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Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  May 30, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update:  Dorothy Ford, one of Earl Carroll's most beautiful girls, swims and rides horseback for relaxation between nightly appearances at the Hollywood Carroll theater, in a photo published Oct. 11, 1941.]

Here’s our mystery woman for the week!
There’s a new photo on the jump!

  May 31, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Update: A lacy mantilla adds to the brunette allure of Dorothy Ford, statuesque dancer at Earl Carroll's Hollywood stage attraction, in a photo published Nov. 15, 1941. ]

For Tuesday, we have a heavily airbrushed photo of our mystery gal.

  June 1, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Starlet Dorothy Ford, Miss Pacific States of 1949, with one of the products of the Pacific States Butter, Egg, Cheese and Poultry Association, which is opening annual convention and exposition here today, in a photo published March 12, 1949  ]

And for Wednesday, our mystery gal shows off her title as Mystery Miss!

  June 2, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Los Angeles Times file photo  

[Dorothy Ford, who is believed to be the tallest girl in films, is shown beside Ben Blue, comedian, in Warner Bros. "One Sunday Afternoon." She finds her height no drawback to acting, in a photo published Feb. 15, 1949.  ]

For Thursday, our mystery lady has a mystery companion!

  June 2, 2011, Mystery Photo  

[Update: Please congratulate Claire Lockhart, Mary Mallory and Don Danard (via email) for identifying our mystery lady and her mystery companion! Please congratulate Dewey Webb, Gerald McCann, Steve Stoliar, Gary Martin, Mike Hawks, Rick Scott, Randy Skretvedt, Herb Nichols and Lee Ann Bailey for identifying her jaunty mystery companion!]

  June 3, 2011, Mystery Photo  
  Photograph by Gordon Wallace / Los Angeles Times  

[Update: Mary Mallory also identified this mystery companion!

[Actress Dorothy Ford, left, told court her husband, Thomas B. Chambers, "was always playing golf or tennis, watching television or sleeping." Right, Maria Hart, corroborating witness, in a photo published April 16, 1954. ]

For Friday, our mystery lady has another mystery companion. Hovering in the background, a mystery hand nearly obscured by The Times’ art department.
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Comments (42)

She reminds me of Ginny Simms. That 40's look was good but those eyelashes are about to fall off!

Carmen Miranda

aurora miranda

Lynn Bari

Rochelle Hudson?

Jo Stafford.

Ann Baxter

Carmen Miranda

ella raines?

Ann Corio?

Margie Hart?

Petra Peters

Connie Francis?

Margo, AKA Clo-Clo in "The Leopard Man" (1943).

Simone Simon?

Beryl Wallace, Earl Carroll's girlfriend?

did they give her a chest or take it away?

Yvonne De Carlo

My guess is that she is going to end up being a stripper.

based on cheese photo, Barbara Edam

Ben Blue

Mystery man is Ben Blue

That dapper little gent is Charlie Chaplin

Ben Blue and his wife, Axie Dunlap?

Could this be Axie Dunlap?



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