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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times photo

Sept. 25, 1945: Lina Romay photographed by Harmon D. Toy of the Los Angeles Times.


Update: Our guest star is Lina Romay!

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 reward is bragging rights. 

The answer to last week's mystery star: Jobyna Ralston!

Oct. 13, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Lina Romay in "Adventure," Dec. 23, 1945.

Here's another photo of our mystery star. Please congratulate Gerald McCann, Jeff Hanna, Paul Cardinal, Nick Santa Maria, Steven Bibb, "Laura" fan Waldo Lydecker and Mike Hawks for identifying her.
Oct. 14, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Lina Romay, March 10, 1949.

Here's another picture of our mystery guest! Please congratulate Mary Mallory and Amy Richardson-Brown for identifying her.

Oct. 15, 2009, Mystery Photo Photograph by Tony Barnard / Los Angeles Times

Update: Lina Romay, at Hollywood Park, provides racing results in Spanish for Spanish-language radio stations. 

Here's another photo of our mystery star! Please congratulate Steffi Sidney for identifying her.

Oct. 16, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Bandleader Xavier Cugat with a caricature of Lina Romay, April 8, 1943.

Please congratulate Christa, Thom B, Christine Bamberger, Carmen and Randy Skretvedt  for identifying her.

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Comments (39)

I have a strong feeling it is Olga San Juan. Yes?

I have no idea based on this picture but she's a beauty, pert is a word that comes to mind but look at those gloves! Yeeowee! I'd love to see the rest of this outfit.

It looks an awful lot like Noel Neill.

Lina Romay

rosalind russell.....first day guess....why not?

carolyn jones

I'll give it a shot with Lina Romay.

Actress/Singer Lina Romay.

Lina Romay?

Leslie Brooks?

Maria Montez.

Lina Romay

Lina Romay

Maria Montez

I think this is the beautiful Ann Dvorak.

Jan Sterling

Lina Romay?

Amanda Blake, before she was de-sexed by family hour into Miss Kitty? Meow!

Mona Maris

is it Mary Astor?

Andrea Leeds?

Is it Lina Romay? If so, it's the right time of year to enjoy her movies!

The second photo reminds me of Jane Wyatt from "Father Knows Best"

Lina Romay. I can't find Monday's photo anywhere. Today's photo is stamped on the back Clarence Sinclair Bull, November 21, 1944.

Lisette Verea



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