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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  May 17, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

March 4, 1981, Brenda Benet [Update 2: This is Brenda Benet and it was particularly sad to be scanning photos of her on Mother’s Day, considering her story. At right, the March 4,  1981, account of her son’s death while undergoing emergency surgery. Benet committed suicide a month after the first anniversary of her son’s death.

[Above, Brenda Benet is a guest on "Wendy and Me" episode, in a photo published Dec. 7, 1964. ]

[Update: Please congratulate Zabadu, Jenny M, Rogét-L.A., Carmen and Barbara for identifying our mystery guest!  ]

Here’s our mystery gal!
There’s a new photo on the jump!

  April 15, 1982, Brenda Benet  

  April 15, 1982, Brenda Benet  

  May 18, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update 2: Brenda Benet portrays bar girl in "Walking Tall," now at UA Cinema Center, Jan. 25, 1974. ]

[Update: Please congratulate Periwinkle, Karen, Eve, Mike Hawks and LC for identifying our mystery lady!] 

  May 19, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update 2: Bill Bixby and Brenda Benet in a publicity photo for  NBC-TV's "Search," in a print marked Oct. 27, 1972.]

[Update: Please congratulate Jenny M, Pamela Porter, Mary Mallory, Agatha Grafton, Julie Merholz, Anne Papineau, Steve Stoliar, Glen Frank, Rick, Elsie, Mike Hawks, Carol Gwenn, Patricia van Hartesveldt, Cold in Phoenix, Benito, Richard Wegescheide, Mark Heimback-Nielsen, Craig Deco, Lee Rivas, Thom Lee and Megan, Sue, Stacia and Cinnamon Carter for identifying our mystery couple.]

Here’s our mystery woman with a (totally not) mystery companion.

  May 20, 1961, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: Brenda Benet ... a yoga disciple, in a photo published Jan. 1, 1973.  CandyC says she identified our mystery woman on Monday but didn't get credit. For some reason, her answer got lost in cyberspace. Bob Levinson, Randy Skretvedt, William, Herb Nichols and Gary Martin identified our mystery woman. ]

And here’s another photo for Friday. And yes, this mystery guest has is a sad story.
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Comments (55)

A mystery indeed. Well, she's not Susan Kohner or Judy Tyler, though she is doing her best to channel both of them . . .

Brenda Benet?

Pier Angeli

Brenda Benet

Anna Maria Alberghetti?

Marisa Pavan

I certainly hope she returned Annette Funicello's hair in a timely manner!


That's got to be Brenda Benet, who was married to Bill Bixby and who appeared as Lee Dumonde on Days Of Our Lives in the early '80s.

Annette Funicello? Anyway, I'm impressed!

It's Barbara Parkins. The big hair gave her away.

Brenda Benet

Brigid Bazlen?

Sharon Hugueny?

Brenda Benet

Lana Wood

Brenda Benet, a truly tragic story.

Brenda Benet.

whoever it is, looks like she had a mid-career nose job

Oh! That's poor, tragic Brenda Benet-Bixby!

now I'm thinking Elizabeth Ashley

The lady is Brenda Benet.

Brenda Benet

Her companion is Bill Bixby.

Brenda Benet

Today it's Brenda Benet with her husband Bill Bixby. Was yesterday's still from WALKING TALL?



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