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Thelma Todd

Thelma Alice Todd (July 29, 1906 – December 16, 1935) was an American actress and businesswoman often referred to by the nickname "The Ice Cream Blonde", also "Hot Toddy". Appearing in around 120 feature films and shorts between 1926 and 1935, she is best remembered for her comedic roles in films such as Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers and a number of Charley Chase's short comedies. She co-starred with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily. She also had roles in several Wheeler and Woolsey and Laurel and Hardy films, the last of which (The Bohemian Girl) featured her in a part that was truncated by her suspicious death in 1935 at the age of 29.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 29th, 1906 (Lawrence), Died December 16th, 1935 (Pacific Palisades)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1929

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor PBVE-Test-312 10-in. 4/27/1929 Let me call you sweetheart Thelma Todd Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist  
Victor PBVE-Test-313 10-in. 4/27/1929 Honey Eddie Dunn ; Thelma Todd Female-male vocal duet, with piano vocalist  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Todd, Thelma," accessed July 24, 2021,

Todd, Thelma. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 24, 2021, from

"Todd, Thelma." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 24 July 2021.

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