The Life and Death of Thelma Todd

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McFarland, Jan 5, 2012 - Performing Arts - 248 pages
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American film favorite Thelma Todd was much more than the beautiful blonde of the 1930s who played opposite Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers. Todd's tragic death transformed her into an icon of Hollywood mystery: The photograph of the 29-year-old actress slumped in her luxurious Lincoln Phaeton shocked fans in 1935. How did she die? Was it murder, suicide, or an accident? This definitive biography covers a fascinating era in Hollywood history. In the course of his exhaustive research, the author interviewed Todd's cousins Bill and Edna Todd, as well as such friends and coworkers as Ida Lupino, Lina Basquette, Anita Garvin, Dorothy Granger, William Bakewell and Greg Blackton. Also examined is Hollywood's first major sex scandal of 1913, involving Jewel Carmen, the future spouse of director Roland West--the man Thelma Todd loved.
 

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Before Jean Harlow, before Marilyn Monroe, before Anna Nicole; there was a beautiful, vivacious blonde actress named Thelma Todd, who died at age 29. William Donati’s well-researched biography on Todd ... Read full review

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I was able to assist the author by providing him with some information that had been sent to me by the son of the manager of Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe, who had the same name as his father, Rudy Schafer. I thought the finished book turned out very well and have heard favorable things said about it from others. Some of the information in this book was new to me and may never have been in previous books about Thelma Todd. - Benny Drinnon 

Contents

Prologue
1
1 Fascinating Youth
3
2 A Town of MakeBelieve
23
3 Roland and Jewel
45
4 Pasquale
67
5 Shimmering Blue
82
6 Into the Darkness
95
7 We the Jurors
104
9 The Aftermath
189
Epilogue
209
Documents
213
Filmography
216
Notes
222
Bibliography
230
Index
232
Copyright

8 The Long Goodbye
175

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William Donati is a professor in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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