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June 14, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo 


  As nearly everyone realized, this is Evelyn Nesbit, the subject of a recent Paul Coates column
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 is Madge Bellamy!

There’s another photo on the jump!

  June 15, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: This is Evelyn Nesbit and ex-husband Jack Clifford in a photo marked June 24, 1917.

Here’s Tuesday’s photo of our mystery guest with a mystery companion. And it turns out she’s not much of a mystery. Nearly everybody has identified her! Please congratulate Steve Stoliar, CatM, Mary Mallory, Evelyn, Eve Golden, Anne Papineau, Mark Heimback-Nielsen, Mike Hawks, Gregory Moore, Arye Michael Bender, Virginia Hollender, Benito, Virginia Jauregui, Jenny M, Ronald Emmis, Sarah, Anna, Sue, Pete Nowell and Dennis Gilliam.


June 16, 2010, Mystery Photo 
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Evelyn Nesbit and former husband Harry K. Thaw in a photo marked June 9, 1926.

For Wednesday, we have our mystery guest with a mystery companion. Please congratulate Stacia, Claire Lockhart, Pamela Porter and Dewey Webb for identifying her and congratulate Mary Mallory and Sarah for identifying Tuesday's mystery companion.


June 17, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Evelyn Nesbit and Joan Collins on the set of "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" in a photo marked July 24, 1955. "Miss Nesbit is confined to Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital suffering from severe gastric attack," according to the caption information.

And for Thursday, our mystery guest has a mystery companion – although I suppose just about everyone is going to identify this picture. I’m pleased that the Daily Mirror has such literate readers! Please congratulate Mark, Randy Skretvedt, La Peregrina, Patricia van Hartesveldt and Carol Gwenn for identifying her. And congratulate Gregory Moore and Randy Skretvedt for identifying Wednesday's mystery companion.

June 18, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by Ed Lundberg / Los Angeles Times

Update: Evelyn Nesbit is "shown working over bust she created. She has booth at the ceramics show at Long Beach Municipal Auditorium," according to the caption information, dated July 30, 1954.

For Friday, here’s our mystery guest with some of her artwork! Please congratulate Julie Merholz, Cold in PHX and Rick Scott for identifying our mystery woman. And congratulate Mary Mallory, Carol Gwenn, Mike Hawks, Arye Michael Bender,  Steven Moshlak and Randy Skretvedt  for identifying her mystery companion.

June 21, 2010, Mystery Photo
Photograph by George R. Fry / Los Angeles Times

The sparsely attended funeral of Evelyn Nesbit at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Brentwood, Jan. 20, 1967.
 
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Comments (66)

Aldous Huxley

It's amazing how much the young JOAN COLLINS looks like Elizabeth Taylor at around the same age. Does anyone know:
is "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing" available on DVD?

Gee, could that be Joan Collins with our lady.

Wow! Today's pic: The real and the surreal, side by side.

It is on the set of 'The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing' where the real Evelyn Nesbit coaches the Fake Evelyn Nesbit - Joan Collins - on how to be Evelyn Nesbit.

Amazing.

Evelyn Nesbit

Oh, this is Evelyn Nesbit, and the photo is with Joan Collins from the set of "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing." I thought that first picture was familiar for some reason.

One of the companions is the beautiful Joan Collins.

Cornelia Otis Skinner?

The Thursday picture is Evelyn Nesbit with Joan Collins, who portrayed Evelyn in the 1955 movie "The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing." Looks like they're perusing the script. Also looks like Joan is wondering if she'll look like Evelyn in 40 more years (she didn't!).

Late to the game....Evelyn Nesbitt.

I'm just a poor country boy in the Big City and try as I might, I cannot see where you identify your mystery person. You seem to think everyone on the planet -- has Osama Bin Laden e-mailed you with a guess? -- knows her name but why not give a break to the unfortunates out there? Not everybody saw the old movie, after all. You identified mostly the Usual Suspects as guessing right but I think perhaps you have a lot more readers. I hope so.

Better late than never - Evelyn Nesbit.

I recognize Joan Collins from Thursday, but I have no idea who the Mystery Guest is. I'm just shocked the Times ran a picture with nipples showing!

Evelyn Nesbit?

When looking at these pictures, I am surprised that Evelyn Nesbit was the physical inspiration for Anne of Green Gables.

I remember hearing about her exhibit, and that her dream at the time was to create a life sized sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, because she had such a lovely figure. What a marvelous historic mashup that would have been. I wonder what happened to her artwork? That one on display is really very good. And what a sad funeral...but for the longest time, she wanted people to forget who she was. I guess she got that in the end.

Until now, of course.

 

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