Thrift Store Discovers Photo Album of Mystery Woman Posing With Every A-List Hollywood Celebrity

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The thrift store Opnieuw & Co in Mortsel, Belgium recently made a discovery that’s like opening a Hollywood time capsule. While sorting through a box of donated clothing and other items, workers there found an old photo album featuring the same woman posing next to A-list celebrities. Many of the images, that included the likes of Robert Downey, Jr., Tom Hanks, and Keanu Reeves, were taken a long time ago—Elijah Wood was just a kid and Bruce Willis was still rocking a full head of hair.

Typically, personal photographs are destroyed if they reach the thrift store, but employees figured that this album was too special and might’ve been given to them by mistake. Opnieuw & Co turned to the internet, where it was eventually determined that the lady present in all of the photos was Maria Snoeys-Lagler, a former member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The HFPA is a non-profit organization of journalists and photographers who report on the entertainment industry; you might hear the name in association with Golden Globe Awards. Snoeys-Lagler was a Hollywood reporter who died in 2016 at the age of 87.

After figuring out the identity of the woman in the photographs, one of Belgium’s national TV stations used their contacts to locate Snoeys-Lagler’s daughter in California to ensure that the album will make its way safely to her.

The thrift store Opnieuw & Co in Mortsel, Belgium discovered a photo album that is like opening a Hollywood time capsule.

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Tom Cruise

In every photo, the same woman appeared posing with A-list celebrities that were snapped a long time ago.

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Kevin Bacon and Tom Hanks

After some sleuthing, the woman was determined to be Maria Snoeys-Lagler, a former member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who died in 2016.

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Kate Winslet

Opnieuw & Co has tried to contact Snoeys-Lagler's daughter—who lives in California—to try and return the album to her.

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Bruce Willis

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Drew Barrymore

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Elijah Wood

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Nicholas Cage

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Angelina Jolie

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Sam Neill and Robert Downey Jr.

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Jack Lemmon Sophia Loren

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Jack Nicholson

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Laurence Fishburn

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Johnny Depp

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Sir Patrick Stewart

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Kristin Davis

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Keanu Reeves

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Kevin Costner

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Antonio Banderas

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Harrison Ford

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Luke Perry

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Tommy Lee Jones

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Denzel Washington

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

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