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Movie Star Mystery Photo


 July 6, 2009, Mystery Photo
 Los Angeles Times file photo

Noreen Nash in "The Red Stallion," 1947. 

July 10, 2009, Mystery Star
Los Angeles Times file photo

Noreen Nash, Dec. 27, 1957

Update: This is actress and author Noreen Nash. Please congratulate Sue Willahan for identifying her. (Sue explains that her mother went to school with Nash).

Just a reminder on how this works: I post the mystery photo on Monday and reveal the answer on Friday ... or on Saturday if I have a hard time picking only five pictures -- sometimes it's difficult to choose. 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 mystery star: John Loder!
March 4, 1957, Noreen Nash

July 7, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Noreen Nash, June 22, 1955. 

Here's another picture of our mystery gal!

July 8, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Noreen Nash and William Bendix in "The Life of Riley," Aug. 8, 1959. "Riley is surprised when 'Pat Davidson' turns out to be a beautiful girl and worries about how to break the news to his wife that 'Pat" will ride in his carpool."

So far I seem to have stumped everybody. I never know how hard the mystery guests are going to be until I post them. Today, she has a mystery companion!

July 9, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Robert Evans, Lynne Frederick Sellers, left, novelist Noreen Nash Siegel and her husband, Dr. Lee Siegel, staff physician at 20th Century Fox, Nov. 9, 1980.

Here's our mystery woman with a couple of mystery guests. I can't believe I have stumped everybody but evidently I have. I never know how difficult the mystery photos are going to be until I post them.

July 10, 2009, Mystery Star
Los Angeles Times file photo

Noreen Nash in "Lineup," Nov. 23, 1956.

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Comments (59)

(A very young) Eleanor Parker?

Elyse Knox?

Jeanne Crain

Barbara Britton

Co-worker Mel (I gave up) says "Betty Jane Rhodes?"

And we both agree she really DOES look like Barbara Britton!

Wildly tossing out a guess, Lucille Bremer?

Is it the hairdryer be-bonked Rita Johnson?

She seems awfully familiar but this is still a wild guess...Alexis Smith.

A rifle shot in the dark, Gail Davis (Annie Oakley)?

Young Marie McDonald

Lois Collier?

Joan Vohs?

The eyes in the first picture remind me of Donna Reed

Veronica Hurst?

Mel says, "Maris Wrixon?"

eleanor parker

Is it Dennie Moore?

Rhonda Fleming

Mystery companion is William Bendix. I am still clueless about who she may be!

Well, the mystery companion today is William Bendix, right?

I don't know who your mystery star is but her companion is William Bendix.

Mel says, "Lola Albright?"

gloria blondell

Am guessing the sweater girl is Gloria Withers. That because she is standing next to the befuddled, Chester A. Riley. She's too sexy to be Chester's wife Peg, and about the right age to be his daughter.

William Bendix, a great noir killer, was also superb in working class comedy. Another actor who was old when he was young.

Riley looks as baffled as the rest of us. Could she be the even lesser-known sister of Toni Gerry?



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