Movie Star Mystery Photo

    April 26, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo 

Our mystery guest is Vera Lewis, above, in a photo dated Aug. 27, 1916.

Feb. 12, 1956, Vera Lewis

Feb. 12, 1956: Lewis dies at the age of 82.

June 14, 1925, Vera Lewis

June 14 1925: Elinor Glyn says Vera Lewis is the reincarnation of Empress Sophia Maria!

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: Bob “Bazooka” Burns!

There’s a new photo on the jump!


Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Vera Lewis in an undated photo.

Here’s another photo of our mystery woman – looking very proper with a parasol. Please congratulate Nick Santa Maria, Lee Ann Bailey and Eve Golden for identifying her.  I’m always impressed by the knowledge of the Daily Mirror readers. Nice going!

April 28, 2010, Mystery Photo

Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Vera Lewis in a 1927 photo.
Here’s another photo of our mystery woman. Please congratulate Carmen and Bronski for identifying her!
April 29, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Update: Vera Lewis in “Nancy Drew — Detective,” 1938. 
Here’s another picture of our mystery woman. Please congratulate Don Danard for identifying her!

April 30, 2010, Mystery Photo
Los Angeles Times file photo

Vera Lewis, left, with Mia Marvin and Jackie Searl in a photo stamped Aug. 23, 1934.

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25 Responses to Movie Star Mystery Photo

  1. Carmen says:

    A young Helen Broderick?


  2. MichaelRyerson says:

    a youthful Hope Emerson.


  3. Mary Mallory says:

    Flora Finch?


  4. Eve says:

    Day-um. Well, she’s not Clara Kimball Young or Mary Garden, though she looks a bit like them; and the photo was taken ca. 1910s . . . Must put my thinking cap on.


  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Charlotte Greenwood.


  6. Sandy says:

    The expression, and the whole getup, call to mind Margaret Dumont, Groucho’s recurring foil…
    “It’s a gala day for you.”
    “Well a gal a day’s enough for me.”


  7. Anne Papineau says:

    Madame Glyn?


  8. Anne Papineau says:

    Minerva Urecal??


  9. Gerald McCann says:

    Fanny Brice and Nicki Arnstein?


  10. Mike Hawks says:

    My guess is Mary Garden.


  11. Sharon says:

    I was sure it was Fanny Brice, but now that I look at the picture more, I am guessing Charlotte Green. If not, maybe it’s Marjorie Main?


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Judith anderson.


  13. Mary Mallory says:

    Elinor Glyn.


  14. jane Ellen WAyne says:

    Agnes Moorhead


  15. Allison Francis says:

    Elinor Glyn?


  16. Dewey Webb says:

    Helen Westley


  17. Eve says:

    I find myself tickled no end that so many people remember the great Madame Glyn! I’m off to re-read “Three Weeks” (” . . . her lips were red, Red, RED!”).


  18. Pat in Michigan says:

    Margaret Mann


  19. CatM says:

    Eleanor Lawson?


  20. Julie Merholz says:

    Isabel Randolph


  21. Mary Mallory says:

    Emily Fitzroy.


  22. Diane Warren says:

    Especially in the third photo, she looks like Tom Baker in drag!


  23. Janet Hoffmann says:

    Wild guess, Kathryn Sheldon


  24. Joan Y. Compagno says:

    Helen Menken


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