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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is Sharon Lynn. Please congratulate Nick Santa Maria, Dewey Webb, Gregory Moore, Annie Frye, Mary Mallory and R. Ahuna for correctly identifying her. Nick, who was first, explains that he's a big Laurel and Hardy fan.

This photo is from "Sunnyside Up," 1929.

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: Pauline Garon.

Check back next week for another mystery photo!

Los Angeles Times file photo

Here's another picture of our mystery woman. Isn't she great?

Update: This is Sharon Lynn in "Happy Days."

Los Angeles Times file photo

OK, here's the mystery woman with a companion.

Update: Frank Albertson and Sharon Lynn in "Wild Company."
2009_0326_mystery_photo Here are two more shots of our mystery woman. Please congratulate Nick Santa Maria and Dewey Webb for correctly identifying her.

"Randolph Man," Eve Golden, Claire Lockhart, Dewey Webb and Carmen recognized her companion, above, as Frank Albertson.

Update: Sharon Lynn in 1932. These photos were to publicize "The Big Broadcast," but they may just be fashion shots.


Sharon Lynn, above, in "Turn on the Heat."

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times

Above, Sharon Lynn in 1942, when she was suing her neighbors in Malibu, charging that their home extended over her property.

At left, The Times' obituary on Sharon Lynn, May 28, 1963. She was 53. 
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Comments (94)

Janet Gaynor?

I would have to say Mary Pickford, even without the long hair!

Ruth Gordon.

Is it Bebe Daniels, one-time leading lady for Harold Lloyd in Hal Roach comedies and later wife and radio partner of actor Ben Lyon?

Mabel Normand

helen hayes

Miley Cyrus?

Edna Purviance?

Renee Adoree?

Hey, I think I know Eve! My Eve cracks wise like this all the time! That you, Gaston?

Oh, the pic...mmmm, I say it is Beatrize Michelena (my spelling may be off).

Ginger Rodgers?

Hope Hampton

Paulette Duval?

Well if it's not Marceline Day it could be Enid Bennett.

Hmmm, is it Patsy Ruth Miller?

Betty White

Gracie Allen (pre-George)...?

Nancy Carroll.

It has to be Phyllis Haver. Please tell me that I am right.

Alma Bennett

Sally O'Neil or Billie Dove.

Aha!......Bessie Love!

Constance Talmadge!

Laurette Taylor!

Okay, Mr. Smarty Pants, I'll give you one last try it Alice Brady?



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