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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: As three people guessed, this is Pauline Garon. Please congratulate Tom Ratliff, Annie Frye and R. Ahuna. Above, a still from "Man From Glengarry," 1922.


Feb, 20, 1923: An ad for "Adam's Rib," with Pauline Garon.

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: Phyllis Kirk.

Check back next week for another mystery photo!
Los Angeles Times file photo

Our mystery woman is a little tougher than usual, but not impossible. Please congratulate Tom Ratliff, who correctly identified her. He says: I wish I had a more romantic reason for "knowing", like "I'm a big silent film fan", but I'm just a resourceful internet user that gets a buzz out of solving puzzles like Mystery Photo."

Update: Pauline Garon in a photo from "Satan in Sables," 1925.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Here's another clue. Who is our mystery woman?

This is Pauline Garon in the play "Bad Babies," by George Scarborough, 1929.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Here's still another clue. Who is our mystery woman? And what about her mysterious companion?

Update: Pauline Garon and actor Ward Crane in an undated photo.
Los Angeles Times file photo
Pauline Garon in 1942, when she sought a divorce from her second husband, Clyde Harland Alban.
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Comments (64)

Spring Byington?

Clara Bow?


Mary Allison

claire windsor?

Phyllis Haver?

Madge Bellamy

Eleanor Broadman?

Mary Philbin?

Thanks for posting this game. My 86 year old mother can't wait to play each Monday. It's a great way to help keep her mind sharp.

She's a chameleon, whoever she is - in the first photo she looks like a very young Clara Bow, right down to the hairstyle. In the second photo she looks like Mary Pickford after she cut her hair. Either way, I have a feeling I'm going to kick myself for not figuring it out.

I have a gut feeling this is Jean Arthur. Best regards.

Edna Purviance

lillian gish

Betty Compson


Madge Bellamy

Okey, with the new pictures, I'll try one more time. Alice White?

Mary Astor?

Alice White?

Olivia de Havilland

A Star yet to be born, Janet Gaynor?

Mary Astor?

Claire Windsor

I think it's Madge Bellamy.



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