Thelma Todd

Born Jul 29, 1906

Thelma Alice Todd was an American actress. Appearing in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films like 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.… Read More

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1906 Birth Born on July 29, 1906.


1923 16 Years Old Todd was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts to John Shaw Todd and Alice Elizabeth Edwards, and was a bright student who achieved good academic results. She intended to become a school teacher and enrolled at the Lowell Normal School (now University of Massachusetts, Lowell) after graduating from high school in 1923.
1925 18 Years Old However, in her late teens, she began entering beauty pageants, winning the title of Miss Massachusetts in 1925. … Read More


In 1931 she was given her own series, teaming with ZaSu Pitts ("Zay-soo," also her character's name) for slapstick comedies. … Read More
1934 27 Years Old In August 1934, she opened a successful cafe at Pacific Palisades, called Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe, attracting a diverse clientele of Hollywood celebrities as well as many tourists.
Todd continued her short-subject series through 1935, and was featured in the full-length Laurel and Hardy comedy The Bohemian Girl. … Read More
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