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3t0001 THELMA TODD 2-sided 11x18 signed costume drawing 1934 outfits designed by Edward Stevenson!

Date Sold 2/14/2023
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An Original Vintage Autographed Costume Drawing (measures 11 1/4" x 17 1/2" [29 x 44 cm]) (Learn More)

Thelma Todd (nicknamed "The Ice Cream Blonde" and "Hot Toddy") was a beautiful actress, often in comedies, from 1926 to 1935. She was a Miss America contestant who started making movies in the mid-1920s, and when sound movies started and it was discovered that she had a pleasant voice, she started appearing in dozens of movies, mostly romantic comedies; she appeared in two Marx Bros. movies, and opened a Hollywood restaurant. Some of her movies include: Monkey Business, Counsellor at Law, Horse Feathers, Love Business, and Chickens Come Home. After having appeared in over 100 movies, she died in her garage from carbon monoxide poisoning on December 16th, 1935. Though her death was ruled a suicide by police, rumors have persisted that her ex-husband had a hand in her death. Noted expert Richard Bann tells us that Hal Roach explained this to him in person saying that "Roland West evidently meant only to punish Thelma, and locked the garage so she couldn't leave, and that the carbon monoxide killed her". Of course it makes a more commercial story to sensationalize her death as murder instigated by the mob.
Artist: Edward Stevenson
Important Added Info: Note that this costume drawing has been personally autographed (signed) on BOTH sides by artist/designer Edward Stevenson! Also note that there is a different costume drawing on the reverse side. It is by the same artist, but we don't know the identity of the actress. If anyone knows who this actress is, please e-mail us and we will post it here. We have provided an image of each side, and please realize that the winner of this auction will receive ONE item, with a great signed costume drawing on each side! This is one of four costume drawings we are currently auctioning, in four separate auctions. Finally, note that in our 2022 December Major Auction, we auctioned a similar costume drawing of Ingrid Bergman from Saratoga Trunk, and that sold for $590!

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