Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

June 22, 2011, Mystery Photo

Photograph by Howard Decker /

[Howard says: The lady in the fur coat is Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner, known as Lana, with her newly minted (seventh, I think) husband Ronald Pellar, known as Ronald Dante and Dr. Dante. They are shown arriving at LAX after being married in Las Vegas May 9, 1969. Pellar/Dante was an illusionist in Vegas. As I recall only UPI Photos and myself were there to get photos of the newlyweds. I got a dozen shots and sold them all. The lady on the left is obviously a fan. Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end….]

[Please give Howard a big thanks for sharing his photos with us! You may not know but Howard also covered the famous incident in which a drunken Gail Russell plowed her convertible into Jan’s Restaurant on Beverly Boulevard in 1957. — lrh]

Howard Decker (a.k.a. Fibber) sends along another mystery picture from his career as a photographer.  Thanks, Howard!

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18 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo [Updated]

  1. Barry OB says:

    Is the lady Lana Turner?


  2. Pamela Porter says:

    Lana Turner & her last husband, “hypnotist”/swindler/con artiste Ron Dante


  3. CatM says:

    Peter Fonda and Dinah Shore?


  4. Pat in Michigan says:

    Is that Lana Turner and husband #8 Ronald Pellar?


  5. Karen says:

    Noel Harrison?


  6. Randy Skretvedt says:

    Possibly Dinah Shore and her adopted son, John “Jody” Montgomery?


  7. dewey webb says:

    Land Turner and the hynotist Ron Dante


  8. Steven BIbb says:

    Lana Turner and her hypnotist husband, Dante something or other.


  9. william says:

    Lance Reventlow


  10. Jenny M says:

    Lana Turner and Lex Barker


  11. Gregory Moore says:

    It’s Lana Turner and her husband from 1969-72, Ronald Dante (real name, Ronald Pellar). He was a hypnotist and convicted criminal (Lana, Lana!).


  12. Rinky Dink says:

    Shelley Winters? Or Rosemary Clooney?


  13. Wow, I knew two of your guesses, Noel & Lance. Definitely not either one. My wild guess is that the guy is Charlie Manson’s imagined mentor, Terry Melcher. Or Blake Edwards? But that’s just a shot in the dark.


  14. Not Terry Melcher or Blake Edwards, but I can’t place him. He looks familiar….


  15. Gregory Moore says:

    It’s Lana Turner and her husband from 1969-72, Ronald Dante (real name, Ronald Pellar). He was a hypnotist and convicted criminal (Lana, Lana!).


  16. Pamela Porter says:

    I’ve always felt so sorry for the *legitimate* Ron Dante – the singer/songwriter/session musician behind The Archies and The Cuff Links – he’s probably spent his entire career saying “No, I’m not *that* Ron Dante…”, and I know from reading Lana Turner’s and Cheryl Crane’s respective autobios that the faux Dante did little to discourage that confusion.


  17. Lorenzo says:

    Thank you Howard, miss your blog. Please continue to post your photos and narrative surrounding the photo ops.


  18. Dang, I almost said Lana Turner, but I didn’t recognize the husband!!


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