(July 29, 1906 - December 16, 1935)
Thelma Todd was a bubbly comedic actress nicknamed "The Ice-Cream Blonde". After winning a beauty contest she came to Hollywood where she landed a contract with Hal Roach. She appeared in a series of successful shorts and proved to be a savvy businesswoman by opening "Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe". In 1935 twenty-nine year old Thelma was found dead in her car from carbon monoxide poisoning. Although her death was officially ruled an accident rumor persist that she committed suicide or was murdered.
"Life isn’t worth the candle. While we’re here we should laugh, be gay and have fun." ~ Thelma
A letter Thelma sent to Billie Dove (from my collection)