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How did Thelma Todd die? #670342
03/15/11 02:44 PM
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Alicia Jacqueline S Offline OP
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According to Robert Osborn, Thelma Todd - the sexy blonde actress from the early 30s - died under mysterious circumstances in 1935 at age 29. Apparently, no one knows if it was suicide, murder, and some kind of illness...
Does anyone know anything about this?

Re: How did Thelma Todd die? [Re: Alicia Jacqueline S] #670824
03/16/11 09:50 PM
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Thelma Todd was a very attractive actress for her time. She was also a great comedy foil for many film comedians.

Here is one online account of her life and death, The Death of Thelma Todd


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Re: How did Thelma Todd die? [Re: Craig58] #670825
03/16/11 10:03 PM
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Hey, thanks for the link! that's a fascinating article, including the photos. But it does leave mystery surrounding her death...

I wonder if a movie was ever made about her life and death? It seems like it would be excellent subject matter for a mystery story!

I think Thelma was very attractive for any time.

Re: How did Thelma Todd die? [Re: Alicia Jacqueline S] #670868
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Thelma Todd was a good actress, but we will never know what her full potential would have been since she left the world so young. I doubt there has been a Thelma Todd movie. She could have become the comedic Marylin Monroe of the 1930s if she had lived longer.

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I wonder how many Thelma Todd movies still exist. I would like to have seen some of the Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts movies. Those would have been interesting.

Re: How did Thelma Todd die? [Re: Craig58] #670922
03/17/11 01:09 PM
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I recently saw her in several movies on TCM. I think she was a good dramatic, as well as comedic, actress. She had an interesting role in the original Maltese Falcon, you know (a version many years before Bogie's).

Re: How did Thelma Todd die? [Re: Alicia Jacqueline S] #673046
03/26/11 09:17 PM
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Hey there Alicia! The link to the article on Findadeath.com is a good one. I heard that in one of the cases, she was killed by the mob because of something that had to do with her restaurant, Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe. You mentioned that you saw Todds in a few pictures on TCM. I'm not sure if you're referring to the ones that she did with Zasu Pitts, which were excellent comedic ones when Hal Roach wanted to make them the female "Laurel and Hardy". Although I haven't written about Todd's mysterious death yet, I did write about Todd's partnership with Pitts if you would like to read it. smile

[url= http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art68432.asp]The Partnership of Pitts and Todd[/url]

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Re: How did Thelma Todd die? [Re: Amber Grey - Classic Film] #673175
03/27/11 02:24 PM
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Thanks Amber. I was not familiar with her partnership with Pitts. I have seen her in a lot of L&H films. I love them!
I'm very interested in mysteries, and her death certainly seems like a big one.


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