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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)

Olivia de Havilland

This is a very fun feature.

Very young Irene Dunne?

I believe the photographer of the first picture is Alex Kahle, and that possibly the second picture was taken at RKO, but I still can't figure out who it is.

I think it might be Eleanor Boardman

For your next clue, could you throw in a picture of her with one or all of the Marx brothers? That backdrop looks familiar but I haven't found it yet.

Maybe Betty Compson

Sue Carroll?


Okey, here's another wild guess at an old movie starlette that nobody has seen in sixty years....Claire Windsor?

How 'bout Una Merkel?

Shoot, I can't pin this one down! I've exhausted my online resources and have spent way too much time trying to solve this. So I will sit back and be a spectator after my guess. Is it Mildred Harris?

Billie Dove.

Janet Gaynor

The woman is Irene Rich. The last still features she and Raymond Hackett in a scene from ON YOUR BACK.

This is a pure guess gleaned from two clues. A guess because I don't know what she looked like, but her partner is certainly Fred Astaire with hair. The thoughtful look on his face is one that only Fred could create.

So my guess for Ms. Mystery is Adele Astaire. If I dare...

OK, well, he's Frank Albertson, that I know. Is she Bernice Claire?

It's not Irene Rich, it's Marion Shilling.

Her companion in the bottom photo is Frank Albertson circa 1930. She could be somebody who was briefly famous during the changeover to sound, somebody who's face hasn't become imbedded in our consciousness. Somebody's who's not Bette Davis or Clara Bow, in other words. And not particularly photogenic.

Mae Busch? (of Laurel and Hardy fame)

Fannie Ward?

Ann Southern?

Sharon Lynn

Jobyna Ralston.

Jobyna Ralston



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