Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA
Place of Death
Pacific Palisades, California, USA
Cause of Death
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning-Murder
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Lightning Strikes Twice
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A one-time teacher and beauty queen, Thelma went to Hollywood in the late 1920s and soon became one of the premier comediennes of her day, with many appearances in comedy shorts (with Zasu Pitts, Patsy Kelly, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, and others), and also feature-length movies. In the 1930s, she began to turn more attention to running a restaurant, "Thelma Todd`s Sidewalk Cafe." Many thought her 1935 death to be murder and there was no shortage of suspects, but subsequent investigations by the DA`s Office and a grand jury failed to find an answer that satisfied. 16 December 1935, carbon monoxide poisoning.
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Thelma Alice Todd (July 29, 1905 – December 16, 1935) was an American actress. Appearing in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films such as Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, a number of Charley Chase's short comedies, and co-starring with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily. She also had roles in Wheeler and Woolsey farces, several Laurel and Hardy films, the last of which (The Bohemian Girl) featured her in a part that was truncated by her death.
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