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Movie Star Mystery Photo

Dec. 14, 2009, Mystery Photo   
Los Angeles Times file photo

Daria Massey in a photo by Bernard of Hollywood.

“Pretty 18-year-old Daria Massey, a former child actress in such films as ‘The Miracle of Fatima,’ ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams’ and ‘The Iron Mistress,’ has the lead in the first ‘Dr. Christian’ telefilm with Jean Hersholt and Rosemary de Camp. Role is her first as a grownup actress. She plays the part of Derry, a famous Hollywood juvenile star who marries a press agent and comes to River’s End to have her child so that the secret can be kept from the world.”

Please congratulate Arye Michael Bender, Cold in PHX, Jenny M, Richard Heft, Mary Mallory, Cinnamon Carter and Michael Ryerson for identifying her.
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: Signe Hasso!

Dec. 15, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Daria Massey in a photo published Jan. 24, 1956.

Here’s another photo of our mystery star!

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

Update: “Her Cup of Tea: Pixie-like Daria Massey, as Jennie Dexter, marries the fabulous ‘Lucky’ Baldwin, who makes his fortune in mining investments in the ‘Death Valley Days’ TV film ‘The Man Who Was Never Licked.’ ”

Here's another picture of our mystery woman!

Dec. 17, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: John Payne and Daria Massey in “The Restless Gun,” Monday, Nov. 3, 1958.

Here's our mystery woman with a [not very] mysterious companion.

Dec. 18, 2009, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Daria Massey in a photo published May 17, 1959.

Of course, the biggest mystery about Daria Massey is what became of her. There’s nothing in The Times clips after 1961, when the paper reported that she was married to David Lee Joesting on the set of Jerry Lewis’ “The Ladies Man.”  Her last credit on imdb is a 1963 appearance in “McHale’s Navy.”

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Comments (40)

Gigi Perreau?

Simone Simon?

is it Ann Blyth?

Shirley Temple....teenage. I know I'm wrong!

Gloria Winters of Sky King (Penny) and Life of Riley (original Babs) fame?

Gloria Jean?

shirley temple

Mitzi Gaynor

Angie Dickinson

Cecile Aubrey

Joan Evans

Somebody from the 'perky' era.

Bibi Osterwald

Annette Fabrege

Jean Simmons?

Gloria Jean

Ann Blythe

Connie Stevens

Piper Laurie

Gale Storm

mona freeman

ann rutherford

Is it Jean Heather?

Wanda Hendrix

This is a deduced guess based on seeing her with John Payne (minus spit curl): Daria Massey?



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