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‘30s star Thelma Todd ‘was becoming' tired 'of Hollywood' before her mysterious death, book claims
Barbara La Marr in 1922.
Thelma Todd (1905 - 1935), Hollywood's comedienne. She entered films in the mid-1920s after winning a beauty contest. She died in her parked car of carbon monoxide poisoning, in mysterious circumstances.
American comedian Groucho Marx (1890 - 1977, right) and his brother Chico (1887 - 1961) pay homage to the college widow, played by Thelma Todd (1906 - 1935), in a scene from "Horse Feathers," directed by Norman Z. McLeod, 1932.
Actress Thelma Todd, considered one of the silver screen's most beautiful women, has said she prefers serious roles to the comedic ones that have made her famous. Yet she is now playing the comedy lead in Sitting Pretty, also starring Jack Haley, Jack Oakie, and Ginger Rogers.
Buster Keaton, as Professor Potts, and Thelma Todd, as Eleanor Espere, in the 1932 movie "Speak Easily."
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I myself was able to help Michelle Morgan with her book and I thought that it turned out very well. We have covered some of the same subject matter on this blog before and are able to refer back to it in an effort to clarify things.
You occasionally come across references to Roland West having made a "deathbed confession" to having killed Thelma Todd. This is an "as told to story", supposedly having been handed down from Chester Morris, who was himself dead and unable to verify it when the story first saw print. There is no proof that Roland West every made such a confession.
Pat DeCicco considered a possible suspect:
Reference to Lucky Luciano:
Review of ''White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd,'' based on the book by Andy Edmonds. Lucky Luciano does not seem to have been mentioned in connection with Thelma Todd by the news media during the 1930's, and the Lucky Luciano story is considered controversial today.
Suicide theory: An emphasis was placed on the suicide theory when the investigation went to the Grand Jury. They failed to convince everyone that it had been suicide, and the issue remains unsettled to this day.
"Still, it is believed Todd’s death was an unfortunate accident, KCET shared." https://www.kcet.org/food/thelma-todds-tragedy-the-forgotten-life-of-the-original-celebrity-restaurateur cites official explanation that it was an accident, but this is not a view that is held by everyone. The case has never been solved and remains controversial to this day.