Reader April’s first instinct was right. It’s Ida Lupino!
I had almost given it up as another dead end after “Ida Lupino Images,” “Ida Lupino Noir Images,” “Ida Lupino Striped Shadows Images,” and several other semi-logical searches yielded nothing.
Then, on a whim, I typed in “Ida Lupino Cheesecake Images” and voila there it was.
Of course–because when we think of the toughest woman in the history of Hollywood, the groundbreaking actress of The Light that Failed and High Sierra, the even more groundbreaking producer-director of Roadhouse and The Hitch-hiker, the only prominent female director in Hollywood for decades after the war (though she and her, yes, groundbreaking film production company were shut down in 1955), the woman who (probably) stepped in for no less than Nicholas Ray when he became ill on the set of On Dangerous Ground, the very first word that comes to mind is… cheesecake!
Not that she didn’t kill it, of course. They knew about multi-tasking in those days.
(Thanks to April and Clementine for their efforts and to Clementine to turning me on to the lovely Jane Froman, with whom, to my obvious detriment, I was not previously familiar.)