Photo album found in thrift shop sparked social media search as the same woman appears in countless pictures with A-list celebs

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By Asiya Ali

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Social media sleuths are searching for the woman who appeared in several pictures with A-list stars.

Back in 2020, employees at Opnieuw & Co, a local establishment in Mortsel, Belgium, caused a stir on the Internet after discovering an old photo album.

The discarded momento contained photos of a woman posing with cinematic icons from Bruce Willis, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts to William Shatner and Harrison Ford.

The store took to their Facebook to share their findings, writing: "We're looking for the owner of this photo book...It contains a lot of photos of a lady with all Hollywood stars. We think this may have been shared by mistake and are therefore looking for the owner of this book."

Check out the photo album below:

Many users rushed to the comment section to share their reactions to snaps of the woman standing next to Hollywood legends like Will Smith, Nicholas Cage, and Denzel Washington.

One user wrote: "This is such an enormously wonderful find!" while another said: "I wonder how this amazing album got into a thrift store."

"What an amazing find! My sister and I love going to antique shops and flea markets in Belgium, and have given new life to many objects and photos that were otherwise forgotten," a third penned.

"We feel very sad when photos that are memories of a lifetime are given away and abandoned after a death. I'm so happy that this photo album found people who took care of it," they added.

Eagle-eyed viewers noticed that the individual in the photos could be identified by her name tag. It was soon disclosed by the shop that the woman was Maria Snoeys-Lagler, a former member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Snoeys-Lagler was one of the 90 members of the HFPA, who each have a role in choosing winners for the prestigious Golden Globes Awards.

The HFPA members are flown around the world and attend extravagant events with movie executives and stars.

According to The New York Post, the journalist passed away at the age of 87 in 2016 and her daughter in California received the iconic photo album.

A spokesperson for the store spoke to Bored Panda about the album, sharing that they "still have no idea" how it got to them.

"We are a thrift store and we rely on donations to fund our social workplace (we provide refugees and people who can’t find a job with work). That means someone probably dropped it off at one of our shops in a box full of other stuff as well," they explained.

“One of our people browsed through the album and realized this was not something that someone would get rid of voluntarily,” they said. "We figured out the lady’s name through her press badge in one of the photos. Then, one of our country's national TV stations used their contacts and located her daughter in California."

Featured image credit: StockPlanets / Getty

Photo album found in thrift shop sparked social media search as the same woman appears in countless pictures with A-list celebs

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Social media sleuths are searching for the woman who appeared in several pictures with A-list stars.

Back in 2020, employees at Opnieuw & Co, a local establishment in Mortsel, Belgium, caused a stir on the Internet after discovering an old photo album.

The discarded momento contained photos of a woman posing with cinematic icons from Bruce Willis, Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts to William Shatner and Harrison Ford.

The store took to their Facebook to share their findings, writing: "We're looking for the owner of this photo book...It contains a lot of photos of a lady with all Hollywood stars. We think this may have been shared by mistake and are therefore looking for the owner of this book."

Check out the photo album below:

Many users rushed to the comment section to share their reactions to snaps of the woman standing next to Hollywood legends like Will Smith, Nicholas Cage, and Denzel Washington.

One user wrote: "This is such an enormously wonderful find!" while another said: "I wonder how this amazing album got into a thrift store."

"What an amazing find! My sister and I love going to antique shops and flea markets in Belgium, and have given new life to many objects and photos that were otherwise forgotten," a third penned.

"We feel very sad when photos that are memories of a lifetime are given away and abandoned after a death. I'm so happy that this photo album found people who took care of it," they added.

Eagle-eyed viewers noticed that the individual in the photos could be identified by her name tag. It was soon disclosed by the shop that the woman was Maria Snoeys-Lagler, a former member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

Snoeys-Lagler was one of the 90 members of the HFPA, who each have a role in choosing winners for the prestigious Golden Globes Awards.

The HFPA members are flown around the world and attend extravagant events with movie executives and stars.

According to The New York Post, the journalist passed away at the age of 87 in 2016 and her daughter in California received the iconic photo album.

A spokesperson for the store spoke to Bored Panda about the album, sharing that they "still have no idea" how it got to them.

"We are a thrift store and we rely on donations to fund our social workplace (we provide refugees and people who can’t find a job with work). That means someone probably dropped it off at one of our shops in a box full of other stuff as well," they explained.

“One of our people browsed through the album and realized this was not something that someone would get rid of voluntarily,” they said. "We figured out the lady’s name through her press badge in one of the photos. Then, one of our country's national TV stations used their contacts and located her daughter in California."

Featured image credit: StockPlanets / Getty