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Movie Star Mystery Photo

March 13, 2009 |  8:35 am


Photograph by Bruce H. Cox / Los Angeles Times

Phyllis Kirk and George Eckstein at the Hollywood Bowl, September 1951.

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 your guess is posted immediately, that means you're wrong. (And if a wrong guess has already been submitted by someone else, there's no point in submitting it again). If you're right, you will have to wait until Friday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only prize is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's photo: Betty Bronson. A Daily Mirror reader named Pat has scanned in some stills from Betty Bronson's "Peter Pan."  Recall that The Times' library only had one photo of Bronson in her most famous role--and it was heavily repainted.

Update: This is, as many Daily Mirror readers guessed, Phyllis Kirk. Congratulations! For some reason, her photo file at The Times doesn't have any pictures from "House of Wax," which many Daily Mirror readers recalled fondly.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Here's another photo of our mystery woman (sorry about the line through the middle. One of The Times' photo librarians folded the oversize print in half to get it in the envelope--quite typical).

Please congratulate Claire Lockhart, Dru Duniway, Paul Cardinal, LC, Steven Bibb (half credit, our fellow isn't Ring Lardner Jr.), Lou Zogby, Sonny King, Carmen and Marty Wasserman for correctly identifying her.

Phyllis Kirk in a 1952 publicity photo with Aldous, named after Aldous Huxley.
Los Angeles Times file photo

Debbie Reynolds, Jane Powell and Phyllis Kirk in "Two Weeks With Love."
Here's another photo of our mystery woman. This should make it easy. Please congratulate Alexa Foreman, Don Danard, Dewey Webb, Nancy Price, Michael Ryerson, Betsy Palmer, "Laura" fan Waldo Lydecker, E. Perman, Jill Scrivner, Kai, David P. Nelson,  Eileen/Joe/Ludie Jeff Hanna, Rosalyn, Plankbob, Joan Compagno Wright and Annie Frye for correctly identifying her.
Los Angeles Times file photo

Phyllis Kirk and Peter Lawford
in "The Thin Man" TV series.
Here's another photo of our mystery woman and a mystery companion, with the background thoughtfully painted out by The Times' art department.  Please congratulate Eve, Cold in Phx, Pat, R. Ahuna, Wilson Smith, rdare, Edward Cradduck, Marilyn Johnson and her mother, Tony Lucia, Lee Ann Bailey, Gary Martin, William, Craig Deco and Stacia for correctly identifying her.

Check back tomorrow when we reveal the mystery woman's identity!
Los Angeles Times file photo

Phyllis Kirk, above in "Two Weeks With Love," and at left in a 1959 publicity photo for an interview about her problems with hypertension. Kirk died in 2006 at the age of 79.