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!

 

  2011_0320_mystery_photo  
  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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32 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  1. Dewey Webb says:

    Elvia Allman

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  2. Dewey Webb says:

    Patricia Collinge

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  3. Mary mallory says:

    Inez Courtney.

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  4. Kevin K. says:

    Marian Jordan?

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  5. Mary Mallory says:

    Jane Bryan?

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  6. Mary mallory says:

    Is it Verree Teasdale with Fred Allen?

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  7. Pat in Michigan says:

    Fanny Brice

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  8. Dewey Webb says:

    Fred Allen

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  9. Dewey Webb says:

    Portland Hoffa

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  10. fibber mcgee says:

    Izzat Fannie Brice with Fred Allen?

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  11. Mary mallory says:

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

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  12. Jenny M says:

    Portland Hoffa and Fred Allen

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  13. Pat in Michigan says:

    Portland Hoffa

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  14. Arye Michael Bender says:

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

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  15. Sarah says:

    Portland Hoffa!

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  16. Julie Merholz says:

    Portland Hoffa and Fred Allen

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  17. Patricia van Hartesveldt says:

    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.

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  18. Aha! Portland Hoffa and her husband, Fred Allen!

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  19. rick says:

    Portland Hoffa, aka Mrs Fred Allen

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  20. Waldo Lydecker says:

    Is it Portland Hoffa?

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  21. gary martin says:

    Fanny Brice? Fred Allen?

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  22. Pam Sowers says:

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

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  23. Steven Moshlak says:

    Portland Hoffman?

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  24. Stacia says:

    It’s Portland Hoffa, Mrs. Fred Allen

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  25. Julie Merholz says:

    Portland Hoffa and Fred Allen

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  26. Julie Merholz says:

    I posted these names yesterday morning. I don’t see my name in the comments nor have you given me credit for identifying the mystery
    actress so I posted it again.

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  27. It is Portland Hoffa with husband Fred Allen.

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  28. Mark Heimback-Nielsen says:

    In the last two photos Portland Hoffa is on the right with her husband Fred Allen on the left.

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  29. Arye Michael Bender says:

    Okay, I sit here corrected thinking Ms. Brice was sexier than she was. Thy Mystery Lady is Portland Hoffa, Fred Allen’s partner and radio foil.

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  30. LC says:

    It’s Fred Allen and wife Portland Hoffa.

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  31. fibber mcgee says:

    Could it be that you Snookered us folks once again? Keep in mind none of my guesses are cast in cement — Portland or otherwise.

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  32. Arye Michael Bender says:

    PS: The toupee next to Portland Hoffa doing another funeral appearance seems to belong to George Jessel. In that era, he seemed to impose himself and his false sentimentality on all such show business photo ops.

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