Mike Todd

Film Producer
Born Jun 22, 1909

Michael "Mike" Todd was an American theatre and film producer, best known for his 1956 production of Around the World in 80 Days, which won an Academy Award for Best Picture. He is also well known as the third of Elizabeth Taylor's seven husbands and is the only one whom she did not divorce.… Read More

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1909 Birth Born on June 22, 1909.


1927 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Having married the former Bertha Freshman on February 14, 1927, he was the father of an infant son and had no home for his family. … Read More


1933 24 Years Old During the 1933–1934 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, Todd produced an attraction called the "Flame Dance." … Read More


1939 30 Years Old Todd's Broadway success gave him the nerve to try taking on showman Billy Rose. Todd visited Grover Whalen, president of the 1939 New York World's Fair, with a proposal to bring the Broadway show to the Fair. … Read More
1945 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Todd ultimately produced 17 Broadway shows during his career, including the immensely successful burlesque revue Star and Garter starring comedian Bobby Clark, The Naked Genius written by and starring stripper Gypsy Rose Lee, and a 1945 production of Hamlet starring Maurice Evans. … Read More
1946 37 Years Old Todd's wife, Bertha, died of a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) on August 12, 1946 in Santa Monica, California, while undergoing surgery at St. John's Hospital for a damaged tendon in her finger. … Read More
1947 38 Years Old On July 5, 1947, Todd married actress Joan Blondell. They were divorced on June 8, 1950, after Blondell filed for divorce on the grounds of mental cruelty. Todd's third marriage was to the actress Elizabeth Taylor, with whom he had a tempestuous relationship. The couple exchanged vows on February 2, 1957 in Mexico and was performed by the mayor of Acapulco. … Read More


1956 47 Years Old Todd soon produced the film for which he is best remembered, Michael Todd's Around the World in 80 Days, which debuted in cinemas on October 17, 1956. … Read More
1957 48 Years Old Todd and Taylor had a daughter, Elizabeth Frances (Liza) Todd, who was born on August 6, 1957.
On March 22, 1958, Todd's private plane Lucky Liz crashed near Grants, New Mexico. … Read More
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