Thelma Todd

Thelma Todd (July 29, 1905 - December 16, 1935) was a American film actress.

Thelma Todd

Todd was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and as a child was a bright student who achieved good academic results. She intended to become a school teacher but in her late teens began entering beauty pageants winning the title of "Miss Massachusetts" in 1925. While representing her home state in the "Miss America" pageant later that year she was spotted by a Hollywood talent scout and began her career in film.

During the silent era, she appeared in numerous supporting roles that made full use of her beauty but gave her little chance to act. With the advent of the talkies, Todd was given opportunity to expand her roles by the producer Hal Roach who contracted her to appear with such comedic stars of the day as Harry Langdon, Laurel & Hardy and The Marx Brothers and she appeared as the lead actress in a series of comedy films with actresses Zasu Pitts and Patsy Kelly. She became highly regarded as a capable film comedienne and also appeared successfully in such dramas as the original 1931 film version of The Maltese Falcon. During her career she appeared in more than 130 films and was publicised as "The Ice Cream Blonde" and "Hot Toddy".

In the early 30's she commenced a successful commercial venture when she opened a cafe at Pacific Palisades called "Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe" which attracted a diverse clientele of Hollywood celebrities as well as gangsters and criminals.

On the morning of December 16, 1935, she was found dead in her car inside her garage and her death was determined to have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Police investigating her death determined that Todd had a wide circle of friends and associates and a busy social life. She had spent the last night of her life at a party hosted by entertainer Stanley Lupino and his daughter, the actress Ida Lupino. She had been involved in an argument with her then boyfriend Roland West, but her friends stated that she was in good spirits and were aware of nothing unusual in her life that could suggest a reason for committing suicide.

Police were offered other alternatives throughout their investigations. One theory suggested that the gangster Lucky Luciano had tried unsuccessfully to coerce Todd into allowing gambling on her premises, and when she declared that would happen "over my dead body" had replied that he could arrange that. When Todd's body was found she had blood on her face and her nose was broken. This was the only sign of violence and there was no evidence of any struggle taking place. The investigation was unable to establish any evidence to support this theory.

A second theory widely supported by Todd's friends was that Roland West had grown frustrated by Todd's flightiness and to keep her from leaving her premises to attend another party had locked her in the garage. Her resulting death according to this theory was accidental, however a key, which would have allowed her to escape was found in Todd's handbag.

A third theory was that Todd had turned on the motor of the car in order to keep warm, and had fallen asleep. Roland West had closed the door to the garage without realising Todd was inside and she had died as a result.

The Los Angeles DA's department and a Grand Jury were unable to establish the true circumstances surrounding her death and the conjecture that surrounded it at the time and which has never been resolved with a definitive explanation is an early example of what would become known as a conspiracy theory with rumours and suppositions being accepted as fact, and widely divergent opinions being given credence. The fact that her body was cremated caused theorists to conjecture that this had been done to destroy evidence and to prevent a second autopsy, however by this time authorities were satisfied with her official cause of death.

Her death certificate states her cause of death as accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Her remains were buried in "Bellevue Cemetery" in her hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts.

Thelma Todd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6262 Hollywood Blvd.


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Thelma Todd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6262 Hollywood Blvd.
. Her remains were buried in "Bellevue Cemetery" in her hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Partial filmography:. Her death certificate states her cause of death as accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Wray died at her home in Manhattan, New York State, USA and was interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. The fact that her body was cremated caused theorists to conjecture that this had been done to destroy evidence and to prevent a second autopsy, however by this time authorities were satisfied with her official cause of death. As of 2004 she was scheduled to receive a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto.

