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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)

My guess is Pier Angeli because she married Vic Damon and was in live before that w/ James Dean and that is Vic in one of the photos.

Jeanne Crain?

The Victor Damone pic did it.

It led directly to Marisa Pavan and her girlfriend Rose Tattoo.

Rose, despite rumors to the contrary, was not related to Herve Villechaize of "Da Plane" fame.

The guy in today's photo looks like Vic Damone.

Could it be Katharine Hepburn?

Now I'm thinking if he's Vic Damone, then she must be Pier Angeli. Si?

Pier Angeli

Janet Leigh?

Pier Angeli

She's Pier Angeli. James Dean was in love with her. I know she committed suicide, and was married to a vocalist, but right now can't think of his name. You have a photo of him and her together.

She's Pier Angeli, and I just remembered! She was married to Vic Damone. There's a photo above of both of them.

Patricia Neal?

It is Pier Angeli, born as Anna Maria Pierangeli on the island of Sardinia in Italy.

Pier Angeli

I say Pier Angelo (Angeli)

Anne Bancroft?

Pier Angeli?

Is it Natalie Wood

Is it Natalie Wood


pierre angeli...............jack

Eleanor Parker


I have no idea who she is, but she is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful. It makes me wish that the young starlets of today would get really radical and non-conformist and somehow re-capture this sense of wholesome beauty in their public appearances.

Pier Angeli



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