'The postman always rings twice' (1946) made her famous.
However about John Garfield, her partner in the film, she said "Couldn't they at least hire someone attractive?"
She was weel known for dating many men and having many lovers as well as having many husbands.
1. Artie Shaw
Only 4 months and only 19 years old.
Actually I really like his music !
2. Joseph Steven Crane
Very fast it ended with divorce because Lena discovered he was still married to somebody else. Shortly after Crane tried to commit suicide. After this attempt they got together again for their daughter Cheryl.
3. Henry J. Topping Jr. millionaire
Proposed to her by dropping diamond ring into her martini. Gambling and poor investments destroyed his fortune. It ended with church trial.
4. Lex Barker actor
Her daughter wrote in her book that he molested and raped her.
5. Frederick May rancher
6. Robert P. Eaton movie producer
7. Ronald Pellar nightclub hypnotist
After 6 months of marriage he disappeared with 35.000$ check written by Lena. Later on she accused him of stealing her jewellery worth 100.000$
"My goal was to have one husband and seven children, but it turned out to be the other way around."
Jean's mother always accused her ex-husband.
Everything is here in Mysteries and scandals !! ..in few parts.
As many murders this one was never solved.
In spite of how colourful 40s - 50s were, police and law stayed in a grey zone. I think that half of all murders were actually committed by police officers themselves. Who cared about justice and clues and evidences?
There's a book.
Movie The Black Dahlia, which is extremely slooow and sadly a bit boring - in my opinion.
much more exciting than the movie is this link.
So beautiful and gifted actress.
She took part in around 120 movies. Got involved with director already married Roland West. They lived very close to each other. All of them. Thelma owned a cafe, Roland owned restaurant. She was just about to open a night club in the same area.
Officially she died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning, locked in garage, was found in a car with motor running.
There are many theories... but the most possible would be that Roland was a domineering person and never liked Thelma's love to parties and fun.
That's why when he gave her deadline that night, she was on the party, and she ignored that, he locked up her residence so when she finally got to another garage he closed the door behind her just to teach her a lesson. It was December, cold winter so she simply turn on the car to keep herself warm.
But other possibilities which I found on this Blog could be:
What's important, "Thelma Todd's Sidewalk Cafe" still exists and it's located nearby at 17575 Pacific Coast Highway, just west of Sunset Blvd.
Very often I meet this on youtube Monkey Business 1931. I guess I should finally go through this.