The Los Angeles DA's department and a Grand Jury were unable to establish the true circumstances surrounding her death and the conjecture that surrounded it at the time and which has never been resolved with a definitive explanation is an early example of what would become known as a conspiracy theory with rumours and suppositions being accepted as fact, and widely divergent opinions being given credence. Wray has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Roland West had closed the door to the garage without realising Todd was inside and she had died as a result. Her autobiography, On the Other Hand (ISBN 0312022654), was published in 1988. A third theory was that Todd had turned on the motor of the car in order to keep warm, and had fallen asleep. She is the mother of Susan Saunders, Victoria Riskin and Robert Riskin Jr. Her resulting death according to this theory was accidental, however a key, which would have allowed her to escape was found in Todd's handbag. Sanford Rothenberg.

A second theory widely supported by Todd's friends was that Roland West had grown frustrated by Todd's flightiness and to keep her from leaving her premises to attend another party had locked her in the garage. Wray was married to John Monk Saunders, Robert Riskin, and Dr. The investigation was unable to establish any evidence to support this theory. Later in her career, Wray appeared in Small Town Girl, Tammy and the Bachelor, and Summer Love. This was the only sign of violence and there was no evidence of any struggle taking place. She also appeared in Viva Villa, The Texan, The Conquering Horde, and One Sunday Afternoon. When Todd's body was found she had blood on her face and her nose was broken. Wray also appeared in over a hundred other films, mostly in the 1930s, including The Wedding March (1928), The Four Feathers (1929), Doctor X (1932), The Most Dangerous Game (1932), The Vampire Bat (1933), and Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933).

One theory suggested that the gangster Lucky Luciano had tried unsuccessfully to coerce Todd into allowing gambling on her premises, and when she declared that would happen "over my dead body" had replied that he could arrange that. She is best remembered for her role as the blonde seductress of a gigantic, prehistoric gorilla in the classic horror/adventure film King Kong (1933). Police were offered other alternatives throughout their investigations. Wray gained media attention when she was selected as one of the WAMPAS Baby Stars in 1926. She had been involved in an argument with her then boyfriend Roland West, but her friends stated that she was in good spirits and were aware of nothing unusual in her life that could suggest a reason for committing suicide. They lived in Arizona and Salt Lake City, Utah before settling in California. She had spent the last night of her life at a party hosted by entertainer Stanley Lupino and his daughter, the actress Ida Lupino. Vina Fay Wray (September 15, 1907 - August 8, 2004) was a Canadian-born American actress. Born on a ranch near Cardston, Alberta, her family moved to the United States when she was three.

Police investigating her death determined that Todd had a wide circle of friends and associates and a busy social life. The Clairvoyant (1935). On the morning of December 16, 1935, she was found dead in her car inside her garage and her death was determined to have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning. Viva Villa! (1934). In the early 30's she commenced a successful commercial venture when she opened a cafe at Pacific Palisades called "Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe" which attracted a diverse clientele of Hollywood celebrities as well as gangsters and criminals. The Affairs of Cellini (1934). During her career she appeared in more than 130 films and was publicised as "The Ice Cream Blonde" and "Hot Toddy". The Vampire Bat (1933).

She became highly regarded as a capable film comedienne and also appeared successfully in such dramas as the original 1931 film version of The Maltese Falcon. One Sunday Afternoon (1933). With the advent of the talkies, Todd was given opportunity to expand her roles by the producer Hal Roach who contracted her to appear with such comedic stars of the day as Harry Langdon, Laurel & Hardy and The Marx Brothers and she appeared as the lead actress in a series of comedy films with actresses Zasu Pitts and Patsy Kelly. The Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). During the silent era, she appeared in numerous supporting roles that made full use of her beauty but gave her little chance to act. The Most Dangerous Game (1932). While representing her home state in the "Miss America" pageant later that year she was spotted by a Hollywood talent scout and began her career in film. Doctor X (1932).

She intended to become a school teacher but in her late teens began entering beauty pageants winning the title of "Miss Massachusetts" in 1925. The Unholy Garden (1931). Todd was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts and as a child was a bright student who achieved good academic results. The Conquering Horde (1931). Thelma Todd (July 29, 1905 - December 16, 1935) was a American film actress. The Texan (1930). Thunderbolt (1929).

The Wedding March (1928). The Four Feathers (1928).

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