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Thelma Alice Todd (July 29, 1906 – 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 suspicious death at the age of 29.

During the silent film era, Todd 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 when producer Hal Roach signed her to appear with such comedy stars as Harry Langdon, Charley Chase, and Laurel and Hardy.

In 1931, Roach cast Todd in her own series of slapstick comedy shorts, running 17 to 27 minutes each. In an attempt to create a female version of Laurel and Hardy, Roach teamed Todd with ZaSu Pitts for 17 shorts, from "Let's do Things" (June 1931) through "One Track Minds" (May 1933). When Pitts left in 1933, she was replaced by Patsy Kelly, appearing with Todd in 21 shorts, from "Beauty and the Bus" (September 1933) through "An All American Toothache" (January 1936). These Roach shorts often cast Todd as a working girl having all sorts of problems, and trying her best to remain poised and charming despite the embarrassing antics of her sidekick.

Todd also appeared successfully in such dramas as the original 1931 film version of The Maltese Falcon starring Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade, in which she played Miles Archer's treacherous widow. During her career she appeared in 119 films although many of these were short films, and was sometimes publicized as "The Ice Cream Blonde."

Todd continued her short-subject series through 1935, and was featured in the full-length Laurel and Hardy comedy The Bohemian Girl. This was her last film; she died after completing all of her scenes, but most of them were re-shot. Producer Roach deleted all of Todd's dialogue and limited her appearance to one musical number.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Thelma Alice Todd (July 29, 1906 – 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 suspicious death at the age of 29.

During the silent film era, Todd 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 when producer Hal Roach signed her to appear with such comedy stars as Harry Langdon, Charley Chase, and Laurel and Hardy.

In 1931, Roach cast Todd in her own series of slapstick comedy shorts, running 17 to 27 minutes each. In an attempt to create a female version of Laurel and Hardy, Roach teamed Todd with ZaSu Pitts for 17 shorts, from "Let's do Things" (June 1931) through "One Track Minds" (May 1933). When Pitts left in 1933, she was replaced by Patsy Kelly, appearing with Todd in 21 shorts, from "Beauty and the Bus" (September 1933) through "An All American Toothache" (January 1936). These Roach shorts often cast Todd as a working girl having all sorts of problems, and trying her best to remain poised and charming despite the embarrassing antics of her sidekick.

Todd also appeared successfully in such dramas as the original 1931 film version of The Maltese Falcon starring Ricardo Cortez as Sam Spade, in which she played Miles Archer's treacherous widow. During her career she appeared in 119 films although many of these were short films, and was sometimes publicized as "The Ice Cream Blonde."

Todd continued her short-subject series through 1935, and was featured in the full-length Laurel and Hardy comedy The Bohemian Girl. This was her last film; she died after completing all of her scenes, but most of them were re-shot. Producer Roach deleted all of Todd's dialogue and limited her appearance to one musical number.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 109

