Mike Todd
American film producer
Mike Todd
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.
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Hamptons Journal: Celebrity Autobiography at Guild Hall/The Tale of the ... - Huffington Post
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Lane was suave as Mike Todd, Behar nasal as a hotel operator, with Feldshuh as a most glamorous Liz. And I thought I heard it all in Carrie Fisher's one-woman Wishful Drinking! Can Charles Busch be anything but funny?
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Joan Blondell Q&A Pt.3: A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, Condoms and Censorship - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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By then she had married Mike Todd, and her career was on the back burner. Blondell actually said she thought the censors prevented her from getting an Oscar nomination for Brooklyn. Her character was problematic to the Hays office, since she has lots
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Grain Valley selects city administrator - Blue Springs Examiner
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Earlier this year, Mayor Mike Todd said the city hoped to hire a new city administrator by May. An interim administrator, Mark Pentz, has been running the office since February. The city found Barton after an extensive search process that included
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Tazewell, Woodford county authorities discuss area burglaries - East Peoria Times-Courier
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We're 80 percent leaning on the side these are young copy-cats,” Mike Todd, Metamora Police chief, said. “They committed several burglaries. They have now been cleared. The public, in no way, should let their guard down,” Todd said
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Mexico Marks Century Of Comic Cantinflas' Birth - NPR
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3, 1957 file photo, actress Elizabeth Taylor and producer Mike Todd holds hands during their civil service ceremony in Acapulco, Mexico. The late Mexican comedian and actor Mario Moreno known as "Cantinflas," far right, attended the ceremony,
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East End Verizon Workers Join In Regional Strike - 27east.com
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“Basically, Verizon's trying to crush the union,” explained North Sea resident Mike Todd, the chief steward of local Chapter 1108 of the Communications Workers of America, as he stood outside his workplace, the garage on David Whites Lane,
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Apopka Blue Darters fall football report - Orlando Sentinel
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Other top players: Qua Barnes - Sr., WB (5-8/165); Brandon Halverson - Sr., OL (6-1, 185); Dazzie Morris Jr. - OL (6-1, 275); Mike Todd - Sr., TB (5-10, 185); Synjohn Lilly - Sr., WR (5-10, 170); Bryant Welch - Jr., LB (5-10, 185); KJ Dillon - Sr.,
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Bible Church group provides cookout, free school supplies - Pontiac Daily Leader
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Mike Todd, one of the organizers, said it was the second year for the event. "We wanted to put together something for the people of this community. So we had a free cookout, gave out school supplies and had a chance to pass along the ministry of Jesus
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Residents have favorites as they head to polls to vote - Hometownlife.com
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Four seats will be filled in the general election — those held by Briscoe and Dodge, as well as those held by David Duncan and Mike Todd, who decided not to run for re-election. Todd has since resigned from the council before his term was up,
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Helen Pyles - Mesquite Local News
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... three grandsons, Ed (Julie) Oldham, Michael Oldham, Gary Oldham; four great granddaughters, Kalee (Robert) Faust, Autumn (Chris) LaRose, Morgan Oldham, Alisha Todd, Olivia Oldham, Sydney Small, and two great grandsons Steven Oldham and Mike Todd
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Mike Todd, Founder of Two Deck, to address Third International Conference of ... - NewsMaker (press release)
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Mike Todd, Founder of Two Deck, helps steer and develop dynamic business partnerships with tight bonds, which drive brand values, generate sales growth and create thriving companies. The 3rd International Conference of Fashion Incubators will offer new
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How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood, By William J Mann - The Independent
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Taylor's disastrous first marriage was orchestrated to coincide with her film Father of the Bride, and her second to counteract the damage of the first; even her third, to Mike Todd, was a career move. Only Richard Burton stands out as a truly
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Cream Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Week in Musical Malfeasance [Coheed and ... - Nashville Scene
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Just ask Coheed and Cambria bassist Mike Todd (aka Mic Todd), who had a pre-show backstage meet-and-greet with the fuzz, as opposed to the fans, Sunday night at the Comcast Center in Mansfield, Mass., just outside Boston. In case you missed this story,
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Rockin' tunes bloom in Soundgarden show - Boston Herald
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New York prog metal band Coheed and Cambria opened the show, but without bassist Mike Todd. Fans later learned that Todd had been arrested Sunday night and charged with robbing an Attleboro pharmacy in an attempt to obtain OxyContin
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Coheed and Cambria bassist arrested for bizarre pharmacy hold-up - IFC (blog)
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Unfortunately, one member of the band, Mike Todd, will now also be known for that time he tried to steal a bunch of hillbilly heroin before a show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, at around 1pm on Sunday (July 10), Todd went into a Massachusetts ... - -
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Have you smelled any good films lately? - The Independent
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The producer Mike Todd Jr teamed up with Swiss inventor Hans Laube for 1960's Scent of Mystery, starring Peter Lorre. Laube's "Smell-O-Vision", first unveiled at the 1939 World Fair, emitted odours prompted by the movie's soundtrack
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Orthodoxy and ignorance - Patheos
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Mike Todd, writing about Rob Bell's Love Wins and the (over)heated condemnation it has received, offers an insight into this fierce defense of rigid orthodoxies that collides neatly with our most recent Tribulation
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mike Todd
    FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 48
    The bag and casket had been sealed in Albuquerque after Todd's remains were identified following the 1958 crash.
