Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Lanky brunettes with wicked jaws

I have a mystery for all of you. This is quite important. I should probably explain a little bit first though... last week I worked for several hours in this one conference room. The conference room is vaguely decorated with old Hollywood - in that there are 4 framed photographs on the walls: Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Betty Grable, and a brunette who, I assume, is from the '40's era. The problem is I really, honestly, have no idea who this lady is! My coworkers were guessing Rita Hayworth, Myrna Loy, Ava Gardner. I told them that she wasn't any of those ladies and then they told me to go ask an old movie buff. I said I am an old movie buff and then they said to go ask another old movie buff.

So, I'm taking their advice: who is this woman???


The best suggestion I've heard is a very young, glamorous Virginia O'Brien. That's the only guess I've heard that sounds possible. Please help because this is driving crazy!

Thank you.



P.S. Funny thing. Can you see Fred Astaire's photo reflected on the glass?

9 comments:

  1. Sorry. I can't help. I feel like I should know too! Argh!

    My guess would be Joan Crawford but the eyebrows are the wrong shape

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  2. This is a tough one! It sort of looks like Jeanette McDonald in these shots:

    http://www.hurrelleditions.com/gallery/macdonald_30.jpg

    http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/04/jeanette-450-pixels.JPG

    But I can see why someone would guess Virginia O'Brien:

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/2805569029_ed40a24891.jpg

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  3. Hmm she looks really familiar but I can't quite figure it out. I even asked my mom but we're both stumped. Sorry Sally!

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  4. Jeanette MacDonald. :)

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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  5. Sally:

    I am not inclined to be certain about anything but at first look I thought it must be Jeanette -- and now I see KC and Laura agree. So will go with Jeanette but ask my wife and do some looking in my pictures.

    Gerald

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  6. Sally:

    It is Jeanette. I found the origin of the photo. It was used on the cover of The Darling Diva CD. The caption: “Recorded between 1943 & 1945. This single-disc title contains excerpts from three vintage radio transcriptions featuring the beautiful operatic soprano Jeanette MacDonald.”.

    Gerald

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  7. My first thought was Jeanette MacDonald!

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  8. Thank you everyone! You have no idea what a relief this is! Jeanette MacDonald. I will pass the word around!

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  9. Great detective work, Gerald! :)

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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