Birthday 1906-07-29

Day of Death 1935-12-16

Place of Birth Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA

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Also Known As

  • Alison Loyd
  • Тельма Тодд

Acting TV ShowsMovies

1936 The Bohemian Girl as Gypsy Queen's Daughter
1936 An All American Toothache as Thelma Alice Todd
1935 Top Flat as Thelma Todd
1935 Hot Money as Miss Thelma Todd
1935 Twin Triplets as Thelma
1935 Two for Tonight as Lilly
1935 Slightly Static as Thelma
1935 After the Dance as Mabel Kane
1935 The Misses Stooge as Thelma Todd
1935 The Tin Man as Thelma Todd
1935 Sing Sister Sing as Thelma
1935 Treasure Blues as Thelma
1934 Bum Voyage as Thelma
1934 Lightning Strikes Twice as Judy Nelson
1934 Done in Oil as Thelma Todd aka Mlle. La Todd
1934 Opened by Mistake as Thelma
1934 Take the Stand as Miss Sally Oxford
1934 One-Horse Farmers as Thelma
1934 Three Chumps Ahead as Thelma Todd
1934 Cockeyed Cavaliers as Lady Genevieve
1934 I'll Be Suing You as Miss Todd
1934 Maid in Hollywood as Thelma
1934 Bottoms Up as Judith Marlowe
1934 Soup and Fish as Miss Thelma Todd
1934 The Poor Rich as Gwendolyn Fetherstone
1934 Babes in the Goods as Thelma Todd
1934 Hips, Hips, Hooray! as Miss Frisby
1934 Palooka as Trixie
1933 Counsellor at Law as Lillian La Rue
1933 Air Fright as Thelma
1933 Son of a Sailor as The Baroness
1933 Sitting Pretty as Gloria Duval
1933 Backs to Nature as Thelma
1933 You Made Me Love You as Pamela Berne
1933 Beauty and the Bus as Thelma
1933 Mary Stevens, M.D. as Lois Cavanaugh
1933 One Track Minds
1933 Cheating Blondes as Anne Merrick / Elaine Manners
1933 The Bargain of the Century as Thelma
1933 Maids a la Mode as Miss Todd
1933 Asleep in the Feet as Thelma
1933 Air Hostess as Mrs. Sylvia C. Carleton
1933 The Devil's Brother as Lady Pamela
1932 Sneak Easily as Miss Thelma Todd - Attorney for the Defense
1932 Call Her Savage as Sunny De Lane
1932 Deception as Lola Del Mont
1932 The Soilers as Thelma
1932 Alum and Eve as Thelma
1932 Klondike as Klondike
1932 Show Business as Thelma
1932 Horse Feathers as Connie Bailey
1932 Speak Easily as Eleanor Espere
1932 The Old Bull as Thelma
1932 Strictly Unreliable as Miss Thelma Todd
1932 This Is the Night as Claire Mathewson
1932 Red Noses as Miss Todd
1932 The Nickel Nurser as Thelma Todd
1932 The Big Timer as Kay Mitchell
1932 Sealskins as Thelma Todd
1931 On the Loose as Thelma
1931 Corsair as Alison Corning
1931 War Mamas as Thelma
1931 The Pajama Party as Thelma
1931 Monkey Business as Lucille Briggs
1931 Catch-As Catch-Can as Thelma
1931 Broadminded as Gertie Gardner
1931 Let's Do Things as Thelma Todd
1931 The Maltese Falcon as Iva Archer
1931 Aloha as Winifred Bradford
1931 Rough Seas as Antoinette
1931 Love Fever as Thelma Todd
1931 The Hot Heiress as Lola
1931 The Pip from Pittsburg as Thelma
1931 Chickens Come Home as Mrs. Hardy
1931 Command Performance as Lydia
1931 No Limit as Betty Royce
1930 High C's as Antoinette
1930 Another Fine Mess as Lady Plumtree
1930 Looser Than Loose as Thelma, Charley's Fiancee
1930 Dollar Dizzy as Thelma Todd (uncredited)
1930 Follow Thru as Mrs. Van Horn
1930 The King as The Queen
1930 The Shrimp as Jim's Girlfriend
1930 All Teed Up as Thelma
1930 Whispering Whoopee as Miss Todd
1930 The Fighting Parson as The Blonde Dance Hall Girl
1930 The Real McCoy as Thelma
1930 The Head Guy as The Star
1930 Her Man as Nelly
1929 Crazy Feet as Dancer
1929 Look Out Below as Thelma
1929 Hotter Than Hot
1929 Snappy Sneezer as Mary White
1929 Careers as Hortense
1929 The Bachelor Girl as Gladys
1929 Hurdy Gurdy as Blondie
1929 Unaccustomed As We Are as Mrs. Kennedy
1929 House of Horror as Thelma
1929 Trial Marriage
1929 Seven Footprints to Satan as Eve
1928 Naughty Baby as Bonnie Le Vonne
1928 Fashion News
1928 Heart to Heart as Ruby Boyd
1928 Vamping Venus as Madame Vanezlos the Dancer / Venus
1928 The Shield of Honor
1928 The Noose as Phyllis
1928 The Crash as Daisy McQueen
1927 Nevada as Hettie Ide
1926 Fascinating Youth as Lorraine Lane

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