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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  March 19, 2011, Mystery Photo  

  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: Yes, this is Portland Hoffa, the wife of radio comedian Fred Allen. I discovered Allen’s radio shows after his death in 1956 and always wondered about the women named Portland Hoffa. In scanning these pictures, I came across news photos that were taken after Allen collapsed and died while out for a walk in New York.  He was 62.]

Nobody identified last weekend’s mystery lady and these are all the photos I had. What to do? Answer: Mystery companion!] 

Here’s our weekend mystery lady….

There’s a new photo on the jump!

  Los Angeles Times file photo  

… and here’s another picture of our mystery woman!

  March 26, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: This photo gave it away. Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Mary Mallory, Jenny M, Pat in Michigan, Sarah, Julie Merholz, Gregory Moore, Rick, Waldo Lydecker, Pam Sowers (returning after a long absence), Steven Moshlak and Stacia for identifying our mystery woman and her companion!]

Here’s last week’s mystery lady with a  mystery Santa Claus!

  March 27, 2011, Mystery  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

Do celebrities take themselves too seriously these days?

  March 22, 1956, Fred Allen Funeral  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

March 20, 1956:  Jack Haley escorts Portland Hoffa from St. Malachy's Church in New York after the funeral of comedian Fred Allen.
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Comments (32)

Elvia Allman

Patricia Collinge

Inez Courtney.

Marian Jordan?

Jane Bryan?

Is it Verree Teasdale with Fred Allen?

Fanny Brice

Fred Allen

Portland Hoffa

Izzat Fannie Brice with Fred Allen?

Oops. It's his wife Portland Hoffa, and the first photo is the same photo used for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Portland Hoffa and Fred Allen

Portland Hoffa

Fred Allen and the Baby Snooks pinafore reveals that she is the Funny Lady herself, Fannie Brice.

Portland Hoffa!

Portland Hoffa and Fred Allen

Even though her outfit suggests it, I don't think the lady is Fannie Brice. The eyes and nose look all wrong. I do agree that the gentleman is Fred Allen, though.

Aha! Portland Hoffa and her husband, Fred Allen!

Portland Hoffa, aka Mrs Fred Allen

Is it Portland Hoffa?

Fanny Brice? Fred Allen?

Portland Hoffa, famous in radio as Fred Allen's sidekick!

Portland Hoffman?

It's Portland Hoffa, Mrs. Fred Allen

Portland Hoffa and Fred Allen



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