update: This is Pier Angeli with Kirk Douglas at Hostaria dell'Orso in Rome in a picture stamped June 23, 1953. Caption information says he grew a beard for the film "Ulysses."
Los Angeles Times file photo
Here's another photo of our mystery woman with her mystery companion.

She has been correctly identified by: Gerald McCann, Gary Martin, Pamela Porter, Pat, Carmen, Rozchuk, Lou Zogby, Carolyn Crowe, Roslyn Kutchuk, Angus, "Laura" fan Waldo Lydecker, crime buddy Kim Cooper, Jeff Hanna, Nancy, LC, Mike, Rhodora Montelongo and Chris. Congrats!

Update: Pier Angeli with Vic Damone in a photo published Oct. 5, 1954.
Photograph by Bob Potwin /
Los Angeles Times
Here's another photo of our mystery woman... what a transformation!

Too many people have recognized her to list everybody's name here. If I haven't posted your comment, that means you're right (or said something off-color; that means you, Charter Net subscriber "Homer Simpson" from Dallas, ISP

Update: Pier Angeli in court during her divorce from Vic Damone, Dec. 18, 1958.

Our mystery woman, as most people guessed, is Pier Angeli, who died at the age of 39 in September 1971. The Times said 200 people attended her Requiem Mass at Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills before she was buried in Paris. 
Photograph by Ben Olender / Los Angeles Times

Arriving for Pier Angeli's funeral Mass, Sept. 13, 1971, from left, her twin sister, Marisa Pavan; son, Perry Damone; mother, Enrica Pierangeli; drama coach Helena Sorrell; and former husband Vic Damone. The Times noted that Kirk Douglas and his wife; Mrs. Louis Jourdan and "lesser known Hollywood people" attended.

Check back next week for another mystery photo!
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Comments (146)

pier angeli

I think the time period may be too early but...Pier Angeli?

Pier Angeli


Could be a pre-stardom Carol Burnett.

Pier Angeli?

Pier Angeli?

Pier Angeli?

Pier Angeli

Is that Pier Angeli?

Pier Angeli

Pier Angelie

Ah, Kirk Douglas!!

Great... So Alexa , followed by William, Zabadu, Claire Lockhart, Jany, Gregory Moore, Nathan Marsak, Allison Berntsen, Dru Duniway, Eve Golden and John Marshall know who the gall is.... We still dont!! Who is she? I.m guessing roseanne, but i'm not sure..

Jeanette Sterke?

Going for the clue obvious: Anne Douglas

Anne Douglas WISHES that were her.

Stefanie Powers??

Pier Angeli.. I believe she once dated James Dean.

Pier Angeli. East of Eden was on TCM just last night. What a knockout. James Dean and Pier Angeli both. I saw Kirk Douglas in Montecito not too long ago, at Pane e Vino. He looks great.

elsa martinelli

Pier Angeli

Husband Vic Damone.

The woman is Pier Angeli. The second photo shows her with Kirk Douglas as Van Gogh during the making of that movie. The third photo shows Vic Damone.

Pier Angeli



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