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   Feb. 8, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo
Update: Virtually everyone recognized our mystery guest as Louise Beavers.

Oct. 27, 1962, Louise Beavers

Oct. 27, 1962: Louise Beavers dies at the age of 60.

Nov. 2, 1962, Louise Beavers
Nov. 2, 1962: Services for Louise Beavers include her favorite gospel song, “City Called Heaven,” and her favorite Scripture, Psalm 91

Nov. 26, 1974, Louise Beavers

After her death, Beavers was the subject of several articles in The Times examining the portrayal of African Americans in movies, including this Nov. 26, 1974, piece by J.K. Obatala. In 1976, Beavers was posthumously inducted into the Black Film-Makers Hall of Fame in Oakland.

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: Blossom Seeley and Benny Fields.

Feb. 9, 2010, Mystery Photo  Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: The caption information on the back of the photo, stamped Oct. 15, 1950, says, “Unimpressed by the celebrated glamour of his opponent, many Hollywood celebrities are working energetically to elect Rep. Richard Nixon to the United States Senate. Here are a trio who have teamed up to work in the Nixon-for-Senator campaign: Irene Dunne, Louise Beavers and Hedda Hopper.”

Wow! Nearly everybody identified our mystery guest, too many folks to list everybody’s name. Here’s another picture of our mystery guest with two (not very) mysterious companions. Aren't the hats great?

Feb. 10, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Louise Beavers and Postmaster Mary D. Briggs in an undated photo.

Daily Mirror readers are certainly sharp! Everybody recognized yesterday’s (not very) mysterious companions. Today’s mystery companion may be a little more difficult. 

Feb. 11, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Louise Beavers, Ann Sheridan and an unidentified actor (suggestions include Clinton Sundberg and Dick Ross) in “Good Sam,” Sept. 15, 1948.

And here’s our mystery guest with two more mysterious companions.  So far nobody has identified yesterday’s mystery companion – but she’s tough.

Feb. 12, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Louise Beavers in “Beulah,” with Jane Frazee, left, David Bruce, center, and Stuffy Singer.
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Comments (76)

Juanita Moore?

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers?

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers

Harkening back to those days when African-Americans on American screens were sadly relegated to subservient roles, Louise Beavers played 'Beulah ' on TV.

Actors had to work. But so much great talent was wasted.

Is it Louise Beavers?

louise beavers

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers?

louise beavers

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers.

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers, who starred in Beulah, an early ABC tv program

Louise Beavers.

The lady is Louise Beavers.

Louise Beavers.

This is the charming, sweethearted Louise Beavers.

Finally! One I know! Louise Beavers!!
Go Mr. Blandings!!

Louise Beavers

Louise Beavers



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