Movieland Mystery Photo [Update]

Jan. 19, 2012, Movieland Mystery Photo

[This truly is a mystery. She’s Rose Terrell, a dancer who curiously enough left very information. I always wonder about people like this. What sort of lives they had. Alas, more digging will have to wait for another day.]

Here’s a mystery lady from the astounding collection of Steven Bibb!

Jan. 19, 2012, Movieland Mystery Photo

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16 Responses to Movieland Mystery Photo [Update]

  1. Gary Martin says:

    Even if I am wrong, let me be the first to state the obvious: Ginny Sims.


  2. sherry says:

    Eathel Meriman?


  3. Eve says:

    Is she the lovely Wini Shaw?


  4. Sarah says:

    I don’t know who she is, but she forgot to wear her slip!


  5. MaryAReed says:

    Ethel Merman? I’m not sure because this woman in the photo is so feminine and dainty, and that’s not how we remember Ethel! But the hair, the chin line, the way they tried to hide her nose. I think its her.


  6. dewey webb says:

    Greer Garson making big effort to shake her Mrs. Miniver image, not to mention her groove thang.


  7. Pat in Michigan says:

    Gypsy Rose Lee


  8. dewey webb says:

    According to imdb, this woman had five uncredited roles in as many years, most likely as a chorus line dancer. How is anyone short of a relative supposed to know who she is?


    • lmharnisch says:

      @Dewey: You ask a good question, as you have before.

      As I have said, the mystery photos may seem to be a rather interesting or unusual trivia contest — but they’re not. Like much of the Daily Mirror blog, they are really about the fleeting nature of fame. People spend so much time and money chasing fame — and it is so ephemeral. I find the photos of the unknowns particularly interesting. Here’s a woman who presumably spent years training, got an agent, landed some bit work in films — and possibly appeared on Broadway. And yet all we have of her is a publicity photo. Did she give up and go home? Did she get into selling real estate? Open a dance studio? I wish I had time to track down the answers, but I do the Daily Mirror in my “spare” time.

      I realize that not everyone shares my enthusiasm for the unknowns… But also remember that once the blog became an independent project, I lost access to The Times photo library. It’s no longer possible for me to run five daily photos of someone. I wish I could, but unless you have a stash of old movie photos in your basement, this is what there is. I am very grateful to Steven Bibb for sharing his photos and scanning them.

      Also remember that I get much more flak for running “easy” pictures than ones that are hard or impossible. I have some very informed readers — including you, thankfully — and it’s hard to stump you guys!


  9. Mary Mallory says:

    Okay, I’m going through Herrick files. No bio file or photo file under Rose Terrell. There are photos of some of the chorus girls in GEORGE WHITE’S SCANDALS that have bios attachecd to their photos, but we don’t have hers. For THE GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937, the chorus girls toured the country with 3 stars. I’ve just found a photo with a caption, “The candid cameraman registers the happy grins of two homeward bound Gold Diggers of 1937, photographed aboard the huge American Airlines club flagship which took them on a 12, 300 mile sky tour of the nation. On the left is Rose Tyrell, of New York, and on the right, Sue Gomes, of San Francisco.” Let’s try the new spelling and see what we find.


  10. Mary Mallory says:

    I just found another photo where the girls going on tour are getting weighed by Busby Berkeley, and they’re all identified by name, she’s again called Rose Tyrell.


  11. Mary Mallory says:

    We have two bio photos of Tyrell from GOLD DIGGERS OF 1937 as well.


  12. Mary Mallory says:

    Okay, here’s what’s in Variety for Rose Tyrell:
    9/25/35–I couldn’t find the blurb, but the synopsis by Variety says Rose captains Jubilee troupe of Ranch dancers; just returned from coast, where appeared in After the Dark…

    10/14/36–The 13 girls for Gold Diggers of 1937 tour were signed to 3 week contracts at Warner Bros. prior to the tour, which started 11/15/36.

    11/12/36–“Rose Tyrell and Mary Cassidy are spotted for featured dance numbers” for the tour.

    1/22/37–Rose was scheduled to do a special number in “The Singing Marine.”

    5/21/37–Rose was tapping on the Metro lot with Bob Milton.

    There were a couple of others, but I never found the actual items on the page.


  13. Don Danard says:

    Mary ….. that’s what I call dedication !!


  14. Steven Bibb says:

    Yes Mary, thanks for all the additional info….really fascinating!


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