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2/8/12 Update:
Thanks to everyone's help, we believe we have identified this woman as being Virginia Bruce. While Claudette Colbert was a possible match, the photo that Judy contributed ( [external link] ) shows a striking similarity.

Virginia Bruce, born Helen Virginia Briggs, (September 29th, 1910 - February 24th, 1982) was an American actress who was featured in many films during the 1930's-40's, including "The Bad Man of Brimstone", "Society Lawyer", "The Invisible Woman", "Pardon My Sarong" and others.

Original Post:
This photo is of an absolutely beautiful celebrity. I do not know the name of this woman or have any other details outside that the photo looks to have been a celebrity photograph.

Can someone help provide details about this celebrity photo?

I picked this photo up in an antique shop in San Jose / Santa Clara California.
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About Helen Virginia Briggs

Helen Virginia Briggs, also known as her stage name Virginia Bruce, was a leading female actor in the 1930's and 1940's. She married three timess to John Gilbert director J. Walter Ruben, and producer Ali Ipar. ...more info

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Mimi: That is amazing and a little eerie :D
Feb 08, 2012 10:28 am reply
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Jul 25, 2011 1:41 pm reply
It looks to be the early 1940's or perhaps 1930's. I asked Mom since she should know - she can't remember. But she looks like a familiar star of that time. Anyone have an idea?
Jul 25, 2011 1:42 pm reply
It looks like Marlene Dietrich to me.
Jul 27, 2011 3:50 pm reply
I think it's claudette colbert
Jul 27, 2011 5:23 pm reply
It could be Claudette Colbert but I don't think the eyes are Marlene Dietrich...she had kind of bedroom eyes
Jul 27, 2011 5:51 pm reply
Claudette Colbert
Jul 27, 2011 6:52 pm reply
Definitely Claudette Colbert
Jul 28, 2011 9:19 am reply
It looks more like constance bennett to me . . . look at [external link] images and let me know what you think?
Jul 28, 2011 6:16 pm reply
I was just watching Oprah who had Shirley MacLaine on there, and Shirley flashed a picture of a dancer who looks like the photo. She was Vera Zorina. Google that name.
Aug 02, 2011 3:51 pm reply
There is a similarity but the eyes look different to me? This is driving me crazy - someone should know??
Aug 03, 2011 12:44 pm reply
Veronica Lake?
Feb 07, 2012 11:41 pm reply
I think it is Virginia Bruce
Feb 08, 2012 3:55 am reply
The make up hair and the cut of the dress says mid 40's Kathy.
Feb 08, 2012 6:12 am reply
Well Mimi besides being impressed with your photoshop skills (haha) I think we got a match with Virginia Bruce! Well done!!
Feb 08, 2012 10:28 am reply
check out this photo of Claudette [external link]
Feb 07, 2012 6:00 pm reply
Maria Montez?
Feb 08, 2012 9:16 am reply
IDK, I think her eyebrows look too natural and short in length to be Claudette Colbert who wore hers a bit more exaggerated. If I can think or find anyone that it might be, I will let you know. :)
Feb 07, 2012 6:05 pm reply
It's not Detrich, and I was for Colbert till I read Kathy's post..Detrich's face is narrower, Colbert has much more cheekbone..I'm for Bennett.
Feb 07, 2012 6:18 pm reply
I added a photo of Joan Bennett and one of Constance Bennett to AncientFaces' Facebook page. The problem with this photo is her false eyelashes - they make her eyes look like they are slanted down and I don't think they are. It would help if we could hone in on the year - my guess would be late 30's to early 40's?
Feb 07, 2012 10:16 pm reply
Virginia Bruce is a definite possibility - since Arba says this is mid 40's, I'm posting a photo of Virginia Bruce in 1948 on Facebook AF. See what you all think??
Feb 08, 2012 10:03 am reply
Thanks everyone for your help!! I'm going to say that this is Virginia Bruce thanks to this photo that Judy added to facebook. It looks spot on to me.
[external link]
Feb 08, 2012 10:13 am reply
I found a picture of Virginia Bruce in a similar pose and I cut half of her head off and layered it over THIS image and it fit PERFECTLY! What do you think: [external link]
Feb 08, 2012 10:25 am reply
LMAO I didn't use photoshop. I used Photobucket to do it...just did a quicky layer and erase and it fit...haha
Feb 08, 2012 10:30 am reply
The image of her that I used was from Ebay: [external link]
Feb 08, 2012 10:31 am reply
Photo taken at USA
Beautiful Celebrity Photo

Helen Virginia Briggs

Mini-biography
Born: Sep 29, 1910 in Minneapolis, MN
Died: Feb 24, 1982 (age 71) in Los Angeles, CA
Also in this photo: Helen Virginia Briggs at 35 years old