    More Details Hide Details Todd's remains were once more identified through dental records and were reburied in a secret location.
    On March 22, 1958, Todd's private plane Lucky Liz crashed near Grants, New Mexico.
    More Details Hide Details The plane, a twin-engine Lockheed Lodestar, suffered engine failure while being flown overloaded, in icing conditions at an altitude that was too high for only one engine working under the heavy load. The plane went out of control and crashed, killing all four on board. Five days before the crash, Todd flew on this plane to Albuquerque to promote a showing of Michael Todd's Around the World in 80 Days. The city is located 78 miles east of the crash site. In addition to Todd, those who died in the crash were screenwriter and author Art Cohn, who was writing Todd's biography The Nine Lives of Michael Todd, pilot Bill Verner, and co-pilot Tom Barclay. When the plane's regular co-pilot did not show up, Barclay was his substitute. Verner was a veteran military pilot who had flown heavily loaded Curtiss C-46 Commando cargo planes over The Hump between India and China. Todd paid for the installation of two extra fuel tanks in his leased Lodestar aircraft; this made the aircraft weigh more than its officially rating when all the tanks were full, without the flight crew, passengers or luggage aboard. Verner had flown the plane overloaded like this before without incident, including piloting Todd on trips over the Atlantic and around Europe. The tanks had been filled to capacity prior to the fatal flight.
  • 1957
    Age 47
    Todd and Taylor had a daughter, Elizabeth Frances (Liza) Todd, who was born on August 6, 1957.
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  • 1956
    Age 46
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In 1957, Around the World in 80 Days won the Best Picture Academy Award. In the 1950s Todd acquired the Harris and Selwyn Theaters in downtown Chicago. The Selwyn was renamed Michael Todd's Cinestage and made into a showcase for Todd-AO productions, while the Harris was renamed the Michael Todd Theatre and operated as a more conventional cinema. The facades of both theaters survive as part of the Goodman Theatre complex, although the interiors have been demolished. A William Woolfolk novel from the early 1960s, entitled My Name Is Morgan, was considered to be loosely based on Todd's life and career.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1947
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details It was the third marriage for both the 24-year-old bride and her 47-year-old groom. Mario Moreno better known as Cantinflas was their witness.
  • 1946
    Age 36
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Todd and his wife were separated at the time of her death; less than a week before Freshman's death, he had filed for divorce.
  • 1945
    Age 35
    In 1945, Todd floated the idea of holding the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in newly liberated Berlin.
    More Details Hide Details Although baseball's new commissioner Happy Chandler was reportedly "intrigued" by the idea, it was ultimately dismissed as impractical. The game was finally cancelled due to wartime travel restrictions. In 1952, Todd made a production of the Johann Strauss II operetta A Night in Venice, complete with floating gondolas at the then-newly constructed Jones Beach Theatre in Long Island, New York. It ran for two seasons. In 1950, Mike Todd formed Cinerama with the broadcaster Lowell Thomas (who founded Capital Cities Communications) and the inventor Fred Waller. The company was created to exploit Cinerama, a widescreen film process created by Waller that used three film projectors to create a giant composite image on a curved screen. The first Cinerama feature, This is Cinerama, was released in September 1952. Before its release, Todd left the Cinerama Company to develop a widescreen process which would eliminate some of Cinerama's flaws. The result was the Todd-AO process, designed by the American Optical Company. The process was first used commercially for the successful film adaptation of Oklahoma! (1955).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His greatest successes were in musical comedy revues, typically featuring actresses in deshabillé, such as As the Girls Go (which also starred Clark) and Michael Todd's Peepshow.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1939
    Age 29
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Whelan, eager to have the show at the fair, covered Todd's Broadway early closing costs. Rose, who had an exclusivity clause in his fair contract, met Todd at Lindy's, where Rose learned his contract covered new forms of entertainment only. To avoid any head-to head competition, Rose quickly agreed to promote Todd's production along with his own.
  • 1933
    Age 23
    During the 1933–1934 Century of Progress Exposition in Chicago, Todd produced an attraction called the "Flame Dance."
    More Details Hide Details In this number, gas jets were designed to burn part of a dancer's costume off, leaving her naked in appearance. The act attracted enough attention to bring an offer from the Casino de Paree nightclub in New York City. Todd got his first taste of Broadway with the engagement and was determined to find a way to work there. After seeing the Federal Theatre Project's Chicago run of The Swing Mikado, an adaptation of the Gilbert and Sullivan opera The Mikado with an all African-American cast conceived by Harry Minturn, Todd decided to do his own version on Broadway, The Hot Mikado, despite protests by the FTP. The Hot Mikado, starring Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, opened on Broadway March 23, 1939. The subsequent success of Todd's production, at the expense of the Chicago production, contributed to the financial crisis and ultimate demise of the Federal Theatre Project unit in Chicago.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1927
    Age 17
    At age seventeen, Todd married Bertha Freshman in Crown Point, Indiana, on Valentine's Day 1927.
    More Details Hide Details He had been interested in Freshman since age fourteen, but needed to develop confidence before even asking her out. In 1929, the couple's son, Mike Todd, Jr., was born. The death of his father in 1931 was a turning point for Todd; he decided to change his name to Mike Todd on the day of his father's death.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Todd's subsequent business career was volatile, and failed ventures left him bankrupt many times.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1909
    Born
    Born on June 22, 1909.
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