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 At age seventeen, Todd married Bertha Freshman in Crown Point, Indiana, on Valentine's Day 1927. … Read More


1929 20 Years Old In 1929, she bore him a son, Mike Todd, Jr. A turning point came for Todd when his father died in 1931; Avrom Goldbogen made the decision to change his name to Mike Todd the same day.
1933 24 Years Old He later served as a contractor to Hollywood studios, and during the 1933-1934 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago he 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 World's Fair. … Read More
1945 36 Years Old In 1945, Todd floated the idea of holding the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in newly-liberated Berlin. … Read More
1946 37 Years Old Bertha Todd died of a pneumothorax (collapsed lung) in 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 The following year, Todd married actress Joan Blondell on July 5, 1947.


1950 41 Years Old They were divorced on June 8, 1950, after she alleged that he had abused and extorted her, including holding her out of a window by her ankles. … Read More
1956 47 Years Old Todd later produced the film for which he is best remembered, Michael Todd's Around the World in 80 Days, which debuted in cinemas on 17 October 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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