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September 11, 2010 |  8:33 am

Sept. 6, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo 

Will Rogers
May 11, 1930: Caricature of Will Rogers by Jean Negulesco.

Update: Our mystery guest is film director and artist Jean Negulesco. The above photo was released in 1949 to publicize his nomination for an Academy Award for directing “Johnny Belinda.” Mary Mallory sends along an EBay listing for one of Negulesco's drawings, priced at $1,200.

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 or Saturday. There's no need to submit your guess five times. Once is enough. The only reward is bragging rights. 

Last week’s mystery guest was Lynne Baggett.

There’s more on the jump!

Sept. 7, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

For Tuesday, our mystery guest has a mystery camera!

Sept. 8, 2010, Mystery Photo

Photograph by R.L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

Update: May 26, 1957: “Film director Jean Negulesco and Mrs. Negulesco (former Conover model) have outstanding collection of Bernard Buffet revealed at left. Canvas by Noel Emile Laurent is exception.”

For Wednesday, our mystery guest has a mystery companion. Please congratulate Alexa Foreman and Mary Mallory for identifying him. In fact, Alexa says she interviewed him!

Sept. 9, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Jean Negulesco with Ida Lupino, right, and her sister Rita Lupino in a photo stamped Dec. 19, 1946.

For Thursday, our mystery guest has two (not so much) mysterious companions. Please congratulate James Curtis for identifying yesterday’s mystery couple and Mary Mallory for identifying his mystery companion.

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

Update: May 7, 1976: "Jean and Dusty Negulesco stand in front of his latest new lithograph “Femme,” which is the first offering of the newly formed graphics publishing firm here."

Here’s our mystery guest -- are those leather pants?-- with a mystery companion and some of his artwork.  Please congratulate Pamela Porter, Periwinkle, Rick, Mike Hawks, Mary Mallory and  Mark Heimback-Nielsen for identifying our fellow and one of his mysterious companions! And, finally, Sharon and Space Hanlon identified our mystery guests.