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Movie Star Mystery Photo


Los Angeles Times file photo

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. 

Update: This is Sheila Ryan in a photo dated Dec. 29, 1941.

The answer to last week's photo: Sharon Lynn

Check back Monday for another mystery photo!

Los Angeles Times file photo

Here's another photo of our mystery woman and a mystery companion. Please congratulate Eve Golden's "co-worker Mel" for recognizing her first. Also congratulate Anne Papineau, Dewey Webb, Nick Santa Maria, Jeff Hanna, "bjth" Don Danard and Gerald McCann!

Update: Our mystery fellow is Tony De Marco in an August 1943 photo.

Photograph by the Los Angeles Times

Here's another clue! Please congratulate William Weathersby, Dave and Jeff for correctly identifying her. And hats off to Dewey Webb for identifying her mystery companion!

Sheila Ryan, 23, seeking a divorce from cowboy actor Allan Lane, Feb. 22, 1946.

Los Angeles Times file photo

Here's another photo of our mystery woman. Please congratulate Annie Frye and R. Ahuna for correctly identifying her. Check back tomorrow when we reveal the name of our mystery movie star!

Update: Sheila Ryan in a still from "Getting Gertie's Garter."

Los Angeles Times file photo

This is is Sheila Ryan, who was married to western star Pat Buttram. Isn't this a great photo? When I got it out of the archives I found The Times art department had butchered it down to a one-column mug shot. Here is it, stripped of all the white goop we used to put on pictures. 
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Comments (85)

vera ralston

I think it's Sheila Ryan

Gloria Swanson

Angela Lansbury

Sheila Ryan. I think her dancing partner is Phil Baker.

This lady appears to be the mistress of disguise as she appears to be a completely different person in each photograph so I'll take a wild guess at Donna Martell, even though she's not wearing a cowgirl outfit.

I can't really take credit for ID'ing her. I was flummoxed, and called over Mel: "Whodat?" He knew right away.

I hope next week;s is easier, I've been feeling dumber and dumber by the week!

Rochelle Hudson?

she was married to Pat Buttram, of Green Acres fame? Gene Autry's sidekick? Wow.

The very idea of Pat Buttram married so someone who looks like Bette Midler really stretches my brain. It tickles.



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